The LA IWW GMB holds its regular monthly meetings on the last Sunday of the month at 12:30 PM. For the meeting location, please contact either or (323) 374-3499.
San Diego IWW
meets every 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm at the San Diego Education Association at 10393 San Diego Mission Road.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Statement of Solidarity with Survivors of Gender-based Violence and Condemnation of the PLP’s Defense of Rape

In Solidarity with the Fellow Workers of the Boston General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, The Los Angeles / Ricardo Flores Magón General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World support the following Statement of Solidarity. The Los Angeles GMB of the IWW supports the Boston GMB’s positions of solidarity with the Fellow Worker who was raped by Seth Miller, member of the Progressive Labor Party (PLP), and will integrate region-specific methods of solidarity with our Fellow Worker. Furthermore, the LA GMB will assess and deconstruct patriarchal elements from within our branch’s functions and promote outreach to survivors of gender-based violence.

Background Information:
A few years ago, a Fellow Worker was raped by Seth Miller, a member of PLP in Los Angeles. He and the Fellow Worker had been friends and had done organizing together prior to this attack. Last year, the survivor decided to go public with what had happened and approached PLP hoping that they would help her hold the perpetrator accountable. The response of the PLP has been appalling: obstructing the survivor’s desired accountability process, and requiring only a self-evaluation and a drinking partner for the perpetrator. Worse still, they have started an insidious misinformation campaign intended to undermine the credibility of the survivor, her account, and her allies. In their official response they claim to fight “sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny in every aspect”, and then promptly continue with slandering the survivor and her allies as “informant-provocateurs” acting in collusion with the “fascist police state.”

We at the Los Angeles/Ricardo Flores Magón General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World condemn the Progressive Labor Party’s response to the Fellow Worker’s demands for justice against their rapist. It is our duty to recognize and take action when those that call themselves revolutionaries perpetuate gender violence by protecting rapists, ignore the survivor’s demands, and attack the survivor for demanding justice.

Whereas the Los Angeles / Ricardo Flores Magón General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World is determined to fight rape culture and patriarchy in our union and in
society at large, and

Whereas a Fellow Worker was raped by Seth Miller, a member of the Progressive Labor Party, as described at:, and

Whereas the response of the Progressive Labor Party to the survivor’s efforts to have them hold Seth Miller accountable has been abhorrent, and
Whereas the Progressive Labor Party has sought to undermine the credibility of the survivor and has sought to protect the rapist, and

Whereas the survivor, a Fellow Worker, has asked that we a) exclude PLP from our organizing campaigns and spaces, b) warn our allies, c) examine and address patriarchal behavior in our organizing communities, d) actively support and defend survivors of sexual violence, and

Therefore, be it resolved that the Los Angeles / Ricardo Flores Magón General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, in solidarity with the survivor and in support of her wishes, will no longer collaborate in organizing campaigns or share organizing spaces with the Progressive Labor Party, or any other organizations which protect rapists and promote rape culture through their words or actions. This proposal and accompanying documentation will be made available to groups that we organize with, and to the stakeholders of venues where we meet regularly. We pledge to stand in solidarity with all victims and survivors of gender-based discrimination, assaults, and other forms of violence, both in the “revolutionary left” and in the broader society. We recognize that the only way to do that is to listen to survivors and to honor their wishes.

- The Los Angeles/Ricardo Flores Magón General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, January 27, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

San Diego IWW Meeting Sunday 1/20/13

The next San Diego IWW meeting will be held Sunday, January 20th at 12:30 PM at the City Deli, 535 University Ave, San Diego, California 92103.

The meeting is open to the pubic.

Please come and learn more about our organizing efforts here in San Diego.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OC IWW Social Saturday 1/19/2013

Come to this potluck social to meet and mingle with Fellow Workers from the Orange County and surrounding areas! This is a great time to introduce your friends, family, and yourself to the IWW.

Discuss workplace issues, and be downright sociable ;-) please, invite your friends and let's make this a party to be proud of!

Saturday 1/19/2013 - 6:00 PM
Teamsters Local 952
140 South Marks Way,
Orange, California 92868

For more info email or phone 949-441-1273
Twitter: @OrangeCountyIWW

Sunday, January 6, 2013

UPDATED: Orange County IWW Organizer Training: January 19-20/2013

POSTPONED - to be rescheduled for later this Spring.
In the democratic spirit of the slogan "Every member an organizer!" the IWW's Organizer Training provides workers with the basic skills and strategies needed to organize at their jobs. The training covers the basics of building an organizing committee, reaching out to coworkers through one-on-one meetings, and building strength up to the point of going public with a union. Learn to organize in your workplace through discussion with experienced organizers, workshops, role playing, and other exercises. The training also provides a foundation in U.S. labor law. The training provides workers with the direct action tactics they need to assert their rights on the job, with or without union representation.

Attendance at both days is highly preferable, since the second day builds upon the previous day's instruction. However, participants will still learn valuable skills and tactics, even if they are only able to attend one day of the training.

Bagels and coffee, as well as a lunch will be provided on both days. A vegan option will be available. Training materials will also be provided. A $10 donation is suggested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We will also be having a branch social at 6 PM.

The IWW, founded in 1905, is a radical rank and file union open to all workers, regardless of occupation or employment status. The Orange County Sub-Branch of the IWW meets on the 1st Saturday of each month at 12pm at the Orange County Catholic Worker in Santa Ana. To learn more about this local branch of the IWW, please visit our Facebook page:

Online Sign-Up Form for the OC IWW Organizer Training 1/19-20/2012

Email or call (949) 441-1273 for further information.

IWW Organizer Training
When: Saturday, January 19 & Sunday, January 2013
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM, both days
Location: TBD
Cost: $10 suggested (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds)