Forwarded from Tami Peterson

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Mon Dec 3 16:27:35 MST 2001

For any on the list from the NY area who may be interested in this

Defend Freedom of Speech - Socialist fired for opposing the war
speaks out!

Socialist who was fired from his job for opposing the war on
Afghanistan is  speaking in NYC on Tuesday night. Come to discuss his
case and others as we  fight for our democratic rights.

Come to the meeting and hear Michael Italie -

Recent Socialist Workers candidate for mayor of Miami who was fired
from his  job as a garment worker at Goodwill Industries in Miami,
Florida, a maker of  U.S. flags, for his political views. When he was
terminated, the company  manager read to him the following statement:

"I have been assigned to tell you that because of your view of the
U.S.  government, you are a disruptive force and cannot work here any
longer. Get  your belongings and go."

This firing is a violation of Italie's right to freedom of
expression, as  codified in the First Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution, which states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting to an establishment of
religion, or  prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech or  of the press; or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to  petition the Government for a redress
of grievances."


330 W. 42nd STREET, 9th FLOOR (BTWN 8th AND 9th AVENUES)

For more info, e-mail the Committee to Defend Free Speech and the
Bill of  Rights at defendfreespeech at or call (305) 724-5965

Louis Proyect, lnp3 at on 12/03/2001

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