Labor Stands with All Who Fight White Supremacy
August 14, 2017 – The recent events in Charlottesville call upon us all to speak out boldly against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism in all forms. Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and fear should have no home in America.
We grieve for the lives lost and pray for those critically injured because of the domestic terrorism committed in Charlottesville. The San Francisco Labor Council condemns hatred, bigotry, and violence against our friends and neighbors. Our hearts pour out to everyone in the Charlottesville community, and those watching around the country traumatized by witnessing such barbaric acts of racism.
We recognize the progress achieved as communities finally remove the white supremacist monuments that stain our country. When tearing down symbols of hate sparks such vitriolic backlash, the work to fully dismantle racism from our society is far from over. Our nation needs more healing, unifying, and transformation to live up to our values of respect, equality, diversity, and freedom.
Working people know that standing shoulder to shoulder together makes us stronger as a people and as a nation. The San Francisco Labor Council is committed to advancing racial justice, as doing so is fundamental to working people uniting to create better workplaces and a more inclusive economy.
Now more than ever, the labor movement is called upon to combat the violent and exclusionary systems of white nationalism and white supremacy smoldering in our communities and institutions. We demand a future full of love, equity, diversity, peace, safety, and opportunity. It is up to us to build the America that we and our future generations deserve.
This statement was adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council on August 14, 2017.
[Based on the statement issued August 14, 2017 by Jobs with Justice, Washington, D.C.]