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January 25, 2007

2007.01.25: Antiwar Bulletin: DC Demo Info & New NYCLAW Statement

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Liberties,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 2:33 pm

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:08 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: DC Demo Info & New NYCLAW Statement


(Union Free Speech Notice, Below*)

1.  Saturday, January 27, 2007– DC

2.  Endorse New NYCLAW Statement


1. Saturday, January 27, 2007– DC

End the War — Bring All the Troops Home Now!

Labor Contingent: 10:45 rally, 3rd St. at E Street (Judiciary Square Metro stop on the Red Line).  11:30 labor march to main rally.

Buses From NYC: 212-633-6646, 212-868-5545.


2.  Endorse New NYCLAW Statement

[To endorse the statement below, please go to: ]

Mass Movement to End the War Now

New York City Labor Against the War

January 24, 2007

Despite overwhelming rejection of its policies in the November elections, the Bush administration has steadily escalated its war in the Middle East.

This has meant not only ordering thousands more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, but arming and financing Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and its increasingly brutal oppression of the Palestinians, launching a proxy invasion of Somalia, and threatening to attack Iran and Syria.

As in all wars of conquest, ordinary people pay the price. In Iraq alone, this war for oil and empire has killed at least 655,000 Iraqis, caused 50,000 U.S. casualties, promoted civil war, and cost $1.2 trillion — with no end in sight.

Meanwhile at home, the administration continues to attack civil liberties, the Arab-Muslim community, undocumented immigrants, Katrina refugees, people of color and labor.

Yet this is a bipartisan war, and as a willing accomplice, the Democratic Party cannot be trusted to end it. Even now, most politicians refuse to cut-off funding for the occupation of Iraq, let alone end the war as a whole.

History shows that the U.S. got out of Vietnam only due to tenacious Vietnamese resistance and to the mass antiwar movement, particularly among GIs.

Similarly, U.S. war in the Middle East today has been crippled by overwhelming Iraqi resistance, which deserves the support of a mass antiwar movement in this country.

This movement — which belongs to rank-and-file participants, rather than the leaders of any organization — must join together in all upcoming protests, including those on January 27 and March 17.

To be effective, the movement must be led by those with the strongest need and greatest power to end the war, including GIs, veterans, workers, people of color, and immigrants. It must also oppose the entire war and demand justice — at home and abroad:


1. Immediate withdrawal from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia: No war funding, timetables, redeployment, advisors, air-war, or aid to U.S.

client regimes. Reparations for U.S. devastation of the region.

2. No Support to the Israeli Apartheid State: End the $5 billion annual U.S. government aid to Israel, divest all private investments and union funds, boycott Israel, end the occupation and fully implement the Palestinian right of return.

3. No Attacks on Iran and Syria — Or Anyone Else.


1. Defend Our Civil Liberties.

2. End Attacks on the Arab/Muslim Community.

3. Full Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants: No detention or deportation.

4. Money for Human Need, Not for War: Rebuild the Gulf Coast for — and under the control of — Katrina survivors. Decent jobs, food, housing, healthcare, education and transportation for all poor and working people.


NYCLAW Co-Conveners

(Other affiliations listed for identification only):

Larry Adams

Former President, NPMHU Local 300

Michael Letwin

Former President, UAW Local 2325/Assn. of Legal Aid Attorneys

Brenda Stokely

Former President, AFSCME DC 1707; Co-Chair, Million Worker March


*Union Free Speech Notice

This message, like thousands of others that have been posted to the ALAA e-list, constitutes protected free speech, pursuant to Collective Bargaining Agreement, §§ 3.5 (“The expression of personal religious, political, social or economic beliefs of each and every attorney is fully guaranteed and will never constitute grounds for discharge or relief from an individual assignment unless, in either instance, it can be demonstrated that such expression has, or will, directly interfere(d) with, and detract from, representation of a Society client so as to render said representation less than at the highest level of competence and effectiveness.”) and 1.5 (“The Union will have reasonable use of the Society’s internal communication mechanisms.”).


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