December 14, 2009

To the coordinators of and participants in the March 4 Strike and Day of Action to Defend Public Education, and to the Labor Movement and its allies:

The 2009 National Assembly of US Labor Against the War, held in Chicago, December 4-6, expressed its support of your call for the March 4 Strike and Day of Action to Defend Public Education. We commend your resolve to act in a unified struggle against the cuts, layoffs, fee hikes and educational segregation in California and across our nation.

It is heartening to see that many educational and campus service unions (including USLAW affiliates) have joined in unity, and that support is growing into a nationwide call for coordinated actions.
Cuts to funding for education and other health and human services are evident throughout the country, leading to layoffs, furlough days, and the loss of health, shelter, and lives.

The continuing occupation of Iraq and the escalation in Afghanistan will increase costs of those wars and occupation into the trillions, thus further eroding funding for education and other human services.
We send our gratitude to you for your courageous and visionary struggle, and urge that you include a call for the redirection of funding from war and occupation to education, healthcare and other human needs, and encourage you to reach out to other labor groups to support your legitimate and urgent demands.

US Labor Against the War’s Mission states, “To protect our members and the lives and livelihoods of working people everywhere, we will advocate, educate and mobilize in the US labor movement for: redirecting the nation’s resources from inflated military spending to meeting the needs of working families for health care, education, a clean environment, housing and a decent standard of living based on principles of equality and democracy.”

For our part, USLAW will distribute this letter and your call to our affiliates and individual members and encourage them, in whatever capacity they can, to promote the March 4 date, and participate with students, faculty members, teachers, education workers, and parents on college campuses, in pre-school programs and K-12 schools, and in communities to make this connection and support the call for no cuts or layoffs, no tuition or fee increases, and to establish new funding priorities away from war and occupation to education, healthcare, housing and jobs.

In solidarity,

Michael Eisenscher
National Coordinator