A Message From US Labor Against the War About an Historic Statement of Solidarity Between US and Iraqi Trade Unionists
[Let me quote just one key part of this statement:
The principal obstacle to peace, stability, and the reconstruction of Iraq is the occupation. The occupation is the problem, not the solution. Iraqi sovereignty and independence must be restored. The occupation must end in all its forms, including military bases and economic domination.
Here’s the “simple” version of the message we need to be pounding away at the media with: The occupation is the problem, not the solution.
Make this your mantra.
Every time you’re confronted with a “stay the course” or “you break it, you buy it” argument, repeat this back to them: The occupation is the problem, not the solution.
You have it from the horse’s mouth. Iraqi labor activists at the grassroots. The occupation is the problem, not the solution.
Sisters and Brothers:
What follows is an historic document, a joint statement drafted by the leaders of three of Iraq’s main labor organizations and leaders of US Labor Against the War. The statement is the culmination of a sweeping tour of the US by the Iraqis who spoke eloquently in opposition to the occupation of their country. They spoke to their audiences of the threat and likely consequences of privatization of their national resources and industries and the importance of establishing free trade unions in Iraq.
The tour inspired thousands of trade unionists in the US to intensify the campaign against the war and occupation in Iraq. It brought hope and encouragement to the Iraqis who recognized that they had genuine support among the people of the occupying power. The statement, in English and Arabic, will be distributed throughout the US and Iraq as well as internationally and will be posted to the USLAW website. We hope that it will encourage unions everywhere to take a stand against the occupation and in support of the courageous Iraqi labor movement.
The English language version of the statement is posted at HERE (PDF).
The Arabic language version of the statement is posted at HERE (PDF).
We encourage you to distribute this widely throughout your unions and organizations, and put it in your organization’s newspaper and on your web pages.