The CWA National Civil Rights and Equity Committee and the CWA National Women's Committee hosted their biennial conference on human rights this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference featured workshops, guest speakers, and political action.
CWA District 6 Vice President Claude Cummings, who chairs the Executive Board Diversity Committee, addressed the group saying, "These are challenging times and we in labor who are accustomed to speaking out, working together, and bringing about change have a special role to play. We must take back what we learned here to our workplaces and communities."
Clockwise from top left: CWA President Chris Shelton, CWA District 6 Vice President Claude Cummings, CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt, AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson.
"We need to stand with each other and inspire each other, because we are living in perilous times," said CWA President Chris Shelton. "The one percent wants to crush us. All of us; men, women, black, white, brown, heterosexual, LGBTQ. Who we are doesn't really matter to them. Their greed is so great, they want it all. The one percent wants to buy our democracy and roll back 50 years of voting rights to suppress the vote and win elections. We won't let them. The one percent thinks it has all the power, but we are the 99 percent and when we mobilize and join together, nothing can stop us. That is the basis of our unity."
The CWA National Women's Committee.
The CWA National Civil Rights and Equity Committee.
On Monday, CWA members rallied with the Georgia Federation of Teachers to oppose ballot initiative SR.287 and fight for high-quality, locally controlled neighborhood public schools. The event was aimed at educating Georgia voters about the misworded and often misunderstood ballot initiative that if passed would strip local control of Georgia's public schools.
CWA members and Georgia teachers rally against stripping local control of public schools.