"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.
More information is available at http://www.thelaborparty.org