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NUGW “MARCH IN MARCH” SUNDAY MARCH 8, 2009, TOKYO SHIBUYA, ALL WELCOME.  ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING TOMORROW, SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2PM.
POSTERS OF THE EVENT IN ENGLISH AND JAPANESE IN PDF FORMAT HERE. (ENGLISH) (JAPANESE)

Sisters and Brothers,  Please forward this email to all your friends and family.  So that I can track the progress of this email, please put me on the list when you forward it.
 
    If you are reading this email it means you are welcome to join us at the Fifth Annual Tokyo March in March for job security and equality.  Come to Miyashita Park in Shibuya, an 8-minute walk from Hachiko behind the tracks on the way to Harajuku at 3:30pm on Sunday, March 8, 2009.  March departs at 5pm.
 
   Each year we hold the March in March to appeal to the thousands of people in Shibuya on a Sunday afternoon with a message of strength and solidarity.  We demand that employers and the government cooperate to ensure job security and an equal society for all workers in a Japan that is increasingly multiethnic.   Dance, music, performances from areas around the world, colors, costumes, and huge placards make March in March a protest parade you will never forget.  This year we are going national, with March in Marches slated to take place in other cities around Japan as well.
 
    Bring your friends, family, coworkers.  March in March would make a memorable first date.  Or a second one.
 
    Make a difference and have fun at the same time.   That is the March in March.
 
For questions, please contact me at nugw.carlet@ezweb.ne.jp     See you there!
 
In Solidarity,
Louis Carlet
NUGW Tokyo Nambu

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UPDATE

We need help preparing for the March in March! Come to the Shimbashi office this Sunday March 1, starting at 2pm, to lend a hand.

Specifically, we need people to
1) make posters (make your own picket sign!)
2) help build the huge mushirobata signs that we carry each year
3) pick up flyers and take them to various spots in Tokyo
(e.g. your favourite English bookstore, or neighbourhood
pub.)

If you cannot come in, but would like us to send some
flyers for you to distribute, please send us your land
address.

And, of course, come to the March in March, Sunday, March 8, 2009.
Where: Miyashita Park in Shibuya, an 8-minute walk from
Hachiko beside the JR tracks on the way to Harajuku.
When: From 3:30 on. March departs at 5pm.

This is the 5th annual March in March, a parade for job
security and equality for all. Featuring performances of
Peruvian music, capoeira, and huge multi-lingual banners,
the march winds through the crowded streets of Shibuya,
passing in front of the station, and is watched by
thousands of passers-by. Be a part of it! Photos from last
year can be seen on the following websites:

http://www.mkimpo.com/diary/2008/march_in_march_08-03-09.html

March in March 2009

For questions, please contact Louis Carlet at
nugw.carlet@ezweb.ne.jp See you there!

In Solidarity,

Catherine Campbell
NUGW Tokyo Nambu

ENDS

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UPDATE TWO

Only four poster-painting days left til the March in March!

Sunday, March 8, 4:00 pm in Miyashita Koen, near Shibuya Station.

We’re expecting capoeira performers, Peruvian musicians,
the NOVA bunny, maybe some samba dancers, along with
hundreds of workers from around the world and Japan:
eikaiwa teachers, factory workers, salarymen, temp staff,
freeters, university professors, parents, children, and
labour organizers, united behind the banner “Job Security
and Equality for All.”

Come by the Nambu office in Shimbashi on Saturday evening
to make a poster about your workplace, or just to lend a
hand with the preparations.

For more information, and photos from last year, see the
following sites:

Grupo Bantus Capoeira Japão


http://nambufwc.org/
http://www.mkimpo.com/diary/2008/march_in_march_08-03-09.html

MINISTRY NEGOTIATIONS

The following day, Monday, March 9, Nambu and other unions
will be negotiating with the ministries of education,
labour, and justice, on issues related to foreign
workers’ rights.

Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Place: Sangiin Daigiin Kaikan (House of Representatives
Hall)
(Kokkaigijidomae Station, Exit 1, turn right, cross the
street, and walk past the Shugiinkaikan 1 and 2)

10:00〜11:30 General policy
11:30〜13:00 Lunch break
13:00〜15:00 Language schools, dispatch, subcontracting
  
15:00〜17:00 Intern system

See you all there,

Catherine Campbell
NUGW Tokyo Nambu
ENDS

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