“This pandemic has exposed our deadliest weaknesses — our lack of public health investment, our bankrupt healthcare infrastructure, an economic system that treats women and people of color as expendable, and of course our racist system of policing to uphold that economic system. But it is also making our calls for justice louder, and more unified, than ever. We can — we must — come out of this situation with a more just and equitable America. We the People demand it.”
Smiley is Executive Director of Jobs With Justice -- the first Black woman to lead JWJ -- which on this date in 1987 staged its first big support action, backing 3,000 picketing Eastern Airlines mechanics at Miami Airport. Read here whole statement here.