Bulletin #195




11 August 2005

Cosne d'Allier, France


Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


Our mid-summer night's dream, here in central France, is that Americans will fall in love with Democracy and 300 million of them will seek to introduce the democratic process in every institution they inhabit --families, churches, schools, factories, offices, U.S. military bases, etc., etc.-- thereby putting an end to the tyrannies of authoritarianism, of fear and anxiety, of militarism, of artificial scarcity, etc., etc. . . .


In his book Century of War: Politics, Conflicts, and Society since 1914, historian Gabriel Kolko writes that "it was not the wisdom of Leninist revolutionaries, much less the glacially paced manifestations of Marxist axioms regarding the economy, but rather the folly of the old orders that was the origin of the Left's greatest political and ideological successes in the twentieth century." [p.263] The historical events which radicalized the European populations in the first quarter of the 20th century, according to Kolko's analysis, presented many problems to the "progressive" political elite who were forced to follow the lead of the masses, at the time of the Russian Revolution. This reality of radical democratic power and its danger to the ambitions and interests of ruling classes was the chief reason that Adolf Hitler felt obliged to finance a consumer society at home at the same time that he tried to finance military expansion abroad. The threat of radical democracy also explains why Stalin reached a "gentleman's agreement" with Leon Blum; then later with Churchill, Roosevelt, and De Gaulle guaranteeing that the communist parties of Spain, Greece, Italy, and France would serve to hinder the radical demands for self-determination in those societies during and after the war, in exchange for the territorial security of the Soviet Union, also know as "The Containment Policy".


Throughout the 20th century the first enemy of the traditional ruling classes of Europe, writes Kolko, was democracy, and any would-be "progressive" political elite, including Leninists, could ignore this radical force only at their peril.


The folly of the ruling classes? The radicalization of the masses? Ambitious and opportunistic political leaders who tried to accommodate the needs of the ruling classes, rather than mobilize existing radical forces? What do these elements have to do with today's political economy? Kolko's history of the 20th century is an interesting and useful analysis for anyone who believes that there is something to learn about the present by understanding the past.


In this spirit, we offer our readers the six items below, as new material for analyses of contemporary America on this warm summer night, from the Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements.



Item A.  is an article critical of NYT journalist Thomas Friedman written by Indian reporter, by Siddharth Varadarajan and forwarded to us by Professor Richard Du Boff.


Item B. is an article from associate press reporter Tom Raum on the "Pressure on Bush to Find an Exit Strategy".


Item C. is a description of the anti-war movement building in front of George Bush's vacation home in Crawford, Texas. (Mrs. Cindy Sheehan has vowed to camp out on the spot until Mr Bush agrees to see her, even if it means spending all August under a broiling sun beside a dusty road.)


Item D. is a series of up-dates (including dissent views) on the U. S. Divestment movement against Israeli policies in Palestine, a movement originating in major U.S. institutions, including The Presbyterian Church USA, The University of California, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, MIT, and many others.


Item E. is an up-date from the Council for the National Interest Foundation on the federal indictment which is being sought against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, charged with having disclosed classified defense information to Israel.


Item F. is information on labor movement activities in San Diego, California, sent to us by Professor Fred Lonidier who informs us of Progressive Associations such as The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), The Tijuana Maquiladora Workers'  Network, The Workers' Information Center of Tijuana (CITTAC), The Binational Feminist  Collective, and The San Diego Maquiladora Workers Solidarity Network are organizing in Southern California this summer in defense of the female workers at the  Alaris/Cardinal Health Systems Corporation, located across the border in the maquiladora zone of Tijuana.





Francis McCollum Feeley

Professor of American Studies/

Director of Research

Université Grenoble III

Grenoble, France






from Richard B.Du Boff

2 Aug 2005



I'm sorry, but the world's still round

by Siddharth Varadarajan


'Flatman' is to globalization, what Dr Pangloss was to Candide's world: a breathless narrator of how good the going is. For the real picture, you'll have to look elsewhere. Review of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Globalized World in the 21st Century (Allen Lane, 2005)


Ever since I experienced, at first hand, Nato's bombing runs over Belgrade in the summer of 1999, I've had little time for Thomas Friedman or his ruminations. http://www.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/thomaslfriedman/


In those days, Mr Friedman -- a widely syndicated New York Times columnist and an advocate of corporate globalisation and American military intervention around the world -- used to peddle the silly idea that countries with McDonalds would never go to war against each other. Well, before he could say 'take-away', the United States bombed Yugoslavia, while Pakistan and India fought a war over Kargil. All these countries had McDonalds (OK, the Indian ones don't serve beef) but they still went to war. I don't know whether the Panamanians ate Big Macs in 1989 but even if they did, I suspect George Bush (the elder) wouldn't have thought twice about invading them.

In The World is Flat, Mr Friedman ditches McDonalds in favour of another lemon, the Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention: "No two countries that are both part of a major global supply chain, like Dell's, will ever fight a war against each other so long as they are both part of the same global supply chain".


This prediction is typical of the ahistorical approach Mr Friedman adopts in order to argue that corporate globalisation is the panacea for the world's problems. Open up your economy, be less corrupt, create institutions of good governance, let companies hire and fire workers more easily -- this is essentially what those who are not benefiting from globalisation must do.

If Mr Friedman had read a little business history (instead of merely talking to CEOs) he would know that cross investment and extensive trade relations have never prevented countries from going to war against each other.

Mira Wilkins's pioneering works on international investment before 1914 and between the two world wars, for example, have shown that trans-oceanic flows of capital were significant even then. U.S. companies invested hugely in Nazi Germany: General Motors bought a stake in Opel and Standard Oil of New Jersey (known today as Exxon) had an alliance with IG Farben, of Zyklon-B fame. Others with substantial interests were Westinghouse, Eastman Kodak and International Harvester, and ITT -- as the late Anthony Sampson documented in The Sovereign State of ITT (Stein & Day, 1973) -- not only took a stake in Focke-Wulf, the German firm which made the FW-190 fighter-bombers, but managed to win $27 million in compensation in the 1960s for damage inflicted on its share of the Focke-Wulf plant by Allied bombs during the war.


Nor was inter-war globalisation restricted to goods alone. There was outsourcing of services too. "Specialized banks, law firms, and trading companies that focused on opening the German market to U.S. capital sprang up on both sides of the Atlantic", notes Christopher Simpson in The Splendid Blond Beast: Money, Law and Genocide in the 20th Century (Grove Press, 1993). None of this prevented Hitler from starting World War II.


The reason this conflict-prevention theory is so important to Mr Friedman is because "supply chaining" (as exemplified by Dell) is one of 10 "flatteners" central to the book's overall thesis -- recent innovations or developments that have made the world "flat". By flat he really means 'level'. On page 7, the author tells us how he was sitting in the office of Nandan Nilekani in 2000 when the Infosys CEO said the international playing field for corporations and countries was being levelled by the new information technology. Mr Friedman had an epiphany. "My God, he's telling me the world is flat!"


Stripped of the gush, what flatness boils down to is the ability of businesses to use new communications technologies in order to push the frontiers of cost-cutting by speeding up the work process and sourcing labour and inputs from every corner of the globe. Among the 'flatteners' are Windows, the Internet, workflow and open-source software, outsourcing, off-shoring (i.e. foreign direct investment), supply-chaining, insourcing, in-forming (i.e. Google and other search engines) and digital, wireless communication. Flatness, Mr Friedman contends, is making the world less hierarchical, more prosperous and equal (eg. by allowing Indians to work in call centres or process American tax forms), more transparent and democratic (thanks to blogging), and less prone to war.


Flatman gets so carried away with his discovery that he loses the big picture early in the book. On page 39, he visits a U.S. military base in Babil, Iraq and marvels at the live feed being relayed on a flat-screen TV from a Predator drone flying overhead. The drone is being manipulated by an expert sitting in Las Vegas and its feed monitored by a low-level officer who is accessing information earlier available only to his commanders. The Great Discoverer is overawed that Bubba's been given a laptop. "The military playing field is being levelled', Friedman writes, without a hint of irony. Remember, he's in Iraq, a country that's just been flattened by the U.S. military.


At the Arkansas nerve centre of Wal-Mart -- a company he admits has labour practices that are a little unethical -- Flatman finds more flatness. Workers who are not able to move pallets piled high with boxed products fast enough are told to speed up by a "soothing" computerized voice delivered instantly through wireless headphones they must wear at all times. "You can choose whether you want your computer voice to be a man or woman, and you can choose English or Spanish", a Wal-Mart executive says proudly. Flatman is duly impressed. This is what makes the Wal-Mart supply-chain efficient. This is what makes the world a flatter place to live.


In this flat world, threats basically come from those opposing flatness -- from Al-Qaida and disgruntled elements unable to cope with the changes taking place. Flatman calls them Islamo-Leninists. At no point does he concede the possibility that the flatteners might be the ones disturbing the peace. That Iraq, for example, is in turmoil today, because of the high-tech rednecks who invaded it and not because of the 'Islamo-Leninists' fighting back.

Wal-Mart apart, Mr Friedman does best when he examines his own society rather than the rest of the world -- about which he clearly knows far less. There are genuine insights in his discussion about the crisis in U.S. education, for example, or about how the post-9/11 restrictions on entry into the U.S. are undermining American competitiveness in the core sciences, but these get lost in the general clutter of flatness he spins out (besides his other sins, Friedman also loves to mix his metaphors -- http://www.nypress.com/18/16/news&columns/taibbi.cfm ).


The basic flaw in Flatman's analysis is his inability to separate quantitative changes from qualitative ones. New communication technologies have speeded capitalism up but they have not led to -- nor are they capable of leading to -- a fundamental social transformation, a change in the way economic, social and political power is exercised nationally and internationally. When a Harvard professor, Michael J. Sandel, points him in the direction of Karl Marx -- who wrote about capitalist globalisation 150 years ago -- to understand the same phenomenon he thinks he's discovered, Flatman confesses it is "hard to believe" Marx has said it all already.

Another person who said it all, and better, was the Russian writer Ilya Ehrenburg. "Cars don't have a homeland", he wrote in The Life of the Automobile, his classic 1929 novel (Pluto Press, 1985, tr. Joachim Neugroschel) on the political economy of the automotive supply chain. "Like oil stock or classic love, they can easily cross borders. Italian Fiats clamber up the cliffs of Norway. Ever worried specialists in Renault taxis jolt around the bumpy streets of Moscow. Ford is ubiquitous, he's in Australia, he's also in Japan. American Chevrolet trucks carry Sumatran tobacco and Palestine oranges... The automobile has come to show even the slowest minds that the earth is truly round, that the heart is just a poetic relic, that a human being contains two standard gauges: one indicates miles, the other minutes". http://www.sovlit.com/bios/ehrenburg.html


How much has the world changed since then? Thanks to Wal-Mart, the standard gauge of minutes has been upgraded to headphones. And workers in Indian call centres have names like Jerry and get to pretend they're from Kansas. But the world is still round, not flat. The real value addition is still creamed off by the big guys in the richest countries. And in this round world, countries sometimes will go to war because of supply chains.


In Ehrenburg's novella, Sir Henry Deterding dreams of an empire of oil. The automobile needs gasoline, rubber for tires, tar for roads. "He already saw a grand coalition. Only, not a word about oil! Talk about the blood of the people shot down, the desecration of the Church, freedom of speech, talk in verses if you like, talk and talk, eloquently and sincerely!"


Flatman backed the invasion of Iraq. I wonder whether any of this sounds vaguely to familiar to him.


(A shorter version of this review was published in The Hindu on 2 August 2005). http://www.hindu.com/br/2005/08/02/stories/2005080200381500.htm





from Tom Raum

The Associated Press

copyright 5 August 2005


Pressure on Bush to Find an Exit Strategy


                    Washington - The deadly recent attacks on American troops in Iraq are increasing the pressure on

                President Bush to develop an exit strategy. The US death toll from the war is now over 1,800, and a

                new AP-Ipsos poll shows the lowest approval yet for Bush's handling of Iraq, just 38 percent.


                    The president's fellow Republicans are growing nervous as they head into an election year.


                    Yet the administration must also confront the possibility that a US drawdown of troops - tentatively

                planned to begin next spring - could further embolden the insurgents and throw Iraq into civil war.


                    "We will stay the course. We will complete the job in Iraq," Bush pledged anew during a news

                conference on his Texas ranch with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.


                    Bush suggested his resolve was only strengthened by a videotaped warning earlier Thursday from

                al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, threatening more terror attacks in Britain and tens

                of thousands of US military deaths if the United States doesn't withdraw.


                    There has been little outward sign of progress in US-led efforts to defeat the insurgency and to beef

                up the Iraqi army and police so they can take over security responsibilities and allow an orderly

                withdrawal of American forces.


                    Particularly lethal bombings over the past few weeks, including a roadside bomb that claimed the

                lives of 14 Marines on Wednesday, have made the situation look even bleaker than US military experts

                suggest it is.


                    That translates into a continued erosion of public support for Bush's Iraq policy at home.


                    An AP-Ipsos poll taken Monday through Wednesday indicated that just 38 percent of Americans

                approve of Bush's handling of Iraq. A year ago, the public was evenly divided on Iraq, and Bush's stance

                on the war and terrorism helped him to election victory.


                    Bush has lost support most dramatically among younger women, especially those who live in the

                suburbs, and among men with a high school education or less.


                    Despite the horrific headlines, many military analysts say that attacks on US troops have actually

                remained constant in recent weeks while attacks on Iraqi civilians have increased.


                    "As tragic as they are, they don't establish a pattern that says US casualties are getting

                consistently worse," said Anthony H. Cordesman, an Iraq expert and former Pentagon intelligence

                official. He attributed recent deaths of Marines to the fact that "these are more aggressive military

                patrols going into hostile areas."


                    Even so, Bush faces a real dilemma, said Cordesman, now with the Center for Strategic and

                International Studies. "The president's legacy, if he fails in Iraq, historically is an absolute disaster.

                President Bush and the Bush administration can scarcely ignore that problem."


                    "If you pull out troops too quickly now, and you see the situation in Iraq collapse before the midterm

                elections, the impact is going to be far more serious than if you keep the troops in at reasonable

                levels," Cordesman said.


                    Regardless of whether attacks against US troops are increasing overall or remaining constant, the

                deaths over the past few days of Marines in western Iraq - including multiple losses for the community

                of Brook Park, Ohio - underscore that things in Iraq are not going well.


                    Jeff Mers, commander of a VFW post that has raised money and sent care packages to the

                Columbus-based Marine company that suffered the heaviest losses, said that even before this week's

                attacks, he and other veterans were dazed from attending funerals.


                    "I think I've been to nine of these just in central Ohio in the past few months," he said.


                    Bush called the fallen Marines a "grim reminder" that America is still at war.


                    The war will be a major factor in the 2006 midterm congressional races and could be one in the 2008

                presidential race, said Stephen Cimbala, a Pennsylvania State University political scientist who has

                studied the impact of wars on American politics.


                    "If you look at it from a Republican point of view, by the 2006 congressional elections, you're going

                to want to have a timetable in place for withdrawal of US forces and their replacement by Iraqis. And by

                the fall of 2008, you will want to have most US forces out of there," Cimbala said.






from TruthOut


!August 2005





1) from Deb Riechmann

The Associated Press

copyright 6 August 2005


Fallen Soldier's Mom Leads March on Crawford

                    Crawford, Texas - The angry mother of a fallen U.S. soldier staged a protest near President Bush's

                ranch Saturday, demanding an accounting from Bush of how he has conducted the war in Iraq.


                    Supported by more than 50 demonstrators who chanted, "W. killed her son!" Cindy Sheehan told

                reporters: "I want to ask the president, 'Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?'" Sheehan,

                48, didn't get to see Bush, but did talk about 45 minutes with national security adviser Steve Hadley

                and deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin, who went out to hear her concerns.


                    Appreciative of their attention, yet undaunted, Sheehan said she planned to continue her roadside

                vigil, except for a few breaks, until she gets to talk to Bush. Her son, Casey, 24, was killed in Sadr

                City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004. He was an Army specialist, a Humvee mechanic.


                    "They (the advisers) said we are in Iraq because they believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of

                mass destruction, that the world's a better place with Saddam gone and that we're making the world a

                safer place with what we're doing over there," Sheehan said in a telephone interview after the meeting.


                    "They were very respectful. They were nice men. I told them Iraq was not a threat to the United

                States and that now people are dead for nothing. I told them I wouldn't leave until I talked to George



                    She said Hagin told her, "I want to assure you that he (Bush) really does care."


                    "And I said if he does care, why doesn't he come out and talk to me."


                    Sheehan arrived in Crawford aboard a bus painted red, white and blue and emblazoned with the

                words, "Impeachment Tour." Sheehan, from Vacaville, Calif., had been attending a Veterans for Peace

                convention in Dallas.


                    The bus, trailed by about 20 cars of protesters and reporters, drove at about 15 mph toward Bush's

                ranch. After several miles, they parked the vehicles and began to march, in stifling heat, farther down

                the narrow country road.


                    Flanked by miles of pasture, Sheehan spoke with reporters while clutching two photographs, one of

                her son in uniform, and the other, a baby picture, when he was seven months old.


                    She said she decided to come to Crawford a few days ago after Bush said that fallen U.S. troops

                had died for a noble cause and that the mission must be completed.


                    "I want to ask the president, `Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?" she said, her

                voice cracking with emotion. "Last week, you said my son died for a noble cause' and I want to ask

                him what that noble cause is?"


                    White House spokesman Trent Duffy said response that Bush also wants the troops to return home



                    "Many of the hundreds of families the president has met with know their loved one died for a noble

                cause and that the best way to honor their sacrifice is to complete the mission," Duffy said.


                    "It is a message the president has heard time and again from those he has met with and comforted.

                Like all Americans, he wants the troops home as soon as possible."


                    The group marched about a half-mile before local law enforcement officials stopped them at a bend

                in the road, still four to five miles from the ranch's entrance. Capt. Kenneth Vanek of the McLennan

                County Sheriff's Office said the group was stopped because some marchers ignored instructions to

                walk in the ditch beside the road, not on the road.


                    "If they won't cooperate, we won't," Vanek said.




2) from Willima Rivers Pitt

US Newswire

copyright 9 August 2005



Gold Star and military families from across country on their way to Texas.

                    Crawford, Texas - More members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) and Military Families

                Speak Out (MFSO) are traveling to Texas to join the protest outside of President Bush's ranch in

                Crawford, Texas, where he is vacationing for the month of August.


                    Starting today, Gold Star families from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arkansas and other states whose

                loved ones have died as a result of the war in Iraq will be joining one of their members, Cindy Sheehan,

                at the protest. Ms. Sheehan, whose son Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed in Sadr City, Iraq

                on April 4, 2004, has been in Crawford since August 5th, demanding a meeting with the President.

                These families will be joined by military families with loved ones currently serving in Iraq or about to

                deploy or redeploy to Iraq. All of these families are coming to Crawford, Texas to share their stories

                about the personal costs of the war in Iraq and add their voices to the call for a meeting with President



                    On August 3, 2005 President Bush, speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in early August,

                said "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission... The families of the

                fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause." Gold Star and military families coming to

                Crawford know that the cause was not noble; that their loved ones died, or are currently in harm's way,

                serving in a war based on lies.


                    In the first 8 days of August, 36 service members died in Iraq; countless Iraq children, women and

                men are dying each day. All of the families traveling to Crawford will carry the message to the

                vacationing President: Honor our fallen and honor our loved ones' service by ending the occupation,

                bringing the troops home now and taking care of them when they get here.


                    President Bush has consistently tried to hide, and to hide from, the cost of the war in Iraq. This

                August, these costs are being brought right to his doorstep.


                    Members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out who are traveling to

                Crawford will be available for interview beginning on Tuesday afternoon August 9th.



                    For More Information:


                    Military Families Speak Out: http://www.mfso.org.  

                    Gold Star Families for Peace: http://www.gsfp.org.  





from Francis Feeley

10 August 2005




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From: Council for the National Interest Foundation cnif@democracyinaction.org  

Date: 4 Aug 2005





Todays federal indictment of two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, charged with having disclosed classified defense information to Israel, falls short of whats needed, which is an indictment of AIPAC itself, according to Eugene H. Bird, president of the Council for the National Interest.


The organization itself should have been indicted, as well as the two officers who were directly involved,said Bird. Let us hope that AIPAC has learned its lesson and will stop intimidating congressmen, administration officials, and the public media, supposedly on behalf of Israel, but in fact destructive to an honest and open relationship between Israel and the United States.


Bird spoke as court documents were unsealed today and announced in Alexandria, Virginia by U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty, accusing AIPACs former policy director Steven Rosen and a former AIPAC Middle East analyst Keith Weissman with illegally receiving classified information about Iran from a Defense department analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, and with illegally helping Franklin to pass them to Naor Gilon, a political counselor at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. The federal grand jury also added new charges against Franklin, the source of the secret information on Iran.


The five-count, 26-page indictment of Rosen and Weissman discloses a much broader set of charges against the two men, that they have been passing classified information to Israel as far back as 1999, on topics ranging from Saudi Arabia to Al-Qaeda to Iran. AIPAC fired the two key staff members after first standing by them, later claiming that the group had been misled.


But Bird argued that AIPAC had been disingenuous, saying that it is too bad that an organization that has professed to be supporting Israel has changed into an organization that appears to have no boundaries for its actions against the laws of the United States.


The indictment spells out the details of Franklins meetings with Gilon and the two AIPAC staff members, and that Rosen had initially sought out Franklin as a source of expertise on Iran, which has been a special source of national security concern to Israel in recent years.


The Council for the National Interest was founded in 1989 by Paul Findley and Paul PeteMcCloskey, both longtime Republican Members of Congress, gravely concerned by the effects of long-term interests of the US in the Middle East. Findleys book, THEY DARE SPEAK OUT, chronicles how American foreign policy in the Middle East has long been distorted by actions of the powerful Israel lobby.



Contact: Terry Walz

Council for the National Interest

Council for the National Interest Foundation

1250 4th Street SW, Suite WG-1

Washington, District of Columbia 20024



Phone: 202-863-2951

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From: Fred Lonidier

Subject: Tijuana Maquiladora Workers Protest in San Diego-Protesta de Trabajs.

5 August 2005




DSA [Democratic Socialists of America] here tried to set up a demo in Colombus OH to take place around the time of the one next Friday at noon here below.  But no one could get away from work or were out of town.


It would really send a message to Cardinal if even a few people showed up at their national (actually international) headquarters with picket signs (and called the media).  Any chance you have members in Columbus that could do something?  Anything would really help; really, even a few people.  Let me know if you get any committments and we'll get in touch with them.


in solidarity,





Tijuana Maquiladoras: Stop Sweatshops


¡Alto a la  explotación en las maquiladoras!




Dear Tijuana and San Diego  Activists and Friends,


Join us in our struggle for Fair Pay and Justice across Borders!


The Tijuana Maquiladora Workers'  Network, CITTAC: Workers' Information Center of Tijuana, The Binational Feminist  Collective and the San Diego Maquiladora Workers Solidarity Network ask for your  support for the struggle for justice of the female workers of the  Alaris/Cardinal Health Systems in Mexico.


Please join us as we protest in  front of the Cardinal Health offices at Sorento Valley on Friday, August 12th at Noon: 10221 Wateridge Circle, San Diego.


There will be a carpool leaving from City College at Park Ave. and B streets at 11:00 am. You may either join  the carpool or meet us in front of the Cardinal Health.


This struggle comes at a time  when many of us are focusing on racist vigilante violence against migrant  workers along the border. This is a bi-national struggle to obtain justice for  workers. When workers are exploited in one country, it hurts all of us: workers,  Mexicans, Americans, people of color, everyone.  We must demand that multi-national corporations treat workers fairly wherever they operate. We must demonstrate  solidarity with these workers. Globalize justice!


This protest has the potential to  really help the workers. A group of workers have filed suit against Alaris  Medical Systems of Tijuana through the labor courts of Mexico (Junta de  Conciliación y Arbitraje). They are using for severance pay, since the company  moved the plant to a location that made it practically impossible for workers to  get to work and take of their families. In addition, they were not paid overtime  and other benefits. Workers and activists earlier efforts have succeeded in  getting the company to negotiate with the workers. Now, we need an extra push  and some public exposure.


Workers will demand severance pay  and overdue overtime pay. We will demand that Alaris/Cardinal Health abide by  the Mexican Federal Labor Laws. We will demand justice! Please join us and pass  this on to others.



Cittac, Centro de Información para Trabajadoras  y Trabajadores, Tijuana

The Binational Feminist  Collective, Tijuana and San Diego

Tijuana Maquiladora Workers' Network

San Diego Maquiladora Workers  Solidarity Network


More information: (619)  216-0095






Francis McCollum Feeley

Professor of American Studies

Université Stendhal-Grenoble III

Director of Research at CEIMSA-IN-EXILE