Labor for Palestine

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Labor solidarity with Palestine

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning International Committee of the Red Cross

An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Workers Support Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

"We urge all labor organizations and workers’ movements to express their solidarity and support for the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, for the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation and for the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."--Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS), April 28, 2017  Labor for Palestine joins workers around the world to stand with 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since April 17 to protest conditions that Amnesty International calls "unlawful and cruel." After more than a month, their health is failing, but their steadfastness remains unshakable.   From workers' rights and women's rights, to anti-racism and anti-colonialism, hunger strikes are a time-honored form of protest against injustice. But the Israeli government — which receives $3.8 billion per year in U.S. weapons and closely coordinates with the same police agencies that systematically terrorize Black and Brown communities in the United States — threatens to force-feed the strikers, and is gunning down their supporters in the streets of Palestine. Such relentless state violence reflects the continuing Nakba, Israel's 69-year-old ethnic cleansing campaign against the Palestinian people.Undeterred, the prisoners have vowed: "Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost." They know that, like Jim Crow and apartheid South Africa, Zionist settler colonialism will one day fall to the unstoppable tide of popular mass resistance.Labor bodies around the world have risen to their defense, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Canadian Labour Congress, 26 European trade unions and labor organizations, World Federation of Trade Unions (representing 92 million workers in 162 countries), International Trade Union Confederation (representing 181 million workers in 163 countries), and the Trabajadores-Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT) of Uruguay. Their outpouring is accompanied by rising international labor respect of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) picket line, which demands an end to occupation and apartheid, full equality for all, and Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the homes and lands from which they were expelled.In the U.S., BDS has been embraced by West Coast dockers refusing to handle Israeli Zim Line cargo, the United Electrical Workers, CT State AFL-CIO, UAW 2865, UAW 2322, GSOC-UAW 2110, AFT 3220, and thousands of other union members.This parallels growing intersectional solidarity with Palestine from the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, #NoBanNoWall, and other U.S. grassroots social justice movements. Today, we affirm:*Victory to Palestinian Political Hunger Strikers!*From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free! ===== Issued May 21, 2017 by Labor for Palestine Co-Conveners: (Affiliations below for identification only)*Suzanne Adely, Global Workers Solidarity Network*Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; Labor for Standing Rock*Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU Local 10 (retired) =====Endorsing Organizations (list in formation): Labor for PalestineLabor for Standing RockGSOC-UAW Local 2110Al-Awda New York, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAl-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAROC: Arab Resource & Organizing CenterBlack4PalestineBlack Youth Project 100 (BYP100)CUNY4PalestineDecolonize This PlaceExistence is ResistanceJews for Palestinian Right of ReturnJewish Voice for Peace-New York CityLA4PalestineNYC Solidarity with PalestineNYC Students for Justice in PalestinePalestinian Youth Movement - USASamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity NetworkTOLEF: Tree of Life Educational FundUS Campaign for Palestinian RightsUS Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of IsraelUS Palestinian Community Network =====[When signing, please list trade union and/or other affiliation, and location, in the comment box -- then amplify your voice by sharing on social media and promoting on]===== E-mail: info@laborforpalestine.netWeb:

Labor for Palestine
445 supporters
Petitioning Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO President)

Urgent Call on the AFL-CIO: Reverse Support for the Dakota Access Pipeline

As trade unionists and social justice activists, we urgently call on the AFL-CIO to reverse its disgraceful support for the Dakota Access Pipeline. DAPL continues more than 500 years of settler-colonialism, dispossession, and genocide against indigenous people in the Americas, who are defending the Earth's vital resources against the same corporate greed, state violence, and repression that violate workers' rights on a daily basis. Like the Black and Brown Lives, Immigrant Rights, Palestinian, and other freedom struggles, the courageous Sioux resistance at Standing Rock has become a worldwide beacon for all who fight injustice. In solidarity, numerous trade union bodies -- including the Amalgamated Transit Union; California Faculty Association; Communications Workers of America; Industrial Workers of the World; IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus; National Nurses United; New York State Nurses Association; National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981; United Electrical Workers; SEIU 503 OPEU; Border Agricultural Workers; and the Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work -- #StandWithStandingRock. Workers' rights are inseparable from indigenous rights. We need decent union jobs that protect, rather than destroy, the Earth -- there are no jobs on a dead planet. An injury to one is an injury to all: #NoDAPL! Labor for Palestine, September 17, 2016 This petition will be delivered to:AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka [When signing, please list trade union and/or other affiliation in the comment box -- then amplify your voice by sharing on social media and promoting on] ===== Labor for Palestine Co-Conveners:Suzanne Adely, U.S.-MENA Global Labor Solidarity Network; Former Staff, Global Organizing Institute, UAW Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU Local 10 (retired) Jaime Veve, Transport Workers Union Local 100, NYC (retired) =====See also:  From Standing Rock to Occupied Jerusalem: We Resist Desecration of our Burial Sites and Colonizing our Indigenous Lands (Palestinian BDS National Committee, September 9, 2016) Open Letter from U.S. Trade Unionists to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Boycott Apartheid Israel (Labor for Palestine, December 4, 2009) ===== info@laborforpalestine.net =====  

Labor for Palestine
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