What I’m saying, doing and thinking

The Democratic Party is losing the working class

Understanding why is the key to rebuilding a populist progressive movement. This was published recently in the The Stand, The Democratic Party is losing the working class.

Reflections on Campaigning in Western Pennsylvania

This was published in The StandWSLC Pittsburgh letter. It’s part of a four part series about door belling for the Clinton campaign in Westmoreland County – #WritingsFromPittsburgh.

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Upcoming Events

February 25, 2017 Santa Ana CA
American Federation of Musicians Western Conference

March 2, 2017 Bellingham WA
Western Washington University Student/Community Forum

March 8, 2017 Tacoma WA
Pierce County Central Labor Council – Retirement Security

March 22, 2017 Youngstown OH
Youngstown State University – Skype Event

April 1, 2017 Burbank CA
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 761

April 4, 2017 Everett WA
Sheet Metal Local Workers 66

April 6, 2017 Portland OR
Sheet Metal Local Workers 16

April 2017 Spokane WA
Iron Workers Local 14. Date to be determined.

April 11, 2017 Seattle WA
Evans School of Public Affairs – Graduate Student Forum

April 22, 2017 Kent WA
Electricians Local 46

April 27, 2017 Longview WA
Washington State Building Trades

Spring 2017 Western WA
Electricians Local 191 (Tentative)

May 2, 2017 Cle Elum WA
Pacific Northwest Iron Workers Organizing Conference

May 24, 2017 Phoenix AZ
Electricians Union National Manufacturing, Broadcast and Telecom Conference

June 1, 2019 Spokane WA
Washington State Building Trades

June 19, 2019 Portland OR
Sheet Metal Workers Local 16

August 1, 2017 Seattle WA
Cement Masons Local 528

Letter to Labor

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters and our Community Allies:

I want to continue helping you build a stronger, more inclusive labor movement in the coming months and years. Since 2011, I have given 268 speeches, interactive workshops and trainings in 18 states across the country for you and our many community allies. I have spoken to national, regional, state, and local conventions and meetings of 22 International Unions as well as AFL-CIO state federations and local labor councils, and building trades councils.

Donald Trump and the Republican Congress pose the greatest threat to our movement and country in many decades. Our hard-won gains are threatened on every front. The American people want change but they want change that will improve their lives, create greater opportunity and fairness and a better future for their children and grandchildren. Read More

Videos

“Making the American Dream Real for Everyone” focuses on the rise and fall of unions and our allies over the past 125 years in our fight to share fairly in the wealth we produce and build a more just and equitable country, and how we can rebuild or power.

“Winning Big in Hard Times” explores the rise and fall of unions and our community allies in strengthening our democracy and Corporate America in their right wing allies attacking our democracy over the past 125 years. It concluded with ideas about how we can reclaim our democracy.

“Which Side of History Are You On?” focuses on Corporate America’s counterattack against organized labor and our diverse community over the past 45 years and how disunity between organized labor and our potential community allies and movements weakened us. Most importantly we learn about many examples of major successes that new labor/community alliances are winning and how to rebuild our power.

“Speaking from the Heart to Win Community Allies” is a skill-building and messaging workshop. It emphasizes the power of our personal stories and other listening techniques to increase our effectiveness in reaching out to non-union workers and current potential community allies.

Endorsements

He is one of the best at informing and motivating

He presents a unique perspective from a historical point of view by comparing labor’s modern day challenges with the overwhelming challenges of workers’ organizing efforts in the 19th and 20 th centuries. His personal story of how he became a union activist makes for a very interesting and compelling discussion about not only the labor movement but activism in general. I have attended more conferences and listened to more speakers than I can count in my 43 years in the IBEW. Many were interesting and informative but very few as compelling as Mark. He is one of the best at informing and motivating.

Don Siegel, IBEW 3rd District International VP, Pennsylvania

2017-01-24T15:52:58+00:00

Don Siegel, IBEW 3rd District International VP, Pennsylvania

He presents a unique perspective from a historical point of view by comparing labor’s modern day challenges with the overwhelming challenges of workers’ organizing efforts in the 19th and 20 th centuries. His personal story of how he became a union activist makes for a very interesting and compelling discussion about not only the labor movement but activism in general. I have attended more conferences and listened to more speakers than I can count in my 43 years in the IBEW. Many were interesting and informative but very few as compelling as Mark. He is one of the best at informing and motivating.

I strongly recommend Mark

Mark inspired and electrified our Region 9 leadership conference with a clear message of how we, as organized labor and working people, can once again lead our nation toward greater justice and security for all. I strongly recommend Mark to any union wanting to inspire and educate their leaders and activists about the road forward.

Cindy Estrada, International Vice President, United Auto Workers Union

2017-01-24T15:56:34+00:00

Cindy Estrada, International Vice President, United Auto Workers Union

Mark inspired and electrified our Region 9 leadership conference with a clear message of how we, as organized labor and working people, can once again lead our nation toward greater justice and security for all. I strongly recommend Mark to any union wanting to inspire and educate their leaders and activists about the road forward.

We get a sense of optimism and hope

What is most valuable about Mark’s workshops is the recognition that as we remember our history, we get a sense of optimism and hope that when we come together and focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us, we can overcome seemingly impossible odds and make progressive change.

Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council

2017-01-24T15:58:03+00:00

Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council

What is most valuable about Mark’s workshops is the recognition that as we remember our history, we get a sense of optimism and hope that when we come together and focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us, we can overcome seemingly impossible odds and make progressive change.

When we were flat broke Mark did another free workshop for us

It is unbelievable that when we were flat broke, Mark did another free workshop for us and we got more financial and community support for our struggle to organize farm workers. The audience was energized with the will to fight on and we raised money to help us continue to move forward.

Ramon Torres, President, Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (independent farm worker union), Bellingham WA

2017-04-26T21:02:17+00:00

Ramon Torres, President, Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (independent farm worker union), Bellingham WA

It is unbelievable that when we were flat broke, Mark did another free workshop for us and we got more financial and community support for our struggle to organize farm workers. The audience was energized with the will to fight on and we raised money to help us continue to move forward.

What are others saying about my work?