- The BWFJ is an organization of Black workers formed in December of 1982 out of a struggle led by Black women workers at a K-mart store in Rocky Mount, North Carolina against race and gender discrimination. After organizing a boycott of the local K-mart store and reaching out to workers at other workplaces and communities, Black workers and community activists from 10 counties met at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Fremont, NC in December 1982 to form BWFJ as a statewide organization.
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Today is the 54th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X-Al Hajj Malik Al Shabazz one of the foremost leaders the Black Freedom movement in the US has ever produced. His life and legacy established a standard of dedication, sacrifice and love for the people, which must continue to serve as a guide to those fighting for Black liberation in this historical moment Continue reading
In 2019, Dr. ML King Jr. Day activities and events must make a call for Blacks, immigrants and all workers and oppressed people to be engaged in direct political action to address the growing U.S. crisis during Trump’s administration, with its rising tide of racism, white Neo-fascist movement and and anti-worker policies. We must raise up the “fierce urgency of now” as as Trump’s policies and actions has led to the longest partial U.S. government shutdown in history impacting over 800,000 jobs.
Two years ago, Hurricane Matthew caused massive damages and flooding in the eastern part of our state, displacing many families–our first self-described climate refugees–and further polluting the communities where toxic coal ash and hog waste overflowed their meager enclosures.
One year ago, Hurricanes Harvey and Maria devastated communities elsewhere, but we felt their pain and understood the injustice at the root of these vicious storms.
These are not natural disasters, they are the logical outcome of a society that believes some people and some places are expendable. They are the product of a broken political and economic system–an industrial growth society that has given rise to climate chaos and unspeakable suffering.
Now as we face yet another unprecedented storm–Hurricane Florence–and work feverishly to make sure that those who are always first and worst impacted are not forsaken, we make clear our one demand: there must be an immediate Just Transition to a clean energy economy that can turn the tides of destruction and source thriving, equitable, earth-honoring, joyfully inclusive communities. Until we achieve that, the next unnatural storm will always be bearing down on us.
We ask that you support a Just Recovery from Hurricane Florence by sending donations to the frontline organizations working in NC at the intersection of economic, racial and ecological justice. For more information, go to justflorencerecovery.org