Here are some encouraging news stories that I want to share in celebration of May Day (aka International Workers Day):
PUERTO PIRITU, Venezuela – Venezuela stripped the worldâ€™s biggest oil companies of operational control over massive Orinoco Belt crude projects on Tuesday, a vital move in President Hugo Chavezâ€™s nationalization drive.
The May Day takeover came exactly a year after Bolivian President Evo Morales, a leftist ally of Chavez, startled investors by ordering troops to seize his countryâ€™s gas fields, accelerating Latin Americaâ€™s struggle to reclaim resources.
â€œThe importance of this is that we are taking back control of the Orinoco Belt which the president rightly calls the worldâ€™s biggest crude reserve,â€ said Marco Ojeda, an oil union leader before a planned rally to mark the transfer. . .
Such good news. So many nations are allowing multinational corporations to steal the nation’s wealth away from the PEOPLE of the nation, so it is so good to see the Venezuelan people act to take back what is rightfully theirs.
Independent truckers announce the LA port will shut down on May 1, the first victory for the 2007 May Day Mobilization for Immigrants’ Rights.
PORT OF AZTLAN, April 27, 2007–The independent truckers of the Port of Aztlan, working with the Industrial Workers of the World, made good on their promise to shut down the Los Angeles port on May 1, in support of nationwide migrants’ rights protests scheduled for that day and the truckers’ struggle to organize. This morning the Los Angeles Port Authority declared the port would be closed for a May 1 “holiday,” thereby avoiding potential litigation from shippers facing dockers’ and demurrage fees for goods left on the dock during the truckers’ strike.
Ernesto Nevarez, spokesperson for the truckers, explained, “[The Port Authority] knows the truckers are going to do it [strike] anyway. By calling it a legal holiday, they avoid liability for the shutdown. We forced them to recognize May Day.”
The announcement culminated several months’ worth of planning, according to the IWW representative at the Harbor protest this morning, who added that he hoped that “the Port Authority would make May Day a regular holiday, and that the troqueros would remember it every year.” . . .