CONSIDERING the Free Movement Alabama, le Free Virginia Movement, and other groups of prisoners and revolutionary prisoners across the United States responded to the call for a work stoppage coordinated nationally the 9 September 2016, and
CONSIDERING that members of the ISTC-IWW are in prison and those members and their e-s-ally are on the front line in the fight against the prison system from the inside.
WHAT the General Executive Council supports the work stoppage of 9 September 2016 with these words :
The General Executive Council of Industrial Union of Workers supports coordinated national work stoppage for 9 September 2016 organized by the Free Movement Alabama, Free Virginia Movement, and other revolutionary Prisoners groups and anyone else. It is the duty of the organizations of the working class as the ISTC-IWW to support the struggles of prisoners workers and prisoners. We call on other unions and revolutionary groups of the working class to show solidarity and support into this important cause. The General Executive Council also encourages the branches and union members to consider the organization of actions for the 9 September, create a local organizing group and make donations to this movement here : iwoc.noblogs.org/donate
( Original version: https://iwoc.noblogs.org/post/2016/05/25/iww-endorses-the-nationally-coordinated-prisoner-work-stoppage-on-september-9th-2016/ )
WHEREAS the Free Alabama Movement, Free Virginia Movement, and other revolutionary prison groups around the United States have jointly called for a Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage on September 9th, 2016, and
WHEREAS IWW members in prison and their allies are at the forefront of fighting the prison system from the inside,
MOVED that the GEB endorse the September 9th prisoner work stoppage with the following language:
The General Executive Board of the Industrial Workers of the World endorses the Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage on September 9th, 2016 organized by the Free Alabama Movement, Free Virginia Movement, and other revolutionary prisoner worker organizations and individuals. It is the duty of working class organizations like the IWW to support the struggle of prisoner workers. We call on other unions and revolutionary working class organizations to offer their support and solidarity to this important cause.
The GEB also encourages branches and IWWs to consider planning an action for September 9, to start a local organizing group, and to donate to the efforts at : iwoc.noblogs.org/donate.