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lunes, junio 06, 2005

Iraqi labor leaders to speak in 20 U.S. cities -- don't miss this!

And now for a brief commercial break...this doesn't relate to Venezuela, but it's an important opportunity for folks in the U.S. to pierce the media curtain and hear what's really happening in Iraq.

On the east coast, the Iraqis will be participating in events in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, Vermont, Boston, Hartford, Stony Brook, NY, and Philadelphia.

In the midwest, they'll be in Minnesota, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland. (Yeah, not all of these are actually in the midwest, but they're part of the midwest tour segment. Go figure.)

On the west coast, they're coming to L.A., the S.F. Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and Philadelphia. The Bay Area stop includes events in San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Martinez.

The tour announcement is below. See this page for a list of cities, dats and contacts, and this one for specific event info (some are yet to be announced). Be there!



For Release: Monday, May 23, 2005
Contact: Gene Bruskin, USLAW Co-Convenor 202-297-0198
Subject: Iraqi Labor Leaders to Tour U.S.

U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW), a national coalition of 110 labor organizations representing more than four million union members, announced today that a delegation of six trade union leaders from Iraq will tour the United States in June.

The Iraqis, representing the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI), and General Union of Oil Employees (GUOE), will visit more than 20 U.S. cities to describe to American workers, union officials, members of Congress, antiwar and social justice activists, religious and community leaders, and the media what life and work is like for Iraqis living under occupation.

This is the first delegation of Iraqi labor leaders to visit the United States, and one of the few of any sort who were not brought here by the U.S. government.

U.S. Labor Against War Co-Convenor Gene Bruskin said, "This tour will provide Americans with a rare opportunity to hear directly from average Iraqis what the war and occupation has meant to Iraqs working people.
They will give us a view of the lives of ordinary Iraqis that has been absent from the pages of our newspapers and our nightly TV news broadcasts." He described interest in the tour as intense.

USLAW sent the first international delegation of union members to Iraq after President Bush proclaimed an end to hostilities there, and will also be the first to bring their counterparts in Iraq to the U.S. Bruskin added, "We now know that the war was launched on the basis of lies, distortions and withholding of information from Congress and the American people. We also learned that we were not being told the truth about what happened after the invasion. Now we have a chance to hear the unvarnished truth about life in Iraq from Iraqis in their own voices."

The delegation will arrive in Washington, DC on June 10th , where they will spend six days meeting with members of Congress, AFL-CIO leaders and other union officials, union members, African American community leaders and other members of the community. From Washington, they will divide into three delegations to tour the East, Midwest and West Coast. The Iraqis will visit Baltimore, New York City, Montepelier and Burlington, VT, Boston, Hartford, Stony Brook, NY, Philadelphia, St. Paul, MN, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Martinez, Portland, and Seattle. Local cosponsors include central labor councils, state labor federations, major local unions, antiwar and social justice organizations, universities, civil rights groups, and community and religious leaders.

Additional information is available at the USLAW website at www.uslaboragainstwar.org.

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