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Text of Labor-Community Resolution:
Stop the cover-up of Odessa massacre of trade unionists and anti-fascist activists!
Stop U.S. Expansion of NATO!
Whereas, on May 2, 2014, at least 48 people were massacred by neo-Nazis in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa;
And, whereas those killed were anti-fascist and opposition activists, as well as trade unionists who opened the doors of the headquarters to offer protection;
And, whereas the House of Trade Unions was set ablaze by fascists who surrounded the building, destroying the labor headquarters;
And, whereas the culprits of the massacre, though clearly identifiable in numerous videos and photos of the events, have been sheltered by the government in Kiev, which came to power through a U.S.-backed coup and has received billions of dollars in direct and indirect aid from Washington;
And, whereas the survivors of the massacre have been criminalized, forced into exile in fear of their lives or imprisoned by the Ukrainian regime;
And, whereas the U.S. government and U.S. corporate media have aided Kiev in covering up the truth about the May 2 massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions, while continuing to mis-represent the anti-fascist struggle in Ukraine and the independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and imposing sanctions and threatening war against Russia;
And whereas the crisis in the Ukraine is the result of the U.S. drive to expand NATO on Russia’s borders far beyond its original membership, through a U.S.-supported coup and the funding of rightwing and fascist groups in the Ukraine;
Be it resolved,
We honor the labor and anti-fascist activists who died in Odessa on May 2, 2014, and will make their sacrifice known throughout our unions and communities;
We demand that the government in Kiev, our elected officials in Washington, and the big-business media stop the cover-up of what happened in Odessa on May 2, and engage in truthful reporting on the civil war in Ukraine, the involvement of open fascists in the Kiev government, and the underlying U.S. goal of NATO expansion;
We further demand that the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress immediately halt all financial and military aid to the Ukrainian junta, stop NATO military expansion in Europe, and restore food assistance and other desperately needed social programs for our communities.
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