Two Important Events for Peace in March

March 3, 2003

Working people all across the United States and the world continue to raise their voices against the looming Bush war in the Middle East. As the U.S. economy continues to slide - and gasoline prices rise - a growing tide of union voices are calling on President Bush to call-off his apparently imminent attack on Iraq.

On Wednesday, March 12th, trade unionists across the country are asked to take time-out during the day to participate in a national “Labor Day for Peace” event. Working people are asked to hold lunch and break time discussions about the costs and consequences of the looming war. It is hoped that literally millions of co-workers will take part in this historic and urgent educational event promoting a peaceful resolution to the crisis. For more information and background materials please visit UE members might lead discussions around the recent two part UE News article, “Blood and Oil: A Middle East Primer for UE Members.”

On Saturday, March 15th, national demonstrations for peace will be held in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a growing number of other locations. For more details on how to join these events please visit UE members wishing to hook-up with other UE members and trade unionists are asked to look for the “U.S. Labor Against the War” contingent at these events.

And just in case you needed another reason to oppose the war on Iraq, it was reported in the February 27th Washington Post that the Bush Administration promised to purchase U.S. military uniforms - manufactured in Turkey - but only if Turkey agreed to support the war on Iraq! The first vote in the Turkish parliament narrowly failed; another vote is imminent.