Monday March 20 “ICE Out of Woodburn” protest: be there!

CSWP urges all defenders of the rights of working people and immigrants to participate in the “ICE Out of Woodburn” protest scheduled for Monday, March 20, 4:30 p.m. at 2883 Newberg Highway in Woodburn, OR. For more information visit the Facebook event page for the protest.

This article from the London Guardian gives a vivid description of the cruel terror inflicted by the ICE Gestapo on our fellow workers.

Painters Local 10 forms anti-racist mobilization committee

At the monthly membership meeting March 15, Painters and Drywall Finishers IUPAT Local 10 voted to establish an anti-racist mobilization committee, joining similar efforts in other local unions to prepare to put into practice the resolution to “Stop the KKK and All Racist Groups.” This comes in the context of increasing racist and fascist threats across the Northwest, including the arson of a mosque in Bellevue, WA in January to the appearance of fascist graffiti in Portland earlier this month.

We reprint below the statement of the newly-elected chairman of the Local 10 committee, a journeyman painter with many years in the industry.

Sisters and Brothers, we are bound by oath to oppose racism within our ranks wherever and whenever. Our Constitution states:

To unite into one labor organization all workers eligible for membership, regardless of religion, race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, or sexual orientation

We also have an non-negotiable moral duty to extend this oath to our brothers and sisters outside our ranks. Not only is this a moral duty but also a clear opportunity to strengthen Union ranks and reverse the slow poisoning of our Institution. Racism past and present has driven a wedge between all workers which severally weakens the power of a united front (the basic fundamental factor in organized labor). It only serves to benefit those that profit from our labor and consolidate the corrupt power of corporate America. We must grab this opportunity presented to us by the current political climate of heightened racism and put all our institutional support behind the anti-racist movement. Both the labor and anti-racist struggle are inextricably intertwined. None should take priority. We as Union will reap huge benefit from fighting and finally eradicating racism. I will go as far to say that our very survival depends on it.

In light of this urgency, I here by purpose that we form our own Anti-Racist Mobilization committee. A committee that will stand shoulder to shoulder with other Anti-Fascist Committees formed by our brothers and sisters of different  trade unions. We will work to encourage fellow Unions to adopt the same principles and fight, we will reach out to all those organizations that have taken up this struggle in solidarity,  we will mobilize to support those who are increasingly under attack by racist elements, and we will show by example that Union brothers and sisters have the moral fortitude to not shrink from an oath bound duty.

ICE Out of our Schools! NYC Education Workers Prepare to Defend Immigrant Students

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February 28 – Educators and students gather in Brooklyn, NY outside meeting of Panel for Education Policy (PEP) to support and organize to defend our students.

This update from Class Struggle Education Workers describes some of the efforts being made by class-struggle unionists to defend immigrants at NYC public schools and universities. It’s time for unions in the Portland area to take similar measures.

CSWP at ICE Out of Oregon Protest

CSWP and IUPAT Local 10 banners at ICE Out of Oregon protest, 6 Mar 2017
CSWP and IUPAT Local 10 banners at ICE Out of Oregon protest, 6 Mar 2017

Class Struggle Workers – Portland participated in the “ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the deportation gestapo) Out of Oregon” protest on Monday. We were joined by a contingent from Painters & Drywall Finishers Local 10.

CSWP says it is urgent for the unions to take action now to defend immigrants from deportation. The Trump regime is hated and unstable, but the bipartisan attack on immigrants won’t be ended by appeals to the Democratic Party or liberal platitudes about allegedly American values (this country was founded on slavery and genocide, not democracy, love and rainbows). The multi-racial, multinational working class has the power to drive the ICE gestapo out of Portland and other cities with mass protests backed by strike action.

IUPAT Local 10 at the March 6 “ICE Out of Oregon” protest.
IUPAT Local 10 at the March 6 “ICE Out of Oregon” protest.

Carpenters Regional Council Says: Mobilize to Stop Racist and Fascist Threats

Mobilize Labor to stand against racist and fascist hate groups. Whereas, there has been a sharp increase in racist and anti-immigrant attacks across the country in recent days, and Whereas, numerous hate groups have stated that they will stage menacing provocations in many areas, including the Pacific Northwest, and Whereas, groups like the KKK and other racist organizations represent a deadly threat to African Americans, Latinos (and other people of color), immigrants, Muslims, Jews (and other marginalized religious groups), LGBTQ, among many others, and represent a threat directly to the members of this Union, and the labor movement as a whole, and Whereas, the white supremacist forces are related to the origins of anti-labor “right to work” laws in order to destroy unions because they believed unions would lead to uniting and empowering the multi- national, multi-racial, working class to resist these attacks, and Whereas, if the US labor movement is to rebuild its strength during this period of crisis of racist organizing and attacks, it must take up the struggle against white supremacy/white nationalism, not as an abstract debate, but as part of its social, political, and organizing agenda, and Whereas, unions are considered a threat to many fascist groups, and other racist organizations because the unions are working class defense organizations for all workers in the community, and Whereas, we stand by the principles of the UBC, who’s constitution states, “we recognize that the interests of all labor are identical regardless of occupation, sex, national origin, religion, or color, for a wrong done to one is a wrong done to all. We oppose all unlawful discrimination and harassment against workers, whether based on race, gender, nationality, or any other basis.” Therefore be it resolved that the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters stands ready to join with the broader labor and social justice community in mobilizing against the clear and present danger that the provocations of racist and fascist organizations pose to us all.
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The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the union body that represents over 20,000 carpenters and other construction workers in six states from Alaska to Wyoming, adopted this resolution at its February 2017 delegates meeting. This follows the adoption of similar resolutions, first in Painters Local 10 of Portland, Oregon, and later by Stagehands, Carpenters, graduate teaching assistants and Wobblies in Oregon and Washington.

Labor militants in the UBC and elsewhere should use these resolutions to make preparations for union-based marshals and defense guards that will form the core of mass labor-centered mobilizations that can prevent fascist provocations and organizing in urban centers.

Mobilize Labor to stand against racist and fascist hate groups

Whereas, there has been a sharp increase in racist and anti-immigrant attacks across the country in recent days, and

Whereas, numerous hate groups have stated that they will stage menacing provocations in many areas, including the Pacific Northwest, and

Whereas, groups like the KKK and other racist organizations represent a deadly threat to African Americans, Latinos (and other people of color), immigrants, Muslims, Jews (and other marginalized religious groups), LGBTQ, among many others, and represent a threat directly to the members of this Union, and the labor movement as a whole, and

Whereas, the white supremacist forces are related to the origins of anti-labor “right to work” laws in order to destroy unions because they believed unions would lead to uniting and empowering the multi-national, multi-racial, working class to resist these attacks, and

Whereas, if the US labor movement is to rebuild its strength during this period of crisis of racist organizing and attacks, it must take up the struggle against white supremacy/white nationalism, not as an abstract debate, but as part of its social, political, and organizing agenda, and

Whereas, unions are considered a threat to many fascist groups, and other racist organizations because the unions are working class defense organizations for all workers in the community, and

Whereas, we stand by the principles of the UBC, who’s constitution states, “we recognize that the interests of all labor are identical regardless of occupation, sex, national origin, religion, or color, for a wrong done to one is a wrong done to all. We oppose all unlawful discrimination and harassment against workers, whether based on race, gender, nationality, or any other basis.”

Therefore be it resolved that the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters stands ready to join with the broader labor and social justice community in mobilizing against the clear and present danger that the provocations of racist and fascist organizations pose to us all.

Sindicatos de Portland llaman a movilizarse contra el Ku Klux Klan y otras fuerzas racistas

Luego de la victoria del republicano racista, xenófobo y misógino Donald Trump sobre la demócrata guerrerista y representante de Wall Street en las elecciones presidenciales en Estados Unidos del 8 de noviembre, los fascistas encapuchados del Ku Klux Klan anunciaron que organizarían mítines para celebrar su “triunfo”. De conocer rumores que uno de esas provocaciones se llevaría a cabo en la cercanía de Portland, Oregon, el Local 10 del Sindicato de Pintores y Drywaleros (IUPAT) aprobó una moción llamando a una movilización obrera para parar en seco los linchadores del KKK y otras fuerzas racistas.

La resolución (que reproducimos a continuación) fue iniciada por militantes de CSWP (Trabajadores de Lucha Clasista de Portland). Los sindicatos locales de Carpinteros (local 1503), Tramoyistas (local 28), Estudiantes-profesores de posgrado de la Universidad de Oregon (AFT local 3544), así como el consejo regional de Carpinteros del noroeste, luego aprobaron resoluciones parecidas.

¡Movilización de los trabajadores para parar al KKK!

Considerando que en días recientes ha habido un agudo incremento en los ataques racistas y antiinmigrantes en todo el país, y

Considerando que el Ku Klux Klan ha anunciado que realizará amenazantes provocaciones en muchos sitios, y

Considerando que el KKK y otras organizaciones racistas representan una amenaza mortal en contra de los afroamericanos, los latinos y los inmigrantes, así como para los musulmanes, los LGBTT, los judíos, entre muchos otros, y directamente en contra de los miembros de este sindicato y del movimiento obrero en su conjunto, y

Considerando que las fuerzas supremacistas blancas están relacionadas con los orígenes de la legislación antisindical “por el derecho a trabajar” que se propone destruir los sindicatos para impedir que los sindicatos llevarían a la “mezcla racial” entre los trabajadores, y

Considerando que los sindicatos son tenidos como una amenaza por el KKK y otras organizaciones racistas debido a que son una organización de defensa de la clase obrera para todos los trabajadores en la comunidad.

Resolvemos que el Local 10 del Sindicato de Pintores y Gremios Conexos (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades) está listo para unirse a la comunidad para movilizarse en contra del claro y presente peligro de las provocaciones del KKK y otras organizaciones racistas representan para todos nosotros.

Resolución aprobada por los miembros del Local 10 en la reunión mensual de la membresía, realizada el 16 de noviembre de 2016 en Portland, Oregon. La versión original en inglés se encuentra aquí. ■