* Oppose AFL-CIO Acceptance of National Endowment for Democracy Funds
* SF CLC Adopts Million Worker March Mission Statement
San Francisco Labor Council Resolution
Whereas, the people in Iraq want
the US occupation to end, and the US soldiers in Iraq want to come home. We ask:
who is benefiting from this war, and who is paying the price?; and
Whereas, every day, people are dying as a consequence of this illegal occupation… Every day human misery expands in the drive for world Empire and corporate globalization… Every day, jobs are lost and vital social programs that serve and protect working people are being looted and destroyed, as the Bush administration cynically manipulates the so-called "war on terrorism" to carry out the social transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top; and
Whereas, the Bush administration lied to the people, to the Congress, and to the United Nations as it raced to wage war against Iraq. Now tens of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of GIs have been killed or maimed. As the anger of the Iraqi people has inevitably grown, the body count on both sides has sharply increased; and
Whereas, as the anti-war movement predicted, the Iraqi people view US forces as colonial occupiers, not liberators. American soldiers are killing and being killed in a war that serves only the interests of U.S. oil monopolies and corporate elites - George W. Bush's real constituents; and
Whereas, the Pentagon admits they will have about 150,000 troops in Iraq for the "foreseeable future," at a cost of Billions of dollars every month -- on top of the cost of maintaining US troops and bases in 130 other countries – and this rapid rise in the power and reach of the military is closely linked to the unprecedented assault on the civil rights, union rights, benefits (including veterans’ benefits), and living standards of working people going on right now in the United States; and
Whereas, the Bush administration - which only came to power due to racist disenfranchisement and voting fraud -- has used the excuse of their "endless war" to sponsor a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights, institutionalize racial profiling, assume extraordinary powers for the Executive branch, and adopt new repressive laws like the Patriot Act; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, raise these demands: 1) an immediate end to the US/British war and occupation in Iraq – Bring the Troops Home Now; 2) repeal of the Patriot Act and other repressive laws; 3) reordering of national priorities toward the human needs of our people. We need jobs and real security, not militarism and empire-building.
-- Adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council, June 14, 2004, by unanimous vote,
for submission to the 2004 Convention of the California Labor Federation, 6/14/04
San Francisco Labor Council Resolution
San Francisco Labor Council
Adopts the Million Worker March Mission Statement
Thirty-six years ago Martin Luther King,
Jr. summoned working people across America to a
Poor Peoples’ March on Washington to
inaugurate "a war on poverty at home."
"The United States government," he proclaimed, "is one of the greatest purveyors of violence in the world….America is at a crossroads in history and it is critically important for us as a nation and society to choose a new path and move on it with resolution and courage."
The crisis facing working people today is even more acute. Under the cover of systematic lies and deception, wars of devastation have been launched at the expense of working people everywhere.
In our name, a handful of the rich and powerful corporations have usurped our government.
A corporate and banking oligarchy changes hats and occupies public office to wage class war on working people. They have captured the State in their own interests.
The vast majority of working Americans are under siege. Social services and essential funding for schools, libraries, affordable housing and health care are slashed and eliminated.
Decent paying jobs are disappearing through outsourcing and privatization whose real purpose is to break unions and roll back the gains of one hundred years of struggle.
Sweat shops and starvation wages are imposed on workers across the world and deployed against workers at home to undermine our jobs and our benefits.
This undisguised class war is waged without restraint against working families and our children, enforced by anti-labor legislation and decrees, and by courts serving our exploiters.
The aim or [sic (of)] repressive legislation such as the Patriot Act is to terrorize and suppress the struggles of working people for their rights, and to destroy democratic control of the economy and of society. The pretext of enemies afar becomes a smoke screen for repression and autocratic rule.
The time has come to mobilize working people for our own agenda. Let us end subservience to the power of the privileged few and their monopoly of the political process in America.
Come together, brothers and sisters. Join the Million Worker March on Washington October 16, 2004, as we launch a great movement for social change. Let us forge together a social, economic and political movement for working people. We are the many. The secretive and corrupt who control our lives are the rapacious few.
Let us mobilize together through our unions, labor councils, social and community organizations, friends and neighbors everywhere. We are on the move and we shall not be denied.
--Adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council, June 14, 2004, by unanimous vote