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March 28, 2008

2008.03.28: FW: TODAY! MUMIA DENIED NEW TRIAL-MASS PROTEST

From: Kurti, Rebecca
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 9:46 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FW: TODAY! MUMIA DENIED NEW TRIAL-MASS PROTEST


From: Rebecca Kurti [mailto:rebkurti@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 9:44 AM
To: Kurti, Rebecca
Subject: Fwd: TODAY! MUMIA DENIED NEW TRIAL-MASS PROTEST

Note: forwarded message attached.

March 24, 2008

2008.03.24: RE: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 8:00 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 8:00 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: RE: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

March 24, 2008
A.P.’s Death Toll for Iraq War Reaches 4,000

BAGHDAD (AP) — The overall U.S. death toll in Iraq rose to 4,000 after four soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad, a grim milestone that is likely to fuel calls for the withdrawal of American forces as the war enters its sixth year.

[Full text: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Iraq.html?ref=world%5D

Faces of the Dead
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/20061228_3000FACES_TAB1.html

March 21, 2008

2008.03.21: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

Filed under: Antiwar — nyclaw01 @ 10:50 am
Tags:

From: Fry, Julie
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 10:48 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

[Union Free Speech Notice: Like messages about the presidential elections and any number of other issues, this message is protected speech*]

Contents
*Introduction
1. ALAA Antiwar Vote (4/14/03)
2. NYC Labor Against the War (9/27/01)
3. Winter Soldier: G.I. Testimony About U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq (3/08)
4. More Than One Million Iraqis Dead Since 2003 Invasion: Study (1/31/08)
5. $3 Trillion is Just a Part of the Cost (3/16/08)
6. Seven Out of 10 Iraqis Want Foreign Forces to Leave: Poll (3/17/2008)
7. Protesters Turn Out for War’s Anniversary (3/19/08)
8. West Coast Dockers Antiwar Strike (2/26/08)
9. From a Mother in Gaza to a Mother in Sderot (3/13/08)
10. Democracy Now Reports Gaza Massacre (3/03/08)
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Introduction

Five years of U.S. war and occupation in have brought made Iraq the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster:

* More than a million Iraqis are dead.
* Millions more are refugees.
* The overwhelming majority of Iraqis still want the U.S. out.
* Nearly 4000 U.S. soldiers have died and many thousands are wounded.
* The cost is estimated at trillions of dollars.
* The economy is tottering on the brink of disaster.
* None of the Democratic or Republican candidates will even promise if and when they would get out.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to:

* Wage war in Afghanistan.
* Back Israel’s wars in Lebanon and Palestine.
* Threatens to attack Iran.

This endless war is indeed another Vietnam. All so that the U.S. government and multinational corporations can dominate the oil-rich Middle East.

The material below, including two documents concerning ALAA, 1199 and the war explores these issues.

For additional material, visit and/or subscribe to the listserv from New York City Labor Against the War, at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/

1. ALAA Antiwar Vote (4/14/03)

At home, the war’s incalculable economic cost—combined with new tax cuts for the wealthy—is already coming directly out of education, fire protection, sanitation, veterans’ benefits, social security, health care, and virtually every other essential government service. These policies will further devastate our clients’ communities, and bode poorly for funding such programs as indigent legal representation.

[Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1708%5D

2. NYC Labor Against the War (9/27/01)

No one should suffer what we experienced on September 11. Yet war will inevitably harm countless innocent civilians, strengthen American alliances with brutal dictatorships and deepen global poverty-just as the United States and its allies have already inflicted widespread suffering on innocent people.

[Full text, including list of 1,254 trade union signers, including ALAA & 1199 members: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2448%5D

3. Winter Soldier: G.I. Testimony About U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq (3/08)

Read Bios of the Panelists
Listen to Archived Audio from Previous Panels: Rules of Engagement: Part 1 | Rules of Engagement: Part 2 | The Crisis in Veterans’ Healthcare | Corporate Pillaging and Military Contractors (with more to come!)

4. More Than One Million Iraqis Dead Since 2003 Invasion: Study (1/31/08)

[Full text; http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gRd3Bi6CXI94ke9t9CgxqcZ1wPNw%5D

5. $3 Trillion is Just a Part of the Cost (3/16/08)

The staggering $3 trillion sum has been called conservative by some critics, who say the war’s cost could reach $5 trillion. And even by the most lowball estimates, America will pay more than $1 trillion in current and future costs for a war that is driving military spending into a potential budgetary black hole. . . .

Hillary Clinton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, advocates winding down the Iraq war but backs a strong military.

Barack Obama, who has pledged to stop the war in Iraq and cut billions of dollars in “wasteful spending,” comes closest to tackling the massive issue. But his plans for an expanded troop level to fight the “war on terror” are moving in the other direction.

[Full text: http://www.thestar.com/article/346563%5D

6. Seven Out of 10 Iraqis Want Foreign Forces to Leave: Poll (3/17/2008)

More than two-thirds of Iraqis believe US-led coalition forces should leave, according to a poll conducted for British television ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.

[Full text: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Seven_out_of_10_Iraqis_want_0317.html%5D

7. Protesters Turn Out for War’s Anniversary (3/19/08)

Thousands of people carried signs and chanted in the streets of Manhattan on Tuesday, calling for an end to the war in Iraq, which began five years ago today.

Demonstrators also converged in Washington; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and elsewhere to call on President Bush to heed what they said was the will of the people.

[Full text: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-protest19mar19,1,5865259,print.story%5D

8. West Coast Dockers Antiwar Strike (5/1/08)

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That it is time to take labor’s protest to a more powerful level of struggle by calling on unions and working people in the U. S. and internationally to mobilize for a “No Peace No Work Holiday” May 1, 2008 for 8 hours to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U. S. troops from the Middle East.

[Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2811%5D

9. From a Mother in Gaza to a Mother in Sderot (3/13/08)

Like I feel sorry for your son, I feel sorry for my Palestinian children who are born and will die in Gaza, unable to have the chance of seeing other worlds, and who have to face F-16s, Apache helicopters and the Israeli army’s brutal invasions into Gaza. However, my children are not fortunate enough to have the excellent medical care that your son has. My children do not have the chance to run to a shelter and there is no alarm to tell them that there is a strike coming. My children cannot be guaranteed the love and care that your son found because all of their family might be killed in one strike, they might witness the death of their parents, or any of their dear family members as the Palestinians are targeted everywhere, even in their homes and among their children.

[Full text: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9393.shtml%5D

10. Democracy Now Reports Gaza Massacre

Israel has been using the heaviest missiles by F-16s. Some experts here estimate that there are one-ton weight of Israeli missiles that Israel has been using. And that’s the case, as one of the medical sources here told me about the whole situation. And we have been told also that there is a bombing by F-16s in a close area nearby, and there are more ambulances coming with more casualties and with more people who are coming to the hospital. We are not sure who is a target. But I can tell you that most of the casualties were children and women. And among those 130 people, there are thirty-nine children and ten women.

[Full text: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/3/report_from_gaza ]

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*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.”).

2008.03.21: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

From: Fry, Julie
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 10:48 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

[Union Free Speech Notice: Like messages about the presidential elections and any number of other issues, this message is protected speech*]

Contents
*Introduction
1. ALAA Antiwar Vote (4/14/03)
2. NYC Labor Against the War (9/27/01)
3. Winter Soldier: G.I. Testimony About U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq (3/08)
4. More Than One Million Iraqis Dead Since 2003 Invasion: Study (1/31/08)
5. $3 Trillion is Just a Part of the Cost (3/16/08)
6. Seven Out of 10 Iraqis Want Foreign Forces to Leave: Poll (3/17/2008)
7. Protesters Turn Out for War’s Anniversary (3/19/08)
8. West Coast Dockers Antiwar Strike (2/26/08)
9. From a Mother in Gaza to a Mother in Sderot (3/13/08)
10. Democracy Now Reports Gaza Massacre (3/03/08)
<><><><><><><><><><><><

Introduction

Five years of U.S. war and occupation in have brought made Iraq the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster:

* More than a million Iraqis are dead.
* Millions more are refugees.
* The overwhelming majority of Iraqis still want the U.S. out.
* Nearly 4000 U.S. soldiers have died and many thousands are wounded.
* The cost is estimated at trillions of dollars.
* The economy is tottering on the brink of disaster.
* None of the Democratic or Republican candidates will even promise if and when they would get out.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to:

* Wage war in Afghanistan.
* Back Israel’s wars in Lebanon and Palestine.
* Threatens to attack Iran.

This endless war is indeed another Vietnam. All so that the U.S. government and multinational corporations can dominate the oil-rich Middle East.

The material below, including two documents concerning ALAA, 1199 and the war explores these issues.

For additional material, visit and/or subscribe to the listserv from New York City Labor Against the War, at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/

1. ALAA Antiwar Vote (4/14/03)
At home, the war’s incalculable economic cost—combined with new tax cuts for the wealthy—is already coming directly out of education, fire protection, sanitation, veterans’ benefits, social security, health care, and virtually every other essential government service. These policies will further devastate our clients’ communities, and bode poorly for funding such programs as indigent legal representation.
[Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1708%5D

2. NYC Labor Against the War (9/27/01)
No one should suffer what we experienced on September 11. Yet war will inevitably harm countless innocent civilians, strengthen American alliances with brutal dictatorships and deepen global poverty-just as the United States and its allies have already inflicted widespread suffering on innocent people.
[Full text, including list of 1,254 trade union signers, including ALAA & 1199 members: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2448%5D

3. Winter Soldier: G.I. Testimony About U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq (3/08)
Read Bios of the Panelists <http://warcomeshome.org/wintersoldier2008bios&gt;
Listen to Archived Audio from Previous Panels: Rules of Engagement: Part 1 <http://warcomeshome.org/wintersoldier2008panel/rulesofengagement_partone&gt; | Rules of Engagement: Part 2 <http://warcomeshome.org/taxonomy/term/64&gt; | The Crisis in Veterans’ Healthcare <http://warcomeshome.org/taxonomy/term/62&gt; | Corporate Pillaging and Military Contractors <http://warcomeshome.org/taxonomy/term/63&gt; (with more to come!)

4. More Than One Million Iraqis Dead Since 2003 Invasion: Study (1/31/08)
[Full text; http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gRd3Bi6CXI94ke9t9CgxqcZ1wPNw%5D

5. $3 Trillion is Just a Part of the Cost (3/16/08)
The staggering $3 trillion sum has been called conservative by some critics, who say the war’s cost could reach $5 trillion. And even by the most lowball estimates, America will pay more than $1 trillion in current and future costs for a war that is driving military spending into a potential budgetary black hole. . . .

Hillary Clinton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, advocates winding down the Iraq war but backs a strong military.

Barack Obama, who has pledged to stop the war in Iraq and cut billions of dollars in “wasteful spending,” comes closest to tackling the massive issue. But his plans for an expanded troop level to fight the “war on terror” are moving in the other direction.
[Full text: http://www.thestar.com/article/346563%5D

6. Seven Out of 10 Iraqis Want Foreign Forces to Leave: Poll (3/17/2008)
More than two-thirds of Iraqis believe US-led coalition forces should leave, according to a poll conducted for British television ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.
[Full text: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Seven_out_of_10_Iraqis_want_0317.html%5D

7. Protesters Turn Out for War’s Anniversary (3/19/08)
Thousands of people carried signs and chanted in the streets of Manhattan on Tuesday, calling for an end to the war in Iraq, which began five years ago today. Demonstrators also converged in Washington; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and elsewhere to call on President Bush to heed what they said was the will of the people.
[Full text: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-protest19mar19,1,5865259,print.story%5D

8. West Coast Dockers Antiwar Strike (5/1/08)
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
That it is time to take labor’s protest to a more powerful level of struggle by calling on unions and working people in the U. S. and internationally to mobilize for a “No Peace No Work Holiday” May 1, 2008 for 8 hours to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U. S. troops from the Middle East.
[Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2811%5D

9. From a Mother in Gaza to a Mother in Sderot (3/13/08)
Like I feel sorry for your son, I feel sorry for my Palestinian children who are born and will die in Gaza, unable to have the chance of seeing other worlds, and who have to face F-16s, Apache helicopters and the Israeli army’s brutal invasions into Gaza. However, my children are not fortunate enough to have the excellent medical care that your son has. My children do not have the chance to run to a shelter and there is no alarm to tell them that there is a strike coming. My children cannot be guaranteed the love and care that your son found because all of their family might be killed in one strike, they might witness the death of their parents, or any of their dear family members as the Palestinians are targeted everywhere, even in their homes and among their children.
[Full text: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9393.shtml%5D

10. Democracy Now Reports Gaza Massacre
Israel has been using the heaviest missiles by F-16s. Some experts here estimate that there are one-ton weight of Israeli missiles that Israel has been using. And that’s the case, as one of the medical sources here told me about the whole situation. And we have been told also that there is a bombing by F-16s in a close area nearby, and there are more ambulances coming with more casualties and with more people who are coming to the hospital. We are not sure who is a target. But I can tell you that most of the casualties were children and women. And among those 130 people, there are thirty-nine children and ten women.
[Full text: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/3/report_from_gaza ]

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*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.”).

March 20, 2008

2008.03.20: Defend UAW activists fighting for union rights in the South

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 11:52 am

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 11:52 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Defend UAW activists fighting for union rights in the South

Below is an announcement for a solidarity meeting for the Freightliner 5 – 5 union militants who are fighting for their jobs back after being fired for leading a wildcat strike at a Freightliner plant in North Carolina.  Their fight is a fight for civil rights and union rights in the non-union South, as well as a fight for union democracy and a more aggressive strategy for Labor.

Please spread the word and come out to the event.  You can also go to their website to learn more, sign a petition or contribute:  http://justice4five.com

The outcome of this struggle will have a big impact on union organizing in the south and around the country.  The Labor movement as a whole is at a crossroads.  It remains to be seen if it can rise to the challenge of falling wages, attacks on health care and pensions, shrinking unionization rates, etc. I believe that it’s activists like the Freightliner 5, who stand up against top-down union organizing and the strategy of Labor/Management cooperation, who point the way forward.

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please forward widely….

DEFEND THE FREIGHTLINER 5!

SOLIDARITY TOUR

THE FREIGHTLINER 5—Robert Whiteside, Allen Bradley, Franklin Torrence, Glenna Swinford and David Crisco—are members of the negotiating committee of United Auto Workers Local 3520 in Cleveland, NC. They were fired by Freightliner in April 2007 after leading a walkout when management broke off negotiations without extending the union contract.

Since then, the workers have been appealing for support to keep up the fi ght as an arbitrator prepares to hear their case. Their speaking tour has included stops in Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, L.A. and Portland (Freightliner’s corporate headquarters). The importance of a victory in this struggle is magnifi ed due to the historic weakness of the U.S. labor movement in the South. Join us in the spirit of solidarity with these dedicated and heroic trade unionists as they seek justice. Help raise money for their defense campaign and find out how you can help win their jobs back! Learn more at http://justice4five.com

Saturday

March 29th 5pm

Musicians Local 802 Hall

322 West 48th Street

Take the 1 or C/E train to 50th Street

Robert Whiteside

Union official and strike leader, UAW Local

3520 and NAACP activist.

Allen Bradley

UAW’s Voluntary Organizing Committee (VOC),

strike leader, UAW local 3520 and NAACP.

Stanley Aronowitz

Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center

of the City University of New York. Author

of several books on labor and the economy.

Member of PSC, AFT Local 2334.

Sponsored by the Ad-Hoc Committee to Support the Freightliner 5

For information or to endorse, contact: 917-969-5658 or deepa_k276@yahoo.com

March 18, 2008

2008.03.18: Oxford/Possible Crisis of Health Coverage for ALAA

From:  Torres, Azalia
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 1:12 PM
To: Wright, Deborah; Albro, George
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Oxford/Possible  Crisis of Health Coverage for ALAA

Health care costs all around us have been rising to incredible levels.  I think most folks are aware of that.  However, we have been able to maintain our coverage with minimal changes in both costs and benefits.  I think it would be beneficial for all of ALAA if you and the rest of the Executive Board began discussing what our situation with Oxford is, can become and different contingencies in dealing with this issue.

Rather than waiting until the eleventh hour to have us, the membership, vote on plans/recommendations, etc., without ample time to discuss and flush out our options, I would suggest that you generate discussion both in the EB as well as among the membership re this issue.  In this way, the membership is mobilized to defend our health benefits against these likely attacks.  In addition and just as importantly, we wouldn’t have to  go along with anything management recommended just because of  they’ve been the only ones on top of things, so to speak.

I would appreciate all your efforts on our behalf.  Thanks.

March 13, 2008

2008.03.13: Soldiers speak out against War – Winter Soldier Hearings this weekend.

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 10:24 am

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:24 AM
To: 1199 Members
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Soldiers speak out against War – Winter Soldier Hearings this weekend.

Over 200 anti-war veterans and active-duty soldiers from the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are gathering in Washington, DC starting today (3/13-3/16) to tell their stories.  They will be discussing both the death and destruction they saw overseas, as well as racism and sexism in the military, and the crisis in Veterans health care.

1199 is encouraging members to gather on Friday in their worksites to discuss and view these hearings.  There’s info on how to view simulcasts of the hearings the Iraq Veterans Against War website at  www.IVAW.org.  (you can also watch on satellite TV).  However, the easiest thing is to hear the live radio broadcast from KPFA.  Just go to  http://kpfa.org/ and click on “listen on line.” Starting tomorrow, they will be broadcasting the whole thing.

The hearings are going on all weekend.  I really encourage people to check out IVAW’s website and tune into this historic event.

Also, below is an announcement for an event happening  tomorrow night here in NY, sponsored by IVAW and the Campus Anti-War Network.

*****please forward widely and energetically! Flyer for event attached*****

Campus Anti-war Network (CAN) presents in solidarity with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan
Live Simulcast Screening of a historic soldiers’ resistance event!


*Judson Memorial Church*
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan, NY

**Friday, March 14th, 6:30pm-9:30pm**

Suggested Donation: $5, $10 solidarity rate

Proceeds donated to the Campus Anti-war Network and Iraq Veterans Against the War

Join students, community activists, veterans, military families, and more for a live simulcast presentation of the Friday evening panel of Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan, an IVAW event held March 13-16 in Washington, D.C.
The evening panel is entitled “Aims of the Global War on Terror: The Political, Legal, and Economic Context of Iraq and Afghanistan.” It will be promptly screened in real time from 7pm to 8:30pm, and will feature:

*Anthony Arnove–author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal and co-editor with Howard Zinn of Voices of a People’s History of the United States
*Amy Goodman–host of Democracy Now! Program and author of Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back
*Michael Schwartz–Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stonybrook and contributor to Tomdispatch, Asia Times, Mother Jones, and ZNet

To find out more information about this event, or to help publicize/endorse it, contact the City College of NY chapter of Campus Anti-war Network at ccnycan@googlegroups.com, or call 212.920.6613.

Please arrive before and stay after the televised panel to meet other attendees and groups, hear announcements of upcoming political events, and strengthen the grassroots anti-war network in New York City!

Directions to Judson Memorial Church:
take the A/B/C/D to West 4th Street
exit subway near intersection of W. 3rd and 6th Ave.
head East on W. 3rd towards Macdougal St.
turn left onto Thompson St.
join us at 55 Washington Square South

Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan can be screened online for its entire proceedings. Veterans and civilian survivors of both conflicts will give public testimony and share the eyewitness stories that have been censored from the American public about the true human cost of these occupations. Spread the word about this phenomenal four day event of panels ranging from “Winter Soldier and the legacy of GI Resistance” to “Racism and War: the Dehumanization of the Enemy” to “The Crisis in Veterans’ Heathcare.”

Endorsed by: Adalah Coalition for Justice in the Middle East, New York City Labor Against the War, International Socialist Organization

www.ivaw.org/wintersoldier
www.campusantiwar.net

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