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Realize the Dream! Fiftieth Anniversary March on Washington, August 24, 2013


Keep the Dream Alive!

Model Resolution in Support of Mobilizing for the August 24, 2013, March on Washington

WHEREAS, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and The King Center have joined together to call for events — including an August 24, 2013, March on Washington — commemorating the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech; and

WHEREAS, this speech was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters, including many from organized labor, on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington demanding Jobs and Freedom; and

WHEREAS, the AFL-CIO has endorsed the 50th anniversary commemorative events; and

WHEREAS, SCLC President Dr. C.T. Vivian has declared, “We still have to march. We must tell the President and Congress that 50 years later, the struggle continues and poverty continues unabated;” and

WHEREAS, other 50th Anniversary Commemorations will be held over the next few months, including the one co-sponsored by the UAW and the Detroit Branch NAACP in Detroit on June 22, 2013; and

WHEREAS, the [name of union body’s] participation in the August 24 March on Washington and in the other commemorative actions will give us an opportunity to honor King’s memory and the things he fought for, including his commitment to the cause of organized labor, which was shown by his support for AFSCME’s campaign to organize sanitation workers in Memphis, where he was assassinated; and

WHEREAS, what is needed today is a “Martin Luther King’s People’s Agenda,” which will make clear that the causes Dr. King fought for are still very much in the forefront now and that if he were still with us he would certainly support a March on Washington to demonstrate the massive support for that agenda -- including jobs, justice, freedom, civil rights, human rights, labor’s rights, protection and expansion of safety net programs, and peace; and

WHEREAS, the sequestration, involving $85 billion in federal spending cuts, has already started to depress the economy by reducing the number of new jobs, and the AFL-CIO has called for its “wholesale repeal;” and

WHEREAS, the percentage of people working is at its lowest since 1979; and

WHEREAS, President Obama’s proposed 2014 budget calls for cuts to Social Security and Medicare; and

WHEREAS, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stated that cuts to Social Security and Medicare are “indefensible” and declared “The President should drop these misguided cuts in benefits and focus instead on building support in Congress for investing in jobs;” and

WHEREAS, the [name of union body’s] participation in the August 24 March on Washington will provide an occasion for promoting labor’s demands for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other vitally needed social programs, which need to be expanded and improved, not reduced; repeal of the sequestration; creation of a federally funded public jobs program to put the 27 million unemployed and underemployed people back to work by taxing the rich; investing at home instead of the militarization of our foreign policy; and defense of labor’s rights -- all of which were essentially part of King’s core beliefs; and

WHEREAS, the [name of union body’s] participation in the August 24 March on Washington will reflect our commitment to the cause of civil rights, with freedom, justice and equality for all; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the [name of union body] hereby endorses the August 24 March on Washington and will mobilize to bring as many trade unionists and community allies as possible from our area to Washington to participate in this event; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the [name of union body] will call on [name of state union body] the national AFL-CIO, Change to Win and the National Education Association (NEA) to issue a mass call to mobilize their members and community supporters to demonstrate on August 24 in Washington and participate in the other commemorative activities around these demands; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, NEA, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose address is 320 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone number is 404-522-1420 and email address is info@nationalsclc.org.


Endorsement of August 24, 2013, March on Washington

We endorse the August 24 March on Washington called by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and The King Center, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This action will provide an occasion for promoting labor’s demands for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other vitally needed social programs, which need to be expanded and improved, not reduced; no “shared sacrifice”; repeal the sequestration; create a federally funded public jobs program to put the 27 million unemployed and underemployed people back to work by taxing the rich; invest at home instead of militarizing our foreign policy; and defend labor’s rights—all of which were essentially part of Dr. King’s core beliefs. We will urge our unions and/or community organizations to endorse the August 24 March on Washington and to mobilize as many of their members as possible for this event, and we will urge our unions and community organizations to call on the national AFL-CIO, Change to Win, and the National Education Association (NEA) to issue a mass call to mobilize our members and community supporters to demonstrate on August 24 in Washington around these demands. Please enter something into each blank space. If there is no information to add, please write “none.” This form does require a valid e-mail address.

   

       

 

 

 


 

Endorsers

AFL-CIO

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

United Steelworkers

United Auto Workers

Laborers International Union of North America

Communications Workers of America

American Federation of Government Employees

International Association of Machinists

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

National Education Association

Office and Professional Employees International Union

UNITE-HERE

Service Employees International Union

United Food and Commercial Workers

Farm Labor Organizing Committee

American Federation of Teachers

United Federation of Teachers

Utility Workers Union of America

Office and Professional Employees International Union

National Nurses United

1199-SEIU

North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor (Cleveland, Ohio)

New Jersey State Industrial Union Council

South Carolina AFL-CIO

San Francisco Labor Council

San Mateo County (California) Central Labor Council

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

A. Philip Randolph Institute

Pennsylvania Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees–International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Utility Workers Union of America Local 601

AFSCME New Jersey Council 1

United Auto Workers Region 2

United Auto Workers Local 4911

United Auto Workers Local 400

United Auto Workers Region 9A

United Auto Workers Local 2322

United Auto Workers Local 14

Communications Workers of America, Local 1082

Communications Workers of America, Local 1081

Communications Workers of America, Local 1080

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 819

Amalgamated Transit Union New Jersey State Council

Service Employees International Union Local 668

Savannah Regional Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Council of New Jersey State College Locals, AFT, AFL-CIO

Rutgers University American Association of University Professors–American Federation of Teachers

Labor Fightback Network

Catherine M. Stanford, Shop Steward,
Communications Workers of America, Local 1032

Adam Liebtag
Communications Workers of America Local 1036

Tiran Billups, Vice President
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 819

Wanda Serrano, Union Delegate
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 819

MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci
Union of Rutgers Administrators–American Federation of Teachers

Jackie DiSalvo
Professional Staff Congress–City University of New York–American Federation of Teachers Local 2334

Sandy Eaton, RN, Board Member
Massachusetts Nurses Association

United for Peace and Justice

Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War

New Jersey Progressive Democrats of America
Mary Ellen Marino, Chair

Northern New Jersey National Organization for Women
Bonnie Shapiro, President

Northeast Ohio Antiwar Coalition

United Front Against Austerity

Greater New Haven (Connecticut) Peace Council

Radical Women

Freedom Socialist Party

Laurens R. Hunt
AFSCME Local 2306, Council 52
Jersey City, NJ

Kevin Williams
Solana Plaines
Carol Hunt
Savannah, GA, NAACP

Gwen Barksdale
President, Holly Hill, SC, NAACP

BJ Taylor
Commissioner, City of Hartford LGBT Commission
West Hartford, CT


Resolution in Support of Mobilizing for the August 24 March on Washington
Adopted by the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor (Cleveland, Ohio)

Resolution in Support of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and King Center Call for a March and Rally in Washington, DC on August 24, 2013
Adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council