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Solidarity Dinner Raises Money for Striking Palermo’s Pizza Workers

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Community supporters and striking Palermo's Pizza workers walk the picket line together after last night's Solidarity Dinner (photo courtesy of Daniel Ginsberg-Jaeckle)

It was a great turnout at last night’s Solidarity Dinner for the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers.

Milwaukee, WI - The United Lodge 66 on Milwaukee’s south side was jam packed with supporters of the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers who have been on strike for well over a month now, demanding the company recognize their union (which was democratically voted for by over 80% of the workers) and take seriously their worker safety concerns. The dinner organized by several community members raised over $700.00 for the worker general strike fund and reminded the striking workers that they have many allies supporting them in their fight.

Community supporters and striking Palermo’s Pizza workers walk the picket line together after last night’s Solidarity Dinner (photo courtesy of Daniel Ginsberg-Jaeckle)

The evening’s events began with a grill-out of brats and hotdogs (donated from supporters of the strike), interactive games with attendees, and musical entertainment including a unifying moment, where one of the members of the Milwaukee Molotov Marchers, (a radical street marching band from Milwaukee) led the gathering in a collective and powerful “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” / “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido” musical chant (video embedded below). At the conclusion of the dinner and post-dinner festivities the gathering made their way down to the Palermo’s Pizza worker picket line, where the striking workers and community supporters walked the line in solidarity till 9:30 (the time Palermo’s workers end their picket every night). This was the perfect ending to a day of tremendous solidarity and support from the community and left no doubt in the minds of the workers that others stand in solidarity with their struggle!

Four babies have been born to striking Palermo’s Pizza workers since they went on strike well over a month ago. Meet little Kimberly. Her daddy, Roberto, is one of the many workers on strike, fighting for her future!

No Justice, No Piece! Boycott Palermo’s imahe created for the striking workers by Riverwest artist Paul Kjelland.

Here are things you can do to help the striking workers immediately:

- Donate to the strike fund: https://www.wepay.com/donations/170361

- Sign & share the petition: http://signon.org/sign/tell-palermos-pizza-stop.fb10?source=s.fb&r_by=2739117

- Join the picket line at 3310 W. Canal Street in Miwaukee! Bring supplies (food, water, umbrellas for the sun, signs, music, etc)

- Join the official Strike Facebook page, “Support Striking Palermo’s Workers”

- Spread the word!

For more information about the ongoing strike: www.vdlf.org

Coming Together to Support Striking Palermo’s Pizza Workers

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A daughter of a striking Palermo's Pizza worker comes in for a closer look at Saturday's BOYCOTT PALERMOS message.

A daughter of a striking Palermo’s Pizza worker comes in for a closer look at Saturday’s BOYCOTT PALERMOS message.

Milwaukee, WI – This past Saturday’s Overpass Light Brigade bridge action with the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers provided a ton of inspiring and moving moments, but one was particularly poignant. At the conclusion of the event, in a tremendous gesture of solidarity, a member of Madison’s Solidarity Sing Along, Chaous, made an announcement of support that brought some to tears.

Chaous, on behalf of Madison’s Solidarity Sing Along, announces she has a truckload full of groceries, diapers, other supplies for the striking workers as well a cash donation for the worker strike fund.

 

 

 

 

Through the use of a Spanish translator, Chaous announced to the striking workers that she and other members of the Solidarity Sing Along had filled up her red pick-up truck (Which Chaous decked out with homemade anti-Palermo’s Pizza messages) with groceries, diapers, baby formula, and virtually anything else a family would need while enduring the hardship of a strike. She then vowed to again fill up the truck and return next Saturday with another full load. Finally, Chaous handed Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann Ortiz an envelope with over $360.00 in it for the worker strike fund, also collected at a recent Solidarity Sing Along. The striking workers and others in attendance were clearly moved as an impromptu chant of “Yes, we can! Yes, we can!” immediately rose up after the surprise announcement. In a night full of inspiring and moving moments, this was definitely one of the most galvanizing. The striking Palermo’s Pizza workers left knowing that other workers stand in solidarity with them. Pizzeros Unidos!

The red pick-up truck that was filled up by the Solidarity Sing Along with groceries and other needed supplies for the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers.

  Here are things you can do to help the striking workers immediately:

 - Donate to the strike fund: https://www.wepay.com/donations/170361

- Sign & share the petition: http://signon.org/sign/tell-palermos-pizza-stop.fb10?source=s.fb&r_by=2739117

- Join the picket line at 3310 W. Canal Street in Miwaukee! Bring supplies (food, water, umbrellas for the sun, signs, music, etc)

- Join the official Strike Facebook page, “Support Striking Palermo’s Workers”

- Spread the word!

For more information about the ongoing strike: www.vdlf.org

Overpass Light Brigade and Striking Workers Boycott Palermo’s

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Striking Palermo's Pizza workers were the "holders of the light" at last night's Overpass Light Brigade bridge action in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Striking Palermo’s Pizza workers were the “holders of the light” at last night’s Overpass Light Brigade bridge action in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (photo courtesy of Overpass Light Brigade).

Milwaukee, WI - It proved to be a powerful evening of solidarity as the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers joined the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB) and became “holders of the light”. The striking workers’ message for Wisconsin drivers passing underneath on northbound I-43: “BOYCOTT PALERMOS”. The workers have been on strike for over four weeks because of the company’s refusal to recognize the workers democratically voted upon decision to form a union. This was the third Overpass Light Brigade action organized around the Palermo’s Pizza strike, but it was the first action where every letter in the message was held by a striking worker, making for a very powerful statement.

In a showing of solidarity, non-Palermo’s Pizza was delivered to our bridge by a supporter of the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers.

As striking pizza workers began to arrive at the Warnimont Avenue walking bridge it was easy to see that there was a certain buzz in the air. Some of the workers had seen pictures from the first OLB Palermo’s action (photo session with “BOYCOTT” in front of the Palermo’s Company site with just Brigaders) and others had heard stories and seen pictures from workers that attended the second OLB-Palermo’s bridge action with “BOYCOTT PALERMO’S. These previous actions added to the excitement and anticipation for the third action where the entire message would be assumed by striking workers. As the last few cars pulled up with more striking workers a pizza delivery man carrying a bag full of warm pizzas also appeared. The crowd that had assembled watched, some suspiciously as a few OLB vets began to wonder, “had the trolls gotten ahold of our location and brought Palermo’s Pizza?” These anxious feelings quickly vanquished as the delivery driver read the attached note, “We’re having a party on a pedestrian overpass bridge at this location. Please deliver the pizza sometime from 8:30 – 8:45″. This generous gesture kicked off what would be a tremendous evening of worker solidarity.

Striking Palermo’s Pizza workers joined the OLB on an overpass bridge with a BOYCOTT PALERMO’S message for Wisconsin drivers passing underneath. (photo courtesy of the Overpass Light Brigade)

When the group had fully assembled they were welcomed in both Spanish and English and the the letters were handed out to the striking workers. When the last LED letters were passed out, and the striking workers’ message was lined up, pictures were taken and the group proudly and confidently marched out onto the overpass bridge with their message for the world to see. They were met with a swarm of honks and cheers of support from not only passing vehicles, but veteran holders of the light who acted as “ambassadors” to their guest holders of the light. The workers quickly settled in to the celebratory culture of the OLB bridge party. When the first photo was uploaded to the OLB Facebook page, several of the striking workers excitedly walked the laptop and its posted picture around for the other strikers to see. Their reactions to this posted picture were truly priceless. The festive and uplifting atmosphere of an OLB bridge party is enough to breath new life into anyone fighting the good fight for change. That certainly describes these workers who have spent nearly five hours every day for four weeks on the picket line chanting and walking for justice.

At the end of the bridge action the striking workers set up for one last photo on Fourth Street. (photo courtesy of the Overpass Light Brigade)

At 10:00 the group made their grand exit from the bridge and onto the curb of Fourth Street, where they gathered for a final post-action photo. That’s when a surprise announcement was made. Chaous of the Madison group, the Solidarity Sing Along (SSA), had something to say. She announced that SSA had taken up a cash and food collection to donate to the strike fund. She announced that they had filled up the back of her red pick-up truck (which had been decorated with messages supportive of the strike) with food and supplies for the workers families. She then handed an envelope to Voces de la Frontera (group helping to organize the striking workers) organizer Christine Neuman Ortiz containing over $360.00 cash. When Ortiz translated Chaous’ words to the workers, shouts of approval came from those present and a chant of “Yes, we can. Yes, we can” erupted from the workers. It was an incredible ending to a profound night of worker solidarity and there is little doubt that the striking workers left feeling more supported than when they had arrived earlier in the night.

Here are things you can do to help the striking workers immediately:

- Donate to the strike fund: https://www.wepay.com/donations/170361

- Sign & share the petition: http://signon.org/sign/tell-palermos-pizza-stop.fb10?source=s.fb&r_by=2739117

- Join the picket line at 3310 W. Canal Street in Miwaukee! Bring supplies (food, water, umbrellas for the sun, signs, music, etc)

- Join the official Strike Facebook page, “Support Striking Palermo’s Workers”

- Spread the word!

For more information about the ongoing strike: www.vdlf.org

Striking Palermo’s Workers to Join Overpass Light Brigade for Historic Bridge Action

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OLB's first action in solidarity with the striking workers was to take the LED letters "B-O-Y-C-O-T-T-" to the Palermo's site for some photos.

The workers of Palermo’s Pizza have been on strike for three weeks.

Milwaukee, WI - The Palermo’s Pizza workers strike against ownership is moving into its fourth week and one thing that’s for certain is that support for the workers is building. A national boycott of all Palermo’s Pizza products is starting to firmly take hold, and according to theuptake.org, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), AFL – CIO (American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations), and USW (the United Steelworkers Union) have all thrown their support behind the striking workers and boycott. Several state politicians have also come out in support of the workers. These types of support and action are necessary to help spread the word but the striking workers have also seen strong support from another local community group helping them to get the word out, the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB).

OLB’s first action in solidarity with the striking workers was to take the LED letters “B-O-Y-C-O-T-T-” to the Palermo’s site for some photos. (Photo courtesy of “Support Striking Palermo’s Workers”)

The Overpass Light Brigade consists of a committed network of activists / volunteers called “holders of the light”. Each holder carries a single brilliantly lit LED letter and assumes their position in a targeted political message, agreed upon days before. These messages are then ceremoniously marched out onto busy pedestrian bridges overlooking busy interstate highways for Wisconsin drivers and passerby’s to see. These bridge actions have become quite popular and an effective way to get underreported messages out to new audiences. This is exactly what OLB has worked to do with the Palermo’s strike and boycott. The OLB’s first effort however was not the usual bridge action they have been accustomed to. Rather, it was an action in which 20 volunteers walked the letters “B-O-Y-C-O-T-T” around the Palermo’s Pizza company grounds, as pictures were taken in different locations. The photos and video created from this action were then disseminated widely through the group’s vast social media network to help spread the word of the strike and boycott.

OLB and several striking workers collaborated to spell out a “B-O-Y-C-O-T-T- P-A-L-E-R-M-O-S” message. (Photo courtesy of Overpass Light Brigade)

A week later OLB took out a new message of support for the striking workers, “B-O-Y-C-O-T-T  P-A-L-E-R-M-O-S”. They chose an overpass over a busy stretch of I-94, just west of Miller Park, where more than 20 holders of the light showed up. The action was unfolding as usual when nearly forty minutes into the action something unforgettable happened. Fourteen striking Palermo’s Pizza workers and their family members arrived and enthusiastically relieved veteran holders of the light in the message. The workers were clearly moved by the experience and openly appreciative of the gesture of solidarity. It proved to be a very powerful demonstration for everyone involved as well as effective at getting the workers message out. The striking workers who took part in the action quickly expressed an interest in doing a future bridge action, stating that they knew other workers who would want to take part. They confidently claimed they would bring enough striking workers to hold an entire LED message and a date was set for Saturday, June 23rd.

Occupy Riverwest will be streaming this Saturday’s historic OLB bridge action with the striking Palermo’s workers. (Photo courtesy of Overpass Light Brigade)

Occupy Riverwest will be on hand for this historic OLB bridge action with the striking workers and we look forward to bringing you to the event virtually through live stream video. We will have two different live-streamers sending video feeds to OccupyWI, where the double footage will be produced into one broadcast for your viewing pleasure. That is, of course, if you can’t be on the bridge in-person to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event. If you can and want to attend this bridge action, contact us or OLB through our Facebook pages with your email address so we can get you on the email list for future OLB actions. The window just below this post will go live this Saturday, June 23rd at 8:20 p. (CST). Just come back to this post Saturday night and watch the live action here.


Live video for mobile from Ustream

Here are things you can do to help the striking workers immediately:

- Donate to the strike fund: https://www.wepay.com/donations/170361

- Sign & share the petition: http://signon.org/sign/tell-palermos-pizza-stop.fb10?source=s.fb&r_by=2739117

- Join the picket line at 3310 W. Canal Street in Miwaukee! Bring supplies (food, water, umbrellas for the sun, signs, music, etc)

- Join the official Strike Facebook page, “Support Striking Palermo’s Workers”

- Spread the word!

For more information about the ongoing strike: www.vdlf.org