Today marks the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. George Floyd’s death came as communities were feeling the acute impact of the pandemic, including job losses, illness, and the death of loved ones. Our members and staff were proud to join thousands of people across the metropolitan Chicago area to demand justice for George Floyd.
There are no divided struggles in the fight for freedom. A world where workers have good wages, benefits, and protections from harassment and retaliation is also a world where no one has to fear police brutality.
Using divisions between Black and Latinx workers as a divide-and-conquer strategy is a historic tactic used by unjust employers in order to derail worker organizing. Temp agencies across the metropolitan Chicago area racially discriminate against temp workers during the hiring process to this day. CWC members work tirelessly to fight racism by temp agencies and employers because working together is how we win victories for all temp workers.
In many jurisdictions, there are no restrictions on police working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which places many immigrant workers at risk of deportation. Worker organizers on our Immigration Committee are organizing to ensure that immigrant workers know their rights and are connected to legal services, and are organizing with the rest of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to demand Citizenship for All essential workers.
Calls for racial justice, worker justice, and immigration justice have only grown louder over this past year. We are proud to stand with our coalitions of other worker centers and organizations demanding justice, because we are not free until all of us are free.