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

WHEREAS the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the King Center have joined together to call for events — including an August 24, 2013 March on Washington — commemorating the 50th anniversary of 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 on August 28, 1963; and

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

WHEREAS the North Shore Federation’s participation in the August 24 March on Washington will give us an opportunity to honor King’s memory and the things he fought for; and

WHEREAS this includes 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 the North Shore Federation’s participation in the August 24 March on Washington will provide an occasion for promoting labor’s demands for a full employment society, defense of labor’s rights, and no cuts to safety net programs, all of which were part of King’s core beliefs; and

WHEREAS the North Shore Federation’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; and

WHEREAS the North Shore Federation’s participation in the August 24 March on Washington will enable us to strengthen and deepen our ties to the African American community and other liberal and progressive forces in our area; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the North Shore Federation of Labor hereby endorses the August 24 March on Washington and will mobilize to bring as many trade unionists as possible from our area to Washington to participate in this event; and be it finally

RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Ohio AFL-CIO and to the national AFL-CIO.