We are excited about our upcoming 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Support for Labor Banquet on April 2. Our theme for this years’ gathering is “ Black Lives Matter at the Workplace Too. ” Our keynote speaker will be Bree Newsome the brilliant and courageous activist and cultural worker who in the wake of the Charleston Nine massacre took the confederate flag down from the South Carolina State Capitol.
There will also be cultural performances and the presentation of the 2016 Self-Determination Awards. Tickets can be purchased on line at blackworkersforjustice.com (at the “Buy” button located at the bottom of the right panel) or call the phone numbers on the flyer. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 2.
The Political Landscape:
The central issue in the 2016 presidential and local election campaigns is NOT the Republican and Democratic Party candidates or even Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton. It is the growing economic and social crisis of the US capitalist system. Most important is the crisis’ devastating impact on workers, black and brown immigrants, Native Americans, women, the LGBTQ community, youth and the elderly.
Amid all the TV debates, news stories in the media, and billions of dollars spent by corporations and billionaires, workers, black and oppressed people have a human and fundamental democratic right to discuss and organize political campaigns to address our needs! We also have a right to discuss how our community, workplace and society should be run and even dare to organize and run it ourselves!
Over 1,000 Black Activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine, including: Angela Davis, Cornel West, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Talib Kweli, The Dream Defenders, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Organization for Black Struggle-St. Louis.
The Black Workers for Justice was proud to be a signatory to this historic and important statement of solidarity.
“The past year has been one of high-profile growth for Black-Palestinian solidarity. Out of the terror directed against us—from numerous attacks on Black life to Israel’s brutal war on Gaza and chokehold on the West Bank—strengthened resilience and joint-struggle have emerged between our movements. Continue reading
Not widely known outside of South Carolina, Charleston labor leader Mary Moultrie passed on April 27. Mrs. Moultrie made significant contributions to the workers struggle in Charleston starting with her leadership of the 1969 strike of hospital workers. Her work reveals both the connection of the civil rights movement to the labor movement and the too often hidden role of women’s leadership. Oral historian and Labor activist Kieran Taylor provides a brief look at this Black working class hero and shares resources about the strike and the life of this remarkable women.
The annual event that commemorates the death of Dr. King and highlights his support for workers will be held on this Saturday, April 11 at 6PM at the NCAE Building located at 700 Salisbury Street. The guest speaker will be Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The theme, “Reclaim Dr. King’s Legacy of Resistance: Black Lives Matter/Stop the War on Black America”was selected because it captures the horrible reality we are facing and suggests a way forward. The murders just keep on coming. The world is watching the video of a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina gun down a fleeing Walter Scott, a 50 year old African American man. He was stopped for a minor traffic infraction.
Self-Determination Awards will be given to Elandria Williams (cooperative economic development), Robert Dawkins( police accoutability), Milton Pitt & Shafeah M’Balia (worker/member) and Mari Caldwell & Ajamu Dillahunt-Holloway (youth activist).
The Banquet will feature cultural presentations by BWFJ’s Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble and Durham based “Artivist” Pierce Freelon. You can call 919 829-0957 for ticket information or buy your tickets here