This week, to celebrate International Women’s Day, the City and County of San Francisco honored three incredible labor leaders. Never in my time at the Labor Council have this many labor leaders been honored on one day. But it was the three women whose dedication to the Labor Movement made this day even more historic.All Out for This Weekend’s Inauguration Actions
Tomorrow’s inauguration will be a difficult and painful day for workers and their families in San Francisco and throughout the country. The president-elect has already nominated cabinet members who are opposed to public education, civil rights, labor rights, immigrants, women’s rights, affordable housing, green energy … the list goes on. And that’s why so many of us have been on the streets and loading social media with our concerns about protecting the democracy of this country.A Few Observations of my Short Friendship with Tom Hayden
Almost 10 years ago I was touring a shirt factory in Hanoi with my colleague Kent Wong from the UCLA Labor Center. We were in Vietnam for an exchange he’d arranged between California and Vietnamese labor leaders.
Our tight schedule included a visit with the garment workers union at one of their worksites. During a back and forth after the tour I related that I’d recently worked on a campaign with the American anti-war activist Tom Hayden to pass an anti-sweatshop law in San Francisco that forbade the City and County from purchasing any goods or services that were produced under inhumane or slave-like conditions.