Fight Back News Service is circulating the following letter, written by Labor for Palestine to the President of the AFL-CIO, urging support for the campaign to boycott Israel.
Open Letter from U.S. Trade Unionists to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Boycott Apartheid Israel
Issued by Labor for Palestine – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sanctions alone cannot eradicate apartheid; that task is ultimately left to the people of South Africa themselves. But economic pressure and political isolation of the South African government can hasten the day when justice and freedom reign in that troubled land.” –Richard L. Trumka, June 23, 1987
“We call on other workers and unions to . . . do all that is necessary to ensure that they boycott all goods to and from Israel until Palestine is free.” –Congress of South African Trade Unions, February 3, 2009
“We urge all international trade unions to heed the call of Palestinian civil society, including the trade union movement, by endorsing BDS. We further urge all trade unions and trade union federations to sever their links with the Histadrut, a Zionist organization that has always played a key role in perpetuating Israel’s occupation, colonization and system of racial discrimination, and that has justified and applauded Israel’s war crimes in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009.” –Palestinian Trade Union Movement Unanimously Confirms Support for BDS, November 25, 2009
Posted in Israel, Labor Movement, Palestine
Tagged AFL-CIO, Apartheid, BDS, Boycott, Congress of South African Trade Unions, COSATU, Desmond Tutu, divestment, Fight Back!, Gaza, Gaza Massacre, Goldstone Report, Israel, Labor for Palestine, Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, Richard L. Trumka, Sanctions, South Africa
The following commentary by Peter Shapiro is from Fight Back! News:
Peter Shapiro speaking at a October 15 rally for health care. (Fight Back! News)
Insurance company profiteering has laid waste to the U.S. health care system and sparked a wave of protest throughout the U.S. But the response of Congress to the crisis suggests that the battle is just beginning.
Through the month of October and the first weeks of November, hundreds of people across the country volunteered for civil disobedience, calling for a single-payer system which guarantees access to health care for everybody and pays for it with tax dollars instead of insurance premiums.
Close to 200 were arrested in sit-ins at insurance company offices in over a dozen cities. The wave of direct action climaxed with mass arrests at the San Francisco office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Protesters demanded that Pelosi allow a floor vote on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s single payer amendment to the House health care reform bill.
Posted in Electoral Politics, Labor Movement
Tagged AFL-CIO, Anthony Weiner, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Employee Free Choice Act, Fight Back!, health care, Jobs with Justice, Mobilization for Health Care for All, Nancy Pelosi, Peter Shapiro, SB 703
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The following is a new pamphlet on class struggle unionism from the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It helps give the lay of the land in the labor movement in the U.S. today and gives some particular guidance to communists intending to organize in the trade unions.
Build a Fighting Workers Movement
A pamphlet by the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Posted in FRSO, Labor Movement, Political Economy, Theory, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities, Women's Liberation
Tagged AFL-CIO, Andy Stern, Change to Win, Class Struggle Unionism, crisis, Employee Free Choice Act, FRSO, James Hoffa, John Sweeney, LGBT liberation, Mass Line, militant minority, national question, SEIU, Solidarity Center, Teamsters, UAW, UNITE-HERE, Women's Liberation