Feb 10, 2023 | News Story

NYC CLC Hosts Labor and Civil Rights Panel

Labor and Civil rights leaders gathered Thursday night for the NYC CLC's annual Labor and Civil Rights event, a panel in which they engaged in a vibrant discussion of the role of the Labor Movement in the fight for racial, social, and economic justice. Moderator Anthony Harmon, AFT Vice President and President, NAACP New York Branch, was joined by Edgar Romney, Secretary-Treasurer, Workers United, SEIU; Gloria Middleton, President, CWA Local 1180; Jonathan Smith, President, New York Metro Area Postal Workers Union; George Gresham, President, 1199SEIU; and NYC CLC Secretary-Treasurer and UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds.

Panelists reflected on the last three years and their impact on working families in New York City and across the country: the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on African Americans, the challenges facing workers as prices rise and incomes remain flat, how their organizations are engaging in conversations around systemic racism and violence, and how all of these issues intersect. Video of the event is available below.