Unions Join Juneteenth March for Black Lives
Working people will lead a march from the AFL-CIO HQ tommorrow
June 19th is celebrated across the country as Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday marks the day that the last slaves in Texas were freed thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation. This year’s celebration is taking on new importance as the treatment of African Americans by police and within our society is at the forefront of the news.
This year, activists are calling a major rally to celebrate Juneteenth at the Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC. The rally, which begins at 5 PM on Friday, is bringing together not only Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists, but also workers. According to Will Attig of the Union Veterans Council, the goal of the rally is to bring the collective voices of workers and BLM activists together to tear down the walls of systemic racism in America. With the AFL-CIO now being located on Black Lives Matter Plaza, there is no better place to hold this important rally.
Below is a video that was created by the Union Veterans Council. The video includes excerpts of Attig’s interview with UCOMM where he laid out the reasons why workers should get involved in the fight for racial justice. Check out the video below and make sure to come out to this important rally on Friday.