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Los Angeles – US Labor Against the War and
The Dolores Huerta Labor Institute present

International Labor Solidarity:
Why does it matter?
            


Bill Fletcher, Jr.             David Bacon

Come hear these leaders of the labor movement speak about solidarity with workers in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America and worldwide in their struggles against privatization, imperialism and neo-liberal policies that threaten all of us.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7 PM

$ 5 donation requested, no one turned away

UTLA Room 815, 3303 Wilshire Blvd.
(Corner of Wilshire and Berendo, 2 blocks west of Vermont-validated parking available on Berendo in structure behind building)
Handicapped parking below building in rear, or in the structure
For other special needs accommodations, contact us below

For information, contact LAUSLAW1@aol.com or call
310-704-3217 or 213-763-7070

Andy Griggs
310-704-3217 cell

-Without justice, there can be no peace


					

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Saturday June 9, 2007 7:30 PM Community/Labor Solidarity Forum United Teachers Los Angeles

Sunday June 10, 2007; Arlington West

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Community Solidarity Forum
United Teachers Los Angeles
UTLA Headquarters

The community forum, hosted at UTLA headquarters, was the largest of the events on the Los Angeles leg of the Iraqi Labor Solidarity Tour. In addition to the featured speakers, the audience heard from Military Families Speak Out and Iraq Veterans Against the War. L.A. USLAW member and a retired member of UTLA, Emma Rosenthal read “Poem at the Break of War” which she wrote on the night the current war first broke out. The meeting ended, after a lengthy question and answer period, with LAUSLAW member, Lenny Potash, Exec. Bd. member AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36 leading the assembly in the chorus of Solidarity Forever.

Overall, the Los Angeles leg of the tour raised over $4000 towards labor organizing in Iraq.
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Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Omar Jubran (interpreter)
Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers , Omar Jubran (interpreter,)

Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Omar Jubran (interpreter)

Pat Aliso, Military Families Speak Out- O.C., Rosanna Cambron, Military Families Speak Out-L.A, Don White, CISPES and Committee to End Israeli Apartheid-SC, Marci Winograd, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles

Jabbar Magruder, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Cameron White, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Marci Winograd, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles

Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Cameron White, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Jabbar Magruder, Iraq Veterans Against the War.

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Abid Khalaf (interpreter), Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Omar Jubran (interpreter,) Emma Rosenthal, Café Intifada, L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee, Marcie Winograd, Progressive Democrats-Los Angeles. Photo by Tom McKenzie, Los Angeles U.S. Labor Against the War.

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Emma Rosenthal, Café Intifada, L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee, photo by Tom McKenszie

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Don White makes the pitch (Don White, CISPES and Committee to End Israeli Apartheid-SC)

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Tom McKenzie, Los Angeles U.S. Labor Against the War, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Andy Griggs, U.S. Labor Against the War

Solidarity Forever led by Lenny Potash, Exec. Bd. member AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36, AFSCME Council 36-retired. L.A. U.S. Labor Against the War

Sunday, June 10, 2007
8:30 AM
Arlington West Visit
Arlington West, Santa Monica Beach, by the Pier

Every Sunday, on the beach on the north side of the pier, often starting as early as 3 am, Veterans Against the War set out crosses, stars of David and crescents to represent the U.S. military casualties of the war in Iraq. This display has been named, “Arlington West.” As Southern Californians come to the beach to play in the sand, swim, surf, sunbathe, walk on the pier and eat in the restaurants they are confronted with what has grown into a large monument, reminding us all, that while we play, we are a country at war, both here and at home, against the wills of the people of the United States and the people of Iraq.

As the project has grown, the vets have had to substitute red stars for every ten deaths. A sign at the walkway from the pier acknowledges that were the vets to set out crosses for the Iraqi dead, they would fill the entire beach.

Over time, visitors to the pier and to Arlington West have labeled the crosses with the names of loved ones killed in the adventures of empire. These personal tributes include flags, rosaries and other mementos for those who have died. The vets maintain these items in folders which are positioned in front of each cross then the items are removed and placed on each marker, collected at the end of the day and stored in the folders, in large plastic bins until the next Sunday.

The Iraqi Labor Solidarity Tour visited Arlington West at 8:30 in the morning and the set up was very much under way, but still very much in progress. Faleh and Hashmeya were able to meet with the vets, drape Casey Sheehan’s cross and help arrange crosses, crescents and stars in the sand.

This display and the labor of love and commitment is overwhelming. It is a growing monument to loss and grief and death; containing in the devotion of the vets, the vision of a very different future.

The love that goes into this weekly ritual, this enormous commitment, this devotion of illumination should be enough. This much work, one would think, would be sufficient to bring about a very different world.

Idris J. Al-Oboudi, (interpreter,) Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers speaking with volunteers and activists who assemble Arlington West every Sunday

Kathleen Hernandez, Veterans for Peace

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Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers and Jill Newman, Los Angeles artist and educator

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Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers and Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions installing crosses at Arlington West

Andy Griggs, US Labor Against the War, Kathleen Hernandez, Veterans for Peace, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Idris J. Al-Oboudi, (interpreter,) Abid Khalaf (interpreter)
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ALL PHOTOS: ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved. Photos may not be used for purposes of defamation of individuals, ethnic, labor, gender, racial or religious groups.

Saturday, June 9, 2007
4 PM
California Teachers Association
Peace and Justice Caucus Forum
Bonaventure Hotel

Four times a year the California Teachers Association holds its State Council meeting where representatives from all over the state gather to make CTA policy. One of the most prominent caucuses, which is co-chaired by USLAW Steering Committee member Andy Griggs, is the Peace and Justice Caucus, which featured the two Iraqi labor leaders at a meeting open to all members of the State Council, as well as members of the community.

This event focused on labor and education issues and methods of greater international labor solidarity.

Photo by Emma Rosenthal: ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Mary Prophet, CTA Peace and Justice Co-Chair, introduces the speakers.

Photo by Emma Rosenthal: ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions speaking before the CTA Peace and Justice Caucus

Photo by Emma Rosentha: ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

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Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Hamoud Salhi (interpreter,) Mary Prophet, CTA Peace and Justice Co-Chair, Andy Griggs, U.S. Labor Against the War

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<>Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers

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Jill Christianson of the NEA Office of International Relations

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Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Hamoud Salhi (interpreter,) Linda Baughn, UTLA
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<>Bill Balderston, CTA Peace and Justice Caucus, CTA members, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Union Photo by Emma Rosenthal: ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Hamoud Salhi (interpreter,) CTA member, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Kathy Lipscomb, U.S. LABOR AGAINST THE WAR

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ALL PHOTOS: ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved. Photos may not be used for purposes of defamation of individuals, ethnic, labor, gender, racial or religious groups. )

Friday June 9, 2007
5 PM
Labor Reception
UCLA Downtown Labor Center

Labor and community activists and rank and file members had an opportunity to meet with and hear the two Iraqi labor leaders and gain greater insight into the impact of the war on the Iraqi people and the role of labor in the resistance to the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Omar Jubran, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Andy Griggs, U.S. Labor Against the War

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Omar Jubran, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Andy Griggs, U.S. Labor Against the War

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Omar Jubran,(interpreter,) Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Pat Allen AFT Local 1521 Board Member, Andy Griggs, Labor Against the War, Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Omar Jubran (interpreter)

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hameed Saba (interpreter,) Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Omar Jubran (interpreter)

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Lewis Hill, ILWU District Council, presents t-shirts and hats to Iraqi labor leaders, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Omar Jubran (interpreter,) Hameed Saba interpreter, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Solidarity Forever: L.A. Labor band lead by LA-U.S. Labor Against the War member, Lenny Potash, Exec. Bd. member AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36,

Photo by Mansoor Sabbagh ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers , Emma Rosenthal, Café Intifada, The We Project, L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions.

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Idris J. Al-Aboudi (interpreter,) Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Irena Varjabedian, L.A. activist, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Muffy Sunde (Communication Workers of America)

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 All Rights Reserved

Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Bob McCloskey (former Congressional Candidate,) Linda Tubach (UTLA) both are members of the L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee and serve on the Advisory Board of Cafe Intifada.

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(ALL PHOTOS: ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved. Photos may not be used for purposes of defamation of individuals, ethnic, labor, gender, racial or religious groups. )

Over the course of three days, Los Angeles community members and leaders had several opportunities to meet with two prominent Iraqi labor leaders: Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers and Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions. During this tour the both leaders addressed the need to end the occupation immediately because of its devasting impact on the people of Iraq and the necessity of self governance and self determination. Specific attention was given to the impact that the proposed oil law would have on the Iraqi economy and western efforts at privatizing Iraqi utilities and resources and the crisis in the electrical infrastructure after twenty years of U.S. intervention in Iraq.

A crack down by the Iraqi occupation government in response to a recent strike by Petroleum workers had resulted in the issuing of warrants for the arrests of three labor leaders, including Faleh Abood Umara, one of the speakers on the tour.

All the events provided opportunities for direct contact between the Los Angeles community and the featured labor leaders, who spoke and answered questions at all community and labor events.

The Los Angeles events were part of a larger, national tour, coordinated by U.S. Labor Against the War.

www.uslaboragainstwar.org

The Los Angeles events were organized by the Los Angeles chapter of U.S. Labor Against the War:

http://home.earthlink.net/~lauslaw
Friday, June 8, 2007

12 noon
Labor Luncheon
LA County Federation of Labor

This event, by invitation only, was extended to Los Angeles area labor leaders, providing an opportunity for greater coordination of solidarity and support for Iraqi labor, a greater understanding among labor leaders of the impact on the war on the Iraqi people and the role of labor in the struggle for greater popular empowerment.

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
Lunch meeting at the County Federation of Labor

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
C.T. Sawabini (interpreter,) Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary Treasurer L.A. County Federation of Labor

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary Treasurer L.A. County Federation of Labor

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, C.T. Sawabini (interpreter,) Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions and Dave Campbell, Secretary Treasurer, United Steel Workers local 675

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rose

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
Two Electrical Workers: Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers and Stan Stosel, IBEW Local 47

Photo by Emma Rosenthal ©2007 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved
Kathy Lipscomb, US Labor Against the War, Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Stan Stosel, IBEW Local 47, Andy Griggs, US Labor Against the War

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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
Local Sponsors:
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
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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.

In solidarity,

Andy Griggs
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_Iraqi Workers Organize!
Iraq’s Workers and their Unions
Photographs by David Bacon
Downtown Labor Center Opening Reception: May 10, 2006, 7:00 PM exhibition through May 31 675 South Park View Street (across from MacArthur Park) Los Angeles

Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, oil workers in Basra reorganized one of Iraq’s oldest unions, and faced the occupation’s prohibition on collective bargaining in the public sector.  Oil workers forced US contractor KBR to leave the oil districts, and defended Iraq’s oil against the threat of privatization. They helped dockers organize in the ports, and together forced Stevedoring Services of America and the Maersk Corporation to give up their privatized concessions.  Workers in power generation and other industries have organized as well.
This photodocumentary project shows people at work on the rigs in the refineries and the ports, their unions and  leaders, and their life at home with their families.
View the images online at http://dbacon.igc.org
The show is a step in building the solidarity between US and Iraqi unions and workers, to end the war and occupation.  It is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, USW Local 675, United Teachers Los Angeles, ILWU Local 63, Diane Middleton Foundation, the Harry Bridges Institute, and US Labor Against the War (LA).  More sponsors and proposals for exhibitions and activities are welcome.  For  information contact  Alexandra Topete, Administrative Assistant, Downtown Labor Center: atopete@iir.ucla.edu or  213-480-4155 x205, or David Bacon at dbacon@igc.org

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