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Labor Protests the War
by Charles Slay ( slaycslay [at] aol.com )
Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
Several Hundred union members and their supporters gathered in front of the Federal Building Saturday morning for a rally against the war in Iraq and the build-up to an invasion of Iran before marching to the Civic center to join the main rally.
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§Barbara Lee
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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Representative Barbara Lee gave the keynote address to an enthusiastic audience.
§Union Members
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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§Music
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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The Freedom Song Network, with Jon Frommer on guitar, provided music.
§Mark Leno
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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State Assembly Member Mark Leno also spoke out against the war.
§Josh Kornbluth
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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Writer and comedian Josh Kornbluth also spoke on Saturday.
§Anne Roesler
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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Anne Roesler's son Michael served three tours in Iraq with the 82nd Airbourne Divison, she represents Military Families Speak Out.
§March
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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The march to the Civic Center begins
§Teachers
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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This is only one of many labor unions represented at the rally and march.
§ILWU
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union made a strong showing.
§SEIU
by Charles Slay Monday Oct 29th, 2007 9:01 PM
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A large and diverse group of union members turned out to protest the ongoing war in the Middle East

Comments  (Hide Comments)

Democrats Mark Leno, Carole Migden, Barbara Lee and Tom Ammiano are all supporters of the US military base that exists with $6 billion of our tax dollars annually to defend US oil profits in the Middle East, namely Israel and thus had no business speaking at our peace rally, which they all did. Barbara Lee's most notable defense of Israel was her support of the resolution praising the butcher of Palestine, Ariel Sharon. Every single Democratic and Republican politician by defintiion is pro-Israel and thus pro-war and anti-labor. The only 2 peace parties on the ballot are Peace & Freedom and the Green Party, and they are thus the only 2 pro-labor parties on the ballot. The twin parties of capitalism, the Democrat-Republicans, are anti-labor by definition.

As to hundreds of union members being at the peace rally, there are MILLIONS of union members in the 9 counties of the Bay Area. If the unions are going to endorse the peace march, they have to bring BUS LOADS of union members from ALL OVER THE BAY AREA if their endorsement is to mean anything. The City of San Francisco alone has more than a few hundred union members.
by reality check
Tuesday Oct 30th, 2007 9:54 AM
Leno and Migden used our platform to campaign, pretending that they are leaders in the anti-war movement. Just what have Leno, Migden, Ammiano, or Sandre Swanson done to stop the war and occupation? Did Migden's rant stop the war yet? Did Bush turn himself in after hearing Leno call him a war criminal? Is Gen. Betrayus shaking in his boots at the thought of another Ammiano punch line?

The Peace and Freedom Party seems to be a non-factor. When was the last time they ran a serious campaign? Michael Zinzun in L.A. in 1988, or Ron Daniels in 1992? Is there a Green Party candidate willing to waste their time challenging the entrenched incumbents of the Democratic Party?

We are left now with the bizarre spectacle of young people turning to Ron Paul as if he is the new revolutionary leader. We might as well have invited him to speak at the rallies. At least we know he'll tell the truth that he's going to screw us, rather than pander like the Democrats, who will make promises they don't keep.