Thanks to Blulitespecial, for sending this story from The Militant, a publication of the Socialist Workers Party, in which Omar Jamal of the Somali Justice Center of Minnesota is linked with Socialist Workers party presidential candidate, Roger Calero in an article about meatpacking in Postville. Wierd, how this all comes together, don’t you think?
Omar Jamal is the disinformation agent in the Denver Somali Cyanide death—you know crazy Canadian Somali takes vacation in Denver with a jar of cyanide.
And, for new readers, Postville, Iowa is another meatpacking town, this one with the Jewish meatpacking plant that was raided awhile back and is now importing Somalis from Minnesota. Go back here for a refresher on Postville.
Now check out this article in The Militant about socialist workers candidate Roger Calero going to Postville to help protest government raids.
Calero, who marched in the July 27 protest, said the demonstration set a “powerful example of the kind of response needed to answer the attacks on workers rights and to press our demand for legalization of undocumented immigrants.”
Immigrant and U.S.-born workers are going through experiences together in meatpacking plants in the region, using their unions to fight or organizing to get a union where there isn’t one, he added. Calero said the fight at Agriprocessors is part of a broader resistance to the meatpacking bosses in the upper Midwest. The socialist candidate pointed to the successful fight at Dakota Premium Foods in South St. Paul, Minnesota, where workers organized in United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 successfully fought off an attempt by the bosses to bust the union earlier this year.
So how does Omar Jamal fit in, here is what The Militant says:
Some of them[Somalis] were from Minneapolis and had supported the fight by Omar Jamal, a Somali activist who was threatened with deportation in 2003, at the same time that Calero was fighting his own deportation case. Calero explained how his defense campaign gave support to Jamal and other Somalis threatened with deportation and government harassment.
Note to any normal Americans left in Postville: The first line of the paragraph above says the Postville Somalis are activists from Minneapolis…. I think I would want to get out of Postville pronto! And if I ran a meatpacking company I would hire real American workers and pay them what they are worth rather than deal with this rabble.