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Take Action at crucial juncture to reinstate USW 8751 union leaders!

I got this email and they want our help.
If you can make the call please do.
I did and was polite.
Reposted with permission:

The long battle of the militant, mostly immigrant rank and file of USW 8751, the Boston School Bus Union, to STOP Veolia Corp's union busting, reinstate the four union leaders unjustly fired 19 months ago and win a just contract for the drivers and safety for the school children of Boston has reached a crucial juncture, requiring an extra push of solidarity and support from all of us.

The union's momentum is at an all time high following Team Solidarity's clean sweep of the Executive Board elections, with the four fired leaders elected to the president, vice president, financial secretary and grievance committee positions, and all other elected positions going to Team Solidarity members, in the local's highest ever voter turnout.

The election victory followed the stunning victory in court in March, in which it only took the working-class jury ten-minutes to find Vice President-elect Stevan Kirschbaum not guilty of all of the bogus trumped up felony charges Veolia and the Boston Police had attempted to throw at him. Together these victories have resulted in a decisive, qualitative shift in support from labor, and increased pressure on Boston Mayor Walsh to rehire the four wrongfully fired leaders..

Our task is to keep that pressure on. The current period is critical because we know that Walsh is feeling the heat and there is momentum from the election victory. He is feeling the heat from our phone calls as well as calls from hundreds of school bus drivers demanding that he re-hire the four -- as well as pressure from the international union, plus communications with leaders in Boston's African American community.

At the same time, the mayor is under pressure from "the Vault," the Boston 1%, to keep the reds out of the union, and to keep the union from its militant work in the struggle against racism citywide -- whether it's the struggle against police terror or fighting resegregation.

What we do in this period could be decisive. So, we are asking supporters to do the 4 steps below and call five people they know and ask them to also take these steps:

1) Call Mayor Walsh's office and demand that he order Veolia to re-hire the four. Continue to call the mayor's hotline number at 617-635-4500.
ALSO call the Mayor's "policy office" -- it's 617-635-1414.

2) Call and then post the fact that you made the call on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/1555213168050750/
3) The four have been out of work for nineteen months. They are hurting. Please go to our new fundraising page and make a donation.


4) Call 5 other people and ask them to take these same four actions!

Thank you for your solidarity and support!!

Some poor misguided soul gave me a heart. Thanks to whoever it was. NT

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The only thing we need to make clear about torture is: It is used by tyrants to put fear into the


There is no debate about "usefulness" Torture has never
and was never intended to generate useful intelligence.

It did not come about in a "Fear Response" to 9/11; it was and is a calculated measure
to stifle dissent just as all the "Security LEAK" prosecutions are.

We can't be distracted by discussions about "terror attacks averted" there were none.

The only thing that will keep President Shit-for-brains-future-Pres from torturing is
if we investigate indict and prosecute everyone who ordered facilitated or carried out TORTURE.

I say start at the TOP GWB Cheney Rummy Rice Gonzo et al.

If they are so sure of their innocence let's buy them all a ticket to the word court.

Please follow this link to vote for my Guaranteed Minimum income proposal for the The Big Ideas Proje



I think we should support efforts to Impeach President Obama. The RW wants to do it because he

is guilty of "Presidenting while Black", but they will accept any excuse.

I believe PBO is guilty of Subverting the Sovereignty of the USA by trying to enact the TPP.

Leaked copies of the TPP show it is an undemocratic instrument used to subvert any countries (including ours) ability to resist Corporate exploitation.

It (the TPP) would actually require us to change our laws to conform to "Corporate interests".

I say Impeach Obama over this and stop the rush to world wide fascism.

What do you think?

I am a delegate to the District and State. I am volunteering to be on the platform committee

What do you want to see be planks on the platform?

We can fix The Keystone pipeline here is my petition to make the Koch Bros responsible

If President Obama wants to sign it let him make those who will profit responsible

If President Obama wants to send a message against the use of chemical weapons; why doesn't he

Rally Congress to pass a law OUTLAWING the manufacturing them?

Wouldn't that be a better use of his time than agitating to continue the neocon's wars of aggression?

There is Pea sized hail at my house now /nt

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