"GET ON THE BUS" for the MILLION WORKER MARCH, OCT. 17, 2004,
JOBS & WORKERS RIGHTS - NOT WAR
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ!
ORGANIZE BUSES - BUSES - BUSES
Danny Glover, actor:
"We must keep marching ... before the elections and after
the elections ... until we win justice for the homeless,
the unemployed and we bring the troops home now ... Come
out on Oct. 17th."
Dear Activists and Organizers,
OVER 1,000 SOLDIERS DEAD & COUNTING - TENS OF THOUSANDS OF
IRAQI'S DEAD - MANY MORE WOUNDED - THIS MUST END NOW!
On Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C., you will have a timely and
historic opportunity to unite the anti-war movement with
an unprecedented and vitally necessary mass march of
working people speaking for themselves. This is a rare
opportunity and the latest casualty numbers from Iraq show
that it could not come at a more critical time. We cannot
and must not rely on the elections in November to stop the
war. We must raise our voices loud--not after the
Some of the strongest voices and most active groups in the
labor movement, together with the active support and
participation of organizations representing every
progressive movement and cause, will be "getting on the
bus" to D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 17, for the MILLION WORKER
What makes the Million Worker March unique is that the
event's principal organizers want to make the anti-war
movement's demand to "End the occupation of Iraq, and
bring the troops home now" central to the march's message
and its goals.
Working people are coming to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 17
because whether their concern is about jobs, decent wages,
layoffs, union busting, the battle to protect our pensions
and Social Security, or to make health care a universal
right instead of a privilege for the wealthy--with all we
face, we had better raise our own voices and act in our
own interests instead of relying on the next president,
whoever that will be. And the MWM will also be calling for
the troops to be brought home--not two, three or four
years from today, but NOW!
Why? Because it is working families who bear the burden.
It is their loved ones who are sent off to fight and
die--and it is workers' money that is stolen to pay for
war and occupation.
The call for a Million Worker March came from one of the
most well known labor organizations in the country, famous
for its long history of militancy, boldness and courage in
defense of working people-Local 10 of the International
Longshore Workers Union in San Francisco.
· Over the past few months this call has rolled across the
country, picking up the support of scores of labor unions,
labor activists and leaders including:
The Coalition Of Black Trade Unionists; Bill Lucy,
secretary-treasurer, AFSCME; National Education
Association; American Postal Workers Union; Transportation
Workers Union Local 100 (NY); AFSCME District Council 1707
(NY); AFSCME District Council 37 (NY); 1199/SEIU Delegates
Assembly; South Carolina AFL-CIO; Farm Labor Organizing
Committee; AFSCME District Council 92 (MD); D.C. Labor
Against The War; International ANSWER; actor Danny Glover;
American Indian Movement; ILWU Local 34; Troy and Albany
Labor Council (NY); United For Peace & Justice; National
Immigration Solidarity Network; New York City Labor
Against the War; Global Women's Strike; Teamsters Black
Caucus; comedian Dick Gregory; Myra Shone and Ralph
Schoenman, Taking Aim, Pacifica; National Association of
Letter Carriers, Branch 3825; Howard Wallace, co-founder,
Pride at Work; Jim Houghton, Director, Harlem Fight Back;
Justice 4 Homeless, SF; United Steel Workers of America
Local 8751; International Action Center; former U.S.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark; Nellie Bailey, Harlem
Tenants Council; Howard Zinn, historian; Noam Chomsky,
linguist; AFSCME Local 95, Local 205, Local 215,Local
389,Loca167,Local 1881, Local 1930; ILWU Entire West Coast
division; CUE Local 3; and many more.
We urge you to work to make the Oct. 17 Million Worker
March in D.C. the next major event for the entire anti-war
movement. If we all rise to this challenge, we will put
the next president and Congress on notice that we will
accept no excuses for prolonging the occupation of Iraq
and wasting lives and precious resources that should go
toward satisfying people's needs like housing and schools.
Moreover, we will have helped to forge a critical alliance
between the grassroots of the labor movement and the
anti-war movement that would represent a whole new level
of unity, potential and power.
Does this sound like something worth working for? Does
this sound like something you've been waiting for? You can
help make it happen.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
DOWNLOAD ANTIWAR4 Million Worker March Flyers From
(A New Antiwar4MWM Web Page is coming shortly)
BECOME AN ORGANIZING CENTER FOR OCT. 17: We are asking
anti-war activists and groups to set up local organizing
centers for the Million Worker March. Start meeting,
planning, and reserving buses to go to Washington.
Anti-war coalitions and groups need to let us know ASAP if
their group can be listed as an Oct.17. Organizing center,
in their locality or region.
GET BUSES: make a goal of organizing a bus/or buses from
your union, school, work place, churches, neighborhood,
organization or club.
SEND A $$$ DONATION TO HELP PAY FOR BUS TRANSPORTATION: We
want to make sure that everyone who wants to come to
Washington on Oct. 17 can, regardless of whether they have
only a few dollars to give for a bus seat, or even
nothing. We want to, wherever possible, make
transportation free to young people, unemployed people,
and others who are barely getting by. Your generous
contribution will go along way towards helping this happen.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: People's Rights Fund/Oct.17 Buses
ORGANIZATIONS, JOIN THE LIST OF ENDORSERS
FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO FRIENDS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND ANYONE
ELSE WHO MIGHT WANT TO COME
AND ORGANIZE OTHERS TO COME
CONTACT US AT:
39 W. 14th Street, #206
NYC, NY 10011
phone (212) 633-6646
Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Workers March
Organizing Committee, ILWU Local 10
Brenda Stokely, President, District Council 1707 AFSCME,
Co-chair, NYC Labor Against the War
Chris Silvera, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 808 IBT,
President National Teamsters Black Caucus
Ralph Shoenman, Communications Coordinator, Million Worker
Larry Holmes, International Action Center,
Steering Committee ANSWER
Sharon Black, Washington/Baltimore Coordinator, Million
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
Sara Flounders, Coordinator, Iraq War Crimes Tribunal NYC
GET ON THE BUS:
* TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!* FOR MONEY & FOR JOBS NOT
WAR!* FOR A LIVING WAGE!* AGAINST LAYOFFS, UNION BUSTING,
& FOR WORKERS' RIGHTS!* FOR THE RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANT
WORKERS!* BECAUSE YOUNG PEOPLE NEED JOBS NOT JAILS!* TO
END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ!* TO DEFEND CIVIL RIGHTS! *
BECAUSE WORKING PEOPLE NEED TO SPEAK IN THEIR OWN VOICE!
GET ON THE BUS OCT. 17 FOR THE MILLION WORKER MARCH