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The Richmond Local of the IWW has endorsed the Workers March! Read their full statement below:
WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump has publicly supported and endorsed anti-union policies including federal Right-to-Work laws and has appointed to his administration people with a track record of promoting such policies, and
WHEREAS, newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has a history of voting against the interests of workers and is expected to pull the Court to be even more consistently anti-union, and
WHEREAS, the diverse membership of the working class and of our unions includes populations that President Trump is threatening with bigoted, unconstitutional policies and hateful rhetoric, and
WHEREAS, that hateful rhetoric has been seen in the form of an increase of hate crimes and violence against marginalized communities which overlap with our membership, and
WHEREAS, it is the obligation of organized labor to promote an elevated and equal quality of life for all workers, and
WHEREAS, increasing numbers of working class people in the United States have begun to meet face to face to proclaim their opposition to economic injustice and define their interests in democratic popular assemblies, autonomous from political parties, which resonates deeply with the IWW's traditions and principles, and
WHEREAS, the IWW has stood since its founding in 1905 for the proposition that:
"The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth", and
WHEREAS, every year May Day is celebrated globally as International Workers Day to commemorate the struggle of the international working class to emancipate itself through the class war over the centuries, and
WHEREAS, the Richmond Branch of the IWW welcomes this opportunity to help the working class build the skills, the community, and the combativeness necessary to defend ourselves, our elders, and the generations to come from the global threats of austerity, exploitation, imperialism and ecocide.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Richmond Branch of the IWW endorses and encourages all members to participate in the April 30 Workers March on Washington and commits to promote the event in the days leading up to April 30.