The Letter from California Labor Federation to Japan Teachers' Union

Yasuo Morikoshi
President, Japan Teachers' Union
Nihon Kyoiku Kaikan Bldg., 2-6-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-Ward
101-0003 Tokyo, Japan

Dear Mr. Morikoshi,

The California Labor Federation supports Sister Nezu Kimiko, Sister Kawarai Junko, and the 410 other Japanese teachers organizing for peace and justice in Japanese schools.

At a time when millions of people are suffering from war and genocide and millions more struggle to survive, we think it is imperative that our teachers serve as models for the kind of humane and just society we want our children to inherit.

On behalf of the over two million working families we represent in California, I want you to know that our members stand with you in defense of your members and the right of all workers to exercise their freedom of expression on matters of conscience.

As you know, the Japanese Constitution includes Article 9, supporting a world of peace and a sustainable future. The California Labor Federation joins with your nation in this hope, and we will work here in America to diligently pursue peace in our lives and in the lives of our children.

Enclosed please find the letter I have sent to the Tokyo School Board urging them to find a just resolution to the challenge faced by your teachers.

In Unity,

Art Pulaski
Executive Secretary-Treasurer