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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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Twenty-Nine Days to Celebrate Black History Isn’t Enough

Activist Bree Newsome

Black History Month is meant to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in the United States. While we have made huge strides toward overcoming the barriers that have set us back—we have not fully overcome the damages that centuries of exploitation, oppression and free labor have had on our communities due to enslavement and Jim Crow laws. Many people tell our community that we should “get over it” and “slavery is over, the playing field is equal”—but it's no secret that structural racism has continued to plague our community with higher unemployment rates, overincarceration and a wider education gap than whites and other communities of color.

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Join Carmen Berkley Tuesday for Women's History Month Twitter Chat

Join Carmen Berkley Tuesday for Women's History Month Twitter Chat

On Tuesday, March 31, please join Carmen Berkley, AFL-CIO's director of civil, human and women's rights, for a Twitter chat in honor of women's history month. Carmen will lead a conversation that will focus on issues women face in the workplace, including paid family leave, fair scheduling and gender equality. You can participate in the chat on Twitter by following @CarmenSpinDiego, @AFLCIO and the hashtag #1uHerStory.

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Black Equality Doesn't End in February

Scott T. Baxter, via Getty Images

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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Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Join the AFL-CIO for Special Election Day Tweet Chats!

Election Day on Tuesday will be a busy day, with so much information coming in, it'll be a challenge to sift through all the details and figure out what it all means for working families. Luckily, we've got that stuff covered for you. Join us on Twitter for three Tweet chats throughout the day that will help you understand what all the results mean and get plugged into Election Day activities. 

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AFL-CIO and Partners Announce Far-Reaching Voter Rights Campaign

Veteran Gil Paar can't vote because his military ID doesn't count under Wisconsin law.

The AFL-CIO today announced a far-reaching, multi-partner campaign to register voters, ensure they can cast their ballots without intimidation and follow through to make sure those votes are counted. Speaking at a press conference here in Washington, D.C., AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker said this campaign represents the union movement’s most aggressive push ever because:

the attacks we are seeing on the right to vote are unprecedented.

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