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We Need to Fight for Equality

We Need to Fight for Equality

Last week, I had the great honor to receive the Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame” Award from the Labor Committee of the NAACP’s Board of Directors.  Both the new president, Cornell Brooks, and Lorraine Miller, who served as interim president before him, were present. I felt humbled by the honor.

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7 Key Ways Labor Rights and Civil Rights are Forever Intertwined

As our nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we recognize the long-standing relationship between labor and the civil rights movement in our efforts to fight for economic justice. Throughout history, labor unions have joined with the civil rights movement in fighting for equality for all. Here are seven key moments that helped forever intertwine the cause of civil rights with the labor movement.

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Fifty Years: A Land of Opportunity

Fifty years ago this week, the U.S. Senate passed the version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would be passed by the House and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The bill faced a filibuster of 14 hours and 13 minutes by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Between the passage by the Senate and debate by the House, three young civil rights workers—Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Earl Chaney—disappeared into the night on June 21, 1964, driving in the rural area near Philadelphia, Miss. Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney were later found dead, having been murdered for trying to register African American voters in Mississippi.

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International Women's Day: Where Does the U.S. Rank in Gender Equality for Women Workers?

International Women's Day: Where Does the U.S. Rank in Gender Equality for Women Workers?

In the United States, a woman makes only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. The majority of minimum wage and tipped workers are women. Nearly 40 million workers don’t have a single paid sick day. And here’s just one more incredible stat about women in our country: The U.S. has paid maternity and parental benefits similar to Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea. That is to say, zilch.

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Unions Work for All, Kentucky March Shows That

Unions Work for All, Kentucky March Shows That

How many times have you heard some labor hater claim that unions only care about their own members? The claims are baloney, of course. Unions advocate for more than just men and women who pack union cards.

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What We’re Reading Today: Thursday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Arizona Legislature Votes to Legalize Discrimination. Urge Governor to Veto

Sign designed by Barbie Donovan. Photo via Rocco's Facebook page.

Last week in Arizona, the tea party-dominated legislature passed a bill that will allow businesses to slam their doors shut on anyone they say doing business with would violate their religious beliefs. While the bill was aimed primarily at the LGBTQ community, in effect, it could allow business owners to discriminate against anyone.

Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has until Friday to sign or veto the bill. Call 888-968-2464 and urge Brewer to veto the bill.

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Black History Month: IBEW Leader Breaks Down Voting Barriers for People of Color in Mississippi

Charlie Horhn. Photo via the Electrical Worker online.

It took years of hard work, but Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2262 member and former local president Charles Horhn didn't give up on his dream. Horhn, a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi and worked with the Mississippi AFL-CIO, the NAACP, as well as other community and faith groups to register voters of color all over the state starting in the 1960s.

Text HISTORY to 235246 to hear workers reflect on Black History Month (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Pete Seeger’s Life Showed Music and Activism Make Good Duo

Pete Seeger’s Life Showed Music and Activism Make Good Duo

The legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died Monday in New York City. Since the 1930s, Seeger, who was 94, lent his musical talents and staunch support to workers fighting for their unions, African Americans and other people of color marching for their civil rights and all people demanding peace and a green world with clean water and air. 

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