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 demands from the students occupying the New School University are from http://www.newschoolinexile.com/:
• The removal of Bob Kerrey as president of our university
• The removal of James Murtha as executive vice president of our university
• Students, faculty, and staff elect the president, EVP, and Provost.
• Students are part of the interim committee to hire a provost.
• The removal of Robert B. Millard as treasurer of the board of trustees.
• Intelligible transparency and disclosure of the university budget and investments.
• The creation of a committee on socially responsible investments.
• The immediate suspension of capital improvement projects like the tearing down of 65 fifth Ave.
• Instead, money towards the creation of an autonomous student space.
• Instead, money towards scholarships and reducing tuition.
• Instead, money for the library and student life generally.
Sign the petition calling for President Kerrey’s resignation, http://www.petitiononline.com/nokerrey/petition.html.
Please also read this open letter and statement from the occupying students to the New School Community: Continue reading
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Student Movements, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Bob Kerrey, divestment, James Murtha, New School Occupation, Radical Student Union, sds, SEAC, Students for a Democratic Society, UFPJ