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Local 602 Vice President Isaiah Fuler
Updated On: Apr 01, 2021

February 2021

With 2021 in full swing, it has me thinking of the past, where we have come from as whole, and the accomplishments of our leadership of the past. Thinking of things that we can do to get back on track and get ahead of the ball in the game. There’s nothing wrong with holding on to the past, but to embrace the future and prepare for it is to gain as we plan, prepare, and build the many strengths and qualities that make us who we are.
Frederick Douglass said “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Our fight is not with each other or our own self, but with those who want to hold us back from the vision that those before us had for a better future of equal prosperity for equal work put in. A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay. Comfort should be rare when we are in a day and time where those who control everything we do with the click of a button or stroke of a pen. Water, being one of the strongest elements, can’t have an effect on the environment when it sits still.
 When I was young, I was told by my father that a man has great power over you when he can dictate the life you and your family live by telling you how much money you can make. The deck will always be stacked against us; when those who want us to have nothing or earn little can control us and make us fight with each other. We are all mankind who want and desire freedom, respect, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; but they limit how much of each you can have just because you are not in the same tax bracket as them.
Brothers and sisters, I see a brighter future, but we must come together here as the working class to gain those freedoms and rights that should be given to every person that earns them. Stand side by side and not face to face.

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