The Industrial Workers of the World, a small, radical union with a
strong history of organizing immigrants and fighting for a world without borders, has endorsed the call for a general strike on May 1st. We do not have many members, but we are committed to real solidarity with all immigrants in this struggle in whatever way we can. Please read the official resolution below.
IWW- Twin Cities General Membership Branch http://www.iww.org
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"May 1st - Defend the Rights of Immigrant Workers"
Whereas the working class knows no borders or races, but exists wherever workers are exploited for the benefit of capital; and
Whereas all human beings are entitled to the means of obtaining the necessities of life for themselves and their families, regardless of any artificial barriers created by government; and
Whereas the nature of capitalist economies is to draw workers from all over to the centers of capitalist investment, while at the same time drawing wealth out of less-developed economies, thereby eliminating opportunities to earn a living within such economies; and
Whereas the recent rise in immigration to the United States of America is directly attributable to this process, as exemplified by the destructive free-trade treaties forced upon Latin America by the United States government, as well as the insatiable lust of North American employers for a dependent, immigrant work-force that can be compelled to labor under sub-minimum wages and deplorable working conditions and used to undermine the working conditions of all workers; and
Whereas all workers, wherever economic necessity may force them to seek work, are entitled to organize and take concerted, economic action for the defense and aid of their class, for which purpose the Industrial Workers of the World has sought to unite the workers of the world in One Big Union, regardless of nationality or place of origin; and
Whereas the struggle of immigrant workers is connected and integral to the struggle of all workers for industrial freedom and economic security, which demands the solidarity of all workers, in every industry throughout the world;
Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED,
That the General Executive Board of the Industrial Workers of the World declares its opposition to efforts to prohibit or criminalize the crossing of national borders by workers, and opposes efforts to prohibit the giving of aid and comfort to immigrant workers; and be it further
That, in order to advance the solidarity of all workers, and to
demonstrate to the employing class that an injury to one worker is an injury to all, the General Executive Board of the Industrial Workers of the World hereby endorses the popular call for a general strike and protest in defense of immigrant workers in the United States, and calls upon all Branches and members of the Organization to participate in such a strike and protest, as local circumstances shall permit, on the first day of May 2006, the International Workers' Holiday.
GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD
INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD