That’s Michigan Congressman Andy Levin, a former AFL-CIO staffer and career union organizer and activist, on the latest edition of the AFL-CIO’s State of the Unions podcast…
(audio) People try to put the rights of people of color, the rights of LGBTQ people...they say well, you can either have a class politics or identity politics. That’s what I ran against. I consider that to be complete nonsense. We need all working people to unite and there’s no way to do that in this country without understanding and accounting for our original sins...racism, and people who are left out of our Constitution altogether like half the population plus all the slaves in the South and all women, etcetera, etcetera. Everybody didn’t own land. This country...it’s not as if things were so great in the past.
Listen to State of the Unions on your favorite podcast platform.
On today’s labor calendar…
Tune in at 1 o’clock today here on WPFW for this week’s edition of Your Rights at Work;
Then at 3, check out Revolt in the Heartland: Debs and American Socialism at Soho Tea & Coffee,
and at 4:20p this afternoon there’s a Justice for Janitors march and rally at the Tyson’s Metro Station; complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1937, a general strike by some 12,000 autoworkers and others in Lansing, Michigan shut down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday.”
Today’s labor quote is a clip from U.S. President Harry S. Truman and American Federation of Musicians President James Petrillo performing a musical duet at the union’s convention in Asbury Park, New Jersey on this date in 1948…
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