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. ■

Carpenters, Stagehands, Seattle Wobblies, Painters Prepare to Stop Fascists

Carpenters Local 1503, IATSE (Stagehands) Local 28, and the Seattle branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have recently joined the preparations to stop fascist provocations by passing resolutions similar to the Portland Painters Local 10 anti-KKK mobilization resolution.

What is needed now is the preparatory organization of union-based defense groups, to form the core of mass mobilizations to deny the fascists the ability to agitate and recruit in multiracial urban strongholds of the working class.