Jenkins spoke about what he saw during the riots and their aftermath, and spoke from his own experience during the AFGE Women's and Fair Practices Departments' third Diversity Week gathering in Washington, earlier this month.
“I'm a young black male with a high school diploma from Baltimore," said Jenkins. "Not too many organizations would be willing to invest in me like the postal workers union has. Unions have shown me that equity isn't a dream, it is a reality. It has put me in a position to fight for racial and economic justice, which my city needs most at this very moment.”
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1920, after three-quarters of the states had ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, women won their long struggle for the vote.
In 1970, the Women’s Strike for Equality was staged in cities across the U.S., marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, under which women won the right to vote. A key focus of the strike—in fact, more accurately a series of marches and demonstrations—was equality in the workplace. An estimated 20,000 women participated.
Today’s labor quote is from signs at the 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality, which carried the iconic slogan, “Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot.”