Monthly Archives: May 2002

New York City Labor Against War (Socialist Worker)

http://www.socialistworker.org/2002-1/409/409_11_LaborInBrief.shtml

On the picket line

May 31, 2002 | Page 11

New York City Labor Against War
By Laura Durkay

NEW YORK–New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) mobilized about 50 trade union members and supporters May 21 to picket the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council meeting with a top Israeli official.

NYCLAW organized the protest on short notice when they learned that members of the Executive Council would be meeting with Israeli Consul General Alon Pinkus at the Sheraton Hotel.

Every year, the AFL-CIO invests a portion of union members’s dues in Israeli government bonds. But NYCLAW supporters came out to send a message: Not all union members support Israel’s war on the Palestinians. The demonstration called for divestment from Israeli bonds, as well as and end to Israel’s occupation and the right of return for Palestinians.

“Israel is carrying out ethnic cleansing,” said Marty Goodman, a member of the executive board of TWU Local 100. “We’re completely opposed to the labor movement giving any support to Israel’s genocidal war.”

During the protest, three union members tried to enter the Sheraton Hotel to meet with the Executive Council. When they tried to enter the meeting, they were accused of supporting the bombing of the World Trade Center, then kicked out by security.

Michael Letwin, a leading member of NYCLAW and president of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325, explained why it was important for union members to protest Israel’s war. “American workers need to be on the side of human rights and support the Palestinians and the Israeli peace movement,” Letwin said. “It’s bad enough that our tax dollars are going to fund Israel, but our union dues–that’s intolerable.”

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Protest Israeli Consul’s Speech at Central Labor Council

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Protest Israeli Consul’s Speech at Central Labor Council

Mon., April 29, 2002, 9:30 a.m.
31 W. 15 St. (btw. 5/6 aves.-F/N/Q/R/V/4/5/6 to 14 St.)

On Monday morning, Israeli Consul General Alon Pinkas will be a “guest” speaker at the NYC Central Labor Council-no Palestinian representative is invited.

At this critical time, help send a message that U.S. labor must stand with the Israeli peace movement-and with millions of other people around the world-against Israel’s brutal war on the Palestinians.

Sponsored by: New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) Info: laboragainstwar@yahoogroups.com

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
Union labor donated–May 21, 2002

End AFL-CIO Complicity with Sharon’s War Crimes

End AFL-CIO Complicity with Sharon’s War Crimes

“[Palestinian] civilians [in Jenin] were killed willfully or unlawfully [by the Israeli military]. . . . [which] used Palestinian civilians as ‘human shields’ and used indiscriminate and excessive force. . . . The abuses we documented in Jenin are extremely serious, and in some cases appear to be war crimes.” –Human Rights Watch, May 3, 2002 <http://hrw.org/press/2002/05/jenin0503.htm&gt;

Today, Israeli Consul General Alon Pinkus, a “special guest” of the AFL-CIO Israel Bonds National Labor Division, will “express his gratitude to the labor movement for its decades of support.”

As trade unionists, we are appalled that our union dues—as well as our tax dollars—fund Sharon’s ethnic cleansing in the Occupied Territories.

Labor should stand with both Palestinian workers and the Israeli Peace Movement by divesting from State of Israel Bonds, and calling for:

•An end to Sharon’s war on Palestinians—and to the U.S. government’s money, weapons and encouragement that makes it possible.

•Immediate Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Territories.

•Palestinian self-determination, including the right of statehood and the Right of Return.

E-mail your protest to: feedback@aflcio.org (cc:laboragainstwar@yahoogroups.com)

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
Union labor donated–May 21, 2002

No Labor Money for Israeli War Crimes!

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No Labor Money for Israeli War Crimes!

“[Palestinian] civilians [in Jenin] were killed willfully or unlawfully [by the Israeli military]. . . . [which] used Palestinian civilians as “human shields” and used indiscriminate and excessive force. . . . The abuses we documented in Jenin are extremely serious, and in some cases appear to be war crimes. . .” –Human Rights Watch, May 3, 2002, http://hrw.org/press/2002/05/jenin0503.htm

Just a week after 100,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv against Sharon’s war crimes in the West Bank, the “Israel Bonds National Labor Division” will hold a “cocktail reception” at the AFL-CIO Executive Board meetings in New York City. “Special guest” Alon Pinkus, Israel’s consul general, will “express gratitude to the labor movement for its decades of support.”

Send a message that U.S. workers won’t fund Israel’s brutal war on the Palestinians. Labor must stand with the Israeli peace movement and with millions of other people around the world by divesting its Israel bonds now!

Tues., May 21, 2002, 4:30-7 pm N.Y. Sheraton, 811 7 Ave.
(Between 52/53 St.–N/R to 49 St., 1/9/C/E to 50 St., B/D/E to 7 Ave.)

Sponsored by: New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) Info: laboragainstwar@yahoogroups.com

Protest Israeli Consul’s Speech to AFL-CIO

Protest Israeli Consul’s Speech to AFL-CIO

Tues., May 21, 2002, 4:30-7 pm

N.Y. Sheraton, 811 7 Ave.
(Between 52/53 St.–N/R to 49 St., 1/9/C/E to 50 St., B/D/E to 7 Ave.)

“[Palestinian] civilians [in Jenin] were killed willfully or unlawfully [by the Israeli military]. . . . [which] used Palestinian civilians as ‘human shields’ and used indiscriminate and excessive force. . . . The abuses we documented in Jenin are extremely serious, and in some cases appear to be war crimes. . .” –Human Rights Watch, May 3, 2002 <http://hrw.org/press/2002/05/jenin0503.htm&gt;

Israeli Consul General Alon Pinkus is coming to the AFL-CIO Executive Board to “express gratitude to the labor movement for its decades of support.”

Send a message that labor must stand with the Israeli peace movement and with millions of other people around the world to oppose Sharon?s brutal war on the Palestinians.

Sponsored by: New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) Info: laboragainstwar@yahoogroups.com