U.S. Labor Against Racism and War (USLARW) is an independent national umbrella organization of unions and other labor groups founded in January of 2003 to oppose President George Bush’s then threatened war on Iraq. Our network of more than 120 unions, labor councils, state labor federations, allied labor organizations and union committees organize to build international labor solidarity to oppose militarism of working-class communities both at home and abroad.
The Reverend Dr. King ended his 1967 “Beyond Vietnam'' speech with the following message: “Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.” In the richest country in the world–wealth created off the backs of working people–we don’t lack the resources. The problem is greedy executives and politicians who invest our resources in priorities that fail to meet the needs of millions of working people and our unions. At USLARW, our vision for labor is set on fixing the for-profit society that prioritizes profits for a few over working people and the health and safety of our communities.
In 2005, then called U.S. Labor Against the War, the leaders of our organization led the historic campaign to get the AFL-CIO to come out against the Iraq war, symbolizing the first time the federation took a stance against a war. They launched a bold mission statement that commits the organization to the struggle to build our labor movement toward international solidarity across borders, peaceful solutions to international disputes, and public education on international issues and the domestic impact of racism and militarism.
U.S. Labor Against Racism and War is independently funded exclusively through annual affiliation fees paid by its labor affiliates, individual memberships and small donations from its supporters. It takes no funds from the government or state department. This allows us to be the only genuine international voice for the U.S. labor movement. Your personal support is greatly appreciated.