D2K Labor Organizing Committee
The stand you are taking in the demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in August 2000 mirrors the platform that the ILWU endorses of what the American working class needs today. Through action of our International Convention and our International Executive Board we have long been on the record opposing NAFTA, the WTO, the corporate free trade agenda, privatization and sweatshops and supporting universal health care, a living wage, the right to organize and public education.
We are proud of our union’s participation in the Seattle WTO actions, not just being visible and vocal in the streets, but shutting down all West Coast ports Nov. 30, 1999 to make the statement that trade does not and will not work without the consent of the workers. And we are pleased to help bring the spirit of Seattle and the coalition formed there to Los Angeles to let the Democratic Party and the nation know we will not let the interests of working people to be ignored.
Know that the ILWU stands with you and that I will personally urge all our members who can to attend the demonstrations in the streets of Los Angeles.