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Tell Bush & DHS: Stop the ICE Raids Now!

For the last several months, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stepped up raids of workplaces and communities.  Yesterday, ICE agents carried out raids in two North Carlolina immigrant communities where Smithfield workers live, separating families and instilling fear in the community.  In June, Portland JwJ was on the scene as ICE carried out a massive worksite raid (read more here).Instead of doing the hard work of immigration reform, the Bush administration has bowed to pressure from anti-immigrant groups and has pushed to conduct middle-of-the-night-raids in immigrant communities and in workplaces. 

The consequences of these raids are cruel and mean-spirited.  The raids do nothing to further immigration reform; they only wreak havoc on workers lives, separate children from their parents, tear apart communities, and damage businesses.

Tell President Bush and Julie Myers, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),  that we want REAL immigration reform with a path to citizenship and an IMMEDIATE END to the ICE raids.

Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Your Congressperson
Your Senators

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Stop the ICE Raids Now

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

Instead of doing the hard work of immigration reform, your administration has bowed to pressure from anti-immigrant groups and has been conducting middle-of-the-night-raids in immigrant communities and in workplaces.

The consequences of these raids are cruel and mean-spirited. The raids do nothing to further immigration reform; they only wreak havoc on workers lives, separate children from their parents, tear apart communities, and damage businesses.

The country needs REAL immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship and an IMMEDIATE END to the ICE raids.

Sincerely,

your name here

TELL AMERICAN EAGLE MANAGEMENT: BE STRAIGHT WITH YOUR WORKERS!

Earlier this month, American Eagle sent a letter to its retail workers telling them about UNITE HERE’s American Vulture boycott campaign. But Tom DiDonato, AE’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources, who signed the letter, told an incomplete version of the story. Send a message to DiDonato and the rest of AE management and let them know they need to be straight with their workers and customers. First, a little background on the boycott: American Eagle outsources its Canadian distribution operations to a company called NLS. Until 2006, the clothing company directly owned the distribution center. American Eagle remains NLS’s largest customer. Since American Eagle sold the facility, workers have reported conditions have deteriorated, wages stagnated, and they lack job security. When workers at NLS tried to improve conditions by forming a union, they faced harassment and intimidation. American Eagle’s own Code of Conduct specifically protects workers’ freedom of association and other basic rights. So students and activists across North America joined UNITE HERE to launch the American Vulture Back-to-School Boycott, calling on the company to live up to its values and enforce its Code of Conduct. It’s time for American Eagle to step up and take responsibility. Already, more than 4,000 supporters have signed on to the boycott or contacted American Eagle and NLS to voice their outrage with the tactics used at the warehouse.


Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
AE’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources Tom DiDonato

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: BE STRAIGHT WITH YOUR WORKERS!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I am aware that you sent a letter to your employees about the Back-to-School Boycott of American Eagle and the situation at National Logistics Services. I am very concerned that you failed to mention the existence of your own Code of Conduct for Vendors and Contractors, or the fact that NLS is accused of serious violations of workers’ rights, or even that American Eagle is not just “one of NLS’s many retail customers” but rather the largest and most important customer.

I ask that you tell the whole story to your employees. And if you really “take your role as corporate citizens very seriously,” you should take action to enforce your Code of Conduct at NLS and ensure that workers there have the opportunity to form a union free from management harassment and intimidation. My friends and I won’t be shopping at AE until you do so.

Sincerely,

Your name here

What’s At Stake:
American Eagle outsources its Canadian distribution operations to a company called NLS. Until 2006, the clothing company directly owned the distribution center. American Eagle remains NLS’s largest customer. Since American Eagle sold the facility, workers have reported conditions have deteriorated, wages stagnated, and they lack job security. When workers at NLS tried to improve conditions by forming a union, they faced harassment and intimidation. American Eagle’s own Code of Conduct specifically protects workers’ freedom of association and other basic rights. So students and activists across North America joined UNITE HERE to launch the American Vulture Back-to-School Boycott, calling on the company to live up to its values and enforce its Code of Conduct. It’s time for American Eagle to step up and take responsibility. Already, more than 4,000 supporters have signed on to the boycott or contacted American Eagle and NLS to voice their outrage with the tactics used at the warehouse. Here’s where American Eagle management got it wrong in their letter to workers: 1. They claim “…American Eagle has not been involved in any way with NLS operations for over one year and we are simply one of NLS’s many retail customers.” In reality, AE is NLS’s largest customer and has staff and an office at NLS. AE could sway the contractor to do the right thing if they wanted to. AEO’s adoption of a Code of Conduct for Vendors and Contractors means it still takes responsibility for the labor conditions at the Ontario facility where its clothing is packed and shipped. 2. They say “…NLS associates overwhelmingly voted against the union.” What they don’t say is that workers at NLS originally sought a union to improve deteriorating conditions at the warehouse, but faced harassment and intimidation when they tried to form a union. A majority of workers had expressed a desire to form a union just one week before the vote. Then NLS hired an American consulting firm that orchestrated an anti-union campaign. After that campaign, workers lost the vote to join UNITE HERE. 3. They tell workers that they “take (their) role as corporate citizens very seriously and have taken many steps to ensure that (they) are maintaining high standards.” Then why don’t they enforce their own Code of Conduct for Vendors and Contractors that says they won’t do business with any company that doesn’t respect its employees’ freedom of association and other basic rights? American Eagle management would like their workers and customers to think they are being unfairly targeted by the boycott, but really the boycott campaign is simply calling on the company to adhere to their own principles.
Campaign Expiration Date:
September 26, 2007

Don’t Put Kids’ Health Care at Risk!

Today 47 million people in the United States have no health insurance, the highest number since the passage of Medicaid/Medicare in the 1960’s.   Approximately 9 million of the uninsured are children under age 18.  In 1997, Congress passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover children with working parents who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but whose families either were not offered job-based health insurance or could not afford to buy the insurance that was offered.  The SCHIP program gave states a total of $40 billion over 10 years to provide health coverage for these children, who lived in families that earned too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance.

SCHIP is set to expire on September 30, 2007 unless Congress and the President act now.  Both the House and Senate passed different versions of SCHIP legislation before the August recess.  Now we must put pressure on Congress to ensure that the Bill comes out of conference committee, where the Senate and House compromise on a final version of a Bill, and put a piece of legislation in front of President Bush.

SCHIP is a critical investment in the long-term well-being of our country’s most important resource, our children.  SCHIP provides access to routine check-ups and preventative care than saves money in the long run by keeping children healthy and detecting problems early.  SCHIP provides affordable coverage to millions of working families who otherwise would be able to provide their children with access to basic health care.

Tell Congress not to let this popular and effective program expire.

Sign this petition

Sign this petition :

We need to fix our broken healthcare system and ensure quality, affordable healthcare for every man, woman and child in America. Let’s start with our children.

There are 9 million uninsured children in America. They have no access to regular checkups, their parents struggle to afford doctors’ visits when they are sick, and they often go without care.

I urge you to support full funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), to provide coverage to millions of uninsured children and bring America closer to quality, affordable healthcare for all.

Sign this petition

What’s At Stake:

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was enacted by Congress in 1997 to increase health insurance coverage for low-income children. At the time, more than 10 million children lacked health insurance.

About 7 million of them lived in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level (today, that would be $33,200 for a family of three). Although 75 percent of those uninsured children lived in a family with at least one parent who worked full-time, and 90 percent had a parent who worked either full or part-time, their families either were not offered job-based health insurance or could not afford to buy the insurance that was offered.

The SCHIP program gave states a total of $40 billion over 10 years to provide health coverage for these children, who lived in families that earned too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance.

Children’s Health Coverage at Risk

The SCHIP program will expire on September 30th, 2007 unless it is reauthorized by Congress. Reauthorization provides an opportunity to review how SCHIP works, examine what has been learned about children’s health coverage in the last 10 years, and discuss what Congress must do to continue the progress made in reducing the number of uninsured children.

Why is it important to reauthorize and expand coverage for kids through SCHIP?SCHIP is a critical investment in the long-term well-being of our country’s most important resource, our children.  SCHIP provides access to routine check-ups and preventative care than saves money in the long run by keeping children healthy and detecting problems early.  SCHIP provides affordable coverage to millions of working families who otherwise would be able to provide their children with access to basic health care.

Children who have no access to health care cannot achieve their potential scholastically, physically, or psychologically.  It should be a top priority for all of our elected leaders to support an SCHIP plan that covers the maximum number of children and that offers children in America the greatest opportunity to succeed in life.

Health care for families is the number one domestic issue in the country today.  Congress and President Bush have a chance to show their commitment to this issue by reauthorizing SCHIP and expanding coverage for kids to make sure that no children fall through the cracks and into the ranks of the uninsured.  Health Coverage for more kids through SCHIP is the first step toward building a future where everyone in our country has guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care. 
Campaign Expiration Date:
December 31, 2007

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Dutch cops arrest Joma Sison of CPP for ‘multiple murder’ (to val please read..)

hi val, can you put this on the pots, we will have a campaign for dr. Sison this sunday, please read on the news

Dutch cops arrest Joma Sison of CPP for ‘multiple murder’

08/28/2007 | 07:01 PMIn Utrecht, teams of police raided Sison’s office, seizing computers, CDs, documents and books, said Aldo Gonzalez, who said he was questioned during the six-hour police operation at the office. Prosecutors said at least seven other addresses in Utrecht and the nearby town of Abcoude were also investigated.

Updated 11:39 p.m.) Dutch police arrested Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison, Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on Tuesday on suspicion of ordering the murder of two former allies, Dutch prosecutors said.

Sison has lived in the central Dutch city where he has been in exile for 20 years. He was due to appear in a Hague court on Friday.

“The Communist leader is suspected of ordering from the Netherlands the murders of his former allies Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara in the Philippines,” said a statement from the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Spokesman Wim de Bruin said Sison, 68, will be put on trial in the Netherlands, not the Philippines.

“There is no extradition request,” De Bruin said. “These are crimes that were committed in the Netherlands. Ordering murders is a crime according to Dutch law.”

Kintanar was gunned down in a Japanese restaurant in Quezon City on Jan. 23, 2003. Tabara and his son-in-law Stephen Ong were shot dead in a parking lot, also in Quezon City, as they got out of their car on Sept. 26, 2004, the statement said. The New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, claimed responsibility for the slayings.

In Utrecht, teams of police raided Sison’s office, seizing computers, CDs, documents and books, said Aldo Gonzalez, who said he was questioned during the six-hour police operation at the office. Prosecutors said at least seven other addresses in Utrecht and the nearby town of Abcoude were also investigated.

Sison now calls himself a political consultant for the Dutch-based National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which has been involved in off-and-on peace negotiations for many years with the Philippine government.

Gonzalez, who said he was a staff member of the Front’s negotiating team, dismissed the well-known allegations against Sison for the murders. ”They are all fabricated charges,” he said.

The European Union added Sison to its terror list in October 2002. He was placed on the list both as an individual and as a member of the New People’s Army.

Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman, called Sison’s arrest “a triumph of justice.”

“Ironic as it is, he is assured of his day in court – a right denied to the thousands of innocent victims of Communist kangaroo courts,” Bacarro added.

The left-leaning group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan condemned the arrest of Sison and the raids on his group’s offices as attacks on civil liberties.

“This bodes ill for the peace process,” the group said. “The arrest was most probably undertaken with the knowledge and prodding of the (Gloria Macapagal) Arroyo government which is out to sabotage all hopes for peace talks.”

“This development has dire and far reaching repercussions on the peace process in the Philippines,” the group added.

“We condemn both the Dutch and Philippine government for these latest attacks on civil liberties,” it added.

The group said it has not received any justification for the arrests. “No formal charges have been filed by the Dutch authorities,” the statement said.

The news of Sison’s arrest was relayed to his allies in Manila by the lawyer son of NDF spokesman Luis Jalandoni.

President Arroyo said Sison’s arrest “is a giant step toward peace,” describing it as “a victory for justice and the rule of law.”

Assets not anymore frozen

Earlier this year the European Union’s Court of Justice overturned a decision by EU governments to freeze Sison’s assets.

The Luxembourg-based court said EU governments breached European law by not informing Sison why his assets were frozen under the EU’s anti-terrorism policies.

The EU ruling said “’rights and safeguards were not respected” by EU governments in adopting decisions to freeze the assets of Sison, in 2002.

The court’s decision did not rule on whether Sison should be removed from the EU’s terror list entirely.

An EU panel added Sison to its terror list in 2002. He was placed on the list both as an individual and as a member of the “New People’s Army,” the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Sison’s lawyers argued that he has not been a leader of the CPP since he was put in prison in 1977 in the Philippines.

Still a ‘terrorist’

Despite the Court of Justice’s decision, Sison remains on the European Union’s list of terrorists, the Council of the EU earlier said in a statement.

“Mr Sison remains on the list in spite of the criticisms set out in the Court’s judgment, which have already been fully addressed,” the Council said in a statement.

The Council said that the Luxembourg-based Court of First Instance’s ruling on July 11, 2007, ordering the unfreezing of Sison’s asssets in Europe did not address the “substantive question” of whether or not Sison is involved in terrorism.

The Council is one of the EU’s two legislative bodies and is comprised of a minister from each of the EU’s 27 member nations.

The EU included Sison to its terror list in September 2002 reportedly after lobbying done by the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Sison, however, told GMANews.TV in a July 11 telephone interview that the European Union was “defeated” when the Luxemburg-based European Court of First Instance ordered him removed from the terror list.

“The decision of the court was to have the list annulled,” Sison said.

The CPP-NPA has waged a Maoist rebellion for nearly four decades. Sison founded the CPP in 1968. Its armed wing, the NPA, was set up in 1969.

Sison has said he no longer leads the CPP-NPA and is now the “chief political consultant” of the National Democratic Front, the communist-led umbrella group of underground leftist organizations.

 

 

>this man has to be one the most intelligent/kind man i ever met in my life, please be there this sunday my friends! more info coming up

anarchist library

i dont know what i can really write about for this moment, but i go back home tomorrow, i will miss most of the people here, and yes the anarchist library have got all the books it needs with me now.

i will see you soon taiwan.