Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

March 25, 2008

Defend the Freightliner 5! Solidarity Tour

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:14 pm
THE FREIGHTLINER 5—Robert Whiteside, Allen Bradley, Franklin Torrence, Glenna Swinford and David Crisco—are members of the negotiating committee of United Auto Workers Local 3520 in Cleveland, NC. They were fired by Freightliner in April 2007 after leading a walkout when management broke off negotiations without extending the union contract.
Since then, the workers have been appealing for support to keep up the fight as an arbitrator prepares to hear their case. Their speaking tour has included stops in Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, L.A. and Portland (Freightliner’s corporate headquarters). The importance of a victory in this struggle is magnified due to the historic weakness of the U.S. labor movement in the South. Join us in the spirit of solidarity with these dedicated and heroic trade unionists as they seek justice. Help raise money for their defense campaign and find out how you can help win their jobs back! Learn more at
March 29th 5pm
Musicians Local 802 Hall
322 West 48th Street
Take the 1 or C/E train to 50th Street
Robert Whiteside
Union official and strike leader, UAW Local 3520 and NAACP activist.
Allen Bradley
UAW’s Voluntary Organizing Committee (VOC), strike leader, UAW local 3520 and NAACP.
Stanley Aronowitz
Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Author of several books on labor and the economy. Member of PSC, AFT Local 2334.
Sponsored by the Ad-Hoc Committee to Support the Freightliner 5
For information or to endorse, contact: 917-969-5658 or
Endorsed by: Chris Silvera, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters local 808*; Labor Notes; AAUP-AFT (Rutgers); UFTers to Stop the War; New York City Labor Against the War; Teachers Unite

March 5, 2008

March 11 – 5 Years of Occupation: U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:23 pm

5 Years of Occupation: U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Rashid Khalidi & Anthony Arnove
7:30pm, Tuesday March 11
301 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

As we approach the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, conflicts grow across the Middle East.  Despite the “troop surge”, sectarian violence and anti-occupation resistance in Iraq show no signs of ending.  Israel steps up its siege of Gaza with a series of bloody raids.  U.S. outrages in Afghanistan coincide with a resurgence of the Taliban.  Talk of civil war in Lebanon grows louder, as does Bush administration bluster against Iran.  How do these events fit together?  What is needed to stem the tide of violence?

Please join Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, for a discussion of these crucial issues.  Sponsored by Lucha, Students for Justice in the Middle East, Muslims for Social Justice, the International Socialist Organization, and the Undergraduate History Council.  For more information, contact or

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