|Rebecca Williamson, left, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New York State Assembly, 54th District, talks with Laurina Paul while campaigning July 24 in Flatbush, Brooklyn.|
There are a lot of single mothers out thereno ones helping them, she told Williamson. Pauls two sons live with relatives in Brooklyn while she works at a home on Long Island. The train fare from Brooklyn to her job just went from $5.75 to $7one way, she said. Imagine if I had to pay that every day.
Williamson showed Paul an article on the front page of the Militant about defending the right of abortion clinics to function free of harassment. Paul said she opposes abortion because of her religious beliefs. Our campaign believes every woman should have the right to decide for herself whether to bring a pregnancy to term, said Williamson. Paul replied, Well, I guess Id agree to that.
Harry DAgostino, SWP candidate for Assembly in the 27th District in Queens, joined Williamson in campaigning. Both urged everyone they met to take part in the July 31-August 7 actions in Germantown, Maryland, to defend the abortion clinic there from right-wing efforts to close it down. Daral Williams, a construction worker and member of Laborers International Union Local 79, stopped to listen. It shouldnt be illegal for a woman to choose an abortion, he said.
Williams talked about the conditions in the construction industry: Its real bad now. The only reason Im working is because Im an apprentice. Were cheaper. The journeymen are having a harder time finding work.
DAgostino noted that when bosses make fewer people do the same amount of work, speedup takes a big toll on safety. Williams nodded. They are just looking to make profits, he said. I see that everyday in construction where they cut corners on safety.
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