IN PROTEST OF THE POLICE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

METRO NEW YORK LABOR COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL STATEMENT IN PROTEST OF THE POLICE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

As labor activists, members of the Metro New York Labor Communications Council condemn the recent police killing of George Floyd. At the same time, we demand:

  1. That the three police accomplices be indicted for murder;
  2. That all police forces desist in their practice of racial profiling and racist arrests of people of color;
  3. That prosecutors desist in bringing criminal charges based on racial profiling and economic inequality;
  4. That both houses of Congress pass legislation withholding federal support for police forces that fail to implement effective anti-racist policies in their every day performance;
  5. And that President Trump cease releasing inflammatory and degrading comments that encourage right wing racists to acts of violence.

Institutional, legalized and cultural racism has persisted for too long in the United States. It is time to bring an end to racism in all its forms, and to provide equal opportunities to all for work, education, health care and community membership, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation/expression.

If your union is supporting any public action, such as a rally or an online public event, in support of justice for George Floyd, please feel free to post to our listserv. Also email us at and we will ask all of our members to support your initiative.

When we stand together, we stand strong.

In solidarity, Timothy Sheard, Chair, Metro NY

Unmasking Fake News and the Efforts to Suppress Journalists – Panel 10/24

Join Metro for a provocative discussion with leading thinkers and working journalists about:

  • Communicating with members who believe fake news
  • Combating the overabundance of misinformation out there
  • Best practices in response to politicians/bosses who denigrate our work in order to prevent exposure of their wrongdoing
  • How the risks to journalists (from physical danger to damaged reputations) might hinder the truth from being told
  • Countering this destructive effort that threatens our unions and our democracy

Panel discussion
Thursday, October 24
5:30-8pm
National Writer’s Union
256 W. 38th Street, 12th Fl.
Free event, light refreshments
RSVP to METRO FAKE NEWS PANEL

Panelists:
Kerry Paterson, Deputy Director of Advocacy, Committee to Protect Journalists. Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.

Jiore Craig, Vice President at GQR. Craig helps governments and unions to develop rapid response programs to combat disinformation on- and offline.

Zach Verdin, entrepreneur and artist. Verdin co-founded NewHive and Guardians.ai, where his most recent work has focused on the impact of information warfare on societies, systems, countries, presidential campaigns, and companies.