COA Weekly Update // Partners, Workers, “After Tiller”
Choice Chattanooga: After Tiller
Choice Chattanooga, a grassroots organization dedicated to reproductive justice and gender equality in the Chattanooga area, is featuring a showing of After Tiller. After Tiller is a 2013 documentary which follows the four remaining abortion doctors in the United States who openly offer to perform late-term abortions. The film follows them in the wake of the 2009 murder of doctor George Tiller. Choice Chattanooga has planned this event for Thursday, May 22.
The history of Chattanooga’s women’s health clinics is marked with same the reactionary, oppressive politics of the conservative right which has pushed the right of reproductive choice further and further back across the United States. It is Choice Chattanooga’s current goals to obtaining a women’s health clinic in Chattanooga, raise awareness about as well as working to defeat the Anti-Choice Amendment 1 at the ballot this fall, educating our community about women’s health and rights, and otherwise supporting and furthering women’s rights in the Chattanooga area.
Choice Chattanooga’s Screening of After Tiller
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404
Chattanooga for Workers: Solidarity Fundraiser for Injured VW Workers
While anti-union politicians and operatives bicker at the capital, it is on the ground at VW that the reality of labor without representation has already taken its toll on Chattanooga’s workers.
According to one local worker on the assembly line floor at the Chattanooga Volkswagen factory, “everyone who works here is injured.”
Chattanooga for Workers stands with the workers of the Volkswagen factory. Due to the previous neutrality agreement between the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen, pro-union workers that were injured on the job, and later retaliated against by American management, held back from speaking out about the serious health and safety issues they are facing in our local plant. But the reality which anti-union laborers wish to hide is that Chattanooga workers are leaving the VW factory everyday in pain, with soreness, numbness, and even more serious injuries.
Two such workers are Ed Hunter and Lon Gravett, who worked in the factory for years until they were both seriously injured on the job. Now, they both face rising medical bills with no way to pay them. This event, hosted by Chattanooga for Workers, is a community fundraiser to raise money for two local workers and their families and to provide an opportunity for our union brothers and sisters, non-union working families, concerned citizens, people of faith, political officials, and the media to come together and listen to the stories of our local workers in their own words.
Solidarity Fundraiser for Injured VW Workers
Friday, April 18th, 2014
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
St. Marks United Methodist Church,
701 Mississippi Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Tea Party-backed PAC Begins Campaign Against Domestic Partner’s Benefits
Mark West and his Tea Party affiliated PAC “CGAT” have begun their fight against the Domestic Partner’s Benefits ordinance passed in 2013 by the Chattanooga City Council.
COA firmly believes that equal work means equal benefits for LGBTQ+ persons as well as all other city workers in domestic partnerships.
More info about the Domestic Partner’s Benefit ordinance may be found HERE.