Only 3 Days left to preorder

28 Apr

Hey all
    There’s less than 3 days left to preorder our new album, “Rise Like Fire,” by Jake and the Infernal Machine. If you wonder if you will like these recordings, check out the dancing baby.

Order yours here, and it’ll help us get the album professionally mastered. We are only a few hundred dollars short of our fundraising goal.

We’re really excited about the new recordings, which we’ve been working on since November of 2012. We have songs of all different genres, ranging in topic from the Greek Insurrection to gentrification in Boston, to our love for the Charles River. You can hear some early mixes of these new tracks here.

Thanks for the support,
     -Jake

Issue #7 of The Cradle of Liberty

27 Apr

Issue 7!
Check out Issue #7 of The Cradle of Liberty, a Newsletter of Mass. Struggles. View it here:
Issue 7

Inside this issue:

-One Year Later, Lawyers, Watertown Residents Discuss Post-Marathon Lockdown

-IWW Union Makes Gains, Continues Drive at Insomnia Cookies

-Wellesley Library Workers Win Contract After Public Campaign

-Violence Strains Boston’s Working Class Neighborhoods

Visit our website to download the Web Version or the Print Version – Print out some copies! http://www.cradleoflibertynews.org/

The Cradle of Liberty is an all volunteer run organization, we invite you to print out some copies on 11×17 paper and help distribute the paper to your friends, co-workers and around your community!

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1 week left to preorder “Rise Like Fire!”

24 Apr

There’s only 1 week left to preorder our new album, “Rise Like Fire,” by Jake and the Infernal Machine.

Order yours here, and it’ll help us get the album professionally mastered. We are only a few hundred dollars short of our fundraising goal:
http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

We’re really excited about the new recordings, which we’ve been working on since November of 2012. This will be our 4th studio album, and it is by far the best. You can hear some early mixes of these new tracks here:

http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

Thanks for the support,
     -Jake

2 weeks to preorder “Rise like Fire” by Jake and the Infernal Machine

17 Apr

Hey friends
    I am happy to announce the release of our new album 2 years in the making, “Rise Like Fire,” by the folk and punk band I play and write songs for, Jake and the Infernal Machine. It will be released in July, but if you want to get your copy weeks earlier, please consider preordering.

Order yours here, and it’ll help us get the album professionally mastered. We have less than $500 left to raise:
http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

We’re really excited about the new recordings, which we’ve been working on since November of 2012. We have songs of all different genres, ranging in topic from the Greek Insurrection to gentrification in Boston, to our love for the Charles River. You can hear some early mixes of these new tracks here:

http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

Thanks for the support,
     -Jake

Workers’ Panel Tomorrow

11 Apr

Dear Everyone, A spontaneous strike at Insomnia Cookies has sparked a militant union drive by the Industrial Workers of the World. The IWW has compelled Insomnia to award thousands of dollars in back pay to workers fired for going on strike, and has forced the company to lift the unpaid suspension of a union organizer. Insomnia has been made to post a notice pledging not to retaliate against workers for union activity, and rescind a policy that prevented employees from discussing their jobs and working conditions. The union’s goal is to organize the boutique cookie business. Find out why IWW’s say direct action gets the goods! Speakers will include strikers and worker/organizers on the front lines of the fight against exploitation and poverty pay. The event takes place this Saturday, 4/12, starting at 7:30 pm, at Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place<https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Encuentro+5&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&fb=1&gl=us&hq=encuentro+5&hnear=0x89e370a5cb30cc5f:0xc53a8e6489686c87,Cambridge,+MA&cid=16219202531438979023&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A>, Suite 2A, Boston (at Park St T and two blocks from Downtown Crossing). The Facebook event is here<https://www.facebook.com/events/265605353620998/?source=1>. Read all about the strike & organizing drive here<http://iwwboston.org/tag/insomnia-cookies/>

Only 30 days left to Pre-order new Jake and the Infernal Machine album

1 Apr

Hey friends
    We’re getting really close to releasing a new album. Currently we’re working on final mixes, coming up with an album name and creating album art.

We’d really like to get the recording mastered, which will make it sound waaayyy better, so we’re trying to raise money through Indiegogo to make that happen. We only have 30 days left to raise $925. If you don’t preorder by then, you’ll have to wait until the end of June when the album comes out. Please pitch in by preordering your copy today:

http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

We’re really excited about the new recordings, which we’ve been working on since November of 2012. We have songs of all different genres, ranging in topic from the Greek Insurrection to gentrification in Boston, to our love for the Charles River. You can hear some early mixes of these new tracks here:

http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

Thanks for the support,
     -Jake

Thank you Pittsburgh

25 Mar

This weekend my family and I were back in Pittsburgh, where we had spent almost a year back in 2011 while my partner went to grad school. I got a chance to speak about my book Nine Years of Anarchist Agitation: The History of the Boston Anti Authoritarian Movement and Other Essays at the Big Idea bookstore. It was wonderful to see so many of my comrades and friends from our time in that city. Folks filled the basement of the bookstore and after I told my story we discussed anarchist organization and participation in social struggles. It was very interesting hearing about locals’ experiences with Occupy Pittsburgh, updates on Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the Shadbush Collective and other anti-fracking struggles, and I got to share news from the Insomnia Cookies campaign waged by our local Boston Industrial Workers of the World, and the formation of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

 

We sold out of all of the copies of the book that I’d brought, but I just ordered some more to be sent to the Big Idea. So for the handful of friends who couldn’t make it (or forgot which day it was!) 3 copies of my book will be arriving at the Big Idea around April 7th. You can also order copies online here: https://www.createspace.com/4055947

 

Thanks again to all our Pittsburgh friends and comrades, hope our paths cross again soon

After Protests, Suspended IWW Organizer Reinstated

20 Mar

On Sunday, March 9, just six days after a settlement between Insomnia Cookies and four workers who went on strike last August, the company suspended bicycle delivery “driver” and union organizer Tasia Edmonds. Quick action by the Industrial Workers of the World, which represents Edmonds, the four strikers, and several other area workers, forced the company to reinstate Edmonds. Two dozen IWW members and allies picketed the Boston Insomnia Cookies location, where Edmonds is employed, on Friday, March 14. Organizers planned another rally for Saturday, March 22, after student allies from the abutting Boston University return from Spring Break, but the company capitulated, agreeing on March 20 to bring Edmonds back to work.

Edmonds was disciplined for speaking out against workplace injustices, which the boss called “Insubordination.” According to Edmonds ““I was suspended for my union involvement. I have never been disciplined before. I was not served any paper work detailing why I was suspended. I want to get back to work, and I want back pay for the days I missed.” While Insomnia has reinstated Edmonds, as of press time there is no confirmation that she will receive back pay for time lost during her suspension. The union is prepared to fight to win Edmonds’ lost wages, and to ensure Insomnia Cookies sticks to its promise not to discipline or intimidate workers for union organizing.

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Tasia Edmonds speaks at a picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies Location. The manager that suspended her and a guard hired from Securitas glower down from the window above. Photo by Fellow Worker D

 

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IWW picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies location on Friday, March 14. Photo by Fellow Worker D

 

Days After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies

16 Mar

Days After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies

by Jake Carman

 

Picket lines have returned to Insomnia Cookies, less than two weeks after the company settled with four workers who struck in August of 2013. On Friday March 14, two dozen union members and supporters rallied in front of the Boston location of Insomnia Cookies, demanding the reinstatement with back pay of union organizer and bicycle delivery “driver,” Tasia Edmonds. On March 9 the company suspended Edmonds without pay for a month, alleging insubordination, while the union maintains she was disciplined for her union-building efforts.

 

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), of which Edmonds is a member, claims the company violated the terms of the recent settlement, in which Insomnia Cookies promised “WE WILL NOT fire you or take any other action against you because you engage in protected activities with your fellow employees that concern your wages, hours and working conditions, including a strike.” The union filed new charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Wednesday, March 12, and launched a phone and email blitz of the company.

 

At the March 14 picket, workers and allies held signs, sangs songs, and handed out fliers demanding the company bring back Edmonds, make up for any lost wages, and uphold the promises outlined in the recent settlement. Edmonds addressed the rally, speaking about life working at Insomnia Cookies, while the manager who suspended her and a new security guard subcontracted through Securitas glowered down from the window above. Alberto Giorgio Peniche, from Boston Resist the Raids, also spoke, expressing his solidarity with Insomnia and other fast food workers and drawing the connection with the struggles of undocumented workers.

 

After almost two hours of rallying, the IWW promised to return with double the numbers, unless Edmonds is reinstated. “Are you tired of having us in your face?” they chanted. “Then get some justice in this place!” The union is planning another rally for next week, when student allies at Boston University, which abuts the Commonwealth Avenue Insomnia location, return from spring break.

 

“I believe I was suspended for my union involvement,” says Edmonds, a twenty-two-year-old who has worked for the company four and a half months. “I have never been disciplined before. I was not served any paperwork detailing why I was suspended. A few days after my suspension, the company even called me to ask for my story, as if they were asking me why they suspended me and didn’t even know themselves.” Edmonds went public with her union affiliation on December 7, 2013. In February, according to the union, a new manager began harassing her about her union membership.

Tasia Edmonds speaks at a picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies Location. The manager that suspended her and a guard hired from Securitas glower down from the window above. Photo by Jake Carman
Tasia Edmonds speaks at a picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies Location. The manager that suspended her and a guard hired from Securitas glower down from the window above. Photo by Jake Carman
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March 14 Picket at Boston University Insomnia Cookies. Photo by Jake Carman.

 

 

“I believe the disciplinary action they are taking against me is excessive and unfair,” Edmonds says. “I want to get back to work, and I want back pay for the days I missed.”

 

According to the union, “Insomnia Cookies continues to violate the law by intimidating employees with threats and disciplinary actions to discourage union organizing. We call on Insomnia Cookies to uphold the terms of the recent settlement, bring back Tasia and pay her for any wages lost during her suspension, and to allow Insomnia workers to continue their efforts to improve working conditions through legally-protected unionizing efforts.”

3 Important Events, Starting Today

12 Mar
Join Black Rose/Rosa Negra at these upcoming events!


Dear Black Rose friends and comrades // Queridxs amigxs y camaradas de Rosa Negra, [español a continuación] It seems like the struggle just won't wait for Spring! Between victories, attacks, and ongoing fights, things are heating up and the snow is finally melting! Please join us in the streets for 3 actions this week and more in the coming weeks. Here are some upcoming actions we will be participating in. Details below. Hope to see you there! // ¡Parece que la lucha simplemente no va esperar hasta la primavera! Entre las victorias, los ataques y las luchas en desarrollo, se está calentando la cosa y por fin la nieve se está derritiendo! Por favor, únanse a nosotrxs en la calle para 3 acciones esta semana y más en las próximas semanas. Les enviamos la información de las próximas actividades en que vamos a estar participando. Detalles a continuación. ¡Esperamos verles ahí! Solidarity // Solidaridad, Black Rose//Rosa Negra - Boston *1) Boston Youth Power March: #YOUTHPASS NOW!* Wednesday, March 12th, 3:30-5:30PM Park Street Station, Boston Sponsored by the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition<http://youthwayonthembta.org/yac> Facebook event: Boston Youth Power March: #YOUTHPASS NOW!<https://www.facebook.com/events/587024581379104/> The T is a lifeline for youth in Boston. We need a *#YouthPass *and Affordabili(T) NOW! Are you with us?*We call on MBTA General Manager Beverley Scott, MassDOT Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, & the MassDOT Board:**1) *to protect students in the upcoming fare hike by *exempting student fares from the hike* &/or *adding weekends into the current M5 $25 Student Pass* *2) *to fulfill their promises by using part of *the new State House funding that youth played a key role in securing *to increase equity and begin a *Youth Pass Pilot by Summer 2014* *3) *to make the T more affordable for youth riders by *creating the "Youth Pass" now*! *2) Rally // Manifestación: Bring Them Home! // ¡Traerlos a Casa!* Friday, March 14th, 5:00-6:30PM JFK Federal Building, Government Center, Boston Sponsored by: Bring Them Home - Boston<https://www.facebook.com/bringbackboston>, Resist the Raids <https://www.facebook.com/resisttheraids> Facebook event: Rally // Manifestación: Bring Them Home! // ¡Traerlos a Casa! <https://www.facebook.com/events/293635940787435/> [español abajo] Starting on Monday, March 10th, 150 people crossed the US/México border, demanding to the right to go home to their respective communities in the United States. These brave folks used direct action to reunite with their families and send a strong message to the Obama administration that we will no longer tolerate deportations and forced displacement! Please come show solidarity with the Reform 150, including local participants, Ines Vargas and Alberto Peniche! They need community support to pressure ICE to release them from detention and allow them to return home. Will you join us?? // Comenzando el lunes, 10 de marzo, 150 personas cruzaron la frontera entre los Estados Unidos y México, exigiendo el derecho a regresar a casa a sus comunidades respectivas en los Estados Unidos. Esta gente valiente usó la acción directa para reunir con sus familias y enviar un mensaje fuerte a la administración de Obama que ¡ya no vamos a soportar más deportaciones ni el desplazamiento forzado! Por favor, venga a mostrar la solidaridad con los "Reforma 150," incluyendo los participantes locales, Ines Vargas y Alberto Peniche! Se necesita el apoyo comunitario para presionar a la migra (ICE) a soltarlos de la detención y dejarlos regresar a casa. ¿Se unirá a nosotros? *3) Emergency Picket for Suspended Insomnia Cookies Worker!* Friday, March 14th, 7:00PM Insomnia Cookies, 708 Commonwealth Ave, Boston Sponsored by: IWW - Boston GMB <http://iwwboston.org> Facebook event: Emergency Picket! + Phone, Email Zap! Fight Union-busting!<https://www.facebook.com/events/604465696296628> Insomnia Cookies has suspended IWW organizer Tasia Edmonds without pay for a month, falsely claiming she was "unprofessional" and neglected to server her any formal written notice. You're invited to take action against union-busting by the boutique cookie business. Join the IWW and our allies as we picket in support of Tasia! Please also email the company at pfs@serveubrands.com, and call CEO Seth Berkowitz at (877)632-6654. Suggested message: "It is intolerable that IWW organizer Tasia Edmonds be suspended without pay for her union activity. Please take immediate action to bring Tasia back to work, and compensate her for any loss in pay. Union-busting is disgusting!" Background: Tasia went public with her union affiliation on December 7. She has been building the union in her store. In February, a new manager began harrassing her about her union membership. On March 9, Tasia was told she has been suspended without pay for a month! The union is filing Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). An organizing drive began at Insomnia in August after four workers spontaneously went on strike. Their demands included $15/hr, health care and a union. They were immediately fired. Despite recently promising to give about $4,000 in back pay to the strikers and to post a notice in the store pledging not to retaliate against workers for union activity, Insomnia is apparently still determined to crush the union drive. The union is even more determined to get justice for Tasia and all workers at Insomnia!