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Protest New York's Union Contempt for Workers' Rights

By Robert Kent

08.09.05 | Below is a notice just issued about a rally to be held in New York for Hugo Chavez and Ricardo Alarcon, the head of Cuba's National Assembly.

It is an outrage that this rally will be planned on Sept. 8 at the headquarters of a union in New York (Local 1199/SEIU Building). I don't know much about the situation of labor unions in Venezuela, but the cruel suppression of workers and free labor unions in Cuba is well known.

Please ask your contacts, including subscribers to listservs, to oppose this act of contempt for free labor unions by phoning in protests to the office of Dennis Rivera, the leader of Local 1199. The phone number is: 212-582-1890.

Thank you,

Robert Kent
member of Local 1930
New York

Here's the original press release (I hope you all havent had breakfast yet):

Dear Friends and Supporters of Cuba Solidarity New York (CSNY),


On Friday evening September 16-only 9 days from this emailing-those of us in the New York-New Jersey region, joined by solidarity activists from across the U.S. will have an opportunity to attend an extraordinary and historic event. A broad coalition of organizations has announced that on September 16 there will be mass rally in solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela that will feature major addresses by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon. Both revolutionary leaders are scheduled to attend special events at the United Nations commemorating its 60th Anniversary. The September 16 solidarity event will be at the RIVERSIDE CHURCH IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK at 120th Street and Riverside Drive where the Upper West Side and Harlem meet in Manhattan....

The next meeting of the coalition organizing this event will be Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM at the 1199/SEIU Building, 310 W. 43rd St., between 8th and 9th Avenues, times Square subway stop.

In solidarity and struggle,

Ike Nahem

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