Veterans for Peace Call for Bringing the Troops Home Now

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ADOPTED BY VETERANS FOR PEACE IN CONVENTION IN SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 8-10    BRING THEM HOME NOW!  Whereas: The American public was deceived by the Bush   administration about the motivation for and intent of the   invasion of ...
ADOPTED BY VETERANS FOR PEACE IN CONVENTION IN SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 8-10

BRING THEM HOME NOW!
Whereas: The American public was deceived by the Bush
administration about the motivation for and intent of the
invasion of Iraq;

Whereas: Millions of Americans are opposed to the
occupation of Iraq, military families want their loved ones
out of Iraq, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis are
opposed to the occupation;

Whereas: Our troops are embroiled in a regional quagmire
based on false pretexts for war and occupation;

Whereas: Our troops are being made casualties of combat,
environmental hazards, and post-traumatic psychological
disorders;

Whereas: Military families are being subjected to needless
and extreme hardship, including loss of benefits imposed by
the same administration that has sent them into an illegal
war;

Whereas: The people of Iraq have been subjected to two
bloody invasions by the United States, between which was a period of over a decade of low intensity war and cruel
sanctions that were responsible for the untimely deaths of
hundreds of thousands of people;

Whereas U.S. based multinational corporations are poised to
continue the plunder of Iraq through exploitation of Iraqi
oil and of the "rebuilding" process

Whereas the United States has to bear responsibility for
the destruction of Iraqi infrastructure and the deaths of
uncounted numbers of Iraqi civilians;

Be it resolved that Veterans For Peace endorse and sponsor
the Bring Them Home Now campaign and join in demanding the repatriation of all troops in Iraq to their home bases, and
a return of sovereignty to the Iraqi people to determine their own future free from U.S. interference.

Be it further resolved that Veterans For Peace call on the
United States to provide financial resources to support the
reconstruction of Iraq, under the control of the Iraqi
people.

David Cline, Stan Goff, Michael Uhl, Charley Richardson
(MFSO), Nancy Lessing (MFSO) CARRIED

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VETERANS & LABOR

WHEREAS, our government fights wars with young men and
women enlisted out of poor, immigrant, and working class
communities with promises of education and health care;
deploys weapons and tactics which kill and maim mostly
working people by so-called collateral damage and friendly
fire as well as hostile action; and pays for these wars by
raising taxes on working people or reducing spending on
health care, education, and other social programs; and

WHEREAS, many labor activists have recognized that our
government's declarations of endless war threaten the
lives, livelihoods and civil rights of working people, have
organized to oppose the invasion and occupation of Iraq,
have formed the group US Labor Against the War (USLAW), and have called for a national Labor Assembly for Peace; and

WHEREAS, rank-and-file trade unionists are often misled
into supporting wars and foreign adventures against their
political and economic interests out of a sense of
patriotic duty and a heartfelt desire to support their
husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters
serving in the Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, US Labor Against the War has called on veterans and military family members in the labor movement to affirm that opposing bad policy is patriotic, to explain the real problems in military life and how veterans are treated, and to declare that the best way to support our troops is to bring them home alive and well, and to bring them home now;

Therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that Veterans for Peace recognizes the
importance of (working people))as a force for peace and
social justice, supports the development of activists for
peace within the labor movement, and recognizes the role
that antiwar veterans can play within the ranks of labor;
and

BE IT RESOLVED, that Veterans for Peace endorses and
supports USLAW's Call to Veterans and Military Family
Members in the Labor Movement as published on the website http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org ; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that Veterans for Peace shall encourage all trade unionists and labor activists within its membership
to consider endorsing the USLAW call and signing up to
speak for peace and for veterans rights at union meetings
and labor events, and to join (or start) peace caucuses or
committees within their own unions; and

BE IT RESOLVED, that Veterans for Peace shall urge local
chapters to establish liaisons with local antiwar labor
groups and USLAW affiliates to provide mutual support and
explore joint activities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Veterans for Peace shall
designate a national liaison to USLAW, and shall assign a
delegation, observer, speaker, or other appropriate
representative(s) to the national Labor Assembly for Peace
to be held October 24-25, 2003, in Chicago.

Submitted by John Cunningham (Chapter 101 & SEIU Local
715), Ben Chitty (Chapter 060 & AFT Local 2334), Paul Cox
(Chapter 069 & UBCJ), Michael Uhl (Chapter 001 & UAW Local 1981) CARRIED