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Friday, July 15, 2005

 

International Solidarity: Labor for Palestine

This announcement is posted at http://al-awda.org

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY: LABOR FOR PALESTINE Labor for Palestine ConferenceSaturday, July 239:00 AM to 4:30 PM (doors open at 8:30)University of Illinois-ChicagoStudent Center East (Formerly Chicago Circle Center)750 S. Halsted Street, 6th FloorFree, Open to the Public, Lunch Provided (Donations Are Appreciated)

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST NATIONAL CONVENTION IN CHICAGO!Just before the AFL-CIO convenes in Chicago, its delegates will havea rare opportunity to learn about Palestinian and Middle Eastern labor rights and unionizing efforts, as well as American unionists' efforts to support them. This conference will also examine the history of the relationship of the AFL-CIO to Israel as well as theextensive investments of AFL-CIO pension funds into Israel Bonds. One of our featured speakers will be *Atef Saad, Director of theMedia and Information Department for the Palestine General Federationof Trade Unions. Other speakers include participants in American labor delegations to the West Bank, as well as unionists whom AFL-CIO unions have tried to silence when they have taken public stands indefense of Palestinian rights. The conference will also debut a new film by Alternate Focus on the contradictory relationship betweenU.S. labor and Israel. Labor For Palestine is a growing nationwide network that aims tochange the AFL-CIO's policy toward Israel; disinvest union pension funds from Israel Bonds; organize labor delegations to OccupiedPalestine; and increase education and awareness on fundamental laborand human rights. We invite labor activists, trade unionists and union locals to endorse and participate in this critical conference. For additionalinformation on the conference such as registration, directions,background information and other items please visit the conference website at http://www.laborforpalestine.org, send an email toinfo@..., or call 312-491-9092. Co-Sponsored by (list in formation): New York City Labor Against theWar, Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago; Not In My Name; Al-Awda, ThePalestine Right to Return Coalition, Students for Social Justice, UICS tudents for Justice in Palestine, DePaul Students for Justice in Palestine.

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