CBTU leading seven days of Moral Mondays-inspired marches around state Capitol



Federation activists in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists want all members to know about the CBTU-sponsored week of walks around the state Capitol in Olympia – marches inspired by the “Moral Mondays” movement started by the Rev. Dr. William Barber.

The walks will be every evening in silent prayer at 6:30 p.m. starting CORRECTION: Friday, Aug. 22, and ending Thursday, Aug. 28.

For information, contact Tashia Hankerson, a UW Local 1488 member with the King County CBTU Chapter, at (253) 970-2495 or tashiasmith@hotmail.com.

Barber initiated the idea of the walks around state capitols. He was the keynote speaker at the recent AFSCME Convention in Chicago, where he riveted delegates with his “Moral Mondays” speech.

Barber and the “Moral Mondays” movement is delivering a message of coalition building and solidarity with references pulled from the civil rights and labor movements, as well as Scripture.

“We are all trade unionists. We are all civil rights activists. And it’s about time for all of us to get together and organize America like never before! It’s time to say to America, ‘We will not turn back now!’” Barber declared in his AFSCME Convention keynote speech.

The Rev. Dr. Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and president of the North Carolina NAACP, is the architect of the Moral Mondays-Forward Together movement that began in North Carolina and is spreading across the nation. He charged that political extremists, backed by corporate billionaires like the Koch brothers, are pushing “an immoral agenda” that includes denying rights to workers, immigrants, women, African Americans, the LGBTQ community and others.

“And all these agendas intersect because all the same people fighting labor rights are fighting civil rights. So if they are together, by God, we ought to get together
and fight them back!”

To see all of Barber’s AFSCME speech, go to: http://2014.afscme.org/video/rev-dr-william-barbers-full-keynote-speech

Former AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer William Lucy founded the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). CBTU is an organization of union leaders and rank-and-file members dedicated to the unique needs of African Americans and minority group workers.

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  1. kallen1954 says:

    Kudos to the Peirce Co and Puget Sound Chapters of the CBTU for carrying out the Vision of Rev. Barber that he put forth at the AFSCME Int’l Convention this past July. This Action here in Olympia was driven primarily by WFSE Activists who are CBTU Members. A special mention should be made for Tashia Hankerson from Local 1488 who initiated and spearheaded this effort.

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