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The Week of I AM Commemorations

Thousands marched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and the Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers’ strike.

AFSCME Staff |

‘I AM 2018’ Rally Participants Urged to Continue Dr. King’s Struggle

Thousands marched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and the Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers’ strike.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME in Memphis: I AM 2018 is Call to Action to “Reach the Promised Land”

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Mountaintop” speech, AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders echoed King’s words on the struggle for racial and economic justice.

Pablo Ros |

A Historic Week’s Events Commemorate the Tragedy and Triumph of 50 Years Ago

This week’s Mountaintop Conference will be a celebration and commemoration of labor and civil rights history.

Pete Levine |

The Racist Roots of Right to Work

Proponents of so-called “right to work” often use lofty language to sell their agenda, but the truth behind right to work is much uglier. It was started in the Jim Crow South of the 1940s by a self-described white supremacist.

Pablo Ros |

Black History Month: Bill Lucy Remembers ’68 Strike

As part of Black History Month, former AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Bill Lucy shared a firsthand account of 1968 strike.

Pete Levine |

Nation Observes Moment of Silence to Honor Cole, Walker

The nation honored Echol Cole and Robert Walker for their sacrifices 50 years ago – and for changing the course of our history.

AFSCME Staff |

Honoring Cole, Walker and the Sanitation Workers’ Strike

Across the country, working people honored two Memphis sanitation workers whose deaths triggered the historic 1968 sanitation workers’ strike.

AFSCME Staff |

Memories of Memphis

An AFSCME member who participated in the 1968 Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers’ strike vividly recalls the events of that seminal moment in our nation’s history.

Join the Nationwide Moment of Silence

Cities across the country observe a moment of silence on February 1, honoring AFSCME sanitation workers and their historic strike.

Pete Levine |

NAACP Honors Former Sec.-Treas. Bill Lucy, 1968 Memphis Strikers

AFSCME icons were honored at the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Pete Levine |

Former AFSCME Leader to Receive Prestigious NAACP Award

Former AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Bill Lucy will receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Pablo Ros |

In Memoriam: Alvin Turner, Memphis Sanitation Worker and Labor Hero

AFSCME mourns the passing of Alvin Turner, 83, a participant in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and member of AFSCME Local 1733.

Clyde Weiss |

Church Tied to AFSCME and Civil Rights History Now a National Landmark

A historic Memphis church with ties to the Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation strike of 1968 – part of AFSCME’s history – has been designated a national landmark.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Launches Campaign to Honor Dr. King, 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strikers

AFSCME is launching a campaign of education and activism to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis.

Clyde Weiss |

Black History Month: A Celebration of Possibility

Black History Month honors both visionaries and everyday people.

Lee Saunders |

Trump Doesn’t Want You to Join a Union

“Right-to-work” laws do not give anyone the right to work. If anything, they do the opposite.

Pablo Ros |