City Hires Multinational with History of Human Rights Abuse

G4S corporate logo

G4S Secure Solutions, a multinational corporation with widespread accusations of human rights abuses in many parts of the world, was awarded a contract on October 30, 2015, for the second time to provide the City of Tucson with security services and equipment. The new contract with the London-based firm runs from November 1, 2015 through …

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Ruling Opens Way for Tucson Cabbies to Unionize

Picture of some of the demonstrators

More than 200 Tucson taxi drivers hired by AAA Transportation/Yellow Cab are employees, not independent contractors, and therefore eligible for union representation according to an October ruling by National Labor Relations Board Regional (NLRB) director Cornele A. Overstreet. This historic decision is based on a determination that the drivers’ opportunities for loss or gain are …

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Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

Cel-shaded graphic of activist placing poster on wall that reads in large black lettering, "BOYCOTT"; text at top of picture reads, "BOYCOTT! THE ART OF ECONOMIC ACTIVISM. Posters from historical & contemporary boycott movements"

We received the following from our contributor Judy Ray and thought that it might be of interest to our readers—Ed A unique collection of historical art posters titled Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism, comes to Tucson October 10 through 27. Including posters from the Montgomery Bus Boycott, United Farm Workers grape and lettuce boycotts, …

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Bus Riders Union Engages in Direct Action (Photo Essay + Blog Post)

In a direct action held last Thursday at the Ronstadt Transit Center, members of the Tucson Bus Riders Union boarded a bus without paying their fares as a part of a campaign to pressure the city to take action to end the bus strike. Events transpired as follows (a fuller description of the events and …

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What Does a Homeless Protest Look Like?

Photo of sleeping pods at Safe Park on Church Ave (looking towards Broadway Blvd) taken 2/8/15

In a confused approach toward the homeless, Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller’s recent articles capture some of our collective cultural ambivalence. On the one hand, Steller has tried to wake people up about our society’s neglect of the homeless. Last November, he wrote of his unease when voting for a proposition that would raise …

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