We have been forced into a crisis no one wants to talk about: A Cost-of-Living Crisis. Anyone who doesn’t understand what I am talking about has never had to make a choice about what to buy in a grocery store or tried to figure out how to pay the winter’s heating bill or to pay for health insurance or child care. Prices for goods and services soar; wages stay the same or go down.
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The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) invites you to
A National Antiwar & Social Justice Conference to Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad! Bring All U.S. Troops Home Now! Self-Determination for All Oppressed Peoples! Stop Police Abuse at Home! End All U.S. Support for Israel! Stop Pentagon Climate Pollution! Good Jobs, Quality Education, Affordable Health Care! Civil & Democratic Rights for All!
Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, 2015
Empire Meadows (Clarion) Hotel Secaucus, New Jersey (30 minutes from New York City)
The world is being ravaged by endless U.S. wars, both open and secret; life-threatening global warming and environmental destruction; devastating poverty and disease. Here at home we face unprecedented attacks on labor, immigrants, the poor and oppressed; a massive and racist prison-industrial complex; the increasing militarization of the police and an epidemic of police abuse as in Ferguson, Mo.; widespread domestic spying and an expanding "national security state"; trillions of dollars spent on the military to police the world and bail out the corporate 1 percent while we face severe attacks on the basic necessities of life.
It's time for a massive, united and independent response!
For details contact: United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) - Phone: 518-227-6947
Call to the Second National Labor Fightback Conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ,
May 15–17, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters: While attacks against the labor movement have been mounting across the board over the past decades, they are escalating now as a result of the November 4 elections.
The cornerstone of this conference is having participants join in hammering out an action program aimed at revitalizing the labor movement. This means building on the opportunities that have opened up on several fronts as a result of struggles waged to counteract the corporate class's many-sided attacks on working people. These struggles include:
One of the most notable developments was the action taken by unions in Lorain, Ohio in 2013 breaking with the Democratic Party and establishing — at least on a temporary basis — an independent labor formation, which successfully ran its own candidates for public office. At the heart of labor's crisis is the reality that we have no effective political voice, as witnessed by the fact that the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill was passed by a bipartisan majority.
These workshops are intended to be action-oriented with action proposals to be agreed to by each and then submitted to plenary sessions for consideration by the conference itself. The Rutgers conference will also feature speakers and an opportunity for attendees to caucus and network. Caucuses will be held on women's rights and climate change.
More details to follow, but please circle your calendar for May 15–17. Register for the Rutgers conference now and be there for an educational and action-oriented experience aimed at promoting desperately needed change as labor confronts the difficult challenges in the period ahead.
Lots of good information is available from United States Labor Against the War: