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Protest at AFL-CIO convention says:

“Break the ties with the NED!”

by Mick Kelly |
July 24, 2005
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March with picket signs and banners. "Say no to the NED"
March and rally in Chicago supports international trade union solidarity and calls on the AFL-CIO to end it's ties with the NED. (Fight Back! News)
Protesters in heat and visible humidity in downtown Chicago
March and rally in Chicago supports international trade union solidarity and calls on the AFL-CIO to end it's ties with the NED.

Chicago, IL - Chanting, “CIA! NED! Hands off Venezuela!” more than 100 trade unionists and other progressive activists braved one of the hottest days in Chicago’s history to rally here, July 24. They demanded that the AFL-CIO break its ties with the U.S. government’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The National Endowment for Democracy has worked to overthrow the progressive government of Venezuela, headed by Hugo Chavez, and has bankrolled right-wing organizations all over the world.

The demonstration was called by the Latin American Solidarity Coalition and the Chicago-based Organizing Group to Say No to the NED. Its purpose was to back efforts within the AFL-CIO convention to pass the “Build Unity and Trust With Workers Worldwide” resolution. The resolution is seen a step in transforming the AFL-CIO foreign policy program into a force for genuine international labor solidarity.

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