GREENWICH AND LEWISHAM ASSANGE CAMPAIGN

 

PASS MOTIONS OF SUPPORT AT YOUR LOCAL CND/STWC/ TU BRANCHES OR POLITICAL PARTY BRANCH

 

Example motions carried are listed below

 

 

Passed at Stop the War Coalition AGM 2019

 

This AGM notes that

 

Stop the War Resolves to

 

 

 

Passed at a Unite branch in London

 

This branch of Unite condemns the Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange. The indictments issued by the US Department of Justice on May 23 carry a prison term of 175 years and are a frontal assault on the freedom of the press.

 

If extradited to the US, he could face additional charges that carry the death penalty. It is not just Assange’s fate that is in the balance. The democratic rights of the entire labour movement and of working people as a whole are at stake.

 

We note that none of the newspapers that benefited from being able to publish the leaks has been sanctioned in any way.

 

Trade unions have a particular responsibility to defend whistleblowers who have made disclosures about criminal activity in the public interest.

 

This branch therefore resolves to support campaigns against the extradition of Julian Assange to the USA and in defence of journalistic freedom, and to take an active part in protests if the extradition proceedings go ahead.  We call on Unite nationally to encourage all branches to do the same.

 

 

Passed at one Labour Party branch and a Unite branch in Manchester

 

This meeting condemns the Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange. The indictments issued by the US Department of Justice on May 23 carry a prison term of 175 years and are a frontal assault on the freedom of the press.

 

If extradited to the US, he could face additional charges that carry the death penalty. It is not just Assange’s fate that is in the balance. The democratic rights of the entire labour movement and of working people as a whole are at stake here.

 

We demand Assange’s immediate release from Belmarsh Prison and that the UK government block his extradition to the United States and Sweden. We also call for the immediate release of courageous whistle blower Chelsea Manning who has been re-jailed for refusing to testify against Assange.

 

We resolve to fight for Assange’s freedom and call on all Labour Party branches to come to his defence.