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JULY 23, 2002
12:34 PM
CONTACT:  The Labor Party
Katherine Isaac 202-234-5190
Build the Future: Labor Party Convention and Conference:
July 25-28
SteelWorkers President Leo Gerard and Jim Hightower Featured Speakers
WASHINGTON - July 23 - Delegates from international unions, local unions, and community groups across the nation will convene July 25-28 in Washington, D.C., for the Labor Party's 2nd Constitutional Convention and Educational Conference.

"Once again, union members and others are meeting to express their distress because the voice of working Americans is not being heard," said Tony Mazzocchi, Labor Party National Organizer. "Nothing has changed since 1996 when the Labor Party was founded. Examples of corporate greed and crime abound, and more people than ever are experiencing income and job insecurity. For most, housing, health care, prescription drugs, and education have become less affordable and less available."

Build the Future: Labor Party Convention and Conference kicks off on Thursday July 25 at 6:30 pm at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington. A one-day educational conference will be held Friday, July 26, featuring speakers Leo Gerard, president, United Steel Workers of America, and Jim Hightower, "America's Number One Populist." In addition, labor leaders, activists and policy experts will lead panels on Labor Party campaigns for Just Health Care, Free Higher Education, Workplace Rights and Fair Trade.

"One of the goals of the Labor Party has always been to challenge people to think differently about solutions to the countless issues that affect our lives," Mazzocchi noted. "We see this convention and conference as an opportunity to learn, plan and get organized for the future."

On Saturday, July 27, the Second Constitutional Convention convenes with discussion and debate of resolutions and constitutional amendments submitted by Labor Party members and affiliate unions. Ken Riley, one of the leaders in the Charleston Five struggle, will receive the Labor Party's Karen Silkwood award. Striking and locked-out workers will share their struggles during Solidarity Hour.

The Labor Party was founded in 1996 and held its First Constitutional Convention in 1998. It includes members of every union in the United States as well as many local community activists. Endorsing International Unions include the United Mine Workers of America; American Federation of Government Employees; United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America; California Nurses Association; Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees; Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

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