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Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

‘Resolution on Racial and Economic Justice’

Adopted by the MRLF, June 10, 2015

WHEREAS racism was systematically embedded in American society from our nation's founding when slavery was the dominant base of the economy and, despite historic and heroic struggles and progress to destroy its basis in law, continues to pervade the social and economic life of our country causing enormous harm and suffering to African Americans and other people of color, and

WHEREAS racism continues to be used as a means to divide working people and weaken their political and economic power with the aim of imposing austerity, the destruction of unions and the crippling of all democratic institutions and rights, and

WHEREAS the recent series of shocking incidents of deadly police violence against African Americans throughout the country have outraged many decent Americans and provoked a mass movement for reform of the criminal justice system, and

WHEREAS, because of these incidents AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka made a powerful appeal to the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention in February and later that month, at a meeting of the Executive Council in Atlanta, the AFL-CIO issued a statement calling on union members to mobilize in the fight to overcome racism throughout society as key to the fight to raise wages, create jobs and defend the survival and effectiveness of organized labor, and

WHEREAS, to implement this policy, the AFL-CIO has established a National Commission on Racial and Economic Justice, with plans to travel to cities across the country and hold broad discussions on this effort with labor leaders and constituency groups,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO, applauds, welcomes and endorses this important initiative of our national leadership and commits itself to help carry out this effort in every way possible, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO participate in session of the AFL-CIO National Commission on Racial and Economic Justice,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO will publicize the aims and purposes of the labor movement in this regard, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation will distribute the national AFL-CIO statement to all affiliates and allied groups and encourage discussions at all levels on the importance of labor and its allies in playing a leading role in the national effort to overcome racism and racial injustice.

 



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