Unions Meet in Chicago, Form USLAW, Pass Unanimous Resolution

Over 100 trade unionists from60 union and Central Labor Councils met in Chicago Sat., Jan. 11 at Teamster L. 705.

They heard reports summarizing the growing union antiwar activity around the country. They also heard reports about what is really going on at the UN and around the world, and about the other antiwar coalitions.

They unanimously passed a resolution saying Bush has simply "not make the case" that Hussein poses a threat to America and that this war must be stopped. The resolution encouraged unions to get involved in this debate because "union members and leaders have the responsibility to inform the members about issues that affect the lives and jobs of members, their families, and all other working people." They created an organization, US Labor Against the War (USLAW) to carry on and build the union antiwar movement, and they rose over $30,000 in the room to support it; every local in the room agreed to go back to their local to try to raise more money.

They decided to ask all unions and members coming to demonstrations in DC and SF on Jan 18 to march together under the "Labor Against War" banner.

And they decided to try to get at least 200 unions to sign onto the resolution before Jan 28, and to carry on the union antiwar activity no matter what the Bush administration does on Jan 28 and beyond."

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Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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