Dear USLAW Affiliates and
Response to the call to participate in the April 29 demonstration in NYC
from the labor movement has been phenomenal.
This could well be the largest labor
antiwar action ever!
The labor contingent will assemble at
10:30 a.m. on 19th Street between Broadway and Park Ave. South.
If your organization has arranged to
charter buses, please register those transportation
arrangements. ALL buses
need to coordinate with Jill, the transportation coordinator at
UFPJ. She can be reached at (212) 868-5545 - or by email to
Provide information on the bus(es), point of origin, type of group -
whether labor-only or mixed - name & telephone number(s) (preferably
including cell) for each bus coordinator (in case there are last minute
changes that need to be communicated to arriving buses). They will
provide information on where buses should park and pick up passengers for
the return trip. UFPJ plans to have bus greeters for each bus, who
will supply written packets of info to riders, plus give a quickie
orientation. Bus captains will need to be prepared with
decent-sized signs to affix inside bus windows showing the town the bus
hails from, and its # for easy-ID purposes when people return and look
for their bus.
Labor-only buses should drop
passengers to the north of the assembly area on 23rd St., or to the east
of Park Ave. on Lexington or 3rd
Ave. (Broadway will be closed
off at 23rd.) Then walk to the assembly area and enter 19th St. via
Park Ave. South. MIXED buses (labor with others) will do their
drop-off at 7th Avenue between 18th and 22nd Street, which means that
labor contingents on that type of bus will need to walk north to 23rd St,
then east on 23rd and then south onto Park Ave South, then turn right
(west) at 19th into our assembly block.
Buses will be lined up on Church
Street (a big north-south street), which is several blocks west of the
Foley Square area where there will be a Peace, Justice and Democracy
Festival at the terminus of the march. People need to be
clear about when their buses will be leaving.
PRE-MARCH LABOR RALLY
The pre-march Labor Rally will take
place on East 19th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South.
Do NOT attempt to reach this block
from the west or from Broadway. Approach from Park Avenue South!
Labor contingents will assemble at 10:30.
The rally will begin by 10:45 and end
The march will begin at noon
and proceed two miles to Foley
Square. In Foley Square there will be a large number of tents in
which dozens of organizations will have literature tables, displays and
activities. There will also be musical performances there.
LABOR TENT AT THE FESTIVAL
The Labor Tent can accommodate about
a dozen six foot tables. If your
organization wants display space, please contact me as soon as possible,
but no later than Tuesday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m.
EST. If we get too many
requests, we may have to ask some organizations to share space.
USLAW will, in addition to literature, have copies of the documentary
video "Meeting Face to Face: the Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity
www.meetingfacetoface.org) on sale and will have a monitor set
up to show the video. We also expect musical performances by labor
troubadors and other acoustic performance and spoken word artists to take
place just outside the tent. If
you know of groups that want to perform, please let us know.
This demonstration will cost more
than $100,000. We need your help in raising these funds.
Please send contributions for the
April 29 demonstration to USLAW (put
April 29 in the memo line of your check), 1718 M Street, NW, #153,
Washington, DC 20036, or contribute
at the USLAW website at
We need a large number of volunteers
to perform various assignments during the march and festival. Each
organization should recruit a number of monitors to help collect names
and contact information, sign up new USLAW members, collect donations,
etc. When you arrive at the
assembly area, have one person report to the volunteers table to pick up
monitor identification and assignments.
It will be located on 19th near where
you enter from Park Ave. South (or monitors will be there to direct you
to the table, if located elsewhere).
BANNERS AND COLORS
Bring your union/organization's
banner. Encourage members to
wear official union hats, jackets, tee shirts and insignia. Bring
your own signs or pick up placards from USLAW in the assembly area.
Please bring bull
horns and your favorite chants.
(If you bring your own signs, do not put them on wooden sticks. Use
only cardboard cylinders, hand carry, or provide string to hang from the
FOOD & BEVERAGES
We suggest you provide participants
with bottles of water.
There will be beverage and food for
sale from stands in the Festival area in Foley Square. Chinatown is
a short walk where there are many restaurants.
There will be porta-potties in the Festival area.
Please tell us how many people you
expect to bring. We look forward to
hearing from you soon with reports of expected turnout.
PRINT OUT THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND
CARRY A COPY WITH YOU.
Yours in solidarity,
(510) 693-7314 (cell)
USLAW Event Organizer
U.S. Labor Against the War
1718 "M" Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
- Co-convenors: Gene Bruskin, Maria
Guillen, Fred Mason,
and Nancy Wohlforth
Eisenscher, National Organizer & Website Coordinator