Petition Protesting Sweeney AFL-CIO Support For Israeli
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To: AFL-CIO Executive Council and Officers
The Executive Board
We, the undersigned labor unionists, deplore the fact
that AFL-CIO President John Sweeney recently associated U.S. labor's name with
support for the Israeli invasion of the West Bank, which has resulted in the
widespread death and destruction of the Palestinian people and property.
We are shocked that President Sweeney appeared at a
Washington, D.C., press conference with Bush administration officials, and among
It would be more appropriate for the highest official
in U.S. labor to be meeting with peace groups in Israel and the United States.
It would be a sign of great leadership to call for teach-ins in every U.S. Labor
Council so that workers could learn and debate the complexities of the Mid-east
We fail to see how collaboration with U.S. foreign
policy in this horrific aggression can advance the cause of world peace or
improve the lives of the U.S. people or the Israeli and Palestinian people.
All the world knows that the murderous assault on the
Palestinians with the most modern tanks, helicopters, and missiles is financed
by our taxes. It is imperative that our labor leadership demand the
demilitarization of our economy and specifically educate workers on the perils
of an almost $400 billion military budget that undermines funding for our
schools, housing, health care, and social security. The present situation
invites the U.S. military-industrial complex to reach into every corner of the
globe to protect U.S. multinational corporations as they loot the world's
resources and exploit foreign labor.
We recognize that to dissent from U.S. foreign policy
would be an act of courage. It would also be an electrifying act of hope for
working and poor people everywhere who have so much to lose from what appears to
be permanent war.
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