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St. Paul Labor endorses anti-war march

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St Paul, MN – The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, has voted to endorse the Labor Day mass anti-war march planned for the opening day of the Republican National Convention. The event will begin at the State Capitol at 11 am on Monday, September 1.

The resolution urges union members and their families to join the protest. The vote to endorse the rally was taken at July meeting of the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, which represents more than 30,000 union members in the East Metro area of the Twin Cities.

Phyllis Walker, President of AFSCME Local 3800, was at the meeting that passed the resolution of endorsement. Walker said, “On Labor Day, all union members and their families have an excellent opportunity to come together with a broad range of community groups and movements to call for an end to the war in Iraq, for the troops to be brought home now and for the funds used for this war to instead be used to meet human needs.”

The September 1st march, organized by the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War, brings citizens together on these issues: “U.S. Out of Iraq Now! · Money for human needs, not for war · Say no to the Republican Agenda · Demand peace, justice and equality.”

Plans call for a rally at the State Capitol building at 11:00 am, followed by a march past the Xcel Energy Center, site of the Republican Convention. The march will return to the State Capitol.

Walker said, “The coalition urges union members, their families and friends to join the Labor Day march. Bring your union signs and banners and help send a message for peace and justice on the opening day of the RNC.”

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