URGENT! Defend pro-labor Cleveland high school students attacked fo r protesting layoffs and school cutback!

Emergency Labor Call-in Campaign

Defend pro-labor Cleveland high school students attacked for protesting layoffs and school cutbacks

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On May 13, at 10:30 AM, a small group of Collinwood High School students walked out to protest the layoffs of 800 teachers and other school workers. By 10:45 Cleveland police had arrived on the scene, most likely after being called by the principal.

This video by Caleb Maupin, a supporter of the students, (below) shows an African-American male being shoved against a police car and a vicious attack on a 19-year old African-American female and her 16-year old sister. The two young women were arrested; the 19-year old has been charged with obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and aggravated disorderly conduct. The 16-year old has been charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, aggravated disorderly conduct and violating daytime curfew.
Other students were also given citations for violating daytime curfew and were suspended from school for five days. Walkout organizer Seth Barlekamp and another student were brutally interrogated inside the school by police, who threatened to have Seth institutionalized. Seth’s mother was threatened with arrest if the protests continued. All of the students who participated in the walkout, with the exception of Seth, are African-American, as are the majority of students at Collinwood High and in the Cleveland Public School District.

The impending layoffs and closure of 16 schools will result in class sizes as high as 45 students in a room. The walkout was a courageous effort to on the part of the students build solidarity between students and members of the Cleveland Teachers Union and other school unions. The brutal assault was a deliberate attempt to intimidate students and crush the potential for a grass roots labor-student-community movement to defend public education and stop layoffs—in both the public and private sector.The proliferation of private, non-union “charter schools” makes such a movement all the more needed. We need to bail out the schools, not the banks.

Labor must also protest what was clearly a racist attack on the African-American community of Cleveland. We cannot stand for this! Labor must stand behind those in the community who stand behind us—especially our youth!

Call the Fifth District Police station, 216-623-5618 & 216-623-6500 to demand all charges against the students be dropped and to protest the brutal treatment of the students. Call the Cleveland Board of Education, 216-574-8000 and Collinwood High School, 216-451-8782 to demand the suspensions be rescinded and that Seth Barlekamp not be threatened with expulsion.

A support demonstration took place Friday, May 14, at 2:30 PM outside the school received wide media coverage.

Further updates will follow. Please help build labor support for these courageous teenagers by spreading the word to your union sisters and brothers—let the anti-union, anti-youth forces in Cleveland know that labor is watching them. Please email Grevatt.m@gmail.com if you want your name added to this appeal.

In Solidarity,
Martha Grevatt, Chair, Civil and Human Rights Committee, UAW Local 122*
Susan Schnur, Board member, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 268*
Sharon Danann, American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2089*
John Catalinotto, member Professional Staff Congress, NYSUT, (Bronx Community College)*
Susan E. Davis, National Writers Union, UAW 1981
Steve Gillis, Vice President, USW Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union
Bryan G. Pfeifer, Staff Organizer, Union of Part-Time Faculty (UPTF-AFT), Wayne State University, Detroit*
Joan Marquardt – Unemployed legal office support worker
*for id purposes only

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United National Antiwar Conference – Letter from Jerry Gordon

facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116948025006551


Twenty co-sponsoring national organizations urge you to attend this conference scheduled for Albany, New York July 23-25, 2010. They are After Downing Street, Arab American Union Members Council, Bailout the People Movement, Black Agenda Report, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Campus Antiwar Network, Code Pink, International Action Center, Iraq Veterans Against the War, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, National Lawyers Guild, Peace Action, Peace of the Action, Progressive Democrats of America, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, U.S. Labor Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and World Can’t Wait.

The purpose of the conference is to plan united actions in the months ahead in support of demands for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. military forces and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq, and money for human needs, not for wars, occupations, and bail-outs. The peace movement is strongest and most effective when plans for united actions are made by the whole range of antiwar and social justice organizations meeting together and deciding together dates and places for national mobilizations.

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Dinner to Kick off Socialist Run for US Congress!

A Campaign for a Working-Class Fight-Back!
To Bring the Troops Home Now and Close Down the War Machine!
For Equal Rights for Immigrants Now!
For Free Quality Health Care and Education for Life for All!
For Jobs for All and a Living Wage!

Friday, May 7th, 7:30pm
Sacred Heart Church
49 Winthrop Street
Hartford, CT
$20 Full Price   –   $12 Student and Unemployed  (Covers dinner)

Featured Speakers:
Ryan Henowitz – Iraq Veterans Against the War
Johanna Rivera – Participant, Gaza Freedom March
Aaron McAuliffe – Former Vice President, CCSU PRIDE
Laura Lockwood – Trinity College Women and Gender Resource Action Center
Frankie Acevedo – Community Activist
Marissa Janczewska – CCSU YSA
Saeed Ahghari – Urgent Care Physician recently returned from Haiti
*Organizations for identification purposes only

The war on working and oppressed people is escalating to a fever-pitch, with the new racist anti-immigrant Arizona Law SB 1070 leading the charge.

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All Out to Support SEIU 1199 Striking Workers!

The District 1199 nursing home workers of Park Place will be striking tomorrow for better working conditions. Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 am these nurses will bring their fight into the public eye and will be joined by supporters state-wide.

An injury to one is an injury to all–we stand by these healthcare workers in their fight and realize that the most important battles are not on capital hill but in the streets.

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Campaign Fundraiser!

On May 7th, Help Build the Campaign for a Working Class Fightback!

To Bring the Troops Home Now and Close Down the War Machine!
For Free Quality Health Care and Education for Life for All!
For Jobs for All!

Friday May 7th, 7:30pm
Sacred Heart Church – 49 Winthrop Street, Hartford, CT

$20 Full Price – $12 Student and Unemployed (Covers dinner)
Speakers and Performers TBA

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Call for a Working Class Environmental Movement

Here is a call to build an environmental movement led by working people.  It was written by a group of mid-western labor militants  who are seeking like-minded individuals and organizations.  This call is an idea.  You can make it a reality.

To contact the Alliance for Class and Climate Justice (especially if you’d like to sign the call, contribute thoughts,  or join the list-serve) e-mail: ACCJ@kclabor.org

For their website and call go to:


For Class and Climate Justice
A Working Class Movement For a Peaceful, Sustainable, Full Employment Economy

Employer groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers, Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute, and the National Association of Home Builders, are spending big bucks peddling the lie that global warming is a job-killing false alarm. They are assisted by reactionary media and politicians they have bought and paid for.

Other bosses, such as those remaining in the United States Climate Action Partnership– which includes such good corporate citizens as the Big Three automakers, GE, and Rio Tinto–are not sure that they can sell outright denial much longer. They, along with liberal politicians, and even some environmental groups, assure us climate change problems can be solved through market measures such as cap-and-trade, and reducing fossil fuel burning with greatly expanded nuclear power and biofuel.

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Regional Socialist Educational Conference in Philadelphia, April 17-18

Join us for a weekend of lectures and discussion with revolutionaries, activists and scholars from across the US!

Featuring: Glen Ford, Colia Clark, Cliff Connor, Lynne Jackson, Pam Africa, Christine Marie, Jeff Mackler, Lenore J. Daniels,  Adaner Usmani and more.

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