Metro Convention | June 3, 2022 | Zoom

Please join us for Metro’s 46th Annual Convention
Friday, June 3, 2022, 10 am, Zoom event

Honoring Jessica Ramos, NY State Senator, and Paula Finn, Director, Center for Labor, Community & Public Policy, CUNY SLU

Panel Discussion: Media and Labor – A New Relationship or a Fleeting Moment?

What’s new in media coverage of labor? Is there a new attitude towards labor in mainstream media, and if so, how do we capitalize on this moment? What is the pandemic’s role in the recent coverage of labor? Is the public more sympathetic to union members since they held jobs deemed essential and helped us all deal with the pandemic.

Chelsea Connor, RWDSU, Communications Director
Kim Kelly, journalist, organizer, author of the recently published Fight Like Hell
Richard Steier, UFT, Communications Specialist, former editor of The Chief
Leanne Tory-Murphy, Workers United Communications Director, NY/NJ Joint Board
Moderated by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

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Writers Organizing Panel

On October 19 we had a terrific panel on the surge in organizing among journalists, writers and media workers. Moderated by Steven Greenhouse with panelists Nastaran Mohit (NewsGuild of NY), Hamilton Nolan (Writers Guild of America, East) and Jillian Steinhauer Freelance Solidarity Project, National Writers Union.

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Metro Fall Panel

Journalists, writers and media workers are organizing in record numbers. Why is it happening now and what are the issues driving this movement? Join us for a panel discussion with speakers who are on the front lines of this surge in organizing.

Steven Greenhouse, award-winning freelance journalist and writer

Nastaran Mohit, NewsGuild of New York
Hamilton Nolan, Council Member, Writers Guild of America, East
Jillian Steinhauer, National Writers Union

Metro 45th Annual Convention

On May 11, Metro honored a great labor communicator – Bill Fletcher, Jr. And his remarks that day showed how deserving he was of this honor. View his remarks here.

We also had dynamic panel on the issue of Race and Labor. Panelists included: Bill Fletcher (moderating) Professor Clarence Taylor, SLU-CUNY, Biruk Assefa, CWA; Shi Greene, Laborers; and Sean Petty, RN, NYSNA. View panel discussion here.

Don’t Open the Door 

Don’t Open the Door 

Don’t Open the Door 

When the knock came at the door for
A second
I thought about a man: Davino Watson
A US citizen
Locked up for forty-one months by ICE
Over 3 years
Of his life lost. For what? A clerical error
Or clerical terror
And then about Bello, the Bakersfield poet
Targeted by ICE
and locked up for reading his critical verse

So, when the unexpected knock came
at the door
At first I froze
Just me at home and my two-year-old
And now we all know,
And it’s no exaggeration,
That ICE tortures children,
And rapes them,
and kills them.

The knocker, however,
Was only the super
As it turned out,
This time.

Source: Don’t Open the Door