May 29, 2011: Building Solidarity from South Africa to Palestine

A trade union speaking tour with representatives from

• The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE)
• The South African Union of Municipal Workers (SAMWU)

VANCOUVER EVENT:

Sunday May 29 at 7 PM
Maritime Labour Centre • 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
(Victoria and Triumph, two blocks north of Hastings St.)

Vancouver event sponsors include:
- Vancouver & District Labour Council
- CUPE Local 15
- CUPE Metro
- Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU-SFU) – Social Justice Committee

- Independent Jewish Voices BC
- BIAC Vancouver
- Canada-Palestine Support Network
- Canada Palestine Association Vancouver

- StopWar.ca
- The Centre for Race Autobiography Gender and Age Studies (RAGA)

Sponsors & endorsers of the cross-Canada tour & local events include:
- Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-STTP)
- Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Ontario Division
- CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee
- CUPE Toronto District Council
- CUPE Local 2491
- Fédération nationale des enseignants et enseignantes du Québec (FNEEQ)
- London & District Labour Council
- Metropolitan Montréal Central Council, Confédération des syndicats nationaux
- Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 568
- Teaching Support Staff Union, Social Justice Committee, Simon Fraser University
- Faculty for Palestine
- Independent Jewish Voices
- London Solidarity Coalition for Palestine
- Not in Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism
- Tadamon! Montreal

For more information contact: boycottapartheid@gmail.com, or call 604-779-7430
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=157676807629409

(See below for more detailed information on events in different cities)

PURPOSE OF THE TOUR:

This speaking tour will be an important opportunity for debate and discussion on the question of how we as trade unionists can stand in solidarity with Palestinians.

The tour will ask:
• Why are trade unionists globally comparing the situation in Palestine with that of South African apartheid?
• What is the situation of Palestinian workers today?
• Why has there been a call by Palestinian trade unions for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) modeled on the solidarity movement against South African apartheid?
• What is the role of trade union activists in what is happening in Palestine and South Africa today?

There is a great urgency in building our solidarity with Palestinian workers. It is important to note that Palestinian trade unions continue to operate in and confront a daily reality of military occupation, apartheid walls and neoliberal austerity. In Gaza, 98% of industrial operations remain idle as a result of Israel’s three-year blockade, which includes severe restrictions on electricity, heating oil, natural gas and construction materials. In the occupied West Bank, 25% of the population continues to face food insecurity as well as a complex network of 400-500 military checkpoints, roadblocks, fences, and other obstacles that separate Palestinian workers from their workplaces.

The General Union of Palestinian Workers (GUPW), Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), and the Palestinian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (PFITU) have been at the forefront of the Palestinian movement challenging these multiple violations of Palestinian workers’ rights.

The “Building Solidarity from Palestine to South Africa” speaking tour is an important step in consolidating the worker-to-worker solidarity already established between Palestinian and Canadian and Québécois trade unionists. Make your union part of this historic step in the movement for Palestinian human rights by sponsoring this tour!

WAYS YOUR UNION CAN SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT TOUR:

Sponsor the tour, host the trade unionists, organize members to come out to the event in your community, donate funds, publicize the tour or write about it in your newsletter or website.

To Sponsor, Donate or Participate in the Tour Please Contact:
SAtoPalestine@yahoo.com

TOUR DATES

MONTREAL
Tues May 17
7pm
Location to be confirmed
Info: 514-659-0106 OR info@tadamon.ca

OTTAWA
Dates TBC

WINDSOR
Sun May 22
2pm-5pm
Oak Room, Vanier Hall, University of Windsor

TORONTO
Sat May 21
6:30pm-9:30pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)

Thurs May 26
7pm-10pm
CUPE Ontario Convention, Sheraton Hotel, 123 Queen St. West

Info: 416-828-3851

HAMILTON
Tues May 24
6pm-8pm
Location to be confirmed

LONDON
Wed May 25
7pm-9pm
Tolpuddle room, 380 Adelaide St. North (at King)

Contact: David Heap
Email: david.heap@gmail.com
Phone: 519 858 9560 or 519 859 3579

REGINA
Thurs May 27
7:30 pm
Regina Union Centre
2709 12th Ave

Contact info: (306)569-9787 or info@reginasolidaritygroup.com

VANCOUVER
Sun May 29
6pm
Maritime Labour Centre • 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
(Victoria and Triumph, two blocks north of Hastings St.)

Contact:
Email: boycottapartheid@gmail.com

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