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Maryland

Baltimore Campus Service Workers Rights Forum, April 6th

The situation: At four universities in Baltimore-—Towson, Morgan State, Coppin State and Johns Hopkins—-the campus food service or facilities workers are fighting to get back their union, UNITE HERE Local 7.

Hotel Workers Expand Boycotts

UNITE HERE, the hotel workers union, has expanded boycotts across the U.S. The union is targeting Columbia-Sussex properties:

  • Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Maryland
  • Hilton Crystal City At National Airport, Arlington, Virginia
  • Westin Washington DC, District of Columbia
  • Wyndham Suites Chicago, Illinois
  • Westin Chicago Northwest Itasca, Illinois
  • Hilton Sacramento Arden West, California
  • Westin San Diego at Emerald Plaza, California
  • Anchorage Hilton, Alaska

Picketline outside the Westin Washington DC, March 26, 2010

UNITE HERE has also launched a boycott of the Providence Westin in Rhode Island.

All Three Hyatt Hotels in Boston are still under boycott. Bring back the Hyatt 100

A complete list of all boycotted hotels can be found through hotelworkersrising.org

Immigration in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor

Welcome to America
by John Parson

There are many “facts” currently being circulated about illegal immigrants, particularly from the conservative groups like Help Save Virginia and Help Save Maryland. Supposedly, per their “experts,” illegal immigrants drain our economy, mooch off of our system, burden our schools and communities, raise our crime rates, lower our housing values, and generally rape and defile our good old home grown American culture. They would have you believe that illegal immigration is the key issue in our country, and that “illegals” are a plague to our society that must be removed.

These groups will suggest that immigrants drive down property values, raise crime rates, and ruin our communities. However, these ideas are nothing more than the same arguments presented against the poor and working class communities in any city in America, especially areas where whites are in the minority. It’s a sign of class division and poverty, not immigration status. Rather than being a legitimate argument against immigration, it is nothing more than rehashing the same old case for gentrification.

It’s time for all of us, as workers, to recognize the plain and simple truth: “illegal” or not, we are all human beings, we all have needs, and immigrants face the same struggles as us: a boss who seeks to exploit us, and a wealthy few who seek to control us. Regardless of who we are, or where we’re from, we are workers. Its time to stop griping about immigrants “taking our jobs,” “destroying our language,” or “destroying our culture,” realize such vitriol is nothing more than a lie, and join with the immigrant community in struggle. We must recognize anti-immigrant policy, and anti-immigrant lies, do nothing but divide the working class, and if we seek any realistic gain, such divisions must be erased.

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