Washington State Labor Council Convention: "Resolution Against the War, Attacks on Civil Liberties and Cuts in Public Services"

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Sep 3 02:26:42 MDT 2002


Resolution Against the War,
Attacks on Civil Liberties and
Cuts in Public Services
Resolution #6
Adopted by the Washington State Labor Council Convention, August 19-22,
2002, Spokane, WA.
WHEREAS, President Bush’s ever-expanding "war on terrorism" has been
cynically used to justify a $48 billion hike in next year’s military budget,
bringing it to $383 billion, in addition to the $15 billion bailout of the
airline industry and $25 billion in tax refunds for corporate America; and
WHEREAS, Congress is forcing union members and other working and poor people
to pay for this war drive and subsidize corporate profits by raiding the
Social Security Trust Fund and cutting funding for economically distressed
states and vital government programs such as subsidies for low income
housing and services to the homeless; and
WHEREAS, the billions spent on armaments, domestic repression and bailouts
could be better used to provide re-training programs and jobs to the 800,000
workers across the nation who lost their jobs after September 11th, and to
plug the $50 billion deficit in state and local budgets that has resulted in
a major loss of union jobs and cuts in essential socials services such as
fully staffed libraries, education, quality public transportation with
reliable access services to the disabled, providing clean water and air,
healthcare and treatment for the mentally ill; and
WHEREAS, in the aftermath of September 11th over 1,000 immigrants were
imprisoned in detention centers, thousands of airport workers (many of them
immigrants of color) were fired simply because they were not citizens, and
Muslims, people of Middle Eastern descent and other immigrants suffered
increased violence sparked by racial profiling by the INS and FBI; and
WHEREAS, the federal "USA PATRIOT" anti-terrorism act and similar state
measures undermine labor’s right to organize and fight anti-immigrant
attacks and other union-busting tactics by expanding the government’s
ability to detain non-citizens based on mere suspicion, to conduct telephone
and internet surveillance and secret searches, and to define people engaged
in political protest as "domestic terrorists;" and
WHEREAS, the national AFL-CIO’s uncritical support for this profit-driven
war has derailed labor opposition to increased military expenditures,
corporate subsidies and government spying and provided political cover for
Democrats to jump on the anti-terrorism bandwagon;
WHEREAS, the AFL-CIO's support for the war has led to the callous
withholding of solidarity from labor's working class and poor allies in
other countries who are suffering and dying as a result of this conflict;
therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Washington State Labor Council expand its efforts to
defend civil liberties by taking the following actions and urging the
AFL-CIO to do the same:
---Campaign for the repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act and defeat of similar
"anti-terrorism" measures in state legislatures;
---Pressure local and state law enforcement to refuse to cooperate with FBI
spying on political, union, and anti-globalism activists or comply with INS
harassment of Arabs and other immigrants and people of color in the U.S.;
and
---Demand the immediate release of the hundreds of Middle Eastern, Arab and
other immigrants who are still being detained without due process and/or
legal justification; and be it finally
RESOLVED that the Washington State Labor Council urge the AFL-CIO and its
affiliates to oppose the U.S. government's open-ended "war on terrorism" and
participate in rallies, marches and other activities to pressure President
Bush and Congress to stop the war and redirect money from corporate handouts
and the military budget to assist laid-off workers, restore and expand
public services, and promote global justice by providing humanitarian and
economic aid--administered by unions--to our brothers and sisters in other
countries.


“It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social change is
not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the silence of
the so-called good people”Martin Luther King




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Finally, an act of courage from the Washington State Labor Council, who is
willing to speak the truth out of their sense of true patriotism. The
Council is doing the right thing: actively and nonviolently resisting a
senseless,  useless, illegal and unethical killing operation and the
accompanying exorbitant military spending that is bankrupting every
institution of social justice while enriching those few that are the ones
behind the most corrupt White House since Nixon. Let's all propose similar
resolutions in the groups to which we belong! Gary

Resolution Against the War,
Attacks on Civil Liberties and
Cuts in Public Services
Resolution #6
Adopted by the Washington State Labor Council Convention, August 19-22,
2002, Spokane, WA.
WHEREAS, President Bush’s ever-expanding "war on terrorism" has been
cynically used to justify a $48 billion hike in next year’s military budget,
bringing it to $383 billion, in addition to the $15 billion bailout of the
airline industry and $25 billion in tax refunds for corporate America; and
WHEREAS, Congress is forcing union members and other working and poor people
to pay for this war drive and subsidize corporate profits by raiding the
Social Security Trust Fund and cutting funding for economically distressed
states and vital government programs such as subsidies for low income
housing and services to the homeless; and
WHEREAS, the billions spent on armaments, domestic repression and bailouts
could be better used to provide re-training programs and jobs to the 800,000
workers across the nation who lost their jobs after September 11th, and to
plug the $50 billion deficit in state and local budgets that has resulted in
a major loss of union jobs and cuts in essential socials services such as
fully staffed libraries, education, quality public transportation with
reliable access services to the disabled, providing clean water and air,
healthcare and treatment for the mentally ill; and
WHEREAS, in the aftermath of September 11th over 1,000 immigrants were
imprisoned in detention centers, thousands of airport workers (many of them
immigrants of color) were fired simply because they were not citizens, and
Muslims, people of Middle Eastern descent and other immigrants suffered
increased violence sparked by racial profiling by the INS and FBI; and
WHEREAS, the federal "USA PATRIOT" anti-terrorism act and similar state
measures undermine labor’s right to organize and fight anti-immigrant
attacks and other union-busting tactics by expanding the government’s
ability to detain non-citizens based on mere suspicion, to conduct telephone
and internet surveillance and secret searches, and to define people engaged
in political protest as "domestic terrorists;" and
WHEREAS, the national AFL-CIO’s uncritical support for this profit-driven
war has derailed labor opposition to increased military expenditures,
corporate subsidies and government spying and provided political cover for
Democrats to jump on the anti-terrorism bandwagon;
WHEREAS, the AFL-CIO's support for the war has led to the callous
withholding of solidarity from labor's working class and poor allies in
other countries who are suffering and dying as a result of this conflict;
therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Washington State Labor Council expand its efforts to
defend civil liberties by taking the following actions and urging the
AFL-CIO to do the same:
---Campaign for the repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act and defeat of similar
"anti-terrorism" measures in state legislatures;
---Pressure local and state law enforcement to refuse to cooperate with FBI
spying on political, union, and anti-globalism activists or comply with INS
harassment of Arabs and other immigrants and people of color in the U.S.;
and
---Demand the immediate release of the hundreds of Middle Eastern, Arab and
other immigrants who are still being detained without due process and/or
legal justification; and be it finally
RESOLVED that the Washington State Labor Council urge the AFL-CIO and its
affiliates to oppose the U.S. government's open-ended "war on terrorism" and
participate in rallies, marches and other activities to pressure President
Bush and Congress to stop the war and redirect money from corporate handouts
and the military budget to assist laid-off workers, restore and expand
public services, and promote global justice by providing humanitarian and
economic aid--administered by unions--to our brothers and sisters in other
countries.


“It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social change is
not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the silence of
the so-called good people”Martin Luther King




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