Stand With Palestinian Workers: Cease the Genocide Now—Stop Arming Israel!

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Stand With Palestinian Workers:
Cease the Genocide NowStop Arming Israel!
Labor for Palestine, October 24, 2023

“We need you to take immediate action—wherever you are in the world—to prevent the arming of the Israeli state and the companies involved in the infrastructure of the blockade.” An Urgent Call from Palestinian Trade Unions: End all Complicity, Stop Arming Israel (October 16, 2023)

The undersigned U.S. workers, trade unionists, and anti-apartheid activists join labor around the world in condemning the Israeli siege on Gaza and sharply escalating settler colonial violence in the West Bank that has killed or maimed thousands of Palestinians—many of them children—and stand with Palestinians’ “right to exist, resist, return, and self-determination.”

The latest Israeli attacks reflect more than a century of ongoing Zionist settler-colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleansing, racism, genocide, and apartheid—including Israel’s establishment through the uprooting and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba. Indeed, eighty percent of the 2.3 million people in Gaza are refugees from other parts of historic Palestine.

Israel’s crimes are only possible because of more than $3.8 billion a year (or $10+ million per day) in bipartisan US military aid that gives Israel the guns, bullets, tanks, ships, jet fighters, missiles, helicopters, white phosphorus and other weapons to kill and maim the Palestinian people. This is the same system of racist state violence that, through shared surveillance technology and police exchange programs, brutalizes BIPOC and working class people in the United States and around the world.

In response, we demand an immediate end to the genocide, and embrace the recent Urgent Call from Palestinian Trade Unions: End all Complicity, Stop Arming Israel:

  1. To refuse to build weapons destined for Israel. 
  2. To refuse to transport weapons to Israel. 
  3. To pass motions in their trade union to this effect. 
  4. To take action against complicit companies involved in implementing Israel’s brutal and illegal siege, especially if they have contracts with your institution. 
  5. Pressure governments to stop all military trade with Israel, and in the case of the U.S., funding to it.

We further reaffirm the call on labor bodies to respect previous Palestinian trade union appeals for solidarity by adopting this statement, and/or the model resolution below to divest from Israel Bonds, sever all ties with the Israel’s racist labor federation, the Histadrut, and its US mouthpiece, the Jewish Labor Committee, and respect the Palestinian picket line for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), which calls not only for an end to the 1967 Israeli occupation, but an end to Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall, full equality for Arab-Palestinians inside 1948 Palestine (“Israel”), and implementation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return.. 

Initial Signers on behalf of Labor for Palestine
(organizational affiliations listed for identification only)
Suzanne Adely, Labor for Palestine, US Palestinian Community Network, Arab Workers Resource Center; Food Chain Workers Alliance (staff); President, National Lawyers Guild
Monadel Herzallah, Arab American Union Members Council
Ruth Jennison, Department Rep., Massachusetts Society of Professors, MTA, NEA; Co-Chair, Labor Standing Committee River Valley DSA; Delegate to Western Mass Area Labor Federation
Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC); Block the Boat
Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Corinna Mullin, PSC-CUNY International Committee; CUNY for Palestine
Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU Local 10 (retired)


Rising Unequivocal U.S. Labor Solidarity With Palestine
Oct. 27, 2023: APWU Pres. Stands Up for Palestine v. AFL-CIO EB: “Mark Dimondstein, the president of the postal union, argued that Israel and the Palestinian territories should be combined into a single state. He called for the A.F.L.-C.I.O. to demand a cease-fire.”

Oct. 27, 2023: UAW BDS Sign-On Letter: “We, rank-and-file members of the UAW and allied community members/organizations, stand unequivocally in solidarity with Palestinians and their resistance against the occupying Zionist state.”

Oct.25, 2023: Natl. Domestic Alliance Workers Staff Union Solidarity With Palestine: “The National Domestic Alliance Workers Staff Union and allied non-union staff stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and against apartheid.”

Oct. 23, 2023: Petition: NOLSW Must Demand a Ceasefire & an End to the  Occupation of Palestine: “We need as many signatures from NOLSW members as well as unit endorsements as we can get before this upcoming Monday to demonstrate that the NOLSW rank-and-file stands firmly in solidarity with the Palestinian people and will by while Israel continues to commit genocide in Gaza. Free Palestine.”

Oct. 20, 2023: The Bronx Defenders Union-UAW Local 2325 Support of Palestinians: “We do not consent to Israel’s genocidal rhetoric and actions against the Palestinian people and we do not consent to U.S. political support for this genocide.”

Oct. 20, 2023: Starbucks Workers United stands with Palestine: “We condemn the occupation, displacement, state violence, apartheid, and threats of genocide Palestinians face.”

Oct. 19, 2023: Make the Road Union UAW Local 2320 staff: We Stand With Palestine: “Ceasefire now. End US tax dollars used to fund apartheid. Stop the genocide.”

Oct. 16: 2023: U.K. Trade unionists must stand with Palestine: “We urge all trade unions to stand with the Palestinian people in Gaza and beyond.”

Oct. 10, 2023: Amazon and Google Workers with No Tech For Apartheid: “We stand in full solidarity with the Palestinian people as they resist 75 years of occupation and in their fight for life and liberation.”

Oct. 9, 2023: GSOC-UAW 2110 A response to Linda G. Mills’ statement on Israel: “GSOC stands in solidarity with Palestinians fighting to free themselves from Israeli occupation.”

July 22, 2022: UAW 2325 (Association of Legal Aid Attorneys) Votes to Divest From Israel Bonds: “ALAA 2325 supports taking action, both as individual members and as a chapter collectively, in support of Palestinian liberation from Israeli apartheid.”

May 15, 2021: Labor for Palestine: U.S. Labor Must Stand With Palestine!: “An injury to one is an injury to all: From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free!”

Background and Context 

Bottom-Up Labor Solidarity for Palestine Is Growing: “While still at the margins, this unprecedented and rapidly-expanding worker-based Palestine solidarity has the potential to finally break Zionism’s century-long stranglehold on U.S. labor, and to organize workers’ unparalleled power—in their labor bodies and at the workplace—to help topple apartheid Israel.”

Labor for Palestine: Challenging US Labor Zionism (American Quarterly): “Zionism has long been the default position in US labor. However, there has been another, hidden tradition of postwar labor anti-Zionism that began with Detroit in 1969–73 and has slowly re-emerged after September 11, 2011, from the antiwar, Palestine solidarity, and racial justice movements.”

Labor Zionism and the Histadrut: The Histadrut has used its image as a “progressive” institution to spearhead — and whitewash — racism, apartheid, dispossession and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians since the 1920s. In this, it has been the cornerstone of Labor Zionism, which began in the early 1900s.”

The Jewish Labor Committee and Apartheid Israel: “The Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) presents itself as a model of progressive, socially conscious trade unionism. But as a U.S. mouthpiece for the Histadrut, this false image has been a smokescreen to disguise and promote Apartheid Israel, “AFL-CIA” support of U.S. war and empire, and racism in the labor movement.”

Labor for Palestine Model Resolution: [X union/labor body] 

Stand With Palestinian Workers: 

Cease the Genocide Now, End All Complicity, Stop Arming Israel!

WHEREAS, October 7, 2023 saw the people of Gaza collectively reject the culmination of 16 years of a brutal land, air and sea siege devastating the entirety of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents; and

WHEREAS, the 16-year blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip has devastated the economy, leading to the closure of many companies, factories, and farms, resulting in a high level of unemployment, and reducing the government’s ability to provide basic services to the Palestinian population in Gaza; and

WHEREAS, the siege has deprived Palestinians in Gaza of their basic rights to health care, education, work, and freedom of movement, with 81.5 percent of individuals in Gaza living below the poverty line and 64 percent are food insecure; and

WHEREAS, the latest Israeli attacks reflect more than a century of ongoing Zionist settler-colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleansing, racism, genocide, and apartheid—including Israel’s establishment through the uprooting and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba. Indeed, eighty percent of the 2.3 million people in Gaza are refugees from other parts of historic Palestine; and

WHEREAS, the section of the Gaza border that was bulldozed through on October 7th was the site of the Great March of Return, a 2018-2019 peaceful protest which Israel responded to with deadly force, killing 214 Palestinians, including 46 children, and injuring 28,939 a reminder that all forms of Palestinian resistanceeven peaceful onesare criminalized and crushed by Israel; and

WHEREAS, as in the last 16 days alone at least [update as needed] 4,741 Palestinians have been killed and 15,898 wounded, with over a million of the densely populated enclave’s people displaced; and

WHEREAS, there have been [update as needed] 51 attacks on healthcare facilities in Gaza with these attacks resulting in at least 15 health workers killed, 27 health workers injured, damage to 25 hospitals and other healthcare facilities and three hospitals in northern Gaza evacuated; and

WHEREAS, upon announcing his intention to reduce parts of Gaza to “rubble,” Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu ordered leaflets dropped from the sky telling Palestinians in the Gaza strip, of which 50 percent of the population are children, to “leave now,” knowing full well that there is absolutely nowhere they can go; a public declaration of intent to commit the international crime of forced population transfer; and

WHEREAS, Israel has consolidated all these tactics of extermination in the current attack on Gaza, including the prohibited use of white phosphorus weapons in densely populated urban areas. In addition, Israel is arming settlers with an additional 10,000 assault rifles, which has already further galvanized attacks on Palestinian communities in the West Bank; and

WHEREAS, Israel justified its decision to suspend all entry of food, water and fuel into Gaza by claiming that it was fighting “human animals”; As we have seen with past examples of US led wars on Iraq and Afghanistan , such dehumanizing language is used to manufacture consent for genocidal violence; and

WHEREAS, a majority of media, politicians and employers have demonstrated an inconsistent valuation of human life, with calculated omissions effectively endorsing Israel’s ongoing perpetration of ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and genocide against the 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza; and

WHEREAS, the tired trope of “religious conflict” has been used often to mask the reality of settler colonial violence and dispossession, essentializing and racializing both Jewish and Muslim communities and those critical of Israeli settler colonial violence have been falsely accused of anti-semitism; and

WHEREAS, the Union of Professors and Employees at Birzeit University in the West Bank, calls on all trade unions around the globe to reject the “criminalization of resistance… where all blood that is shed is blamed on the oppressed and all crimes of settler colonial invasion and dispossession are ignored entirely”; and

WHEREAS, all over the world and including our [city/workplace], workers of all faiths and backgrounds are united in their opposition to apartheid, occupation, genocide and settler colonialism; and

WHEREAS, the Palestinian struggle against settler colonialism as a structure of power designed to accumulate wealth through dispossession and maintain racial hierarchy links it organically to the struggles of Indigenous, Black and Puerto Rican peoples, as well as other oppressed peoples in the United States; and 

WHEREAS, the institutions of organized violence that oppress working class, Black and Brown communities in the US train and share tactics of repression with Israeli institutions of organized violence, for example through the deadly exchange program; and

WHEREAS, since World War II, Israel has been the largest overall recipient of U.S. foreign aid, with over $150 billion since 1946 and U.S. President Joe Biden has just announced another $14.3 billion in aid for Israel as part of a broader “defense” spending package that is a boon for the military-industrial-complex and is being claimed as a job promotion program for US workers who are allegedly “building the arsenal of democracy”; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. began moving warships and aircraft to the region “to be ready to provide Israel with whatever it needed to respond,” including sending two U.S. aircraft carriers as well as special operations forces to “assist Israel’s military in planning and intelligence”; and

WHEREAS, Palestinian trade unions call for workers around the globe to stand in solidarity to “end all forms of complicity with Israel’s crimes” and to “pass motions in their trade union to this effect”; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that our [union or other labor body] condemns Israel’s ongoing genocide against the Palestinian people and calls for an immediate end to the bombings and destruction in Gaza as well as an end to all US military and economic aid to the settler colonial state of Israel; and

RESOLVED, that we endorse the October 16, 2023 Palestinian trade union call:

  1. To refuse to build weapons destined for Israel. 
  2. To refuse to transport weapons to Israel. 
  3. To pass motions in their trade union to this effect. 
  4. To take action against complicit companies involved in implementing Israel’s brutal and illegal siege, especially if they have contracts with your institution. 
  5. Pressure governments to stop all military trade with Israel, and in the case of the U.S., funding to it.

RESOLVED, that our employer(s) publicly declare and divest from all financial ties with “the State of Israel and all Israeli and international companies that sustain Israeli apartheid”; and

RESOLVED, that our union pledge to respect previous Palestinian trade union appeals for solidarity by divesting from Israel Bonds, severing all ties with the Israel’s racist labor federation, the Histadrut, and its US mouthpiece, the Jewish Labor Committee, and respecting the Palestinian picket line for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS); and 

RESOLVED, that our employer defend its workers [and students] who are routinely doxxed and attacked when voicing support for Palestine, including those who take part in the BDS campaign, and/or who otherwise oppose Israeli settler colonialism.

UAW Labor for Palestine’s Endorsement? ‘Uncommitted’ in Michigan (Common Dreams)

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​UAW members march in solidarity with Palestine.

UAW members march in solidarity with Palestine.

 (Photo: UAW Labor for Palestine)

UAW Labor for Palestine’s Endorsement? ‘Uncommitted’ in Michigan

As rank-and-file members of the UAW, we refuse to shore up the political power of officials who do not show accountability to their bases, let alone adhere to social justice imperatives to end war and genocide.

UAW LABOR FOR PALESTINE

Feb 21, 2024 Common Dreams

United Auto Workers, or UAW, Labor for Palestine has unanimously voted to endorse Listen to Michigan’s “Uncommitted” strategy for the upcoming Michigan Democratic presidential primary.

Backed by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)—who was censured late last year for her critiques of Israel’s genocide as the only Palestinian member of Congress—the “Uncommitted” strategy is designed to put pressure on President Joe Biden to call for a permanent cease-fire and stop arming Israel. To build this pressure, Tlaib and many other allies are urging Michigan voters to withhold their vote for Biden and instead cast a ballot for “uncommitted” during the state’s February 27 election.

UAW Labor for Palestine is part of a broader formation of Labor for Palestine with affiliates across the U.S. Founded in 2004, Labor for Palestine is a growing coalition of workers who are heeding an urgent call to global action issued on October 16, 2023 by Palestinian trade unions to end all complicity and stop arming Israel. Members of UAW Labor for Palestine respect the Palestinian trade union picket line by opposing any endorsement of Biden as long as he is providing weapons for Israeli genocide.

UAW Labor for Palestine is committed to working with grassroots groups in and beyond the labor movement that are tirelessly advancing the cause for Palestinian liberation and building the social power needed to transform the U.S. into a peace economy.

UAW Labor for Palestine’s support for the “Uncommitted” strategy comes on the heels of what many felt was the UAW leadership’s premature and unprincipled endorsement of Biden’s reelection campaign in late January, given his role in arming and bankrolling Israel’s genocide against Palestinians. Leadership’s decision was made in secret without any input from union members. Having become the largest U.S. union to call for a cease-fire just the month before, many rank-and-file members felt confused and betrayed by leadership’s announcement to support Biden at the annual UAW political conference, sparking a wave of internal dissent.

Joining unionists from the National Education Association (NEA) and Communications Workers of America (CWA), UAW Labor for Palestine has called on its union leadership to rescind the nomination of Biden on the grounds that it violates solidarity with Palestinian workers. As a union that includes academic workers, some of whose research is funded by the defense industry; manufacturing workers, some of whom work in plants that build weapons components; and logistics workers, some of whom help store and transport weapons destined for Israel and other militarized zones, the UAW has a unique role to play at this moment in creating the worker pressure to implement a permanent cease-fire. But doing so necessitates real pressure on Biden as part of a broader mass movement against the current escalation of Israel’s decades-long project of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The Listen to Michigan-led campaign to vote “uncommitted” in the Democratic primary is an important step in that direction.

UAW Labor for Palestine is committed to working with grassroots groups in and beyond the labor movement that are tirelessly advancing the cause for Palestinian liberation and building the social power needed to transform the U.S. into a peace economy. As rank-and-file members of the UAW, we refuse to shore up the political power of officials who do not show accountability to their bases, let alone adhere to social justice imperatives to end war and genocide. With our union headquarters based in Michigan, we urge voters to support Listen to Michigan’s “Uncommitted” primary strategy to build critical pressure on Biden to stop enabling and arming Israel until a permanent cease-fire can actually be realized, and indeed, until Palestine is free, from the river to the sea.

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UAW Labor for Palestine—formally a working group created through the UAW Region 9A Rank-and-File Assembly—is a collective of rank-and-file members organizing across the UAW to demand an immediate end to Israel’s apartheid regime, occupation, and ongoing genocide in Palestine; to embrace the recent urgent call from Palestinian trade unions to stop arming Israel; and to act upon the UAW Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) sign-on letter by advancing Palestine solidarity priorities. We organize at the individual, shop, local, and regional levels, and we work toward ending the International UAW’s complicity in Israeli apartheid and oppression of the Palestinian people.

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UAW Labor for Palestine Endorses Michigan’s “Uncommitted” Voting Strategy

UAW Labor for Palestine Endorses Michigan’s “Uncommitted” Voting Strategy
February 21, 2024

United Auto Workers (UAW) Labor for Palestine has unanimously voted to endorse Listen to Michigan’s “Uncommitted” strategy for the upcoming Michigan Democratic presidential primary. Backed by Rep. Rashida Tlaib–who was censured late last year for her critiques of Israel’s genocide as the only Palestinan member of Congress–the “Uncommitted” strategy puts pressure on Joe Biden to call for a permanent ceasefire and stop arming Israel. To build this pressure, Tlaib and many other allies are urging Michigan voters to withhold their vote for Biden and instead cast a ballot for “uncommitted” during the state’s February 27 election.

UAW Labor for Palestine is part of a broader formation of Labor for Palestine with affiliates across the U.S. Founded in 2004, Labor for Palestine is a growing coalition of workers who are heeding an urgent call to global action issued on October 16, 2023 by Palestinian trade unions to end all complicity and stop arming Israel. Members of UAW Labor for Palestine respect the Palestinian trade union picket line by opposing any endorsement of Joe Biden as long as he is providing weapons for Israeli genocide.

UAW Labor for Palestine’s support for the “Uncomitted” strategy comes on the heels of what many felt was the UAW leadership’s premature and unprincipled endorsement of Joe Biden’s reelection campaign in late January, given his role in arming and bankrolling Israel’s genocide against Palestinians. Leadership’s decision was made in secret without any input from union members. Having become the largest U.S. union to call for a ceasefire just the month before, many rank-and-file members felt confused and betrayed by leadership’s announcement to support Biden at the annual UAW political conference, sparking a wave of internal dissent

Joining unionists from National Educators Association (NEA) and Communications Workers of America (CWA), UAW Labor for Palestine has called on its union leadership to rescind the nomination of Joe Biden on the grounds that it violates solidarity with Palestinian workers. As a union that includes academic workers, some of whose research is funded by the defense industry; manufacturing workers, some of whom work in plants that build weapons components; and logistics workers, some of whom help store and transport weapons destined for Israel and other militarized zones, the UAW has a unique role to play at this moment in creating the worker pressure to implement a permanent ceasefire. But doing so necessitates real pressure on Biden as part of a broader mass movement against the current escalation of Israel’s decades-long project of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The Listen to Michigan-led campaign to vote “uncommitted” in the Democratic primary is an important step in that direction.  

UAW Labor for Palestine is committed to working with grassroots groups in and beyond the labor movement that are tirelessly advancing the cause for Palestinian liberation and building the social power needed to transform the U.S. into a peace economy. As rank-and-file members of the UAW, we refuse to shore up the political power of officials who do not show accountability to their bases, let alone adhere to social justice imperatives to end war and genocide. With our union headquarters based in Michigan, we urge voters to support Listen to Michigan’s “Uncommitted” primary strategy to build critical pressure on Joe Biden to stop enabling and arming Israel until a permanent ceasefire can actually be realized, and indeed, until Palestine is free, from the river to the sea. 

About UAW Labor for Palestine: UAW Labor for Palestine—formally a working group created through the UAW Region 9A Rank-and-File Assembly—is a collective of rank-and-file members organizing across the UAW to demand an immediate end to Israel’s apartheid regime, occupation, and ongoing genocide in Palestine, to embrace the recent urgent call from Palestinian trade unions to stop arming Israel, and to act upon the UAW Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) sign-on letter by advancing Palestine solidarity priorities. We organize at the individual, shop, local, and regional levels, and we work towards ending the International UAW’s complicity in Israeli apartheid and oppression of the Palestinian people.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS, On February 26, everywhere in the world, let’s mobilize! (Palestinian Journalists Syndicate)

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS

On February 26, everywhere in the world, let’s mobilize!

Ramallah, 21 February 2024,

Dear colleagues,

Four months after the start of the war in Gaza, the PJS highly appreciate the mobilization and support received by free people, represented in different bodies, all around the world, which has a clear impact in supporting Palestinian journalists knowing that they are not alone and started to mobilize international community in taking actions towards the genocide taking place in Gaza.

Unfortunately, although the number of killed journalists and media workers, which has reached almost 120, is increasing and reaching an unprecedented level, donations through IFJ International Security Fund and other partners to PJS are less regular and much lower than during the first weeks of the conflict.

We know that each of you is mobilized elsewhere, in your representation bodies, but we encourage you to continue your efforts because the needs of journalists have become vital. In the middle of winter, our sisters and brothers and their families lack everything and especially the essentials: clothes, blankets, tents, food, water… The scarcity of these basic necessities in this small territory 40 km long and 5 km wide results in a surge in prices. And they can no longer afford them.

We are also alarmed by the poor international coverage of the conflict, linked to the fact that international media are not authorized by Israel to enter the enclave and report on the reality there. It is the right of citizens to know the reality of the conflict in Gaza which is being violated, both in the region and in the rest of the world.

This is why the PJS in full cooperation with IFJ, the largest global network of journalists across more than 146 countries, invites you to mobilize the members of your union, journalists in editorial offices and media outlets, but also national organizations of workers on Monday February 26, for what will be the International Day for Palestinian Journalists. Rallies, speeches, public meetings, all opportunities are necessary to remind all citizens that the freedom to inform has a price, in Gaza more than elsewhere. Let us never forget that for four months, it has been journalists from Gaza who have been informing the world because this area of a few square kilometers has been completely closed. From an open-air prison, Gaza has today become a mass grave with tens of thousands of dead, missing and injured.

Finally, around the world at noon, this February 26, 2024, we will all observe a minute of silence for the journalists killed since October 7.

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Thank you again for your support. Today, more than ever, it is essential.

Regards,

Nasser Abu Baker

President of Palestinian Journalists Syndicate

Momentum grows for protest vote against Biden in Michigan primary (Mondoweiss)

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E74: Solidarity w/ Palestine Report & Labor News (We Rise Fighting – Labor Podcast)

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Tell the CWA Executive Board: No Ceasefire, No Votes (CWA Palestine Solidarity)

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Tell the CWA Executive Board: No Ceasefire, No Votes

CWA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

The ongoing genocide of Palestinians has led to over 100,000 people killed, injured, or missing under the rubble. As CWA members, we are calling on CWA to withdraw its endorsement of President Biden and withhold all endorsements from candidates that do not support an immediate, permanent ceasefire. Furthermore, we will not participate in any union-sponsored Get Out the Vote activities for President Biden or any other candidate who supports the ongoing genocide of Palestinians unless they meet the demands below.

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PETITION BY

CWA PALESTINE SOLIDARITY

Pittsburgh, Michigan

SPONSORED BY

CWA PALESTINE SOLIDARITY

To: CWA National Executive Board
From: [Your Name]

Dear CWA Executive Board,

We are bearing witness to the genocide of the Palestinian people, and it is our elected officials supplying Israel with the funding and weapons necessary to continue the slaughter. As members of Communications Workers of America (CWA), one of the largest labor unions in the country, we have joined together to hold our elected leaders accountable and fight for humanity. ​​​​​​

For the past four months, Israel has horrifically escalated its ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people, violating international law, killing at least 28,473 Palestinians, injuring 68,146 others, and destroying 80% of the infrastructure in Gaza. President Biden and his administration have been complicit, blocking numerous UN ceasefire measures, bypassing Congress to increase weapons sales to Israel, and suspending funding for UNRWA the day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to prevent “acts of genocide” and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Additionally, President Biden has expressed support for a new bill that would enact Trump-era immigration restrictions in exchange for a $14 billion military aid package for Israel. These actions go against everything the labor movement and our union stands for.

Last month the CWA Executive Board released a statement in support of a ceasefire. While we are disappointed in the statement’s Zionist rhetoric and hedging in the face of genocide, we recognize that it is the result of rank-and-file pressure and are proud to be members of a union standing up for justice. However, the release of this statement without any action on part of our union renders it meaningless.

Therefore, we as CWA members call on CWA National to withdraw its endorsement of President Biden until he meets the conditions outlined below. Furthermore, we pledge not to participate in any union-sponsored Get Out the Vote actions for President Biden or any other candidate who supports the ongoing genocide of Palestinians until they meet the following demands:

Call for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the genocide of Palestinians, and the provision of humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

Stop providing military funding and intelligence to Israel and end the U.S. siege of the Middle East.

Commit to ensuring Israel’s compliance with international law and universal principles of human rights, including ending the occupation, dismantling the illegal apartheid wall, guaranteeing equal rights for Palestinians, releasing prisoners (both Palestinians and Israelis), and recognizing the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Commit to fair due process for asylum-seekers and refugees, including demilitarizing the border, stopping border wall construction, closing open-air detention centers, expanding shelters, granting work permits, and establishing legal pathways to citizenship (e.g., DACA).

In the face of the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times, it is our obligation as union members and workers to fight for the livelihood and freedom of the Palestinian people. Together, we can hold our elected officials accountable, and we can build a labor movement that truly fights for justice everywhere. We hope you will join us.

In solidarity,

The Undersigned CWA Rank-and-File Members

Sin Alto el Fuego, Sin Votos​​​​​​​

Estamos siendo testigos del genocidio del pueblo Palestino, y son nuestros oficiales elejidos los que suministran a Israel la financiación y las armas necesarias para continuar la matanza. Como miembros de Communications Workers of America (CWA), uno de los sindicatos más grandes del país, nos hemos unido para responsabilizar a nuestros líderes electos y luchar por la humanidad. ​​​​​​

En los últimos cuatro meses, Israel ha intensificado su genocidio contra el pueblo palestino: violando el derecho internacional, matando al menos a 28,473 Palestinos, hiriendo a otros 68,146, y destruyendo el 80% de la infraestructura en Gaza. El presidente Biden y su administración han sido cómplices de esto, bloqueando un numero de medidas de alto el fuego de la ONU, sobrepasando al Congreso para aumentar las ventas de armas a Israel y suspendiendo la financiación de la UNRWA el día después de que la Corte Internacional de Justicia (CIJ) ordeno a Israel a impedir “actos de genocidio” y garantizar la entrega de ayuda humanitaria.

Además, el presidente Biden ha expresado su apoyo a un nuevo proyecto de ley que promulgaría restricciones de inmigración de la era de Trump a cambio de un paquete de ayuda militar de 14 billones de dólares para Israel. Estas acciones van en contra de todo lo que defiende el movimiento laboral y nuestro sindicato.

El mes pasado, la Junta Ejecutiva de la CWA emitió una declaración en apoyo de un alto el fuego. Sin embargo, la publicación de esta declaración sin ninguna acción por parte de nuestro sindicato la deja sin sentido.

Por lo tanto, nosotros, como miembros de CWA, pedimos a CWA National que retire su respaldo al presidente Biden hasta que cumpla con las condiciones que se describen aqui. Además, nos comprometemos a no participar en ninguna acción de Get Out the Vote patrocinada por sindicatos para el presidente Biden o cualquier otro candidato que apoye el genocidio en curso de los Palestinos hasta que cumplan con las siguientes demandas:

Pide un alto el fuego inmediato, el fin del genocidio de los Palestinos y la prestación de ayuda humanitaria a los Palestinos.

Dejar de proporcionar financiación militar e inteligencia a Israel y poner fin a la interferencia estadounidense en el Medio Oriente.

Comprometerse a garantizar el cumplimiento por parte de Israel del derecho internacional y los principios universales de derechos humanos, incluido el fin de la ocupación, el desmantelamiento del muro ilegal del apartheid, la garantía de la igualdad de derechos para los Palestinos, la liberación de prisioneros (tanto Palestinos como Israelíes) y el reconocimiento del derecho de regreso de los refugiados Palestinos.

Comprometerse a un debido proceso justo para los solicitantes de asilo y refugiados, incluyendo la desmilitarización de la frontera, la parada de la construcción del muro fronterizo, el cierre de los centros de detención al aire libre, la ampliación de los lugares de refugio, la otorgación de permisos de trabajo y establecimiento de vías legales hacia la ciudadanía (por ejemplo, DACA).

Ante la peor crisis humanitaria de los tiempos modernos, es nuestra obligación como miembros sindicales, como trabajadores, de luchar por el sustento y la libertad del pueblo Palestino. Juntos podemos exigir responsabilidad de nuestros funcionarios electos y podemos construir un movimiento laboral que realmente lucha por la justicia en todas partes. Esperamos que se una con nosotros.

En solidaridad,

Los Miembros Abajofirmantes de CWA

We, your union siblings, respect your privacy. Only the democratically elected members of the CWA Executive Board will have access to the list of people who signed this petition.

Biden’s Support For Israel Is Fracturing The Reproductive Rights Movement (Huffington Post)

Original online here.

NO TECH FOR APARTHEID Webpage

Original online here.

Unions Stop Arming Israel (Texas Labor for Palestine)

Original online here.

txlabor4palestine The AFL-CIO, along with many of our union locals and labor bodies have passed resolutions calling for a ceasefire. While these statements are significant in themselves, they are ultimately only tools to facilitate further organizing and action. Through our collective power, there is much more our labor movement can and must do to stop the unfolding genocide in Gaza. Palestinian Trade Unions have called on workers around the world to #endallcomplicity and #stoparmingisrael. We must respect the BDS picket line and continue fighting for a free Palestine, from the river to sea, and justice for working people everywhere. We cannot lose sense of urgency, too many lives have already been lost #ceasefirenow Artwork by Workers Art Collective member @benjuers

UAW Arab Caucus: UAW must move from ceasefire declaration to stopping weapons for Israel (Mondoweiss)

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UAW Arab Caucus: UAW must move from ceasefire declaration to stopping weapons for Israel

UAW Arab Caucus to union president Shawn Fain: The union must take action to translate the UAW’s ceasefire declaration to practical interruption of the weapons our UAW siblings are making, sending to Israel, and are being used to kill our families.

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Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent by the UAW Arab Caucus to United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain on February 12, 2024.

Shawn Fain
President, United Auto Workers

Dear Shawn,

We write to you as an Arab caucus in the UAW on day 129 of the U.S.-funded Israeli genocide of Gaza’s Palestinians to ask you meet with us this week.

Yesterday, Americans watched the Superbowl, including vicious Israeli propaganda ads that lawyers have said violate FDC regulations. Thinking that people who have been steadfastly resisting our complicity as taxpayers in this genocide would be distracted by the Superbowl (as they did during Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas), Israel aerial bombed Palestinian homes, mosques, and hospitals in the “Safe Zone” region of Rafah– the last place that Palestinian civilians can go. As you know, the weapons Israel is using are paid for by U.S. taxpayer money – 14.5 billion dollars was sent since October 2023 in addition to the 3.8 billion dollars the U.S. sends every year. On this same Super Bowl Sunday massacre, the U.S. Senate met in a secret session and advanced another 14.1 billion dollar package to Israel. On top of it all, many of the weapons being supplied are made in UAW unionized shops. It is abundantly clear how central our role as U.S. residents, laborers, and American voters is to Israel’s U.S.-supported ethnic cleansing campaign – and it’s never been more clear to us the role that the UAW can play in putting an end to it.  

As Arab members of the UAW, we have been asking for a meeting with you since late October. In addition to emailing you ourselves, our fellow UAW members sent hundreds of emails on our behalf, and people who see you regularly have asked directly for this meeting. We’ve been given a wide range of excuses as to why this meeting hasn’t yet happened. All the while we are grieving the loss of dozens of family members, livelihoods, witnessing direct violence and incitement to violence against Arabs in the US – including those of us who are members of Local 600 in Dearborn which a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed just called the “jihad capital of America”. We are terrified that this war is intended to expand to the entire Middle East region, and harm more and more of us here in the U.S. (Americans have already been killed in Gaza and the West Bank, and Palestinians targeted in the U.S.).

We need you to meet with us now – you must take action to translate the UAW’s ceasefire declaration to practical interruption of the weapons which our UAW siblings are making, sending to Israel, and which are being used to kill our families.

We need you to meet with us now – you must take action to translate the UAW’s ceasefire declaration to practical interruption of the weapons which our UAW siblings are making, sending to Israel, and which are being used to kill our families. We have lots of ideas of what that can look like, but we need the support of our reform leadership. You must show your accountability to your rank-and-file workers by sitting down with us, coming up with a plan of action for Palestine, and then following through on it.

We aim to realize the dream of the original UAW Arab caucus, which undertook a wildcat strike in November 1973 in Dearborn, demanding the UAW divest from Israeli bonds.

We aim to realize the dream of the original UAW Arab caucus, which undertook a wildcat strike in November 1973 in Dearborn, demanding the UAW divest from Israeli bonds. Fifty years later, nearly to the date this November, we celebrated as you and our elected leadership passed a ceasefire resolution and created a committee to look into Divestment and a Just Transition– fulfilling the Arab caucus’s demands. We are grateful for your leadership on calling for an end to the genocide and as our Arab caucus before us, we urge you to do much more. 

The question of Palestine has moved U.S. residents in sustained resistance for months in ways unprecedented in decades. If UAWD and the reform leadership is going to stay in power and continue to push the labor agenda in this country, we will need to move beyond the supposed priorities of the traditional and often white male labor activists. We will need to work on campaigns and in ways that touch a wider range of diverse younger workers – Palestinian liberation is one such campaign, and we, as Arab unionists, know also that our liberation is interconnected. That is, we are already and will continue to work to connect with our more marginalized union siblings to bring all of our pressing issues to the forefront of the union.

This kind of work will bring more active members into the reform caucus and actually ensure the expansion of the UAW reform program. In fact, issues like the genocide in Palestine have already proven to be one of the most powerful activating and mobilizing forces for the labor movement. Fear, on the other hand, that taking an active stance on Palestine will alienate rank and file or leadership members of the Admin Caucus, will get us nowhere. Instead, it will just reproduce the same dynamic that UAWD is supposedly trying to shift. If our union’s power is to continue into the future in a diverse America, we must grow and become more committed to the cause of workers everywhere.

We need you to take action on Palestine, starting by meeting with us now. We, as Arab unionists, in turn, commit to helping to transform the UAW into a truly democratic and more powerful union that can fight the fascist turn in this country, and improve the conditions of all workers in the U.S. and everywhere. 

In solidarity,

Mary Jirmanus Saba, UAW Local 2865
Alia ElKattan, UAW Local 2110
Shahinaz Geneid, GENU-UAW & HAW-UAW
Ignacia Lolas, UAW Local 2325
Mafaz Al-Suwaidan, HGSU-UAW Local 5118
On behalf of the UAW Arab Caucus