Labor for Palestine at Labor Notes: April 2-3 in Chicago

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Dear fellow trade unionist,

Labor for Palestine invites you to join us for the events below at Labor Notes in Chicago (descriptions from conference program) to build labor solidarity with the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, examples of which include LFP campaigns, ILWU Local 10 members’ refusal to handle Israeli Zim Line cargo, and historic resolutions from UAW 2865UE, and CT AFL-CIO.

BDS demands an end to Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel; and implementation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return.

Please click here to RSVP your attendance, express interest, and share the Facebook event page.
Whether or not you can attend, please also click here to donate to Labor for Palestine, which has been at the forefront of U.S. labor BDS since 2004 (see materials below).
Thank you!

Labor for Palestine Conveners:
*Suzanne Adely, Global Workers Solidarity Network; Former Staff, Global Organizing Institute, UAW
*Michael Letwin, Former President, ALAA/UAW L. 2325
*Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; ILWU L. 10 (retired)
*Jaime Veve, TWU L. 100 (retired)

Sat., April 2, 4:15-6pm 
Room: O’HARE A 
‘The global International Trade Union Confederation has long criticized Israel for abuse of Palestinian workers and denial of union rights, saying: “It is impossible for workers to enjoy their rights in a country where governmental institutions have fundamentally failed to hold those who are responsible for systematic violations of human rights and humanitarian law accountable.” Under extreme circumstances, workers are building a movement in Palestine and in Israel. WAC-MAAN is an independent union based in Israel that organizes Israeli and Palestinian workers. Manawel Abdel-Al, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions; Yoav Tamir, WAC-MAAN; Facilitator: Leah Fried, United Electrical Workers.’
Sun., April 3, 10:45-12:30pm
‘Discuss the call by Palestinian civil society, including unions, for the use of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a nonviolent strategy similar to the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. Manawel Abdel-Al, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU); Nathalie Guay, Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN), Quebec.’
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