To build working class power, the answer is in our new and exciting labor movement. But the question remains: how do we meet the moment, and grow our worker militancy in North Jersey? During our chapter convention this year, the North New Jersey DSA resolved to build up our Labor Working Group with ambitious projects, and separately to establish a Fundraising Committee to make sure we have the resources we need for chapter work. Just a few months later, the new Fundraising Committee launched by collaborating with the Labor WG to achieve a big goal: raise $5000 in solidarity funds to send comrades in our chapter to the Labor Notes Conference.
This June in Chicago, Labor Notes will be gathering a huge assembly of rank-and-file workers, union organizers, and “troublemakers” to train and build our network of leftist labor power. Labor Notes, a media and organizing project started in the 1970s, is committed to building the labor movement from the bottom up, with rank-and-file union members and radical organizers taking the initiative to make it happen. The 2022 conference will offer vital training and connections for worker leaders in our chapter and across the United States. Our chapter is looking to send organizers and rank-and-file workers to the conference in June. What is it going to take to get there?
Networking with and learning from comrades at Labor Notes means that most us need to take time of work and pay for travel to Chicago. We in the working class commit to supporting each other financially, and we’re encouraging chapter members to apply for solidarity funds. Our membership dues can’t cover all expenses, which is why we’re fundraising through phone-banking; calling our comrades is the best way to ask them to attend the Labor Notes Conference, and ask them to donate and help send others there. We’ll be making calls each week, leading up to our biggest fundraising phone-bank on April 28th.
Our fundraising will keep moving along with a May Day party. Stay tuned for more details on the exact time and location of this event, where we’ll get together and collect donations to contribute to our solidarity funds.
Following Striketober of 2021, and in the midst of this year’s breathless unionization drives, it’s time to meet this moment. Are you ready to join thousands of union members, officers, and labor activists in Chicago this June? Can you donate to help send our comrades, so we can build worker militancy right here in North Jersey? Will you call our chapter members and help fundraise with us? Fill out our interest form to get plugged in!
- Donate right away to North New Jersey DSA solidarity funds here:
- RSVP for the Solidarity is Calling phone-bank:
Labor Notes Conference takes place at Hyatt Regency O’Hare at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, starting Friday, June 17, 2022 at 9 a.m., through Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 3 p.m