May 1, 2021.
United Latinos of the UFCW May Day Statement for Racial Justice
Dear United Latinos Members,
Today as we commemorate International Workers Day, we are reminded of the many struggles abroad and at home that plague working people. May Day stands as a testament to the power we have as working people to make a difference in our communities. We need to harness that power to fight for racial racial justice and reform.
We write in anger at our continual witnessing of Black and Brown lives cut short at the hands of police. Without missing a beat, the same week that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder, camera footage of of Adam Toledo’s murder by Chicago police was released.
Adam Toledo was a seventh-grader from Chicago. Body camera footage shows that he was unarmed and with his hands raised when the Chicago police officer opened fire, taking his life with a fatal shot to his chest. Adam’s death stresses how policing practices of Black and Brown youth are not only biased but are a failed system. Our youth, families, and communities, need to be protected NOT made more vulnerable. Our youth, families, and communities, deserve to live long lives. We continue to condemn police brutality. We mourn the lives lost just a week after the Chauvin verdict at hands of police Adam Toledo (13), Ma’Khia Bryant (15), Daunte Wright (20). Demonstrating that we need to continue fighting to put an end to police brutality.
As the United Latinos of the UFCW, we will keep fighting for racial and economic justice by building together with other constituency groups and Local Unions. We need to keep our membership educated about issues relating to racial and criminal justice, after all the change we want to see starts with us. Together, we must take collective action to dismantle institutions that enable acts of violence against Black and Brown communities to keep happening.
Economic justice is racial justice. With this in mind, this May Day we join the larger labor movement in supporting legislation that will protect workers' right to organize and fight systemic racism. The AFL-CIO has put together a list of Five Ways the PRO Act will Help Address Systemic Racism. Through the PRO Act and other avenues we will continue to fight for racial justice. As working people we are in a position to make real change nationally and globally, workers move the world.
We must resist and fight back against the harms that are affecting working people and people of color across the United States and beyond its borders. May Day reminds us of our movement's interconnectedness and solidarity. May Day reminds us that When We Fight, We Win!
The United Latinos of the UFCW