P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco, CA 94140.
Tel. (415) 641-8616; fax: (415) 626-1217.

Dear Sisters and Brothers:


On  Monday, January 18, we are sending out 
publicly the 10-point platform of the Workers' 
Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC) to the media; 
to all our email lists; to a compiled list of top 
labor, Black, Latino, community and church 
organizations, and to the Obama transition team, and others. We would very much want to 
have your name on the list of the endorsers of 
this platform and campaign.

Over the past week, we have received dozens of 
new endorsements in support of the 10-Point WERC 
platform. They include Nancy Wohlforth* 
(Co-Chair, Pride at Work), Cynthia McKinney 
(former Member of Congress and 2008 presidential 
candidate of the Green Party), Cindy Sheehan 
(Gold Star antiwar mom and 2008 independent 
candidate for U.S. Congress), Gene Bruskin (labor 
and antiwar activist), Donna Dewitt* (president, 
South Carolina AFL-CIO), Dennis Serrette* (CWA 
Political Director), Bruce Dixon and Glenn Ford 
of Black Agenda Report, Pat Gowens (Welfare 
Warriors), Nativo Lopez (Hermandad Mexicana), 
Mark Dudzic* (national organizer, Labor Party), 
Al Rojas (Frente de Mexicanos en el Exterior), 
Jerry Gordon (veteran antiwar activist), Clarence 
Thomas* (Exec. Bd., ILWU Local 10), Kali Akuno 
(Gulf Coast Reconstruction activist), Colia Clark 
(veteran of the Civil Rights Movement), Larry 
Pinkney (Black Activist Writers Guild and The 
Black Commentator) -- and the list goes on and 
on.  (* organizations and titles listed for id. 

There is one more important endorsement that I 
would like to highlight -- that of the national 
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) -- as it 
shows the gigantic potential of this campaign. 
All 10 points of this platform have widespread 
support among millions of people who voted for 
Barack Obama because they want real change. But 
winning these demands will require building an 
independent national campaign and an independent 
movement in the streets to impose them on the 

We aim to build united front committees of 
endorsers, organize forums, and work to promote 
marches and actions around these demands. With 
these endorsements, we hope to get many union 
local endorsements, and, hopefully, some union 
and organizational funding to host a national 
conference to further advance this effort.

At this writing we are getting close to the 500 
signatories we projected at the outset of this 
petition-gathering campaign. [See first list of 
100 endorsers below; the remaining names are 
still being compiled from petition boards and 
email endorsements.]

Can we add your name to the list of endorsers? 
Please let us know by Sunday, January 17, so that 
your name can be included in our mass mailing and 
posting. If yes, please fill out the coupon below 
so that we know how you would like to be 
identified. Also, please list if your 
organization and title should be listed for id. 
purposes only.

Thanks, in advance, for your support.

In Solidarity,

Alan Benjamin
The Organizer Newspaper



In recent months we have witnessed billions of 
dollars pumped into the financial institutions 
WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED.  Reckless behavior and 
greed have been graced with the most extravagant 
rewards, allowing the rich to get even richer. 
After receiving their bailout, A.I.G. executives 
resumed their plans for a retreat at a lavish 
resort. Meanwhile, foreclosures have risen, 
unemployment has soared, and misery has spread 
with virtually nothing being done for the 
millions of workers suffering from these 

We cannot sit back and simply hope that things 
will get better. The financial executives have 
organized themselves and lobbied for bailouts. We 
must now do the same. We must organize ourselves 
and mount a campaign, insisting that government 
programs benefit the majority of the population 
first and foremost, not the super wealthy small 

At this historic crossroads, as we face the 
prospects of another Great Depression, we, the 
undersigned dedicate ourselves to forging the 
broadest unity in action among those in the labor 
movement, Black and Latino organizations, 
immigrant rights groups, and antiwar and other 
social justice protest movements to secure the 
emergency measures listed below.

We endorse these demands as necessary steps to 
address the pressing needs of working people and 
the oppressed in general so that we can all enjoy 
a secure and comfortable life and find relief 
from an economic crisis we had no part in 
creating. We are committed to reaching out to 
more workers and encouraging them to endorse our 
demands and join our movement, the Workers 
Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC), so that we 
can form committees across the country, organize 
educational forums, and then aim at building a 
national conference to promote this campaign. In 
this way we can begin to win the majority of 
working people to this agenda.  In solidarity we 
can win.

Here are 10 fundamental demands that we believe 
should be included in a Workers' Emergency 
Recovery Plan to Bail out Working People -- NOT 
Wall Street:

1) Put a halt to the Wall Street bailout plan. 
Not one more penny should be earmarked to bail 
out the bankers and speculators. It's time to 
bail out working people.

2) Enact a moratorium on all home foreclosures, 
utility shut-offs, evictions and rent hikes. 
Nationalize the mortgage industry, including 
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

3) Enact H.R. 676 -- the universal, single-payer 
healthcare plan. Take the private insurance 
companies out of the healthcare equation. 
Guarantee fully funded pensions for retirees, 
along with healthcare and other benefits.

4) Enact the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) so 
that every worker can have union representation.

5) Stop the layoffs in auto and other industries 
across the country. Nationalize the Big 3 
automakers. Re-tool the auto industry to build 
rapid mass transit, solar, and wind systems.

6) Stop the scapegoating of immigrant workers. 
Stop the ICE raids and deportations.

7) End all funding for the U.S. wars in Iraq and 
Afghanistan and bring our troops home now. The 
war expenditures in these countries alone are 
estimated at $3 trillion. Redirect all war 
funding to meet human needs.

8) Enact a massive national reconstruction public 
works program (minimum expenditure needed of $1 
trillion) to rebuild the nation's schools, 
hospitals and crumbling infrastructure and to put 
millions of people back to work at a union-scale 
wage. Provide all necessary funding for a genuine 
Reconstruction program in the Gulf Coast; enact 
the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (H.R. 4048).

9) Defend and expand the rights and economic 
security of those who are unable to work. Grant 
living-wage benefits to single parents, disabled, 
seniors, and the unemployed. End the arbitrary, 
punitive time limits, sanctions, denial of 
education, and forced unwaged workfare in the 
TANF welfare program.

10) Tax the corporations and the rich -- not 
working people -- to finance a workers' recovery 
plan. The rich currently enjoy historically high 
levels of wealth while being taxed at 
bargain-basement rates. Implement a retroactive 
tax on windfall revenue on the oil-energy 
industry, return capital income taxation to 1981 
levels, and repatriate the $2 trillion from the 
offshore tax havens.



[   ]   I endorse this statement

[   ]   I would like to work on this campaign.  Please contact me


UNION/ORG (for id. only)




(fill out and return it to 
<> or to P.O. Box 40009, San 
Francisco, CA 94140. For more information, or to 
get involved, call 415-641-8616.)


list;  * org & title listed for id. only):

Nancy Wohlforth* (Co-Pres., Pride at 
Work/AFL-CIO, Vice Pres., California Federation 
of Labor)
Cindy Sheehan (Gold Star mother, antiwar activist)
Cynthia McKinney (former Member of Congress, 2009 
Green Party presidential candidate)
Donna Dewitt* (President, South Carolina AFL-CIO)
Progressive Democrats of America
Nativo López (Hermandad Mexicana)
Colia Clark (veteran of the Civil Rights Movement)
Michael Eisenscher* (AFT Local 1603, OPEIU Local 3)
Mark Dudzic* (National Organizer, Labor Party)
Dennis Serrette* (Political Director, Communications Workers of
Bruce Dixon (Editor, Black Agenda Report)
Kali Akuno (Gulf coast reconstruction activist)
Gene Bruskin (labor and antiwar activist - Washington, D.C.)
Larry Pinkney* (Black Activist Writers Guild & The Black Commentator)
Al Rojas (Coordinator, Frente de Mexicanos en el Exterior)
Alan Benjamin (Editor, The Organizer)
Glen Ford (
Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez (Institute for Multiracial Justice)
Kentucky May Day Coalition
Renée Saucedo* (La Raza Centro Legal)
Andy Griggs* (Chair, National Education Assoc., Peace & Justice Caucus;
Howard Wallace* (Pride at Work)
Clarence Thomas* (Exec. Bd., ILWU Local 10)
Don Bechler* (Single Payer Now!)
George Hutchinson* (Pacific Green Party, former OEA member)
Mike Carano* (Progressive Democrats of America-Ohio, Teamsters' union)
Jerry Gordon* (UFCW International Rep/retired; Chair, Ohio State Labor
Bill Leumer (Workers Action)
Ed Rosario (Co-Convener, OWC Continuations Committee)
Pat Gowens (Welfare Warriors)
Luis Magaña (Organización de Trabajadores Agrícolas de California)
Tim Kaminski* (UAW Local 110, former committeeman, retired)
Al Rojas (Coordinator, Frente de Mexicanos en el Exterior)
Gustavo Bujanda (Raices Mexicanas)
Nancy Romer* (Professional Staff Congress, CUNY, AFT 2334)
Frank Martin del Campo* (Exec. Bd. member, S.F. Labor Council)
Mark Esters* (member, UAW-St. Louis, Missouri)
Jack Rasmus (Economist, Professor St. Mary's College)
Juan Rafael Santos* (South Central Farm Leadership Council)
Wes Brain* (Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice)
Adam Richmond (Committee to Overturn Prop 8)
James Vann* (Oakland Tenants Union)
Luis Alberto Rivera (President, PRD en el Exterior)
Jean Pauline* (SF Gray Panthers)
Akinyele Sadiq (The Troublemakers Union - band)
Hal Sutton* (UAW Local 1268 retirees chapter)
Filemon López (Radio Bilingüe)
Kristen Zehner* (AFSCME Sub Chapter 52)
C. T. Weber* (Peace and Freedom Party / California State Employees
Dale Sorensen* (Task Force on the Americas)
Helen Spalding (AFSCME retiree)
David Walters* (IBEW Local 1245)
Randy Lopez* (By Any Means Necessary / Sacramento BAMN)
Jessica Sanchez (Workers' International League-S.F.)
Rodger Scott* (AFT Local 2121, retired)
Jose Luis Jaral Moreno (Comité Binacional de Derechos Humanos de los
Millie Phillips (Socialist Organizer)
Páramo Hernandez (Union Civica Primero de Mayo)
Steve Ongerth* (IWW, IBU SF Bay Region)
Vinnie Burrows* (AEG, SAG, AFTRA-NY)
Chris Kaihatsu* (
Dan Kaplan (Exec. Sec., AFT Local 1493)
Ann Robertson* (California Faculty Association, SFSU)
Marc Rich* (UTLA delegate, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor)
Paul Burton* (Northern Calif. Mdia Workers, CWA 39521, San Mateo Labor
Allan Fisher* (AFT Local 2121)
Roger Dittman (Professor Emeritus, Physics, Cal. State
Lisa North* (AFT Local 2)
James Keys* (Senior Action Network and SF Mental Health Board)
Larry Duncan* (CWA 14408, Co-Producer, Labor Beat-Chicago)
Marlena Santoyo* (Philadelphia Federation of Teachers)
Brian L. Rich* (Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)
Laurence Shoup* (UAW 1981, retired)
Linda Ray* (SEIU Local 1021)
Dennis Gallie* (UAW Local 249)
Rodrigo Ibarra (Co-Editor, El Organizador)
Renate Bridenthal* (Prof. Staff Congress, PSC/CUNY)
Tucker Pamella Farley*  (Prof. Staff Congress, PSC/CUNY)
Paul Colvin* (Communications Workers of America-ITU, retired)
Paul Lenart (IWW Organizing Committee-Reno, Nevada)
Michael Flynn* (National Lawyers Guild-Oakland)
Mary Moore* (Bohemian Grove Action Network)
Larry Lambert* (Coachella Valley MDS)
Helen Spalding* (AFSCME Local 1844, retired)
Joseph Blanc (retired physicist, Philadelphia)
Joanne Husar (filmmaker, Los Angeles)
Col. Jeffrey Segal, Esq. (Louisville, Kentucky)
Eric Blanc (youth antiwar organizer - San Francisco)
Karen Parker* (Association of Humanitarian Lawyers)
Jack Chernos* (American Federation of Musicians Local 6)
Greg Miller* (Freelancers Union - San Francisco)
Francisca Ramos-Stierle (Metta Center for Nonviolence Education)
Esther John* (AFT-Seattle)
Donald Leisman* (AFT Local 420 - St. Louis)
Brian Hill (environmental activist, Eugene, Oregon)
Aaron Schuman* (NWU/UAW 1981 - Ithaca, N.Y.)

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