Estella Habal and Hilton Obenzinger
The I-Hotel struggle helped to forge a unified Filipino community linking elderly immigrants from the early twentieth century and young people who were raising their consciousness of ethnic pride and their awareness of racial and class inequities.
There is need to invest in different structures, organizing alongside or outside of the traditional unions, base-building and nonprofit organizations for multi-year struggles, especially worker organizing and scaled disruptive direct action.
After months of organizing that included the establishment of two protest encampments, Philadelphia’s unhoused people successfully pushed the city to agree to provide housing on a community land trust on October 14.
Establishment pundits love to cite Martin Luther King as a way to delegitimize militant protests and shame unruly protesters. But to him nonviolent action could coerce ruling elites into conceding to demands for justice.
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