The following statement is from CWA President Chris Shelton:
The accomplishments of Congressman John Lewis are legendary. His courage and determination in the face of some of the most brutal racist attacks any person has ever endured inspired generations of activists and leaders, including thousands of CWA members. He truly understood the connection between labor rights and civil rights.
Congressman Lewis devoted his life to helping America live up to its highest ideals. He will, of course, be remembered for the leadership he showed and the sacrifices he made as a young man during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. I knew Congressman Lewis as an accomplished legislator who treated me like family and always had time to listen to the concerns of working people.
John Lewis is irreplaceable, but we are seeing a new generation of activists rising to defend and carry on his work. In fact, they have distilled it into three simple words: Black Lives Matter. In his memory, we at CWA recommit ourselves to the fight for justice.