I am passing this on to our readers because I believe that it deserves our support. This of course reminds me as it may many of our readers about the tragic fate of CPUSA leader Henry Winston, who lost his eyesight when he was a Smith Act political prisoner in the U.S. in the 1950s.
Subject: Urgent medical treatment needed for jailed Iranian trade union
*Mansour Osanloo, the jailed leader of the bus workers' union in Tehran, faces the possible loss of his eyesight unless he receives urgent medical attention -- which the Iranian authorities are denying him.*
Amnesty International has just now launched an online campaign <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=926849&msgid=51524&act=QPHS&c=154875&admin=0&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amnesty.org.uk%2Factions_details.asp%3FActionID%3D334>
calling on the Iranian government to allow Osanloo to receive medical attention. I urge all of you to sent off your messages today. The Iranian government must be made aware that the world is watching.
The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), which has spearheaded the international campaign in defense of Osanloo, has now produced a short film entitled "Freedom Will Come <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=926849&msgid=51524&act=QPHS&c=154875&admin=0&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Din-vF2LvITk>"
which tells his story. It can be viewed online on YouTube, and will shortly be available as a DVD as well.
If every reader of this message passes it on to a few friends and colleagues, we can flood the Iranian government with email messages -- but we must do this quickly, before Osanloo loses his vision.
Thanks -- I know that I can count on you.