Roanoke County, VA Focus
Last week, union activists around Virginia took part in the AFL-CIO's "Good Jobs Now, Make Wall Street Pay" week of action. In Roanoke, members from CWA, IBEW, and SMWIA locals educated the public about Wall Street's continued shenanigans.
Members handed out leaflets describing the bailout money Bank of America received in TARP funds as well as the millions in bonuses they're handing out to their highest execs.
Jody Moore and Chuck Simpson, both out of CWA Local 2204, explained that the TARP money wasn’t supposed to simply “go into CEOs’ pockets as bonuses, but was intended to create jobs.”
Tommy Miller (IBEW Local 26) noted, "they've been bailed out of the situation, now we need them to invest back into the system to create jobs for people. Lots of jobs."
They're now spending millions to lobby against financial reform and against basic ground rules that will help prevent the type of financial disaster that brought the US economy to its knees. These regulations include the creation of a strong independent consumer protection agency. We call on the banks to stop fighting against sensible reform.
Wall Street still doesn't get the message. Their mindset is that they can keep doing the same practices- the same ones that got us into this hole.
We spoke with one gentleman who owns a small photography business and whose brother has an automotive shop.
We actually could use the help in our shops but without loans we're not able to expand our business and hire. We're not in a position to be hiring really qualified, top employees.
At our Norfolk action, Warren Kilgore, IBEW Local 80, added, "It's time to give money back to Main Street, not Wall Street, and have some justice for the working class folks who are trying to pay their mortgages and scraping along in an economy with high unemployment."
Solidarity in Action: Check Out This New Video
Check out this great video from our team here that pulls together some of the many moments of people power in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where governors and state legislatures are trying to take away the right of public employees to bargain for good middle-class jobs. It gives a glimpse of the huge outpouring of nationwide support and solidarity for workers under siege by lawmakers who are bought and paid for by billionaire CEOs like the Koch brothers.
As Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says in the clip:
When you try to make unions the problem rather than the politically difficult decisions that we have to make as a people, then you’re not being very forthright and honest with the citizenry you’re representing.
A couple of upcoming events:
March 11, 2011 - Earth Friendly Friday
A Retrospective View of the 2011 General Assembly Session
Guest speaker: J. R. Tolbert, Virginia Chapter, Sierra Club
We are again pleased to welcome a member of the staff of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club for a briefing on environmental perspectives of the General Assemby session. J. R. Tolbert is the Assistant Director of the VA Sierra Club, based in Richmond. In this role, he serves as Legislative Director coordinating the citizen and staff lobbying efforts of the VA Chapter while working to promote sustainable policy initiatives in the General Assembly. He will walk us through the primary pieces of legislation that were pushed forward in the 2011 session, both those supported by environmentalists and some we tried to stop. He will also give a quick preview of the big issues for 2012 and explain what we can do to support environmental initiatives throughout the year.
Prior to joining the Sierra Club, J.R. Tolbert founded Environment Virginia, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. In just three years, Environment Virginia grew to a membership of over 7,000 members. He. is a 2001 graduate of Auburn University, and a 2008 graduate of Green Corps.
Date: March 11, 2011. Doors open at 6:30, program starts at 7:00 PM.
Location: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, 2015 Grandin Road at Brandon (across from Patrick Henry High School). It is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to bring finger food snacks for sharing.
For more information contact Dan Crawford at 540-343-5080 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cool Cities' Annual Affiliates Conference and Cool Citizen Awards Ceremony
March 24, 2011
Claude Moore Education Complex, Henry St., Roanoke
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Continental breakfast buffet will be followed by presentations and award ceremony
Roanoke Sierra Club
The Roanoke Group is a unit of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club, founded in 1892 by the legendary John Muir, is the largest grass-roots environmental organization in the world. We work on local, state, national, and global environmental issues. We sponsor programs, social, educational and recreational activities for our members and the public (see CALENDAR of EVENTS for details). For information about our officers and other leaders, click the "contact us" link.
A movie about the Roanoke area's environment from RIDE Solutions:
Here are some local resources in the Roanoke area of Virginia:
NAACP in Roanoke, VA:
Post Office Box 12362
Roanoke, Virginia 24025
Office Phone (540) 344-2424
The Roanoke Branch was originally established 87 years ago to follow through on the promise of equal rights for all minority communities in Roanoke, Virginia and the surrounding areas. The branch has been actively fighting civil rights issues ever since. Today, our branch is proud to carry on the goals and objectives of the National Office for all citizens of Roanoke, Virginia.
Check out NAACP's Our Voices on Television:
Our Voices television broadcast each Sunday (12:30 PM and 6:30 PM on WDRL 24)
Our Voices radio broadcast each Saturday (9:00 AM on WTOY 1480 radio)
Roanoke County Democrats
P.O. Box 20061
Roanoke, VA 24018-0007
1319 Grandin Rd
Roanoke, VA 24015
General Store Hours
Mon. - Sat., 8am - 8pm
Sunday, 9am - 7pm
Happy Belly Deli Hours
Now Open Everyday
11am - 2pm
Incorporated in 1975, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op...provides our community with nutritious food choices and earth-friendly products. Operating from cooperative principles, we support sustainable environmental practices, local organic farmers, local businesses, and our community.
We are the largest cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store in Virginia, and though we’re member owned, ownership is not required to shop. Our products are many, our selection diverse, and our promise unwavering – that you will find quality items for sale in our store with no artificial colorants, preservatives, or additives.
LGBT Roanoke, Virginia is on Facebook
An open group for Roanoke, VA that support LGBT members, and the friends, family, and supporters of the LGBT community! Serving Roanoke, VA and surrounding cities!
Check them out here.
Also check out: Outright Roanoke Book Club
We are a new book club for LGBT youth!
Each month we read a book that has an
LGBT theme or main character.
We meet on the first Thursday of each
month from 7-8pm.
SOME GREEN RESOURCES IN THE ROANOKE AREA:
From Roanoke's Clean and Green website
This initiative of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission advocates and provides information and referral for alternatives to single-vehicle transportation, such as carpool matching, bike route mapping, and telecommuting. Works with groups such as ShareBike, which supports the availability of a fleet of bicycles for short-term use by anyone in the community.
Roanoke Community Garden Association
RCGA’s mission is to create sustainable community gardens throughout the Roanoke Valley. Its flagship is the Frank Roupas Community Garden in Southeast, dedicated in December 2009. (website not up and running yet??)
Roanoke Permaculture Education Guild
Promotes an integrated approach to sustainability through such practices as planting edible landscapes, expanding the urban forest, and composting, with an eye toward healing the earth and encouraging self-sufficiency.
Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition
Cool Cities uses education, outreach, and community action to work toward policy-level solutions to the problem of global warming.
Roanoke Valley Greenways Commission
The Roanoke Valley Greenways Commission is an umbrella organization for the development of the valleywide greenways network by the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, the City of Salem and the Town of Vinton. Pathfinders for Greenways is a partner group that provides an outlet for volunteers who want to work on greenways projects.
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