National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said that
“There can be no doubt that the appalling display of white supremacy and hatred on display in Charlottesville was the precipitator of the violence.”
AFT President Randi Weingarten spoke for all when she said “We grieve the murder of Heather Heyer and the injury of other peaceful protesters against racism and anti-Semitism.”
And Auto Workers President Dennis Williams reminded us that
“The events in Charlottesville this weekend will long serve as a reminder that time has a way of washing away the tears of the past where hate bullied many Americans, both in society and in the workplace through intolerance.”
On today’s labor calendar, I’ll be guest-hosting “Arise!” this morning at 9 am with Jennifer Bryant, when we’ll discuss Charlottesville and its aftermath with guests James McCormack, of the DC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and Sarah Ann Lewis, with the DC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. That’s 9 to 10 am here on WPFW.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1932, the American Federation of Government Employees – or AFGE – was founded.
Today’s labor quote is by Elie Wiesel, from his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1986. Elie Wiesel, who said:
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”
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