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October 15, 2009

2009.10.15: Today, 12 & 4 p.m.: Support General Strike in Puerto Rico

Filed under: International Human Rights,Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 11:49 am

From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:49 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Today, 12 & 4 p.m.: Support General Strike in Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Galarza

October 14, 2009

917-573-9250

Vicente Panama Alba

917-626-5847

Supporters of General Strike in Puerto Rico

to Hold Solidarity Rally in New York City

On Thursday, October 15, 2009, Puerto Rico’s social justice movement and organized labor have called for a 1 Day General Strike. The National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, the Labor Council Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), The Network of Support for Puerto Rican Workers, the Puerto Rican community and supporters of social justice will rally in support of the people of Puerto Rico in N.Y.C.

The Puerto Rican Government has since January fired 25,000 public sector workers in the island nation. Their response to the fiscal crisis IS NOT an acceptable solution to an already severely underserved people by their Government.

In addition to the firings, the Government has announced that they will break all labor agreements with unions representing public sector workers. The impoverished island nation, a colony of the United States since 1898, is already facing over 15% unemployment at the beginning of the year.

The response of the people of Puerto Rico to this crisis has been peaceful rallies and demonstrations. The Puerto Rican Government’s response to the people has been to ignore the opposition to the administration policies

WHAT: Rally in support of the people of Puerto Rico

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2009

12 pm Press Conference, City Hall steps

5 pm Rally at 135 W 50Th St., NYC

Puerto Rican FederalAffairs Administration

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