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S.F Labor Council: "Bring the Troops Home Now!"
S.F. LABOR COUNCIL RESOLUTION ENDORSES MARCH 20, SAYS "BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW"
RESOLUTION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO LABOR COUNCIL
ENDORSE MARCH 20th ACTIONS & BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Whereas, the Bush Administration, backed by most of Congress, are increasingly isolated in their continued pursuit of conquest and corporate profiteering in Iraq and domination of the Middle East -- a policy with disastrous consequences for American soldiers, Iraqis and working people everywhere;
Whereas, people are mobilizing on a global scale to demand an end to the occupation, with a worldwide day of action set for March 20, 2004, the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, endorse and encourage affiliated labor organizations to field large labor contingents in the demonstrations on Saturday, March 20, 2004 in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and around the world, behind the banner: "Bring the Troops Home Now! End the Occupation of Iraq! Money for Jobs, Education, Health Care and Housing, not for war and occupation!"
--Adopted unanimously by the San Francisco Labor Council, December 8, 2003.
RESOLUTION ADOPTED ON JULY 28, 2003
"RESOLVED, that The San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, demands an immediate end to the US/British war and occupation in Iraq – Bring the Troops Home Now!;...[and endorses] the October 25, 2003 International March on Washington, D.C. behind the banner: Bring the Troops Home Now…End the Occupation of Iraq…Repeal the Patriot Act…Money for Human Needs, not for War and Empire – and will urge affiliated unions, other labor councils, state federation and AFL-CIO to do the same.—Adopted unanimously, July 28, 2003. Source: www.kclabor.org
For more information about the October 25 March on Washington, go to
Resolution of the San Francisco Labor Council
Bring the troops home now - End the occupation of Iraq
- Money for human needs, not war
- Repeal the Patriot Act
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 many hundreds of GIs have been killed or maimed – by Rumsfeld’s count over 1000 attacks on US forces since May 1st. As the anger of the Iraqi people inevitably grows, the body count on both sides will sharply increase; 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. Soldiers and their families are realizing that high government officials, mostly millionaires who shuttle between corporate boardrooms and government posts, are using U.S. troops as a private security detachment for the multinational corporations’ plunder of Iraq's oil riches; and
Whereas, the Pentagon now admits they will have 150,000 troops in Iraq for the "foreseeable future," at a cost of nearly $4 Billion a 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 massive 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; and
Whereas, on October 25, 2003 the anti-war, civil rights, social justice and labor movements – joined in ever increasing numbers by family members of military personnel and veterans and international delegations -- will march on Washington, D.C. to demand an immediate end to the US war and occupation in Iraq, repeal of the Patriot Act, and money for human needs, not for war; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, 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; and be it further
RESOLVED: that the council endorse the October 25, 2003 International March on Washington, D.C. behind the banner: Bring the Troops Home Now…End the Occupation of Iraq…Repeal the Patriot Act…Money for Human Needs, not for War and Empire – and will urge affiliated unions, other labor councils, state federation and AFL-CIO to do the same.—Adopted unanimously, July 28, 2003.