Sept 29 Justice Mobilization Postponed In Los Angeles
- [There is some confusion about whether or not the September 29 Justice
Mobilization Coalition is having its march and rally in downtown Los Angeles
on September 29, 2001. This is a definitive statement that the convening
organizations have postponed. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,
CARECEN, CHIRLA, Sweatshop Watch, the Garment Workers Center, CISPES, and
scores of other endorsers have withdrawn support for any action in the
downtown area which uses "S29" as their name. We wish any and all activists
well who are mobilizing downtown---or any place in Southern California---on
September 29 and hope their events are successful. This statement, issued
by the Latin America Solidarity Conference and forty convening organizations
will lay out the rationale for the postponement.]
The 40 Convening Organizations of the Latin America Solidarity Conference
which met in Chicago, Illinois in March---and which issued the national and
international call for mass mobilizations on September 29---has announced
that S29 has been postponed in Los Angeles, just as the mobilizations have
been postponed in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Washington and other cities.
In postponing S29 in Los Angeles, the convening organizations have issued
a call for activists to join formations to:
* Fight Against Further Loss of Innocent Lives Anywhere In The World
* Defend the Arab and Muslim communities by working side by side with
them in newly forming coalitions.
* Defend Civil and Human Rights, now under blatant attack
* Pay Tribute To The Victims of All Attacks on Civilian Populations
and Say, "NOT ONE MORE!"
This postponement is a strategic decision which does not mean that the
legalization of immigrants, the defense of immigrants and workers, NO TO THE
FTAA, NO TO PLAN COLOMBIA and NO TO OPERATION GATEKEEPER are any less
important now that prior to September 11. The postponement is partly due to
our strong view that everything must be done to work for the four issues
[with stars] above. S29 is postponed, not canceled and our original points
of unity should be incorporated into the new anti-war formations when
Because the political landscape changed in a dramatic way on September
11, the convening organizations feel that activists must be "freed up" at
this critical time to join, build and energize anti-war formations which are
currently developing. And those activists must be free to choose which new
formations they feel most comfortable working with around the anti-war
Because we could not, in a principled and ethical way, simply "transfer"
the 100 endorsements we received over ONE SET OF POINTS OF UNITY, to a new
anti-war formation WITH DIFFERENT POINTS OF UNITY, the convening
organizations decided a postponement of S29 is necessary at this time.
Endorsing organizations---and organizations with activists in S29---need
to choose the political formations where they want to do their anti-war
work, rather than have S29's points of unity changed dramatically...with no
input from the 100 endorsing organizations, including the Los Angeles County
Federation of Labor, the faith-based community and others.
The decision was made in close consultation with immigrants' rights
groups and their views were considered carefully. Four major immigrant
rights groups asked us to postpone S29 at this time, fearing for the safety
of their people and the impact on their agenda of work. Immigrant rights
groups were in the forefront of mobilizing for S29. We listened carefully
to those voices.
The S29 convening organizations realize that some groups have indicated
they will move ahead with a mobilization on September 29 in downtown Los
Angeles. Endorsers who joined the National Call and gave their endorsement
around the original "points of unity" may be concerned about their
endorsement now. Any Los Angeles mobilization which uses the S29 name will
be reflecting their views and the views of their endorsers, not the 100
listed by the convening organizations since last March.
There has been an erosion of support for the S29 mobilization---and its
focused points of unity---in the last week. Fear that S29 has "narrowed"
and would be less effective now than slightly later also influenced the
decision. The call from endorsing organizations to postpone has been
The convening organizations regret that there have been strong political
reactions to this decision in one city, Los Angeles, and often from groups
which the Latin America Solidarity Conference members have worked closely
with in the past. We hope we can get through this difficult time with a
minimum of rancor and unpleasantness. The decision to postpone was made
largely around the issue of how to stop a U.S. attack against civilian
populations while, at the same time, being ethical and principled in the
handling of the 100 endorsers and their trust in us and their trust in the
National and International S29 Call.
[Organizations which sent donations and/or endorsement fees and wish those
refunded immediately should e-mail in Los Angeles to <lacispes@...> or
let that office know if you are willing to have the funds used for the
reactivation of the S29 project later.]
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