NYC Workers Stand with the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Communities

[The statement below was initiated by signers in the New York City metro area. Endorsements are also welcome from trade unionists and workers elsewhere. To endorse, please go here:

New York City Workers Stand with the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Communities:
Our Grief Is Not an Excuse for Racism, Islamophobia, Bigotry or War
New York City Labor Against the War, September 2, 2010

As New York City workers and trade unionists, we deplore the attacks on Park51, desecration of mosques, violence and all other forms of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry.

It is no accident that this hate campaign is taking place in the midst of deepening economic crisis.

In the 1930s, the Nazis scapegoated Jews, Roma people, gays and others to deflect workers’ attention from the banks and corporations responsible for the Great Depression. Ultimately, failure to oppose these policies led to destruction of unions, elimination of all other opposition, and horrific consequences for the entire world.

Today, Newt Gingrich, Sara Palin, and the “Tea Party” similarly scapegoat Arabs, Muslims, immigrants and people of color in order to deflect workers’ fear and anger about record unemployment, foreclosures, homelessness, credit debt, police violence, and attacks on organized labor.

Although pretending to speak for workers, the Tea Party’s corporate puppets oppose our right to organize, collectively bargain or strike.

They attack Social Security, unemployment benefits, health care, workplace safety and environmental protections. They have even blocked compensation for Ground Zero first responders.

Their allies — including racist demagogue Pam Geller, the Anti-Defamation League, Rudolph Giuliani and prominent Neocons — promote bigotry to fuel increasingly unpopular U.S. wars against the Muslim world, while shielding Israeli apartheid from growing international isolation.

Workers, abroad and at home, have long paid the price for these disastrous policies. On 9/11, we suffered blowback from decades of U.S./Israeli war, occupation and colonialism.

9/11, in turn, has been the pretext for an endless bipartisan war of terror. This war has devastated Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Somalia, Yemen and other countries.

It has left thousands of G.I.s dead or maimed. It has tortured prisoners and undermined civil liberties. It has squandered trillions of dollars.

Now it targets Iran.

For these reasons, it is essential for trade unionists and all workers to stand up in defense of the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.

Moreover, to eliminate the conditions that breed racism and Islamophobia, we ask New Yorkers to join us in building an ongoing workers’ movement to fight for jobs, housing, schools, national health care, labor and immigrant rights, racial justice, clean environment, and an end to U.S. wars of conquest.

The time to act is now.

Initial Signers
(List in formation — *For identification only)

Larry Adams, Former President, NPMHU L. 300*; Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War

Michael Letwin, Former President, ALAA/UAW L. 2325*; Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War; Labor for Palestine, Al-Awda NY; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-Labor

Brenda Stokely, Former President, AFSCME DC 1707*; Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War; Co-Chair, Million Worker March Movement

Noha Arafa, ALAA/UAW L. 2325*

Anthony Arnove, NWU/UAW L. 1981*

Tibby Brooks, NWU/UAW L. 1981*

Antonia Codling, Former Executive Bd. Member, ALAA/UAW L. 2325*

Heather Cottin, La Guardia Community College, PSC-CUNY, AFT L. 2334*

Frank Couget, NALC Branch 36, AFL-CIO*

Gregory Dankel, Chapter Chair, PSC-CUNY, AFT L. 2334*

Mike Eilenfeldt, Union @ Cooper Union, AFT L. #6420 NYSUT L. #37-901*; Delegate, NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO*

Shelley Ettinger, AFT L. 3882*

Leslie Feinberg, NWU/UAW L. 1981*

Julie Fry, Vice-President, ALAA/UAW L. 2325*

Mike Gimbel, Retired Executive Bd. Member, AFSCME DC 37 L. 375*; Delegate, NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO*

Marvin Holland, Director, Community and Political Action, TWU L. 100*

Deepa Kumar, AAUP-AFT, Rutgers University, New Jersey*

Edwin Molina, IBEW L. 3*

Susan O. Morris, Health & Safety Committee & Past Officer, Executive Bd., ALAA/UAW L. 2325*

Anne Pruden, Retiree, SEIU L. 1199*

Nagesh Rao, AFT L. 2364*

Dominic Renda, Chief Shop Steward, CWA L. 1105*

Mimi Rosenberg, Producer Building Bridges, WBAI Radio; ALAA/UAW L. 2325*

Hank Sambach, Secretary, AFSCME DC 37, L. 1930*

Steve Terry, ALAA/UAW L. 2325*

Azalia Torres, Former Executive Bd. Member, ALAA/UAW L. 2325*

Daniel Vila, Independent Workers Movement

Aminifu Williams, UAW L. 980*

Joyce Wilcox, AFSCME DC 37, L. 439*


2 responses to “NYC Workers Stand with the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Communities

  1. The struggle continues. We must never despair in the Mercy of God. Justice will prevail.

  2. Cockroach Britain gave Palestine to the Zionists

    We fully support Palestine & its cause, but we have got no respect for the Palestinians.

    WHY ??

    Cast you mind back to the elementary years of 1900 & you will find that it was the Balfour Declaration of Cockroach Britain, which sold Palestine to Israel. It was Cockroach Britain which brought the Zionists in the Middle East, but we hear nothing in the Palestinian Press or in any other Arab press against Cockroach Britain & its Cockroach Terrorism in Palestine in the early years of 1910 !!!!!!!

    WHY ??

    Dont the Palestinians know the evil & brutal, Cockroach history of Cockroach Britain, or are they just plain stupid ???

    This is the reason that despite our support for Palestine, we have got no respect for the Palestinians.

    We are an organization of Irish, Spanish, Argentinains and French and are working for the causes of, United Ireland, Spanish Gibralter, Argentinian Malvinas & French Jersey & French Gurnsey, which are currently occupied by the Cockroach Army of Cockroach Britain.

    We hate Cockroach Britain, its Cockroach Regime & its Cockroach Army.

    Bobby Sands
    Proud Irish who hates Cockroach Britain

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