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Next week is Workers' Memorial Week of Action -- and here's what you can expect

If we’ve seemed a little light on the blogging the past few weeks, it’s because we’ve been gearing up for Workers’ Memorial Day, and this year’s Workers’ Memorial Week of Action.

This week-long commemoration (April 22-28) is set to be the largest, most powerful observance of injured and fallen workers yet, with actions and events – not to mention compelling reports and testimonies – across the country. Read about some of them here!

Here’s a little bit about what you can expect in the coming weeks:

Monday, April 22: National COSH kicks off Workers’ Memorial Week of Action with powerful and shareable infographics depicting the prevalence of workplace fatalities and employers who are hardly held accountable. 

Tuesday, April 23: National COSH releases its first national Workers’ Memorial Day report, “Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities.” The organization will also hold a telephone press conference to highlight the report’s findings and share stories of workers who were killed on the job.

Wednesday, April 24: National COSH holds a Facebook town hall. This is a great place to share your stories, statistics, reports, and information about your events and actions. It can also turn into a Q&A – so be sure to log on and submit your questions. We’ll be responding live at 1 p.m. ET. 

Thursday, April 25: @NationalCOSH leads a Twitterstorm. That’s right: We’re going to flood Twitter with our stories, statistics, reports, and calls to action. The effort will be concentrated around 1 p.m. ET, but feel free to post throughout the day (and week!) Here are some helpful Twitter tips to get you started:

Target Twitter handles: @USDOL, @BLS_gov, @NIOSH, @NIOSH_TWH (total worker health), @NIOSHoilandgas, @NIOSHManuf, @OMBPress (re: silica rule), @USDA (re: poultry rule), and @wvgazette or @kenwardjr (re: mine safety).

Use hashtags: #WMDay, #OSHA, #MSHA, #PoultryRule, #askUSDA, #workersafety, #I2P2, #silica, #whistleblower, #workplaceviolence, and #fracking. Send us your ideas, too!

Here is a list of PWA members on Twitter. Not on there? Let Dorry know and she'll add you.

Dorry will share sample tweets as we get closer, but feel free to share others!

Also throughout the week, National COSH will share stories, photos, and information about workers killed on the job, as well as testimony from their surviving loved ones.

That’s not to mention the dozens of events and reports coming from COSH groups and OSH activists throughout the week. Visit www.workersmemorialweek.org to learn about what’s going on in your area, or email Dorry at dorry.samuels@gmail.com to share yours not currently listed.

We already expect reports out of Massachusetts, California, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee, but don’t worry, there’s still time to share, even if you don’t live in those states. National COSH encourages folks in the Protecting Workers Alliance to share National COSH’s report and to add a local spin – either with stories, statistics, event announcements, or whatever else you can add. We’ll be sure to share our report and press release as soon as they’re available. 

Finally, and this is very important, please be sure to document your Workers' Memorial Day commemoration -- through photos, videos, blog posts, testimony, or however else you can. Don't have a means of editing or posting your material? Send it to Dorry at dorry.samuels@gmail.com and she'll help.

Have any other ideas for how to get the word out about Workers’ Memorial Day? Let us know!

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