Share |
08.14.17

IFPTE Condemns Hatred...

IFPTE condemns the violent beliefs and horrific acts of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

We stand in solidarity with the courageous residents and community members, anti-racism activists, and religious groups who assembled to defend Charlottesville from racist groups and individuals who seek to turn back the progress American society has made in addressing discrimination and institutional racism. We mourn the deaths of Heather Heyer, killed in an act of racist terrorism, and Virginia State Trooper Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who died in a police helicopter crash in near Charlottesville.

Labor rights are civil rights and human rights, and the labor movementís efforts to realize fairness and justice in the workplace are inseparable from our commitment to oppose racism, discrimination and white-supremacy. As stated in IFPTEís 2015 resolution in support of Black Lives Matter, racial inequality has always been a tool of those who wish to weaken and divide working people.

Realizing a fair and just society requires the labor movement to oppose the violent acts and the rhetoric of racial prejudice but we must also dismantle structural racial inequality and make sure that public services serve all of our communities and community members.

Read the AFL-CIO's statement.

< View All News