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  SEIU Local 250 field rep Josie Summers exhibiting all the requirements for a march: a shirt identifying your Union affiliation, water, a popsicle, a placard stating the cause, and an expression of implacable determination. MGH shop steward Sharon Martinez (holding bullhorn) leads a chant, joined by MSJH chief shop steward Sherri Macias.

 

 
 

Workers at Cintas are organizing a Union to fight poverty wages, workplace injuries, discrimination, harassment and increases in healthcare costs. Their employer, Cintas, is the largest commercial uniform laundry company in the U.S.

Organizing workers at Cintas say: "If employees in your business wear a company uniform, you can help! Call 1-800-872-8646 for more information or e-mail UNITE at www.uniformjustice.org."

 

 
 

Seeing this couple in the Cesar Chavez march led me to research "Veterans for Peace" and this is what I found on the National Chapter website.

"Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985... It is comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members... The organization includes men and women veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, other conflicts and peactime veterans. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary."

The list of accomplishments of this group is impressive: in 1999 they were part of a coalition that received the Nobel Peace Prize for working to ban the sale and use of landmines. Other projects include raising money for and sending a delegation to build a new wing for a health clinic in My Lai (Viet Nam), serving as election monitors in El Salvador, and repairing a water treatment facility in Iraq that had been rendered inoperable due to sanctions. This project brought clean water to 81,000 people. (Note: this project has probably been "rendered inoperable" again by the U.S. war).

 

 
  Guillermo Durgin, SEIU Local 250 Kaiser organizer and long-time activist for Labor and Social Justice.

 

 
  A view of the march as it neared the State Capitol.
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