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Lansing Labor News
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April 19, 2019
Vice President Steve Delaney
Updated On: Feb 22, 2019

February 2019

“Yes, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” This quote from the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one that President Barack Obama used often. Both men emphasized that it wouldn’t be automatic or without struggle. Change doesn’t come from complacency or inaction. Activism and engagement are always necessary when there is an inequity involving humanity. This is why the Civil Rights movement and the Labor movement are so intertwined. The two journeys are about the struggles of people seeking equal rights, and workers demanding respect, dignity and the ability to earn an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.
The corporate democracy we live in today is rigged by and for the one percent at the top. Three people in the United States own as much as fifty percent of the rest of the country. We have CEO’s earning the combined salary of 375 of its average workers. It would be an insurmountable task for any individual to beat these odds. However, working collectively with a determination that the cause is just, the inequalities can be overcome. It won’t be easy. “The river doesn’t cut through the rock by force but by persistence.” Another quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
This February, 24th, 2019 will be our Black History Program at the UAW Local 602 Union Hall. This year’s theme is Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s always an excellent FREE event and families are welcome.

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