1. I’ll be leading free tour/lectures at the Slater Mill Museum this weekend on early Rhode Island labor history from the first factories to the first strike in US history led by Pawtucket women in 1824.
This will be a real talk tour: we’ll cover the intimate connections between slavery and early capitalism, the dismal conditions of the early child workers, and the growing anger and solidarity that led to our country’s first working class collective action.
This is a special program I’ve been researching for the last year as part of my work at the museum. This is probably the last time it’ll be free so don’t miss it! It’s part of the larger weekend-long Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival happening on the museum’s grounds complete with food, music, drinking, and more. 

    I’ll be leading free tour/lectures at the Slater Mill Museum this weekend on early Rhode Island labor history from the first factories to the first strike in US history led by Pawtucket women in 1824.

    This will be a real talk tour: we’ll cover the intimate connections between slavery and early capitalism, the dismal conditions of the early child workers, and the growing anger and solidarity that led to our country’s first working class collective action.

    This is a special program I’ve been researching for the last year as part of my work at the museum. This is probably the last time it’ll be free so don’t miss it! It’s part of the larger weekend-long Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival happening on the museum’s grounds complete with food, music, drinking, and more. 

  2. THOUSANDS OF FAST FOOD WORKERS TO STRIKE THURSDAY AUGUST 29

    Very exciting stuff. Thousands of fast food and other low-wage workers will be striking next Thursday to demand better pay and the right to unionize without intimidation. Check out Low Pay Is Not OK to learn more, sign their petition, and learn how you can join the protests. 

  3. Protest the Renaissance Providence Today and Every Wednesday!

    Workers at the Renaissance Providence will be holding a demonstration outside the hotel today and every Wednesday from 4:00PM-6:30PM. Come show your support for the full time or just 15 minutes! We need to show the hotel that the public is behind the workers. 

    Workers are demanding better working conditions and an end to the hotel’s tax exemptions. See our videos for more information on the campaign. The hotel is located at 5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI.

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  4. WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE ON TOUR
I’ll have more hotel worker stories and videos up soon, but for now I want to announce that What Cheer? Brigade, the radical brass band I play in that’s featured in a few of our videos, is on tour throughout the southern US for the next 2.5 weeks! Check out www.whatcheerbrigade.com/shows for full details. 
Jul 11: Philadelphia, PA
Jul 12: Baltimore, MD
Jul 13: Richmond, VA
Jul 13: Richmond, VA
Jul 14: Chapel Hill, NC
Jul 15: Asheville, NC
Jul 16: Columbia, SC
Jul 17: Athens, GA
Jul 18: Birmingham, AL
Jul 19: Pensacola, FL
Jul 20: New Orleans, LA
Jul 21: Baton Rouge, LA
Jul 22: Hot Springs, AR
Jul 23: Little Rock, AR
Jul 23: Russellville, AR
Jul 24: Liberty, TN
Jul 25: Chattanooga, TN
Jul 26: Knoxville, TN
Jul 27: Washington, DC
Check out the band playing the first picket line at the Renaissance Providence Hotel:

    WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE ON TOUR

    I’ll have more hotel worker stories and videos up soon, but for now I want to announce that What Cheer? Brigade, the radical brass band I play in that’s featured in a few of our videos, is on tour throughout the southern US for the next 2.5 weeks! Check out www.whatcheerbrigade.com/shows for full details. 

    • Jul 11: Philadelphia, PA
    • Jul 12: Baltimore, MD
    • Jul 13: Richmond, VA
    • Jul 13: Richmond, VA
    • Jul 14: Chapel Hill, NC
    • Jul 15: Asheville, NC
    • Jul 16: Columbia, SC
    • Jul 17: Athens, GA
    • Jul 18: Birmingham, AL
    • Jul 19: Pensacola, FL
    • Jul 20: New Orleans, LA
    • Jul 21: Baton Rouge, LA
    • Jul 22: Hot Springs, AR
    • Jul 23: Little Rock, AR
    • Jul 23: Russellville, AR
    • Jul 24: Liberty, TN
    • Jul 25: Chattanooga, TN
    • Jul 26: Knoxville, TN
    • Jul 27: Washington, DC

    Check out the band playing the first picket line at the Renaissance Providence Hotel:

  5. Lord Voldemort is Stealing Your Tip Money!

    Harry Potter himself (or at least the awesome Harry and the Potters) comes out to support our tip theft bill! 

    We only have a few weeks left to pass the bill. Please sign the petition and call your State Senator

    Also please check out the non-profit started by Harry and the Potters, the Harry Potter Alliance. They do all sorts of incredible work to fight Voldemort in the real world. 

  6. My original quitting video as well as a bit of this website and our other videos was featured on last Friday’s episode of ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20. 
It’s a highly individualistic view of labor relations—for all the talk of workplace issues there isn’t a single mention of unions—but they do show our website and a few shots of a picket line at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. 

    My original quitting video as well as a bit of this website and our other videos was featured on last Friday’s episode of ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20. 

    It’s a highly individualistic view of labor relations—for all the talk of workplace issues there isn’t a single mention of unions—but they do show our website and a few shots of a picket line at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. 

  7. One More Push to End Tip Theft!

    We’re very close to ending tip theft in Rhode Island!

    Our legislation, HB5121 and SB574 (sponsored by Sen. Erin Lynch and Rep. Chris Blazejewski), has had hearings in both the House and the Senate Labor Committees. The bill will pass if it gets to a vote—we just need to get it out of committees! Check out the video and please sign our petition and call your state senator

  8. Harsh New Cleaning Chemicals Making Renaissance Providence Housekeepers Sick

    Support the workers at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. 

  9. What Cheer? Brigade and I Return to the Renaissance Providence Hotel

    We finally returned to my ex-employer, the Renaissance Providence Hotel, to play for my former co-workers’ first picket line! Check out the awesome video put together by Adrian Quetzal Randall and please sign the letter of support for Renaissance workers! 

  10. Help Fund the First Ever Full Length Documentary on a Hotel Housekeeper!