[act-ma] 9/29 SOLIDARITY RALLY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE AGAINST AUSTERITY (Wed)
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Tue Sep 28 14:06:25 PDT 2010
SOLIDARITY RALLY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE AGAINST AUSTERITY
Massachusetts State House
(Near the Park Street T stop)
Wednesday, September 29
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Tomorrow millions of workers in Spain will walk off the job for a one-
day general strike against government austerity while finance
ministers meet in Brussels to plan further cuts across Europe. The
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has called for a continental
day of action. Protesters will converge on Brussels from France,
Germany, the Netherlands as well as Belgium. There are also protests
announced in Portugal, Britain, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and Poland.
Statements and actions of solidarity echo around the world. Such
militant action by the working class of Europe is without precedent
and deserves our attention and solidarity.
Help us inform people about the brave and visionary leadership of the
european working class this September 29th as they initiate this
international one-day general strike. Here in Boston we will rally at
noon in front of the statehouse! We will have a huge banner to
proclaim our "Solidarity with the General Strike in Europe" and link
our common struggles: No to budget cuts! No austerity! Foreclose
the Wars, not our Homes! Global capitalism is not working! So far
this struggle has been set in the context of Massachusetts politics.
We must expand that perspective to the international level.
The Socialist Party, Socialist Alternative, and the Industrial Workers
of the World are co-sponsoring this action, but we invite any group
that wishes to express their solidarity to attend.
We are also aware of the fact that a massive demonstration in
Washington DC is being planned to address the economic crisis,
immigration, and, thanks to outside grassroots efforts, the wars and
occupations. This demonstration is being organized by powerful
organizations, yet their program is constricted by the agenda of the
Democratic Party. They would have us continue to campaign and vote
for the politicians who are expanding the wars, curtailing our civil
liberties, ignoring the environment and wrecking the livelihoods of
working people. Consequently, there is no call to strike and no
connection to the international economy. Even core demands for jobs,
housing, and immigration reform, remain tied to the legislative agenda
in Congress. The US left must do more than tag along behind this
action. We need to build a broad faction to advance meaningful
demands and raise international class consciousness so that in the
future our actions can be coordinated with our allies abroad. It is
likely that hundreds of thousands of people will be in DC on October
2nd, just four days after the protests and general strike in Europe.
Despite the weak demands of rally organizers, there will be a strong
Peace Contingent and Socialist Contingent reaching out to people who
want to fight for a better world. It is vital that we share the news
from Europe with them! The European struggle against government
austerity and global capitalism is our struggle too!
Workers of the World Unite!
October 2nd: Socialist Contingent at the One Nation rally in
October 7th: National Day of Action to Defend Public Education!
For more background info:
Statement of Left MEPs (Members of European Parliament) on September
European Trade Union Confederation
Unions rally to fight European austerity measures
Lots of news in Spanish from the UGT (General Workers Union) website:
Statements from the Socialist Party USA
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