Fighting Injustice From The Annals of History

FEBRUARY 1, 2018  ·   WNYC By The Takeaway On February 1st, 1968, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, both sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee were crushed to death in the back of a trash truck. Their… Read More

Memphis sanitation workers whose deaths inspired Martin Luther King’s final speech receive minute’s silence

FEBRUARY 1, 2018   ·   Independent By Andrew Buncombe Officials in cities across America are honouring the memory of two sanitation workers from Memphis, whose deaths 50 years ago triggered a huge strike and led to Martin Luther King visiting… Read More

Moment of Silence Set to Honor Memphis Sanitation Workers

JANUARY 31, 2018   ·   The New York Times By The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rain was falling in Memphis, Tennessee, when two sanitation workers picking up trash sought shelter in the back of… Read More

Workplace dignity struggles persist 50 years after tragic deaths

JANUARY 25, 2018   ·   The San Diego Union-Tribune By Michael Avant Feb. 1 is a historic day in a generations-long struggle for civil rights and workplace dignity in America. This year, it will mark… Read More

On King Holiday, Religious Groups Look to 50th Anniversary of Assassination

JANUARY 12, 2018   ·   RELIGION NEWS SERVICE By Adelle Banks (RNS) Religious groups are planning more than the annual holiday celebrations that note the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this year.… Read More

Major “I AM 2018” Initiative Announced to Mark 50th Anniversary of Memphis Sanitation Strike, MLK Assassination

JUNE 28, 2017   ·   PRESS RELEASE AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders, COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, along with Rep. John Lewis and leaders from the labor, religious & civil rights movements unite to announce… Read More

Top labor leader resigns from Trump’s jobs council after Trump blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville violence

AUGUST 15, 2017   ·   WASHINGTON POST Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest group of labor unions in the country, quit President Trump’s manufacturing council Tuesday evening, with the labor leader saying he… Read More

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the Need for a ‘Strong Army’ to Advance Economic Justice and Civil Rights

AUGUST 18, 2017   ·   BY CATHERINE LIZETTE GONZALEZ, COLORLINES It was raining on the day that Echol Cole and Robert Walker died while working for the Memphis Sanitation Department. Denied access to the employee… Read More

Still Striving for the Promised Land

AUGUST 28, 2017   ·   BY LEE SAUNDERS, HUFFINGTON POST Fifty-four years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to proclaim his dream – of a nation… Read More

Church Tied to AFSCME and Civil Rights History Now a National Landmark

AUGUST 30, 2017   ·   BY CLYDE WEISS, AFSCME NOW Clayborn Temple, a Memphis, Tennessee, church that played an important role in the civil rights struggle, is receiving long-overdue national recognition. On March 28, 1968,… Read More