US nationwide strike for Black lives; Monday July 20

“Today, in this national moment of reckoning, working people are demanding fundamental changes to America’s broken system. They’re coming together in the Strike for Black Lives to declare that until Black people can thrive, none of our communities can thrive.” – Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Fast-food, nursing home, rideshare, farm, airport workers and many other workers will go on Strike for Black Lives on Monday, July 20, joined by thousands more who will walk off their jobs for eight minutes, 46 seconds to remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and other Black people killed by police, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) informs. Across the country, youth and climate activists will join in the actions, the union informs. The actions will “confront the triple threat of white supremacy, public health emergency, broken economy,” the union says.

Major national labour organizations, including the SEIU, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers, United Farm Workers, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Fight for $15 and a Union will join forces with leading racial and social justice groups like the Movement for Black Lives; the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; March On; Future Coalition; U.S. Youth Climate Strike Coalition; Center for Popular Democracy; Jobs with Justice; and One Fair Wage.

An excerpt from the union’s press release follows:

“Companies like McDonald’s cannot on the one hand tweet that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and on the other pay us poverty wages and fail to provide sick days and adequate PPE,” said Angely Rodriguez Lambert, an Oakland McDonald’s worker and leader in the Fight for $15 and a Union. “We’re going on strike because McDonald’s and other fast-food companies have failed to protect us in a pandemic that has ravaged Black and brown communities across the country.

We’re going to keep joining together and speaking out until McDonald’s and other companies respond with actions that show they really value our lives.”…..

continue reading here .. US nationwide strike for Black lives to be held on July 20 — Tony Seed’s Weblog

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