What's New at AFSCME 2401
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Dr. King's legacy is more than the "I have a dream" speech. As we celebrate him, let us not join in the whitewashing of his legacy. Instead, let’s celebrate the real Dr. King, the revolutionary Dr. King.
"I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. …
Today capitalism has outlived its usefulness." (A letter to Corretta Scott, 1952)
"We must admit that [communism] arose as a protest against the hardships of the underprivileged. … Communism seeks to transcend the superficialities of race and color, and you are able to join the Communist party whatever the color of your skin or the quality of the blood in your veins. With this passionate concern for social justice Christians are bound to be in accord." (1962)
"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." (1967)
"When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." (1967)
"[W]e are saying that something is wrong … with capitalism…. There must be better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism." (1966)
"One day we must ask the question, 'Why are there forty million poor people in America?' ... When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy." (1967)
"Marx reveals the danger of the profit motive as the sole basis for an economic system. We must heed this challenge. I’m afraid that there are too many people in America concerned about making a living rather than making a life." (1962)
Download: dc council hearings.pdf
DC Council Hearings Impactful to AFSCME Local 2401 Members COMMITTEE AGENCY PERFORMANCE HEARING BUDGET HEARING Government Operations ORM 1/16/2020 Government Operations OHR 1/22/2020 Human Services DHS 1/29/2020 Human Services CFSA 2/12/2020 Judiciary & Public Safety OAG 2/13/2020 3/24/2020 Human Services DDS 2/7/2020 Education DCPS 2/19/2020 Labor & Workforce Development OLRCB 2/21/2020 Labor & Workforce Development DCHR 2/21/2020 Education OSSE 2/26/2020 Health DHCF 3/5/2020 4/6/2020
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Members, if you know anyone struggling during this holiday season, please don't forget about Black America Cares. This great non-profit has several services to help with:
-Workforce development and life skills
-Assistance for seniors
-Food and gas gift cards
Today's Washington Post reports that income equality continues to rise in the U.S., with most of the wealth created by workers going to a small minority of CEOs and rich shareholders. For the working class, homelessness continues to rise to epidemic levels in some cities.
Michelle was an experienced social worker with a Master's degree (and working on another one), when a couple of setbacks resulted in this single mother losing everything. The streets the U.S., both urban and increasingly rural, are filling up with hard-working people who have fallen victim to an economic system that devalues human lives and inherently puts profits over people.
As you watch Michelle tell her story, remember that union organizing is the ONLY way workers are able to have any say in their pay, benefits, work safety, etc. especially in public sector jobs. Electing the "right" politicians and hoping they will act in workers behalf has only resulted in maintaining a status quo where the working class falls further and further behind.
As the weather turns colder, please remember that the homeless you see all the working class, like us. They may not be as educated as Michelle, but they all have a story that needs to be heard.
Support your union! Join and be active! YOU are the Union!!!
Download: June 2019 Newsletter 2401.pdf