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(en) US, SDS* National Constitutional Convention Final Bulletin - p26: Support the "Break the Chains" + Student Solidarity with Workers and Communities

Date Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:30:30 +0200

1) Support the "Break the Chains" National Campaign ---- Proposal ---- 1. Resolved in support the Break the Chains national campaign against Employers Sanctions provision in the 1986 Immigration Reform Control Act (IRCA). --- 2. Acknowledging that the provisions for Employer Sanctions' were supposedly created to stop Employers' from hiring undocumented labor, but in fact became a tool for employers to drive down the conditions in the workplace. ---- 3. Desiring the end of superexploitative conditions created by the criminalization of undocumented workers and their families in the United States of America. 4. Desiring equal rights for all working people in this country.

5. Deploring the reactionary racist propos-
al of expulsion of undocumented laborers,
as well as the setting up Guest Worker pro-
grams supported by the ruling parties
[Democrats and Republicans] as well the
Change to Win labor federation and various
other immigrant right organizations.
6. Recognizing the question of
Immigration is a question of Labor.
7. Recognizing Employer Sanctions' role
in creating a criminalized class of labor by
making undocumented workers unable to
organize against the exploitative conditions
forced upon them by Employers.
8. Recognizing how Employer Sanctions
has helped divide working people against
each other based upon race, ethnicity, and
legal status.
9. Recognizing that the AFL-CIO
supported IRCA officially until 2000, where
upon it had taken a stance against IRCA
and the Employer Sanctions' provisions.
10. Emphasizing Employer Sanctions' role
in fighting organized labor and driving
down the conditions of all working people.
11. Commending the organizations
involved in taking up this national cam-
paign. Listed as follows:
Asian American Legal Defense &
Education Fund (New York, New York)
Asociación de Trabajadores Fronterizos
(El Paso, TX)
Border Agricultural Workers' Center (El Paso, TX)
Chinese Staff & Workers' Association
(New York, NY)
Coalition of African, Asian, European &
Latino Immigrants of Illinois (Chicago,
Day Laborers' Collaboration (Chicago, IL)
Fanm Ayisyen Nam Miyami (Miami, FL)
Frente Indigenta de Organizacionses
Binacionales (Morton, MS)
Mississippi Workers Center for Human
Rights (Greenville, MS)
National Mobilization Against
Sweatshops (New York, NY)
Nebraska Appleseed Center (Lincoln, NE)
PODER (Austin, TX), Pueblo Sin
Fronteras (Chicago, IL)
San Lucas Workers' Center (Chicago, IL)
Somali Justice Advocacy Center (St. Paul, MN)
Tonatierra (Phoenix, AZ)
2) Student Solidarity with Workers and Communities


That Students for a Democratic
Society (SDS) adopt the following
resolution on student organizing:
Whereas, students live, study and work
in and around communities, and what
happens on campuses affects what hap-
pens in communities;
Whereas, students often represent only
one part of the university or school cam-
pus community, which is made up of
workers and students, and workers and
student-workers are too often invisible to
students and student activists;
Whereas, many universities act and cor-
porations, exploiting workers on campus
and dominating the lives and communities
of people beyond, and students can either
contribute to this exploitation or fight it;
Whereas, too often students come into
communities as outside allies or through
gentrification and try to organize without
creating meaningful and sustainable con-
nections with residents or the people and
groups organizing from within these
Whereas, students cannot build power
and cannot advance in struggle alone, but
only when accountable to and in solidari-
ty with workers and communities, now
Therefore be it resolved, that Students
for a Democratic Society will commit to
organizing where they are, practicing soli-
darity with workers and communities, and
Be it resolved, that SDS will actively
build connections with peoples and
movements organizing in communities
around issues affected by and affecting
students, respecting the experience and
recognizing the leadership of those in
struggle, and
Be it resolved, that SDS will develop
analysis and practice around issues rele-
vant to workers and communities which
include students, issues surrounding
workers' rights, gentrification and expan-
sion, public housing and education, and
the corporate control of peoples' lives,
locally and globally, and
Be it resolved, that SDS organizing will
be consistently relevant, responsive and
accountable to those most directly affect-
ed by the systems and institutions which
SDS aims to oppose and transform.
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