Make Hip Hop Not War Tour Stands Up for Justice
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HIP HOP CAUCUS STANDS WITH WORKING FAMILIES IN UC BERKELEY LABOR DISPUTE
“Make Hip Hop Not War” National Bus Tour Berkeley Stop
CANCELLED DUE TO LABOR DISPUTE ON UC BERKELEY CAMPUS
“We started the Hip Hop Caucus National Tour to focus on the need to end the war in Iraq and to reorient the upside-down budget priorities of our nation. Because of that focus, when we were informed by Rep. Barbara Lee’s office of the continuing labor dispute involving janitors on the campus at UC Berkeley, we had no choice but to cancel our April 11th campus rally,” announced Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., founder of the Hip Hop Caucus.
“We are spending billions of dollars to devastate Iraq, but one of the wealthiest colleges in the richest nation on earth claims that it does not have enough money to pay its janitors a living wage. As we understand it, that is the basis of the dispute between the university and AFSCME. Given that dispute, we made the decision to stand with working families, which meant not holding our rally on campus,” Yearwood stated.
The Hip Hop Caucus is halfway through a month-long tour from the East Coast through the South, back through the Midwest, and returning to the East Coast in late April. The Hip Hop Caucus held an antiwar rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and had been slated to appear on Sproul Plaza at Wednesday noon, before the labor dispute was brought to their attention. The tour leaves California today, and heads to Iowa. The tour schedule can be viewed at www.hiphopcaucus.org for the remaining dates.
“This is a teaching moment,” Rev. Yearwood pointed out. “Our budget priorities are upside-down, with billions for war and destruction, but no money for levees to protect against Hurricane Katrina, no money to rebuild housing in New Orleans, no money to pay living wages for janitors, and no money for college scholarships for an increasingly multi-ethnic youth population. When we say ‘Make Hip Hop, Not War!”, we are also saying turn our budget back right-side up. Spend money on social needs, not war; books, not bombs; people, not pre-emptive war.”
A Topsy-Turvy bus will be parked immediately off the UC Berkeley campus near Sproul Plaza and student organizers will be distributing flyers to educate fellow students about the labor dispute and our country’s mixed up priorities regarding the war in Iraq.
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