January 29, 2003
Moved, that UTLA join the County Federation of Labor and many other unions across the country in strenuously opposing the Bush administration's march toward war with Iraq,
Further moved, that UTLA urge its members and affiliates, through motions, its web site and publications, to become involved with organizations working toward stopping the Bush administration's march toward war with Iraq.
Further moved, that UTLA endorse the International Week of Anti-war Resistance from February 13-21, 2003, and encourage its membership to participate at whatever level they feel comfortable.
Finally moved, that UTLA encourage the Board of Education to support a day of education about the war at schools throughout the district.
The United States and Britain have been bombing Iraq on a virtually continuous basis since the end of the Gulf War, and these bombings and UN sanctions imposed on Iraq have resulted in the deaths of more than 3/4 of a million innocent civilians. In seeking any pretext to overthrow the government of a sovereign nation, in violation of international law, the Bush administration is seeking to establish world dominance, based on the politics of oil.
The Bush administration has presented no credible evidence that Iraq has intentions of harming the citizens of this country or that Iraq presents a threat to the United States. In fact, an attack of Iraq will most likely increase the risk of terrorist attacks on the US and its citizens.
A war with Iraq would require the re-direction of vital resources and funds to a destructive, senseless, and illegal goal towards further strengthening an administration that has restricted the civil liberties of its citizens, through passage of the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act. This administration is using the so-called war on terrorism to distract the American people from the vital issues they confront, translating into cutbacks of essential and job-producing social programs at home such as education, health care, social security and housing, as well as threatening the rights of labor to strike and organize.
It is time for UTLA to join the ranks of a multitude of labor organizations condemning the acts of this administration!
UTLA Motion to Support Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Immigrants passed
Moved, that UTLA express its opposition to the registering and detaining of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrants by federal authorities, and further moved that UTLA join with other labor organizations and non-governmental organizations in the call for a National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants on February 20, 2003.
On December 18, 2001, in the face of forced registrations and detention of up to 1000 immigrants, a demonstration of 3000 in Los Angeles carried signs that said, What's Next? Concentration Camps? Most of those demonstrating were immigrants themselves, a courageous act considering they could be the next targets. Can we do less?
Federal authorities detained over 1200 in the immediate wake of 9/11, with little to substantiate any charges against them. If war is declared on Iraq, we can expect mass roundups of immigrants and a possible repeat of the Japanese Internment of W.W.II.
And the outrages grow! On Monday, 1/21/03, it was announced that the FBI would begin registering all mosques in this country supposedly to make it easier for the government to protect them!
Many of the immigrants affected in these sweeps are parents of our students or even our students themselves. Let it not be said of UTLA that we said nothing, because (in the words of Pastor Martin Niemoeller in Nazi Germany), by that time, no one was left to speak up.
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