AFSCME message about the events in Charlottesville

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Sisters and Brothers,

What happened in Charlottesville over the weekend was shocking and shameful.

AFSCME emphatically and unequivocally condemns the Nazi white nationalists who spewed vile bigotry and incited domestic terrorism on Saturday. Now is a moment for all Americans who believe in freedom and justice, in tolerance and inclusion, to stand up and speak out.

To combat hatred and violence, AFSCME is making contributions to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We hope you’ll join us in supporting these organizations.

The Southern Poverty Law Center works to eliminate bigotry and advance justice for the most vulnerable members of society. You can contribute to them by clicking here.

The Anti-Defamation League fights anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice and intolerance. Even if it’s $5, please consider contributing to them by clicking here.

Our union has been on the front lines of civil rights and racial justice struggles for decades. In the coming year, through the I AM 2018 initiative we launched earlier this summer, we will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. half a century after he was assassinated during a trip to Memphis to support striking AFSCME sanitation workers.

But this campaign is not just a look back at our past; it’s a call to action, to inspire and train people to create a better American future. One where we lift up each other. One where we recognize and celebrate our common humanity. One where we respect and embrace all our neighbors.

That work has to happen one conversation at a time, community by community. In the coming days, weeks and beyond, we’re asking you to prove that our country is so much better than what we saw in Charlottesville. Talk to your neighbors. Attend a vigil or some other community event. And please consider supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, or both.

Thank you for everything you do every day to make our communities safe and strong.

In solidarity,

Lee Saunders, President 
Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer 


Social Service Employees Union Local 371
817 Broadway, New York, NY 10003