– RALLY AT UNITED NATIONS IN SOLIDARITY WITH GREECE AND EUROPEAN WORKERS’ GENERAL STRIKE – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 #
AGAINST THE GREEK GOVERNMENT’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND PROTECTION OF THE NEO-NAZI “GOLDEN DAWN”
#Harsh austerity measures have created an economic and social disaster that affects tens of millions across Europe. Greece, Portugal and Spain are particularly hard-hit.
A coalition of New York Greek-Americans, groups in solidarity with Greece and working people across Europe have called for a rally at the United Nations Missions of Greece and the European Union on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
November 14 has been chosen in solidarity with the calls for international labor actions in Europe on the same day. Simultaneous general strikes have been called for that day in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus, a sign of the increasing resistance against neoliberal austerity. The actions appear set to spread to other countries in what may become the first pan-European general strike.
The November 14th action at the United Nations will run from 2 to 7 pm and include:2 pm – PRESS CONFERENCE in front of Greek Mission to the UN, 866 Second Avenue (Corner of 46th Street), with representatives of the Greek-American community, labor groups, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, the Greek-American Left Movement/Aristeri Kinisi, and Occupy Astoria /LIC.3-5pm – SPEAKOUT at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street between First and Second Avenues. Picketing and peaceful protest actions are planned at the European Union Mission (666 Third Avenue) and the UN missions of Spain (245 East 47th St.) and Portugal (also 866 Second Ave.)5:30 pm – RALLY at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, in solidarity with general strike actions in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Cyprus against austerity.The organizers of this action – the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Greek-American Left Movement (Aristeri Kinisi) of New York, educators, labor and immigrant rights groups – invite U.S., Greek, international, alternative and local Greek-language media to break the silence on the allegations of torture of protesters by the Greek police and on the Greek government’s evident protection of the neo-Nazi “Golden Dawn” who continue their violent attacks on immigrants and democratic freedoms, including freedom of speech.We are inviting and encouraging the participation of the labor movement, human-rights groups, the Occupy and immigrant-rights movement, and all people concerned with human dignity and democratic rights who are willing to stand up and say: No to torture! No to Fascism and Racism! No to austerity in Europe! No to bailing out the bankers and the rich! No to the devastating, odious, debt and profiteering at the expense of the mass of the population! No to the neo-Nazi threat in Greece!
In Greece the official unemployment rate is 25% and rising, while youth unemployment is more than 50%. There is a huge humanitarian crisis as hunger, social dislocation, mass poverty, shortages of medicine and fuel are now commonplace. This situation is the consequence of the EU-driven austerity policy, and it has created the opening for the likes of the neo-Nazi “Golden Dawn” party.
November 14 Solidarity Coalition (in formation)
Nicholas Alexiou, Professor, Queens College/Greek American Left Movement/Aristeri
Joanne Landy, Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Sean Sweeney, Director, Cornell Global Labor Institute (personal capacity)
Costas Panayotakis, Associate Professor NY City College of Technology, Executive Council
Member, PSC-CUNY Nicholas Levis, Occupy Astoria/LIC
Marina Sitrin, Member, ‘Stop Golden Dawn’
Mike Filippou, Trade unionist, BCTGM /Aristeri Kinisi
Eric Poulos, Brecht Forum, National Lawyers Guild
Peter Bratsis, Professor, BMCC-CUNY, SYRIZA NY
Eljeer Hawkins, Queens Socialist Alternative
Eleanor Rodgers,Occupy Kensington
Natassa Romanou, Research Faculty, Columbia University, SYRIZA NY
Alan Akrivos, Co-chair, Greek American Left Movement/Aristeri Kinisi
(NOTE: Organizational affiliations are for identification purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement by the organization in question.)
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