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Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Verizon broadband and telecommunications company workers, whose 39,000-strong strike is nearing its second week, and encourages the broadest possible support by all progressive forces for this historic mobilization of the working class.

We particularly urge all supporters of Palestine to sign a petition circulated by the workers’ unions, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and to join pickets, rallies and protests organized by the unions along the East Coast of the United States.

Every effective challenge to US capitalism doubles as a challenge to US imperialism, a key enemy of the Palestinian prisoners and people, their movements and aspirations.

Verizon workers, who have carried out both of the two largest strikes in recent US history, stand at the forefront of a resurgent labor movement manifested in new struggles like Fight for $15.

The ranks of the strikers include our comrades, Palestinian and solidarity activists, their spouses, children and parents, as well as countless members of allied movements and our local communities.

Their fight against a global corporate giant seeking to impose new depths of austerity and strip away the gains of past struggles is a fight for all of us. It is imperative that we stand with them.