NO TO WAR! -- California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
Statement of California Federation of Teachers
(CFT), issued at their convention, March 21-22,
in San Francisco.
NO TO WAR!
For the Defense of Public Education!
On March 20, bombs began to rain down on the people
of Baghdad in what is nothing but a war for oil and empire.
A recent document produced by the United Nations for
the planning of humanitarian relief announces the expected
outcomes of a U.S. campaign of bombing and invasion.
- 500,000 civilian casualties;
- 2,000,000 people homeless;
- 10,000,000 people without enough to eat
- 18,000,000 without access to clean water; and more
than 1,000,000 children under the age of 5, at risk of
death from malnutrition.
Iraq, once a prosperous country, has been decimated an
d bled dry by a U.S.-led military invasion in 1991 and by
12 years of sanctions imposed by the United Nations
[lorded over by the United States] that have resulted in
the deaths of 1.6 million people, including more than
500,000 children. Now the situation will turn even bleaker,
George W.'s promises of a rosy future under a U.S.
Bush's "shock and awe" invasion is aimed at terrorizing the
Iraqi people and carving up the Iraqi nation into three or
more different "ethnically-based territories," all under
foreign military occupation, the better to take over the
country's rich oil resources.
We, who are teachers and public education activists,
have demonstrated in the streets along with millions of
people the world over to shout out in one voice: "Stop
this unjust and immoral war against the people of Iraq!"
We have supported the campaigns and initiatives of U.S.
Labor Against the War , which has taken the lead in
mobilizing opposition to this war within the global trade
Expressing the overwhelming will of the majority of the
world's population, we call for military action to cease
and desist immediately so that American and British troops
can be removed from harm's way and brought safely
home -- and to spare the Iraqi people more death, destruction
We pledge to redouble our efforts to bring this heinous war
to an end by demonstrating in mass, peaceful protests.
We know that it is not just the Iraqi people who are targeted
by the U.S. government. If we don't stop this mad military
machine, other peoples in the region -- and beyond -- will be
subjected to this same fate.
We also know that the war abroad -- Bush's "endless war"
-- will be used to justify stepping up the war on workers'
rights and living standards in our [and] other countries.