Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dec. 5 - 7 Tijuana! Int'l. Labor Leaders Analyze Economic Crisis

For the FIFTH YEAR on this weekend in December, labor, immigrant rights organizers, students and young workers are coming together, uniting workers across borders to struggle in our own name and our own interest - be there!

Now, at the beginning of a global economic crisis unprecedented in our lifetimes, discuss with representatives of the Cuban Confederation of Workers; Alfredo Spooner, V.P., Federation of Railway Workers and Carlos Lopez, Pres. of the Federation of University Workers of Venezuela; Mario Lopez, Gen'l.-Sec. Bolivian Workers Central Union ; Elmer Labog, Chairperson, Kilusang Mayo - Philippines; Paul Loulou Chery, Gen'l. Sec, Confederation of Haitian Workers; Elvira Arellano, Immigrant Rights Hero; Clarence Thomas, Million Workers March Movement, ILWU on May 1 port strike against the war; Cristina Vazquez, Western States Regional Director, UNITE-HERE; Rosie Martinez, Chairperson, SEIU Latino Caucus, SEIU 721 E. Bd. (see more below - from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador!)

and Special Dinner Reception with Magali Llort Ruiz, mother of Fernando González one of the FIVE CUBAN HEROES unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. and attorney Leonard Weinglass on Friday, Dec. 5. _____________________________________________________________________________

Cuba/Venezuela/Mexico/North America 2008
Labor Conference V - Dec. 5, 6 & 7
Tijuana, Mexico

Photos from last year's conference (2007)
Included in picture above is (standing) Irma Sehwerert, mother of Rene González of Cuban 5 with young workers and students
Included in picture below is (from left) Immigration Activist Elvira Arellano
and Panel Chairperson, Ignacio Meneses

Only a few minutes from San Diego,
California, you can exchange ideas and
experiences with leaders from the worker
struggle in Latin America!

Friday, December 5:
Special Dinner Reception -
Welcome to the Families of the Cuban 5, Magali Llort, mother of Fernando González and Attorney Leonard Weinglass

Saturday, December 6:
U.S.-Cuba/Venezuela/ International Relations
NAFTA/FTAA: ALBA Alternative Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia

Sunday, December 7:
Immigration between U.S. & Latin America

Invited panelists (partial list):

CUBA:Ernesto Freire Cazanas, Head Officer, Foreign Relations, CTC; Carmen Godines, Dir., Americas, Dept. of Foreign Relations, CTC; Ramon Cardona, Gen.-Sec. WFTU America Region,

VENEZUELA: Alfredo Spooner, Vice-Pres., Federación Ferroviaria, CST; Carlos Lopez, Pres. Federación de Trabajadores Universitarios;

ECUADOR: Edgar Luis Sarango Correa, Vice-Pres., Confederacion de Trabajadores;

BOLIVIA: Mario López Choque, Sec.-Gen’l. de la COB;

NICARAGUA: Representante;


HAITI: Paul Loulou Chery, Sec.-Gen’l., Confederation of Haitian Workers (CTH)

PHILIPPINES: Elmer Labog, Chairperson, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU);

MEXICO: Sindicato Mexicano Electricistas (SME);

MEXICO/U.S.: Elvira Arellano and Emma Lozano, La Familia Latina Unida, Chicago;

U.S.: Cristina Vasquez, UNITE-HERE, Clarence Thomas, ILWU
Rosie Martinez, Latino Caucus SEIU Local 721

SPONSORS (partial):
U.S./Cuba Labor Exchange; International Committee for Freedom of the Cuban Five; Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME); World Organization for the Right of the People to Healthcare, SEIU 1199 NY; National Network on Cuba (NNOC); Venezuela Solidarity Network (VSN); International Action Center (IAC); Cuba Solidarity New York (CSNY); Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio, Texas; C.O.M.P.A., Converjencia de los Movimientos de los Pueblos de Las Americas,

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