Labor/Work


Thinking Locally and Globally: A powerful organizing movement of folks in Arkansas

Tony Robles/National Poverty Racism and Resistance Report (NPRRR)
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

The Laughter of Black Men

Tony Robles/PNN
Saturday, September 5, 2009;

It’s one of the most beautiful sounds, maybe the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. You go through life working jobs and navigating through the nonsense and the real and sometimes the lines separating them are so blurred that you can’t tell one from the other. A great writer once said, “Men have ways of showing their petty biases and prejudices”. One doesn’t have to be a great writer to draw that conclusion.

So Very Hard To Go: A Native San Franciscan Remembers Joe Jung's Restaurant

Tony Robles/PNN
Friday, November 14, 2008;

Ain't nothin' I can
say, nothin' I can do,
I feel so bad, yeah,
I feel so blue.
I got to make it right
for everyone concerned
Even if it's me, if it
means it's me what's
gettin' burned.

"So Very Hard to go"
Tower of Power

Sayaw Ng Mandirigma (Dancing with the warriors): journey to the homeland for a worker, a father, an Escrimador!

Tony Robles
Tuesday, July 1, 2008;

Jimmy, Jimmy, oh Jimmy Mack
When are you coming back?

--Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Ordinary Guy: A Professor, music and poverty scholar with a "degree in streetology"--Joe Bataan

Tony Robles/PNNReviewforTheReVolution
Monday, April 21, 2008;

I don't drive beautiful cars
And I don't own an elegant home
Don't have thousands to spend
All chits I got is for the weekend
I'm just an ordinary, ordinary guy
Afro-Filipino, ordinary guy
That's what I am
The ordinary man
You left behind

IOU: The working class scholar speaks.

Tony Robles/Special to PNN
Tuesday, March 25, 2008;

I recall the instruction and indoctrination I received from my father as a child. Early on he stressed to me the importance of work. He stressed that I be on time and that "nobody in this world gave you anything for free." You had to work. He'd talk about all the children starving in China and how I was lucky to be eating. 30 years later I realize that there are people starving all over, many of whom are within shouting distance from where I am typing this.

Heart of the City: The Farmers Market in Downtown San Francisco is at-risk of take-over

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, May 27, 2008;

As a child I would accompany my grandma to the market 3 blocks from our house. She held my hand as we walked. The trees seemed to bow before her, and the traffic, upon seeing her wide sunglasses and colorful scarves, would come to a respectful halt. I'd skip alongside her as we got closer to the market. Once inside, it was magic. Grandma knew vegetables - bok choy, squash, ginger and bitter melon. They knew her too, jumping into our cart as we made our way to the meat and fish section.

From Black Streaks to White Streaks: A Racist 2008 Olympics

Tony Robles/PNN
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

I saw my uncle Anthony the other day. He is a street minister. He walks Market Street passing out tracts. "Im working for the lord now", he says, after a lifetime of janitorial duties. "It may not pay very much, but the retirement plan is out of this world". He talks to the hustlers and players. Tells them to get ready.

Don't Spray On Me: Families, children resist this inhuman and very questionable "spraying" of our lan

Tony Robles/PNN
Monday, April 21, 2008;

"Profits enslave the world"
--Filipino American labor organizer Philip Vera Cruz

The cat sprayed in the computer and now the government wants to spray on us. The reason? It's called LBAM, aka the light brown apple moth. The state and big agribusiness is putting out propaganda that says this little moth--unless controlled by spraying--will cost California billions of dollars in lost crop export revenue.

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