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November 3, 2003

2003.11.03: Fwd: Re: Antiwar Update

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 4:09 PM
To: [ALAA Executive Board]
Subject: Fwd: Re: Antiwar Update
Importance: High

I thought that the EB should be advised of the [S’] threat.  It might be advisable for the Union to send out a general reminder about  free speech rights on the ALAA list and that members who seek to violate them are acting contrary to the contract and the UAW Constitution.

>>> [R] 11/3/2003 4:03:13 PM >>>
[S’s] email is completely outrageous.  (And I hope if and when he decides to respond to the entire list-serve he learns how to spell.)

Was your intent in forwarding this just to give us a heads up that [S] is threatening to forward ALAA emails to management, or did you intend for the EB to take some kind of action?

>>> Michael Letwin 11/3/2003 3:54:55 PM >>>

>>> Michael Letwin 11/3/2003 3:05:06 PM >>>

All Union members have a right to express their views on the ALAA list; that’s what it’s there for, and many people do so on any number of topics — politics included.

That doesn’t mean you have to agree with what’s posted (Lord knows, I often haven’t).  You can ignore, block or delete messages that you don’t want to read, respond substantively to the author, or post your own messages to the entire list.  You can vote against those whose views offend you, or even call them names.  All of that is part of the democratic process.

But I trust, upon reflection, you will agree that it would betray the most basic Union principles to answer messages with which you differ by reporting their authors to Management.


>>> [S] 11/3/2003 8:54:26 AM >>>
You are a coward. You put this collectavist propaganda over the system and refuse to engage with anyone who disagrees and refuse to fellow travel. Do what you will but respond and defend yourself or don’t send this properganda to me. This is the last time I respond only to you. Next time it goes systemwide cc to management which I thought had prohibited such politicing over the e-mail

>>> Michael Letwin 10/31/2003 3:09:55 PM >>>

War and Occupation
**15,000 Iraqi Fatalities
**Brutal Reality of the Iraq Occupation
**US Bulldozes Farmers’ Crops
**U.S. Razor-Wires Iraqi Village
**Thousands of Detainees Sit, Wait in Iraq **Permits Ordered for Palestinians **Death of a Palestinian Town **Elite Unit Savaged Civilians in Vietnam

Antiwar Movement
**Bring Our Children Home Now
**‘You Lied, They Died,’ US Parents Tell Bush **In D.C., a Diverse Mix Rouses War Protest **National Labor Against the War Conference **NYCLAW Buttons **Next NYCLAW Meeting: Monday, November 3, 2003



15,000 Iraqi Fatalities
Project on Defense Alternatives, October 20, 2003 On the Iraqi side: a review and analysis of the available evidence shows that approximately 11,000 – 15,000 Iraqis, combatants and noncombatants, were killed in the course of major combat actions. (Iraqi casualties incurred after 20 April are not included in this estimate).
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Brutal Reality of the Iraq Occupation
Independent, September 25, 2003
If anyone wants to know why Iraqis set bombs for American soldiers, they had only to sit in the two-storey villa in this little farming village and look at the frozen face of Ahmed al-Ham and his angry friends yesterday.  Ahmed’s 50-year-old father, Sabah, was buried just a week ago–35 days after he died in American hands at the Abu Ghraib prison–and the 17-year-old youth with his small beard and piercing brown eyes blames George Bush for his death. “Pigs,” he mutters. Ahmed was a prisoner, too, and his father died in his arms.
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US Bulldozes Farmers’ Crops
Independent, October 12, 2003
Americans accused of brutal ‘punishment’ tactics against villagers, while British are condemned as too soft US soldiers driving bulldozers, with jazz blaring from loudspeakers, have uprooted ancient groves of date palms as well as orange and lemon trees in central Iraq as part of a new policy of collective punishment of farmers who do not give information about guerrillas attacking US troops. . . . When a reporter from the newspaper Iraq Today attempted to take a photograph of the bulldozers at work a soldier grabbed his camera and tried to smash it. The same paper quotes Lt Col Springman, a US commander in the region, as saying: “We asked the farmers several times to stop the attacks, or to tell us who was responsible, but the farmers didn’t tell us.”
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U.S. Razor-Wires Iraqi Village
NY Times, October 31, 2003
American soldiers, working before dawn, surrounded the village with razor wire and set up checkpoints at the exits. They ordered all adults to register for identity cards in the village, about 95 miles north of the capital.
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Thousands of Detainees Sit, Wait in Iraq AP, October 8, 2003 The U.S. military is detaining more than 5,000 Iraqi men and women accused of common crimes or of being security threats – people whose legal rights are in dispute and whose living conditions are hidden from public view.
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Permits Ordered for Palestinians
Guardian, October 27, 2003
The Israeli military has ordered thousands of Palestinians living near the steel and concrete “security fence” through the West Bank to obtain special permits to live in their own homes. . . . The order said that only Israelis and Jews could enter the designated areas without a pass.
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Death of a Palestinian Town
Guardian, October 27, 2003
With ruthless efficiency, the Israeli army has been crushing and rocketing the Palestinian refugee town of Rafah in a manner which rivals the destruction of Jenin last year. But it is all in the name of stopping terrorism so the international community has remained silent.
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Elite Unit Savaged Civilians in Vietnam
Toledo Blade, October 22, 2003
These Tiger Force soldiers fan out while patrolling the Song Ve Valley in a 1967 photo taken by a former platoon member. The unit committed an untold number of atrocities in the valley as part of a seven-month campaign of terror.
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Bring Our Children Home Now
Alternet, September 22, 2003
Nancy Lessin, the co-founder of Military Families Speak Out, a rapidly growing antiwar group organized by family members of soldiers posted in Iraq, gave the following speech at a congressional hearing organized by Congresswoman Maxine Waters on Sept. 9.
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‘You Lied, They Died,’ US Parents Tell Bush Guardian, September 27, 2003
The father of a soldier killed in Iraq accused President George Bush yesterday of being responsible for his son’s death.   Fernando Suarez, whose 20-year-old son, Jesus, was one of the first fatalities, said: “My son died because Bush lied.”
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In D.C., a Diverse Mix Rouses War Protest Washington Post, October 26, 2003 Tens of thousands of antiwar demonstrators marched in Washington yesterday to call for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, turning out in smaller numbers than for prewar protests but making plain their opposition during a noisy yet peaceful procession.
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National Labor Against the War Conference Znet, October 28, 2003 “Bring the troops home NOW” is not only the slogan of a growing portion of the US peace movement, but it now part of the ratified program of US Labor Against the War (USLAW). Meeting in Chicago this past weekend (October 24-25), 154 delegates representing approximately 500,000 trade union members from all over the country held the first National Assembly of USLAW, and established the organization.
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NYCLAW Buttons
To get either of the following two new NYC Labor Against the War buttons ($1/ea), please respond by return e-mail.

#1 (round, red and white on black):
End the Occupation of Iraq
Bring the Troops Home Now

#2 (square, black, red and yellow on white):

Appearanace viewable at:   [scroll down to view]

Next NYCLAW Meeting: Monday, November 3, 2003 The next meeting of New York City Labor Against the War will be held on Monday, November 3, 2003, 6:30 p.m., at DC 1707 AFSCME, 75 Varick St., 14 Floor (1/2/A/C/E to Canal St.).  The agenda will include reports on national demos to End the Occupation & Bring the Troops Home Now (October 25), and on the USLAW Chicago conference (October 24-25).

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