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June 18, 2021

 

Clayola Brown, Workers United’s Director of Civil Rights, issues statement on Juneteenth

 

Shortly after 4 p.m. EST on June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which marks June 19th a national holiday.

 

Juneteenth celebrates the day 156 years ago when 250,000 slaves in Texas were told of their freedom and their rights as citizens of the United States, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

 

Since then, their descendants and many others have braved a long and oftentimes arduous journey to ensure the civil rights and liberty of all African Americans.

 

Today, there are still individuals who continue to be prejudiced and hateful to those who do not look like them. Their racist mentality speaks to their ignorance, and unfounded fears.

 

But we are not daunted.

 

No matter what, Workers United, and our Civil Rights Committee, together with our partners at the A. Philip Randolph Institute continue to fight racism, which manifests in so many ways in this country. From police brutality against African Americans, to the attempts to restrict voter access, to denying communities of color access to quality education, structural racism is everywhere.

 

We have always been on the right side of history. We call on all our brothers and sisters to fight for what is rightfully ours: Our right to vote, our right to live freely and without fear, and our right to be educated, appropriately compensated for work, and respected.

 

We urge Congress to pass the HR 1280 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, and the HR 1 For the People Act of 2021, both of which would speak volumes to the commitment to address police reform and end voter suppression.

 

Let us seize upon this opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth with our friends, so we may continue to chip away at the wall of structural racism, so that one day in the not too distant future, racism will crumble, and we will indeed live in a land of the free, and in a nation which embraces the idea that all are created equal.                                                            

                                                                         
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May 24, 2021 -- It has been a year since the murder of George Floyd.

 

In that time, countless protests and marches have taken place. Millions have pledged to fight structural racism and end police violence. Policing is being reimagined.

 

The Black Lives Matter movement is strong.

 

The House of Representatives recently passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which, among other changes, aims to ban no-knock warrants, chokeholds, carotid holds and seeks an end to qualified immunity. The Act was passed without any Republican support. It now awaits a vote in the Senate, where along with Democrats, 10 Republican votes are needed for passage.

 

On May 25, 2021, on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, let us make our voices heard.

 

Join the George Floyd Memorial Foundation and the NAACP for a Virtual Day of Action. Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. EST, sign up here to call Senators who have not yet decided how they should vote.

 

Let us honor George Floyd’s legacy and play our role towards lasting change by ensuring the passage of this bill, because #BlackLivesMatter.

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