2 minutes for Gaza stop work adopted in Cape Town starting 13 Jan 1130am
A range of organizations in Cape Town including the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu), Anti-War Coalition, Anti-Eviction Campaign, Building Women’s Activism, Al Quds Foundation, Workers International Vanguard League, Plaestinians Solidarity Group, have formed a front called WE ARE ALL GAZA. The first priority is to take immediate action that assists the plight of the Palestinians under fire. The first call is for all in the country to stop work at 1130am and to pause for 2 minutes, starting Tuesday 13 Jan 2009. Workers are encouraged to come out onto the streets and form a human chain, declaring WE ARE ALL GAZA. People in communities are encouraged to go to major intersections in their areas. Each day that goes by an extra 2 minutes will be added. People are encouraged to form WE ARE ALL GAZA committees whereever they are. One of the main areas in Cape Town tomorrow (13 Jan 2009) where those in the Cape Town city centre are, will be the corner of Adderley and Darling street, where WE ARE ALL GAZA human chain will be formed.. All are welome to come and join in.
The main demands around the 2 minute campaign are:
1. An end to the slaughter of Palestinians and the complete withdrawal of all Israeli troops from Gaza
2. The immediate lifting of the blockade of Gaza
3. The immediate setting up of a war crimes tribunal around the atrocities committed by the Israeli attacks on Palestinians
4. All Israeli goods should be boycotted
5. No worker in coal and diamond mining and transport sectors should allow any shipments to go to Israel
6. An immediate boycott of all Israeli goods.
7. The Egyptian and Israeli ambassadors should be expelled with immediate effect;
8. The SA ambassadors to Israel and Egypt should be withdrawn.
9. The SA govt should immediately take steps to prevent SA citizens from being part of the Israeli army.
A call was made that when schools open, parents go to schools and form mass pickets every morning. The morning pickets, starting at 7am, should be expanded to as many areas as possible. People should take their own initiative.
A committee was set up which was tasked to bring in more organizations. The SA Council of Churches has expressed positive support for the campaign and are presently discussing it in their ranks. We expect and answer soon.
The campaign is expected to start in Cape Town and from there spread throughout the country. Developments will be announced as soon as they occur. Cosatu nationally is expected to take a national decision on Wed 14 Jan 2009.
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