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One Guard Member Said “Doesn’t Matter Who’s President. It’s All About Oil - Libya Or Iraq”
“Overall, The Reception Was Very Good”
[Action Report: New York Army National Guard Assembly]
To: Military Resistance Newsletter Subject: Outreach to New York National Guard Assembly Date: Apr 13, 2011] Outreach at New York National Guard Armory (4/8/11) [Excerpts] Early morning wake-up to coordinate for meetup. This writer got a coffee, hoping for improvements in his alertness and sociability, and was somewhat less than happy with the results. Nevertheless, we three members of Military Resistance arrived to the armory before the 6:45am scheduled meet-up time. Carrying more than 100 packets of literature, along with home-baked cookies and brownies, for distribution to the troops, all three of us seemed to be more or less on the bright side of things. And, approaching our destination, we were heartened to see one or two people sporting military fatigues. This was a welcomed sight, as MR’s last two attempts to outreach at this location were unsuccessful, with no troops showing. This time, however, our information was accurate! The weather wasn’t too cold. And the troops began to show up, as hoped for. This day was a special event at the armory, some soldiers having recently returned from deployments. Soldiers from the army and National Guard and some military families were present. And, some politicians were expected later that day. In fact, the usual jammed-in parking spaces in front of the armory were left empty – with some commuting members of the military unhappily turned away – for the arrival of these VIPs. We stayed until 8am, when the rate of troops arriving had trickled down significantly. Overall, the reception was very good. We felt that, as a somewhat rough estimate, at least about half of the troops accepted our handouts (containing the latest issue of Traveling Soldier [see below], National Guard supplement, GI Rights pamphlet, double sided Military Resistance/Traveling Soldier flyer and information cards [see below]. Those who refused, for the most part, did so politely. Although only three-strong, we decided to cover both of the main gates, since the absence of parked vehicles in between allowed a clear view from gate to gate, and therefore an adequate degree of safety. This was a successful move, as the member covering the North gate was able to distribute about 35 – 40 handouts on his own. In all, we distributed 84 packets of literature, and just shy of the 60 snack packages we’d brought. We did not have any DVDs to distribute this time, as we usually do. A [soldier] with whom we’ve had contact for years was present. This man, who has voiced dissatisfaction with the administration of GW Bush at past outreaches, expressed
happiness to see us, and had the following input this time: “Doesn’t matter who’s president. It’s all about oil - Libya or Iraq.” Interesting. As for the military families we approached, the response was mixed. After explaining who we were, understandably, we were able to perceive slight hints of emotion from the families, with a couple members of separate groups telling us “no thanks.” Although, in these cases, the relatives seemed to display composure and a sense of duty, and did not betray much. On the other hand, one or two of the few family members we had significant interactions with expressed gratitude for us being there, and accepted our literature.
ACTION REPORTS WANTED: FROM YOU!
An effective way to encourage others to support members of the armed forces organizing to resist the Imperial war is to report what you do. If you’ve carried out organized contact with troops on active duty, at base gates, airports, or anywhere else, send a report in to Military Resistance for the Action Reports section. Same for contact with National Guard and/or Reserve components. They don’t have to be long. Just clear, and direct action reports about what work was done and how. If there were favorable responses, say so. If there were unfavorable responses or problems, don’t leave them out. Reporting what went wrong and/or got screwed up is especially important, so that others may learn from you what to expect, and how to avoid similar problems if possible. If you are not planning or engaging in outreach to the troops, you have nothing to report.
Do not make public any information that could compromise the work. Identifying information – locations, personnel – will be omitted from the reports. Whether you are serving in the armed forces or not, do not identify members of the armed forces organizing to stop the wars. If accidentally included, that information will not be published.
The sole exception: occasions when a member of the armed services explicitly directs identifying information be published in reporting on the action.
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Issue 34 Special Issue: Egypt, Tunisia, Libya Soldiers in Revolt 2011
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Telling the truth - about the occupations or the criminals running the government in Washington - is the first reason for Traveling Soldier. But we want to do more than tell the truth; we want to report on the resistance to Imperial wars inside the armed forces. Our goal is for Traveling Soldier to become the thread that ties working-class people inside the armed services together. We want this newsletter to be a weapon to help you organize resistance within the armed forces. If you like what you’ve read, we hope that you’ll join with us in building a network of active duty organizers. http://www.traveling-soldier.org/ Traveling Soldier is the publication of the Military Resistance Organization
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Military Resistance Mission Statement:
1. The mission of Military Resistance is to bring together in one organization members of the armed forces and civilians in order to give aid and comfort to members of the armed forces who are organizing to end the wars of empire in Afghanistan and Iraq. The long term objective is to assist in eliminating all wars of empire by eliminating all empires.
2. Military Resistance does not advocate individual disobedience to orders or desertion from the armed forces. The most effective resistance is organized by members of the armed forces working together. However, Military Resistance respects and will assist in the defense of troops who see individual desertion or refusal of orders as the only course of action open to them for reasons of conscience.
3. Military Resistance stands for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and other occupation troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Occupied nations have the right to independence and the right to resist Imperial invasion and occupation by force of arms.
4. Efforts to increase democratic rights in every society, organization, movement, and within the armed forces itself will receive encouragement and support. Members of the armed forces, whether those of the United States or any other nation, have the right and duty to act against dictatorships commanding their services, and to assist civilian movements against dictatorship. This applies whether a political dictatorship is imposed by force of arms or a political dictatorship is imposed by those in command of the resources of society using their wealth to purchase the political leadership.
5. Military Resistance uses organizational democracy. This means control of the organization by the membership, through elected delegates to any coordinating bodies that may be formed, whether at local, regional, or national levels. Any member may run for any job in the organization. All persons elected are subject to immediate recall, by majority vote of the membership. Coordinating bodies report their actions, decisions and votes to the membership who elected them, and may be overruled by a majority of the membership.
6. It is not necessary for Military Resistance to be in political agreement with other organizations in order to work together towards specific common objectives. It is productive for organizations working together on common projects to discuss differences about the best way forward for the movement. Debate is necessary to arrive at the best course of action.
7. It is a condition of membership that each member prioritize and participate in organized action to reach out to active duty armed forces, Reserve and/or National Guard units. 8. Military Resistance or individual members may choose to support candidates for elective office who are for immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, but do not support a candidate opposed to immediate, unconditional withdrawal. 9. Members may not be active duty or drilling reserve commissioned officers, or employed in any capacity by any police or intelligence agency, local, state, or national.
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
April 12 (Reuters) & (AP) Bombings in a town west of Baghdad have killed three family members of a former progovernment fighter. Bombs planted around the house of Ahmed Jassim in the town of Khan Dhari went off at 5:30 a.m., killing his wife and two sons and wounding the former Sons of Iraq militiaman and his daughter. The group battled insurgents at the peak of Iraq’s war. Minutes later, a roadside bomb hit an Iraqi army patrol that was rushing to Jassim’s house, killing two soldiers and injuring four others. A local doctor confirmed the casualty figures. ************************************************************************
BAGHDAD- Insurgents using silenced weapons opened fire at a car and wounded four people, including two off-duty policemen, in Baghdad's southern Doura district, an Interior Ministry source said. BAGHDAD - Insurgents using silenced weapons killed an Interior Ministry colonel in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said. FALLUJA - A sticky bomb attached to a car carrying a police lieutenant killed him and wounded another person in the city of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said. Police said they found the body of a kidnapped prison guard with gunshot wounds in an area south of the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad. KIRKUK - A car bomb wounded three policemen when it went off in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Kirkuk police operations room said. KIRKUK - A roadside bomb struck a police convoy and seriously wounded LieutenantColonel Najat Hassan in southeastern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Foreign Occupation “Servicemember” Killed Somewhere Or Other In Afghanistan Monday: Nationality Not Announced
April 11, 2010 Reuters A foreign servicemember died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today.
Foreign Occupation “Servicemember” Killed Somewhere Or Other In Afghanistan Wednesday: Nationality Not Announced
April 13, 2010 Reuters A foreign servicemember died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today.
101st Airborne Soldier Remembered As Example To Family
Apr. 7, 2011 by PHILIP GREY, THE LEAF CHRONICLE Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga of the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was killed in a firefight in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on March 29. Ten days later, he lay attired in an Army dress blue uniform in the chapel of McReynolds, Nave and Larson Funeral Home. Pictures of a life fully lived played on a screen. Standing near his casket, his father Roberto Alvarez Sr. and his mother Marta displayed the same quiet dignity they displayed at Fort Campbell Army Airfield the day before, when Ofren returned home from a journey begun half a world away. Though the son had a different name, family members said Roberto Sr. was Ofren’s father in every way that counted, and that he had raised him as a son. No further explanation was needed. Sitting in a quiet room, Roberto Alvarez Jr., younger brother of Ofren, sat with his hands folded on a table and searched for the words to sum up who his brother was. The word that came to him was “father.” Roberto looked at his fiancee, Christina N. Soto, seated to his right. “That’s right, isn’t it,” he said to her quietly. His voice had no question in it. Christina nodded. The evidence everywhere bore out the image of a man to whom family was everything. Seana Arrechaga was unable to speak about her husband, whose death was still too near. Ofren Arrechaga was born Dec. 22, 1982, in Havana, Cuba. His family came to the United States in 1997 and settled in Hialeah, Fla., when Ofren was 15 and Roberto was 7. Roberto Jr. saw his brother as a towering example who was so good at so much. “In Miami, we used to go fishing,” the younger brother remembered, “and I spent a halfhour with the line in the water and never caught anything.”
Roberto laughed and said Ofren grabbed the rod and had a fish just moments later. The younger brother also spoke of a man who was unafraid, who would go on the rides at amusement parks that scared everyone else, who loved challenges, and who hated studying until he joined the Army. “Then he got to love it,” Roberto said. But what was his brother’s passion? What was the thing that he loved above all else? Roberto spoke about fatherhood as his brother’s hobby and his other job. “His other job was to be with his kids,” Roberto said. “His passion in life was to be around both of his kids, his daughter Tristian and his son Alston — smiling, laughing and loving them. “No one could take that away from him.” The last time the brothers spoke was on March 8, on their mother’s birthday. Ofren had sent flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries. He sang “Happy Birthday” to her over the phone. “They say nobody’s perfect,” Roberto said in a quiet, measured tone. “But in my eyes, he was a perfect brother, father, son, leader.” “He loved his soldiers. He was unselfish.” The younger brother said that there was a time when he used to get on his older brother’s nerves, but as the years went on, Ofren learned patience. “Patient,” Roberto said, pausing before adding, “he taught me what ‘patient’ was.”
Foreign Troops Wounded In Faryab: Nationality Not Announced
4.12.11 AP NATO said in a statement that five Afghan and foreign troops were wounded in the fighting in northern Faryab province when an insurgent lobbed a hand grenade into a courtyard of a compound that was being raided.
Sniper Tries For E.U. Special Rep In Kabul
4.12.11 AP The European Union also said someone fired a high-velocity bullet at the office of its special representative to Afghanistan in Kabul.
The bullet hit the armored office window of Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas, a former Lithuanian Foreign Minister, but no one was hurt.
POLITICIANS CAN’T BE COUNTED ON TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WARS
“We Don’t Want American Military Bases In Afghanistan”
[Get The Message?]
Afghans protest against U.S. occupation of Afghanistan in Kabul April 7, 2011. The sign reads “We don’t want American military bases in Afghanistan.” REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE END THE OCCUPATION
UNREMITTING HELL ON EARTH; ALL HOME NOW
U.S. Army medic from ‘Dustoff’ team, C Company, 1-214 Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade leads a Marine with a gunshot wound in the forearm onto a medevac helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 8, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov
Syrian Dictatorship Murders Soldiers For Refusing To Fire On Protesters:
“His Family And Town Are Saying He Refused To Shoot At His People,”
“Signs Of Defections Will Be Worrying To Syria’s Regime”
12 April 2011 Katherine Marsh in Damascus, Guardian News and Media Limited. Katherine Marsh is a pseudonym for a journalist living in Damascus
Syrian soldiers have been shot by security forces after refusing to fire on protesters, witnesses said, as a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations intensified. Witnesses told al-Jazeera and the BBC that some soldiers had refused to shoot after the army moved into Banias in the wake of intense protests on Friday. Human rights monitors named Mourad Hejjo, a conscript from Madaya village, as one of those shot by security snipers. “His family and town are saying he refused to shoot at his people,” said Wassim Tarif, a local human rights monitor. Footage on YouTube shows an injured soldier saying he was shot in the back by security forces, while another video shows the funeral of Muhammad Awad Qunbar, who sources said was killed for refusing to fire on protesters. Signs of defections will be worrying to Syria’s regime. The reports came as a leading Syrian opposition figure said pro-government gunmen had attacked two villages close to Banias, 25 miles south of Latakia, which has become the latest focus of violence since protests on Friday. Haitham al-Maleh told AP attackers were using automatic rifles in Bayda and Beit Jnad. Human rights organisations said at least five protesters in Banias had been killed since Sunday including one on Tuesday. In Bayda witnesses reported that security thugs had beaten up men in the central square, and rights groups said hundreds of people had been arrested, including students who took part in an unprecedented rally at Damascus University on Monday. Violence in the port cities of Banias and Latakia has become increasingly messy as locals report the involvement of pro-government thugs and private militias. One witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said “shabiha” (pro-government thugs) had attacked in cars decorated with photos of the president, Bashar al-Assad, on Sunday. Residents of Banias said there was a shortage of bread, and electricity and communications were intermittent. Syria’s leading pro-democracy group, the Damascus Declaration, urged the Arab League to impose sanctions on the regime and said the death toll from more than three weeks of unrest had topped 200. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against Assad’s authoritarian rule. Assad blames the violence on armed gangs and has vowed to crush unrest. He has made a series of overtures to appease anger, including sacking officials and granting Syrian nationality to thousands of Kurds, a long-ostracised minority. But the gestures have failed to satisfy protesters, who demand political freedoms and an end to the decades-old emergency laws that allow the regime to arrest people without charge.
On Tuesday Human Rights Watch condemned security forces for barring access to medical care. UK citizens were warned against “all but essential” travel to Syria and all travel to Banias, where residents are now holding a three-day strike.
The Traitor Obama Denies UN Torture Investigator A “Private And Confidential” Meeting With Bradley Manning:
“They Would Only Allow Him To Talk To The Soldier With A Prison Official Present”
250 U.S. Legal Scholars “Sign A Protest Over Manning’s ‘Degrading And Inhumane’ Treatment”
April 11, 2011 REUTERS GENEVA - The United Nations investigator on torture on Monday accused the U.S. administration of blocking a one-on-one meeting he was seeking with detained “WikiLeaks” soldier Bradley Manning. Argentine lawyer Juan Mendez said he had been trying to organize a visit to check on Manning’s condition since December. Manning, 23, is being held during the investigation of charges that while serving in Iraq he leaked secret documents, including hundreds of State Department cables, that later appeared on the Wikileaks website. Manning has been held at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia since May last year. His lawyers have complained that he is being mistreated by being kept in his cell for 23 hours a day, while the Pentagon says he has to sleep naked and is woken repeatedly during the night to check that he is safe. “Unfortunately, the U.S. government has not been receptive to a confidential meeting with Mr. Manning,” said Mendez in a statement issued from his Geneva office.
Manning’s lawyer now understood that the request for a meeting had been refused, added Mendez, a former political prisoner who underwent torture under his country’s military dictatorship in the 1970s. Mendez said he was “deeply disappointed and frustrated by the prevarication” he had met from both State and Defense department officials who made clear they would only allow him to talk to the soldier with a prison official present. Mendez, an independent expert who reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council, said a monitored conversation would violate his job’s requirement for private, confidential and unsupervised interviews with detainees alleging torture and ill-treatment. The London Guardian newspaper said on Monday more than 250 U.S. legal scholars, including one who taught U.S. President Barack Obama constitutional law and served in the administration, had signed a protest over Manning’s “degrading and inhumane” treatment. Obama has said he has been assured by the Pentagon that the handling of the soldier, an intelligence analyst, was appropriate and met basic U.S. standards. Last month State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, a former Air Force Colonel, resigned amid a furor over reports that he said Manning was being held in “ridiculous” conditions.
The traitor Obama in Maryland, April 1, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young
UNFIT FOR COMMAND:
UNWORTHY OF OBEDIENCE: DOMESTIC ENEMY OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS
Disabled Veterans Shit On As Usual:
“It Now Takes Va Six Months, On Average, To Process Each Compensation Claim For Illnesses Or Injuries”
“The Average Will Reach Eight Months Next Year, According To Documents”
[Here it is again. Same old story. Used up, thrown away, and the politicians couldn’t care less. To repeat for the 3,554th time, there is no enemy in Iraq or Afghanistan. Their citizens and U.S. troops have a common enemy. That common enemy owns and operates the Imperial government in Washington DC for their own profit. That common enemy started these wars of conquest on a platform of lies, because they couldn’t tell the truth: U.S. Imperial wars are about making money for them, and nothing else. Payback is overdue. T] April 18, 2011 By Gregg Zoroya, Army Times [Excerpts] The number of veterans disability claims that take more than four months to process has doubled, prompting criticism from veterans and Congress that the Veterans Affairs Department failed to prepare for a rise in cases it knew was coming. “Without question, I believe that the VA disability claims system is broken,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said at an April 6 hearing. The number of claims that take more than 125 days to decide has gone from 200,000 a year ago to 450,000 today, administration budget documents show. As a result, veterans must wait even longer to receive payments for disabilities.
“The explosion in the claims backlog is another predictable, preventable insult to thousands of veterans of all generations,” said Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. It now takes VA six months, on average, to process each compensation claim for illnesses or injuries. The average will reach eight months next year, according to documents. Total pending compensation claims have grown from 448,000 last April to 756,000 today. “VA knew that more Agent Orange claims would be coming in ... but the claims have still overwhelmed the new caseworkers that Congress provided funding to hire,” Murray said at a confirmation hearing for a new VA benefits chief.
“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”
“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” Frederick Douglass, 1852
Hope for change doesn’t cut it when you’re still losing buddies. -- J.D. Englehart, Iraq Veterans Against The War
“The Voice Of The People Is Crystal Clear”
“Most Of Washington Has Stopped Listening To The People”
“Most Politicians Do Anything To Court The Favor Of The Rich”
April 8, 2011 By Jeffrey Sachs, Huffington Post [Excerpts] The voice of the people is crystal clear. In one opinion survey after the next, the public says that the rich and the corporations should pay more taxes. The public says that we should tamp down runaway health care costs through a public option, one that would introduce competition to drive down bloated private health insurance costs. The public says that we should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan and reduce Pentagon spending. (Just yesterday, Defense Secretary Gates let loose the predictable Pentagon canard that we should stay in Iraq if the Iraqi government asks for it. Better yet, we should respond to what the American people are asking for: to bring our troops home). Most of Washington has stopped listening to the people. Campaigns are now so expensive that most politicians do anything to court the favor of the rich.
“Just As The Vietnam War Was Ended By Mass Movements From Below, Today, Inspired By Cairo’s Tahrir Square, We Rededicate Ourselves To Building An Equally Powerful Grassroots Antiwar Movement Here In The United States”
Apr 13, 2011 New York City Labor Against The War April 9, 2011 Remarks by Michael Letwin, New York City Labor Against the War, and Labor for Palestine, Remarks, to UNAC Antiwar Rally, New York City, April 9, 2011 ****************************************************************************** Today’s protest is part of a badly needed rebirth of grassroots antiwar activism in the United States. Why are we here? We are here because the Obama administration has continued to wage bipartisan wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Colombia -- and beyond. We are here because those wars have killed millions of people abroad; caused tens of thousands of G.I. casualties; generated racism and repression; and inflicted terrible economic suffering on poor and working people at home. We are here because the U.S. government continues to provide $3 billion a year for F15s, F-16s and Apache helicopters with which apartheid Israel murdered more than 1400 Palestinians in Gaza in 2008-2009, and which it has killed 14 more in just the past two days. We are here because our government -- while shedding crocodile tears -- has equipped bloody dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain to slaughter unarmed prodemocracy protesters. We are here because -- under the absurd pretext of “humanitarianism” -- it has launched a new war that is hijacking, corrupting, poisoning and killing the Libyan revolution. We are here because, just as during Vietnam, these wars are also paid for by economic crisis for poor and working people at home. In response, we reaffirm Dr. Martin Luther King’s courageous 1967 condemnation of “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government.”
The Democratic Party wasn’t a solution then, and it isn’t now. Just as the Vietnam War was ended by mass movements from below, today, inspired by Cairo’s Tahrir Square, we rededicate ourselves to building an equally powerful grassroots antiwar movement here in the United States.
“The single largest failure of the anti-war movement at this point is the lack of outreach to the troops.” Tim Goodrich, Iraq Veterans Against The War
April 13, 1919 A Hero Imprisoned For Opposing Imperial War
Carl Bunin Peace History April 13-19 Socialist and labor leader Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned for opposing U.S. entry into World War I.
While in prison, he received nearly one million votes for President in the 1920 election (as he had in 1912).
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CLASS WAR REPORTS
West Coast Corporations Attack Longshore Union For Striking To Defend Wisconsin Workers:
San Francisco Labor Council Calls For Their Defense
ILWU 10 Defense Committee Formed To Organize For Action And Solidarity Meeting April 14, 2011 7:00 Pm
Apr 12th, 2011 by Repost, Indybay.org The following resolution was passed unanimously at the San Francisco Labor Council on April 11, 2011 and the first organizing committee to organize for action and solidarity will take place on Thursday April 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM on the 2nd Fl at the Henry Schmidt Room, 400 North Point St/Mason St. San Francisco Please come if you can and get your union/organization to support.
April 11 SAN FRANCISCO LABOR COUNCIL RESOLUTION DEFEND ILWU LOCAL 10’s APRIL 4 SOLIDARITY ACTION
Whereas, the delegates meeting of the Council voted unanimously on March 14 that “in the event that a Council affiliate votes to engage in an industrial action on April 4, the San Francisco Labor Council will call on all its affiliates.....to support such action......” and Whereas, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 and its President Richard Mead are being sued in court by maritime employers of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for a 24 hour shutdown of the Port of Oakland on April 4 a National Day of Action called by the AFL-CIO and a day for which ILWU International President McEllrath on March 8th called for mobilizing in solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin; and Whereas, each rank and file member of Local 10 made this selfless choice on their own to stand up for public workers in Wisconsin and for all workers in the best tradition of the longshore union, as they have done since the Big Strike of 1934 and the historic San Francisco General Strike which built the foundation for the trade union movement in this city and on the West Coast, and Whereas, these same maritime employers were unsuccessful in their attempt to use the slave labor Taft-Hartley Act to stop the ILWU from carrying out a Local 10-initiated coastwide shutdown of all ports on May Day 2008 to demand an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a first-ever in U.S. labor history, and Whereas, Local 10, the heart and soul of the San Francisco labor movement, is now under attack for implementing the principled labor slogan “An Injury to One Is An Injury To All”, Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council, consistent with its March 14th resolution, initiate a broad defense campaign of ILWU Local 10 by setting up a defense committee in collaboration with Local 10, by contacting and mobilizing the Labor Councils and AFL-CIO of the Bay Area, California and nationally and Be it further resolved, that the first step in this campaign will be to call for a mass mobilization of all Bay Area Labor Councils and the California AFL-CIO to rally in front of PMA headquarters in San Francisco on Monday April 25th to demand that the court suit be dropped and that the vindictive lynch mob procedures against the union in the arbitration be halted immediately, and
Be it finally resolved that ILWU Local 10 be commended for its solidarity action and that we request that the state and national AFL-CIO do likewise. ************************************************************************** “Hands Off Local 10” Says ILWU Local 10 Leader Clarence Thomas at 4/10/2011 SF Anti-War Rally http://blip.tv/file/5007093 At an San Francisco anti-war rally on 4/10/2011 ILWU Local 10 past Secretary Treasurer and Executive Board member Clarence Thomas called for full support to the ILWU Local. The local has been sued by the Pacific Maritime Association PMA for stopping work on the national day of action for Wisconsin workers on April 4, 2011. Thomas called for full support to the local in its battle with the PMA. More information on ILWU Local 10 at ILWU Struggles 1984-2010, The Struggle Continues http://blip.tv/file/4796460
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RECEIVED: March for Housing and Justice [New Orleans]
Saturday, April 23 12 Noon Corner of Basin and Conti Streets, on Neutral Ground
From: Jay A To: NOLA_C3_Discussion@yahoogroups.com Subject: April 23--March for Housing and Justice Date: Apr 12, 2011
***Stop the Wars***Save Iberville, Public Housing Now***
Stop Police Brutality***Stop Attacks on Immigrants, Legalization Now ***Stop Gay Bashing ***Education, Not Privatization ***Health Care for All***Clean up the Gulf, Make BP Pay*** Jobs Now, Public Works Now!
Come out to our own Day of Rage to demand justice. No to War and Repression, Yes for Housing and Justice.
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