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AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

AFL-CIO Proudly Supports John Legend's #FREEAMERICA Campaign

I am so thrilled that we at the AFL-CIO are partnering with John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA campaign to raise awareness of the need to end mass incarceration. Our first step in this historic partnership was taking 30 labor leaders to Washington Corrections Center for Women, an all-women’s prison in Washington state, to hear from those affected by the system and to learn about effective ways to reduce recidivism. The experience was truly transformational and liberating for myself and for those involved.

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Let's Get Serious About Mass Incarceration

Let's Get Serious About Mass Incarceration

Mass incarceration is an important issue for working people. These policies have devastated communities of color, weakened our movement, and made the job of law enforcement and corrections officers more dangerous. It's time that we have a deeper conversation about mass incarceration and pursue policy changes that will improve the lives of those who are presently or formerly incarcerated, their families, and our brothers and sisters who work in prisons. Mass incarceration has become a big business whose product is low wages and blighted lives, and the time has come for us to do something about it.

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It's Time to Reform Sentencing Law in the U.S.

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I am part of a community where a lot of my peers aren’t working. Many of them want to but can’t because they were formerly incarcerated. In fact, studies show a formerly incarcerated white male has a better chance of being hired than an African American male without a criminal record. But that is frequently overlooked, and it often feels like no one even cares.

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Worker Stories: Vincent Louque

Vincent Loque

On Oct. 7, the White House is hosting a “Summit on Worker Voice,” allowing working people to share their stories on how we can rewrite the rules to create an economy that works for everyone. Every day until the summit, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggles to make sure their voices are heard on the job.

Today, we take a look at Vincent Louque and the workers at Kinkisharyo who recently formed their own union with Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11.

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Want to Fix the Economy? How About Addressing Mass Incarceration

In the latest video on how to improve the American economy, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich lays out the case that addressing the current problems with mass incarceration would be a good place to start. He says our unjust criminal system is racist, it's destructive, it doesn't make us safer and it's a disaster for our economy. Watch the video to learn more.

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Black Equality Doesn't End in February

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Black History Month is more than just acknowledgement in a newspaper or a special program at your children's school. It's an opportunity to reflect on how far black people in the United States have come in their struggle for justice and equal rights, while not forgetting the scores of women and men whose lives have been destroyed by our biased judicial system. The mass criminalization of millions of men and women, mostly people of color who are imprisoned for small infractions, creates a group of second-class citizens who are unable to rebuild a life for themselves even after serving their time.

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The Power of the Podium: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.


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