“Our brother killed our sister’s son”

Posted: 11 December 2014 in Uncategorized
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This is AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka [ht: ac], from earlier this year, on the issues of race and class in the United States, including the problems within the history of the U.S. labor movement itself.

It’s a perspective that has mostly gone unheard in the debate provoked by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. . .

Comments
  1. B.R.Fuller says:

    Trumka, while part of the establishment has got the correct perspective on the Ferguson situation. There is always the attempt to divide and conquer and a majority of the main stream and alternative press has been playing to this end by using the emotions surrounding this homicide to sensationalize and pander to the masses who do not not understand that this is mainly a problem of police procedure that has been militarized with the resultant interactions between police and citizen becoming an us and them paradigm; with the arrest being the most dangerous part of this interaction.

  2. mjlovas says:

    Thank you for posting this. I felt it was well worth watching.

  3. Rita Addessa says:

    Thank you. Good job on need for unity and solidarity across socially constructed divides. A fuller discussion with more specifics would be even better, e.g. on race, for instance, support for justice AND reparations and reminders of 1 or 2 instances of workers’ race(and gender) solidarity that made a difference in counter to East St. Louis racist debacle. On economics, generally, a few concrete examples of the impact of disaster capitalism on workers, on humankind generally as well as the planet; the need for democratic and participatory decision making at the worksite and in the halls of the US Congress; a clear crisp vision statement with reference to some specific legislative and political agenda made clear. It is also time that our labor leaders acknowledge that the USA’s “two-party” capitalist system has failed at every turn to meet labor’s demands and in concert the quest for social and economic justice, for peace and prosperity for all. And decide, in unity and solidarity, what we must do!

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