Category: Civil Rights
Atlanta, Leading Nation in Income Inequality, Needs Unions
For the second year in a row, Atlanta ranks No. 1 among American cities with the highest level of income inequality, according to a recent study released by the Brookings Institution, a prominent Washington-based think tank.
VIDEO: Martin Luther King Jr. - The Struggle Continues
It was 47 years ago this Saturday, April 4, that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee, where he went to rally support for sanitation workers trying to organize with AFSCME.
AFSCME Activists Commemorate Selma March
It was 50 years ago last Sunday that peaceful civil rights activists, marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, were met by a brutal attack by state troopers. Their brave stand led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
‘Selma’ Revives Important Story of Voting Rights
The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama, marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act are an important part of this year’s celebration of Black History Month.
Black History, Church Inspire Activism
A preacher, political strategist and organizer kicked off AFSCME International’s annual observance of Black History Month by urging labor activists to build coalitions with like-minded groups to fight for social and economic justice.
Coming Out at Work and the Fight for Equality
Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered at work can be one of the most difficult choices a person can make. AFSCME and the AFL-CIO advocate for safe and inclusive workplaces for all workers, especially those who are often left behind.
Court Rejects Mayor’s Illegal Offer
Albuquerque city workers here prevailed in court this month in a case that could have repercussions for public worker bargaining units across the nation.
They Want Us to Stay Home on Nov. 4
A recent series of court rulings blocked implementation of discriminatory voter identification laws in Wisconsin, Arkansas and Texas - but the Supreme Court reversed a lower court and allowed Texas to move ahead with their voter suppression law.
Court Backs Voting Rights in Wisconsin
Two court decisions, one by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving Gov. Walker’s 2011 voter suppression law, and another case in Texas, slapped down efforts by lawmakers to limit who can vote in those states.
Voter Rights Activists Fight Off Attacks Nationwide
Prohibitive voter ID laws aimed at keeping people of color, the elderly and young people from participating in the democratic process are also popping up around the country and not just in the South.
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