April 4, 2000

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Nuestra communidad Venceremos

One last time, near sunset, a fasting Riena Cardenas and her nephew, Frank, walk the picket line at Fresno Channel 21. A couple hours later in the darkness, on this street, surrounded by community people, channel 21 workers approved their first contract. Riena and Frank symbolize the community spirit without which this struggle by some 16 workers could not have been won. And this victory shows how workers everywhere can regain their bargaining power through unions with a broad base of support. Reporter Riena fasted for 43 days, so did engineer Martin Castellano and union negotiator Carrie Biggs-Adams. When fasting anchor Fermin Chavez fell ill early on, Angel Noriega from the Committee for the Poor, took over for Chavez and went the distance.

Above photo shows hands counting ballots on the new contract with insert pictures, clockwise from the upper left, Chavez hugging a tired Noriega, Riena doing high 5s with other workers, Castellano shouting victory, Chavez hugging Biggs-Smith.

Buy A Bale A Month Club

As reported in our e-mail message of October 12, member Vic Bedoian has organized a Buy A Bale A Month Club. Each club member pledges to donate to SunMt $5 a month to buy, truck and store a bale of straw for Baby SunHouse, SunMt's demonstration passive solar straw bale-adobe dwelling. Purpose to develop engineering data so that straw bale construction can become a part of the regular building code. The club will live until the project is fully financed. You can join by sending in your first $5.

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