SCROLL DOWN FOR SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION.
DISTRIBUTE WIDELY PLEASE!!!
To all labor, peace, and justice activists!
We need your assistance and participation. Attached is a sponsor letter if you can assist in that way–but we also need help in a number of areas–including assisting with getting the word out, security at events, working the door and tables. We are still looking for translators that can speak Arabic. We also plan to make these events as accessible as possible for people with disabilities, so if you know of sign language interpreters or can assist with creating signage we can use your assistance with that as well.
Below you will find the basics of the tour. Please contact me with any questions.
Andy Griggs for LA-US Labor Against the War 310-704-3217
Iraqi Labor Solidarity Tour – Los Angeles
Friday, June 8, 2007
12 noon – Labor Luncheon – LA County Federation of Labor
5 PM – Labor Reception and Forum – UCLA Downtown Labor Center
Saturday, June 9, 2007
4 PM – CTA Peace and Justice Caucus Forum – Bonaventure Hotel
7:30 PM – Community/Labor Solidarity Forum – United Teachers Los Angeles
Sunday, June 10, 2007
8:30 AM – Arlington West Visit (unconfirmed) – Arlington West, Santa Monica Beach
For more information: LAUSLAW1@aol.com 626-392-6378
Hosted by LA-USLAW
KPFK – Media Sponsor, LA County Federation of Labor, Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Steelworkers, Local 675, AFT 1521, January 27 Coalition, United Teachers Los Angeles, Cal State LA College Faculty Guild, CTA Peace & Justice Caucus, Coalition for World Peace, Progressive Democrats LA, Military Families Speak Out – OC, LA-Iraq Veterans Against the War, American Federation of State County & Municipal
Employees Council 36 Retiree Chapter, California Federation of Teachers, American
Friends Service Committee, Cafe Intifada, The WE Project
About the tour
A rare opportunity for people in the US to dialogue directly with Iraqi workers and labor leaders about current attempts to control Iraq’s oil, women’s issues, the occupation, and the role of labor in creating a-sectarian, progressive Iraq.
These courageous leaders struggled for years against Saddam Hussein’s repression. Now they have stepped forward to organize workers seeking to improve conditions at their workplaces and in their lives under the difficult conditions of occupation, sectarian division, and violence. They are fighting not only for basic labor rights for all workers but also for women’s equality and against privatization of their national resources.
Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President
Electrical Utility Workers Union,
General Federation of Iraqi Workers
Sister Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein is the first woman to head a national union in Iraq. Following high school, she went to work at the Southern Company for Electricity, where she became active in the labor movement. She rose to leadership of the Electricity Workers Union in Basra and recently was elected its national president. She serves on the executive committee of the Basra Work Unions Coalition. She is head of the Women Workers’ Bureau and is a leader in the Iraqi Women’s Association. She and her 7-year old son have received death threats as a result of her activism.
Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary
Southern Oil Company Union,
Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions
Brother Faleh Abood Umara is a founding member of the oil workers union and worked for the Southern Oil Company in Basra for 28 years.In 1998, he was detained by the Hussein regime for his activities on behalf of his coworkers.He has served on the union’s negotiating team with both the Oil Ministry and British occupation authorities to defend the rights and interests of oil industry workers in the post-Saddam era. The Southern Oil Workers Union has conducted strikes against outsourcing to foreign workers and schemes to privatize the oil sector.
National Dates (Full schedule of events will be posted at http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org):
Washington DC: June 4-7
Los Angeles: June 7-10
San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Cruz: June 10-13
Boston: June 13-15
New York City: June 16-19
Philadelphia: June 19
Chicago/Milwaukee: June 20-23
Washington DC: June 24-26
Atlanta: June 27-28
U.S. LABOR AGAINST THE WAR
LA-US Labor Against the War PO Box 26382, Los Angeles, CA 90026 626-392-6378
Fellow Peace and Justice Activists,
Next month, LA-US Labor Against War (USLAW) is hosting two prominent Iraqi Labor Leaders for events in our area. Similar to the Iraq Labor Tour in 2005, this tour will raise our consciousness about the everyday realities for Iraqis and the struggle of those organizing in the labor movement there. This LA visit is part of an historic national tour reaching 13 US cities.
We’re excited for the return of Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary of the Iraq Federation of Oil Workers, and proud to be hosting the first woman president of any union in Iraq, Hashmeya Mohsen al Hussein, President of the Iraq Electrical Utility Workers Union.
We invite you to sponsor this visit with a donation of $100 or more (cash or in-kind) to help us offset the costs of the LA portion of the tour. Amounts in excess of $100 will be donated to the US LAW Iraq Labor Solidarity Fund, used to support the labor movement in Iraq and to support USLAW’s international solidarity activities. Of course, we will accept donations in any amount if the sponsorship is not possible.
Our local activities will take place June 8 – 10, and will consist of press events, two large public events,
June 8, 5 PM at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, 675 S. Parkview
June 9, 7:30 PM at UTLA Headquarters, 3303 Wilshire Blvd.
and meetings with various local labor leaders, politicians and activists. We will widely publicize all public events through radio, print media and flyers. KPFK-FM is our media sponsor. Labor sponsors will also be invited to a special luncheon with Faleh and Hashmeya during their visit.
Make your donation by sending the form below with a check made out to “LA County Federation of Labor” (with “LA-USLAW/ILT” in the memo line) to LA-USLAW, PO Box 26382, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
Thank you for your consideration. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call me at
626-392-6378 or via email at LAUSLAW1@aol.com.
Yes! I/We want to support the Iraq Labor Tour in Los Angeles!
I/We will be a: ____ Supporter ($10 – 49) _____ Donor ($50-99) _____ Sponsor ($100+)
Amount enclosed_______ In-kind donation (type of service/value) ______________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Organization (list in PR/programs as) _____________________________________________
I/We can also support by spreading the word in the following ways (please specify method, i.e. list serve, direct mail, phone, announce at events/meetings, etc) and to the following groups: _______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________