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Call For A Labor March In Solidarity With Occupy Wall Street 11/5/2011

Started by GREGORYABUTLER, October 17, 2011, 02:52:05 pm

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GREGORYABUTLER

An opportunity for action: an open letter
We, the undersigned Wall Street protesters and union members, think the response to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has shown that broad layers of working people are ready to support a movement that stands up to the ongoing attempt to solve the economic crisis on the backs of working-class and poor people. Union solidarity has contributed a growing momentum of protest that we should build on and not let fade away.
To that end, we have endorsed the attached motion that calls on the NYC Central Labor Council and other union organizations to build for a march of hundreds of thousands on Saturday, November 5, with the following slogans and demands:
Working People Shouldn't Pay for a Crisis That They Didn't Make!
No to Layoffs, Budget and Service Cuts!
Create Jobs, Build Infrastructure with a Federal Program of Public Works!
Stop Police Harassment of the Wall Street Occupation!
We will be leafleting the next CLC delegates meeting on Wednesday, October 19, starting at 5:30pm at:
IBT Local 237 First Floor Meeting Room
216 West 14th Street (between 8th and 7th avenue)
We hope to draw attention to the opportunity for and need for broader action, and to provide an opportunity and focus for those in and outside the unions to agitate for the unions and other organizations to commit themselves to broader action.
We ask activists and organizations who see the need for this to:
• endorse this call;
• publicize this motion and letter on websites and through other means;
• raise similar motions in unions and other organizations; and
• help build for the leafleting of the CLC meeting.
We wish there was more time to circulate this proposal more broadly than we already have to allow for more discussion and improvement, but the next CLC meeting where we can push for action is just days away on October 19. We trust that activists understand our sense of urgency and support this initiative in the spirit of solidarity that inspires it.
For more information or to be listed as endorsing, please e-mail us atWorkers.March.Against.Wall.Street@gmail.com.
Also, when this and related motions are voted on in other unions or organizations, please let us know!
Whereas, the response to 'Occupy Wall Street' (OWS) has shown that broad layers of working people are ready to support a movement that stands up to the ongoing attempt to solve the economic crisis on working and poor people's backs;
Whereas, unions can best defend their members' jobs, wages and working conditions by standing up in defense of all working people;
Whereas, OWS and trade unions' solidarity with the protests have created momentum toward a fight-back in defense of working people's living standards against layoffs and budget cutbacks that should be built on and not allowed to fade;
Whereas, it is necessary for our struggles to go forward to bring into action much larger numbers of workers and other people facing the brunt of this economic crisis,
We move that:
1. This body call on its member unions as well as all other unions and community organizations to build a massive march on Wall Street of hundreds of thousands, mobilizing organized and unorganized workers, on November 5, the first Saturday of next month,
2. That this protest raise demands that can unite all workers, poor people and all those facing the brunt of the crisis:
Working People Shouldn't Pay for a Crisis That They Didn't Make!
No to Layoffs, Budget and Service Cuts!
Create Jobs, Build Infrastructure with a Federal Program of Public Works!
Stop Police Harassment of the Wall Street Occupation!
3. And to this end, we appeal to other union bodies, council and federations around the country to organize similar protest actions across the country on November 5.
In Solidarity,
Juan A., SEIU Local 32BJ* and Wall Street protester
Wendy B., non-unionized worker and Wall Street protester
Stephen C., student
Ben D., restaurant worker and CUNY student
John Ferretti, Shop Steward, TWU Local 100* and Wall Street protester
Rusty Gilbert
Jason Hicks, TWU Local 100* and Wall Street protester
Eric Josephson, Shop Steward, TWU Local 100* and Wall Street protester
Seth Rosenberg, Shop Steward, TWU Local 100* and Wall Street protester
Michael S., City College student and Wall Street protester
Mark Turner, City College PSC* and Wall Street protester
Erik V., Wall Street protester
Gregory A. Butler, Shop Steward, Carpenters local 157*
* organizations listed for identification purposes only
fraternally,
GREGORY A. BUTLER, LOCAL 157 CARPENTER
for GANGBOX: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS NEWS SERVICE
http://gangboxnews.blogspot.com
"UNION NOW, UNION FOREVER"

GREGORYABUTLER

UPDATED ENDORSERS LIST:

            CCNY Chapter of PSC-CUNY
            Christine Williams, Executive Board Member, TWU Local 100,* Stations Division*
            Juan A., SEIU Local 32BJ* and Wall Street protester
            David Abramsky, unemployed actor, Wall Street protester
            Austin B. Arrington, Wall Street protester
            Paul Armstrong, Ironworkers 433*
            Elizabeth B., public interest lawyer, Wall Street protester
            Wendy B., non-unionized worker and Wall Street protester
            Cesar Luis Brito, Wall Street protester
            Gregory A. Butler, Shop Steward, Carpenters Local 157*
            Stephen C., student
            Ben D., restaurant worker, CUNY student
            Bob D., Local 57 carpenters,* Wall Street protester
            Sean D., USW 6500*
            Naomi Dann, Wall Street protester
            Chetram Dhanroy, Wall Street protester
            Richard Diaz, Occupy Wall Street*
            Barbara Drum, Wall Street protester
            Jorden Eck, Boston University student, Wall Street protester
            Emma Elbaum, Wall Street protester
            Anne Marie Elliott, student, Wall Street protester
            Gabrielle Engh, Wall Street protester
            John Ferretti, Shop Steward, TWU Local 100,* Wall Street protester
            Michael Felisme
            Rust Gilbert, CWA/Washtech*
            Mike G., Project Manager*
            Julim Gashwan, LREI*
            Carlos Gomar, Occupy Wall Street*
            Marty Goodman, TWU Local 100*
            Darryl Goodwine, Wall Street protester
            Georgiana Hart, Nurse Practitioner, PLP*
            Theint Heinn, Wall Street protester
            Jason Hicks, TWU Local 100,* Wall Street protester
            Diego Ibanez, Occupy Wall Street*
            Eric Josephson, Shop Steward, TWU Local 100,* Wall Street protester
            Miranda Kahn, Wall Street protester
            Andrew Kelly, photographer, Wall Street protester
            Maya Klein, Wall Street protester
            Margaret Kwateng, Wall Street protester
            Bob Lang, UFT Delegate*
            James Leighton, Wall Street protester
            Teddy Mapes, L.U. 638*
            Yadel Muhigeta, Wall Street protester
            Jason McGaughey, Wall Street protester
            Anna Mocti, student, Wall Street protester
            Michal Nemcok, Wall Street protester
            Rick Nensesian, Wall Street protester
            Sue P., Wall Street protester
            Benjamin Prouse, CEPU Plumbers Union*, Australia
            Abdul H. Qumiyn, Wall Street protester
            Christina Robohm, Wall Street protester
            Penny Rosenblatt, Wall Street protester
            Seth Rosenberg, Shop Steward, TWU Local 100,* Wall Street protester
            Dave Ryan, artist, Wall Street protester
            Keshet S., DC37 Local 2054*
            Michael S., City College student, Wall Street protester
            Barbara Sher, Wall Street protester
            Max Simkins, Bard student, Wall Street protester
            Krishna Singh, NYC High School student, Wall Street protester
            Elyssa Soto, Wall Street protester
            Stefan Superti, Bard College*
            Mark Turner, CCNY Chapter of PSC-CUNY,* Wall Street protester
            Glenn Jonathan Waldrip III, unemployed, Wall Street protester
            Erik V., Wall Street protester
            Francis Vazquez, CUNY*
            March Young, Wall Street protester
            Bob, Boston construction worker, Wall Street protester
            * Organizations listed for identification purposes only

e-mail: Workers.March.Against.Wall.Street@gmail.com
fraternally,
GREGORY A. BUTLER, LOCAL 157 CARPENTER
for GANGBOX: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS NEWS SERVICE
http://gangboxnews.blogspot.com
"UNION NOW, UNION FOREVER"