I’m Erika, a student at California State University Monterey Bay and an Intern at Local 483 in Monterey. There are currently many fights our local area is immersed in, and in the middle of it there are days when we feel the need to engage in communal settings where we come together for broader discussions of bringing about ‘change’. OCCUPY MONTEREY held a community rally and potluck picnic with the central theme, “Corporations are NOT People Nor Is Their Money Free Speech”. The event was sponsored andattended by several organizations including: Alliance for Democracy/Move to Amend, the Green Party, Veterans for Peace, Occupy Monterey Peninsula. Three interns and 3 staff members from our local attended the event. We explored ideas for getting corporations out of our public sphere. We all deserve the peace and equity that is derived from a democracy “of, by and for the PEOPLE.” – Erika, 2012 Summer Organizer, Monterey
In the middle of bargaining for a new labor contract, Carmel Mission’s owners tried to intimidate workers, while demanding contract concessions. UNITE HERE Local 483 has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, including a challenge to Carmel Mission Inn management’s withdrawal of union recognition on January 13, 2011. More than 450 area hotel workers and community supporters sent a clear message to Carmel Mission Inn management: The Monterey Bay Community will not stand for the intimidation of workers!
The rally was empowering because it gave people the opportunity to scream out their frustrations and get the management’s attention! We chanted “no justice, no peace” as we marched through the front of the hotel and demonstrated the power of the people!