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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act

WHEREAS:

            Civil rights and workers’ rights go hand in hand; and

WHEREAS:

            AFSCME’s struggles were linked with those of the civil rights movement, joining students and civil rights activists as they took to the streets to protest economic and racial oppression; and

WHEREAS:

            AFSCME has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of civil rights; and

WHEREAS:

            AFSCME’s support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the goals he set in the fight for civil rights remains unfinished: creating jobs, protecting worker’s rights, reducing poverty, defending voter rights, ending racial profiling, supporting gay rights and creating a pathway to citizenship for millions who want to share in the American dream; and

WHEREAS:

            Civil rights laws enacted over the past five decades have strengthened our nation and brought us closer to the fundamental ideal of equal opportunity for all; and

WHEREAS:

            There is still lots of work to be done in this realm through educating not only the public, but also within the labor movement, in order to achieve actual equality for all.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

            That this resolution be forwarded to AFSCME, WFSE Council 28 and the WSLC for their adoption so that labor will celebrate the anniversary of this historical event through formal recognition by dedicating some aspect of the conventions and conferences occurring in the year 2014.

 

SUBMITTED BY:
Sue Henricksen, President and Delegate
Terri McCullough, Secretary and Delegate
AFSCME Council 28
Washington

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