1199ers for Peace and Justice

SEIU L.1199

1199ers for Peace and Justice

We, the undersigned members, delegates, staff and officers of Local 1199NY/SEIU and its associated Funds, are deeply concerned about the domestic and foreign policies of the Bush Administration.


We condemn the murder of civilians, whether at the World Trade Center or the Pentagon, in Afghanistan, Israel, or Palestine. Military involvement in more and more countries lays the groundwork for the rise of more, not less, anti-American feelings and actions.

The Bush Administration's new Nuclear Policy Review puts the world in danger of nuclear war, by allowing 'pre-emptive' first nuclear strikes in response to any 'surprising military development', and escalates a costly arms race.


Billions of dollars that were supposed to go to Medicare, Social Security, unemployment benefits, and education have been diverted to the military. Bush will use this money for an attack on Iraq, or North Korea or Iran, for further intervention in the Philippines, Columbia, or Somalia, and to pay for Israel's weapons.

Bush's tax cuts give $500 billion to the richest 1% of the population, while the real wages of regular working people are no higher than they were when Nixon was President. Over forty million people in this country have no health insurance. Where are our priorities?


Attorney General Ashcroft's 'anti-terrorism' legislation - the USA Patriot Act- gives the FBI broad access to personal information without a court order and without evidence a crime was committed. It targets people who engage in political protest and allows wiretapping, internet surveillance, and home searches.

More than a thousand immigrants have been detained without charge, based on racial profiling and national origin.

The Constitutional right to confidential conversation with a lawyer is under attack.

These extreme measures threaten the same values of democracy that the 'war on terrorism' claims to defend.


We call on our Union to join the growing movement against militarism, against welfare for the rich, and for the defense of democratic rights.

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