Cherrene Horazuk

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Cherrene Horazuk


Cherrene Horazuk is a Minnesota activist. She is the president of AFSCME 3800, the union of clerical workers at the University of Minnesota, and is also the former National Director of CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. She is a long-time labor and international solidarity activist and led a strike of 3000 workers, the vast majority of whom were women, at the U of MN in 2007. [1]

She is a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!.[2]

FMLN connection

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Cherrene Horazuk with Roger Blandino Nerio (Comandante Jeremias) of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN).

Fight Back! supporter

Fight Back! / ¡Lucha y Resiste! is a Facebook group for readers and supporters of Fight Back! / ¡Lucha y Resiste! the newspaper of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!

As of July 5 2020 members included Cherrene Horazuk.

FightBack! supporter

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In 2016, Marie Dino, Loretta VanPelt, Brad Sigal, Kenneth W. Garnier, Mata Konechne, Mick Kelly, Meredith Allison, and Cherrene Horazuk were Minneapolis supporters of FightBack! News, the newspaper of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!

Iosbaker's network

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Joe Iosbaker April 4 2020.

From A worker at Trader Joe’s:  Hey will you please share these things? We're trying to show our coworkers fearing retaliation that they have people on their side.

Sean Orr, Daniel Ginsberg-Jaeckle, Kristen Jefferson, Benjamin James, Dave Schneider, Cherrene Horazuk, Richard Berg, Sarah Justice, Michael Sampson II, Mike Kramer, Regina Russell, Cathleen Jensen, Gabriella Killpack, Frank Chapman, Aislinn Sol, Sol Mar, Bassem Kawar, Martha Iosbaker, Mary Iosbaker-Azzouzi, Kas Schwerdtfeger, Tracey Schwerdtfeger, Tomas de Bourgha, Michela Martinazzi.

GOTV

Elissa McBride October 28, 2018 ·

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I spent a great weekend getting out the vote for pro-worker candidates with leaders from AFSCME Council 65 - Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota and AFSCME Council 5. Here is a photo of some awesome women leaders getting ready to head out on the doors. We are motivated and mobilized because #MidtermsMatter! — with Serena Vergin and Cherrene Horazuk.

We've Carried The Rich For 240 Years!

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We've Carried The Rich For 240 Years! Let's Get Them Off Our Backs! is the name of a 2016 Facebook group for folk to exchange views and memories of the Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party/Revolutionary Workers Headquarters lineage of the '70s New Communist Movement.

This group is for folks who were members of these groups or those who were “never actually in the RCP but I knew a lot of people who were.” Scholars, whether rigorous or casual, of the US left are also welcome.''

Members included Cherrene Horazuk

Forward Motion

Cherrene Horazuk, the National Director of CISPES contributed a review to Freedom Road Socialist Organization's Forward Motion February 1994 on feminism in El Salvador.

Protesting Condoleezza Rice

Chris Getowicz April 18, 2014 Minneapolis, MN - Hundreds of students and community members gathered outside of Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota (U of M), on the evening of April 17, to protest an appearance by Bush White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Rice was speaking as an invited guest of the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The crowd of over 250 protesters, led by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), heard speakers including professors David Pellow and August Nimtz, AFSCME 3800 President Cherrene Horazuk, Welfare Rights Committee member Deb Howze, Anti-War Committee member Sabry Wazwaz and representatives from other student groups such as Whose Diversity and Students for Justice in Palestine.

Speaking to the rally, Stephanie Taylor of SDS stated, “Condoleezza is advocating for the erasure of history and the covering up of crimes committed.” Sociology Professor David Pellow spoke about how Rice’s ‘humanitarian’ work was done in places like Iraq with F-16 jets.

Professor August Nimtz stated, “Hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of others” could have spoken to the “narrative about how a particular black family coped with, and refused to be broken by, that system” of white supremacy in the Jim Crow south. Nimtz himself grew up in the Jim Crow south in New Orleans and highlighted the fact that Rice was “missing in action” while some “90% of her cohorts made the decisive contributions for the victory, the Children’s Crusade, when the masses took to the streets.” Nimtz also highlighted her absence from struggles against apartheid in South Africa.[3]

Communist "Manifestivity"

On October 30 and 31, 1998 the Brecht Forum presented the "Communist Manifestivity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto" at Cooper Union's Great Hall, New York.

Individual endorsers of the event included Cherrene Horazuk.[4]

AFSCME

As at June 15, 2010, Horazuk was the chief steward of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3800.[5]

Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout

Circa September 19, 2009, Cherrene Horazuk signed a petition initiated by the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout entitled, Petition to Demand a People's Bailout which includes the statement, "Tax the rich, make them pay for their crisis!"[6]

Statement of Solidarity with Activists Raided

Leaders and investigated activists at the meeting. From left: Cherrene Horazuk, Deb Konechne, Jess Sundin, Mick Kelly, Tracy Molm, Steff Yorek

The following statement was read and agreed upon at the community meeting at Walker Church, Minnesota on the evening of Friday, September 24, 2010. In the statement, the signatories call for the federal government to cease its investigation and accuses the U.S. government of engaging in terror tactics on a daily basis.

Cherrene Horazuk chaired the meeting. Deb Konechne, Jess Sundin, Mick Kelly, Tracy Molm, Steff Yorek and Garrett Fitzgerald, RNC 8 Defense Committee spoke at the meeting.

2013 May Day celebration

More than 50 people gathered Minneapolis May 3 2013 for a celebration to mark International Workers Day. The event was organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!. In a festively decorated hall, the celebration began with a dinner and slide show that highlighted the struggles of the past year.

Deb Howze, of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, welcoming audience.Jess Sundin, a Twin Cities leader of FRSO, gave the opening speech. “This day, International Workers Day, is celebrated by the working class in every corner of the world. This great holiday, a communist holiday, is marked with protests and marches, and also with meetings and celebrations. It’s been more than 125 years since May Day began, and struggles by U.S. workers and our unions have won the eight-hour work day, the 40-hour work week, health and safety rules at work, the right to unionization, unemployment insurance, welfare and Social Security, minimum wage and much more. These things are threatened in workplaces and government halls every day.”

This year’s May Day celebration had a strong emphasis on the employed and unemployed sections of the working class. Mark Froemke, the president of West/Red River Valley Area Labor Council, talked about the heroic struggle waged by the workers who had been locked out at Crystal Sugar. More than $400 was raised for their support.

Joe Burns, author of an important book on the way forward for the labor movement, Reviving the Strike, talked about the key elements of class struggle unionism. Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME Local 3800, spoke about attacks on public employees and the need for resistance. Angel Buechner and Ebony Harris of the Welfare Rights Committee gave a riveting account of the fight to raise public assistance grants.

Francisco Segovia of Mesa Latina, and a key organizer of the 1000-plus Saint Paul May 1 immigrant rights march, spoke on the need to fight for demands of the undocumented.

Other speakers included leaders of the Anti-War Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Acton Committee.[7]

Celebrate International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day with Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! Sunday, March 8, 2015, Riverwest Public House Cooperative, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015"

Sunday 26 April 2015, "Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015" organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!. Location TBA.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Katherine Elizabeth, Jessica Schwartz, Steph Ross Taylor, Christina Field, Doug Jadzia Sembla, Mary Padilla Cristobal Aldana, Alisha Olson, Kim DeFranco, Jess Sundin, Cassandra Hendricks, Cherrene Horazuk, Julia Russ, Zandra Dee , Loretta VanPelt, Tracy Molm, Hannan Ayoub, Khin Oo, Tracey Plk, Kim Smith, Hoda Isak, Alexandra Vagac, Laura Hoffman, Meredith Aby-Keirstead, Jessie Gavilanes, Amy Selvius, Penelope Mace, Beatriz Hernandez, Marisol Marquez, Laye Kwamina-Barry, Cory Eggert, Lion Ras, Kuntal Chatterjee, Andy Carhart, Sean Orr, Rahul Choudhury Boro, Andrew McNally, Cleveland Savage, Jesus Estrada-Perez, Julio Alberto Martinez, Fern Figueroa, Ryan A. Smith, Joshua Cromarty, Brad Sigal, Tim Nolan, Edward Hahn, Cody Gilbert, Timmy McDonough, Mick Kelly, Jigme Ugen, Manuel Berduc.[9]

WFTU

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Cherrene Horazuk represented the U.S. delegation to the World Federation of Trade Union Congress held in October 2016, in Durban, South Africa.[10]

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