AFL-CIO president: Michael Brown is family (video)

In covering the powerful and groundbreaking speech (see video below) of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at the Missouri AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis, just miles from Ferguson where Michael Brown was shot to death by policeman Darren Wilson, Trymaine Lee of writes:

The head of the country’s largest federation of unions condemned on Monday the killing of Michael Brown last month, calling it a tragedy that has ripped at the heart of the collective union family.

“Union members’ lives have been profoundly damaged in ways that cannot be fixed,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka during remarks delivered at the union’s Missouri chapter convention in St. Louis. “Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, who works in a grocery store is our sister, an AFL-CIO union member. And Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown is a union member too, and he is our brother. Our brother killed our sister’s son and we do not have to wait for the judgment of prosecutors or courts to tell us how terrible this is.”

To read the full story:



Photo: AFL-CIO Richard Trumka speaks at an August 2009 rally for Employee Free Choice Act in Charleston, W.Va. (via FB)



Special to People’s World
Special to People’s World

People’s World is a voice for progressive change and socialism in the United States. It provides news and analysis of, by, and for the labor and democratic movements to our readers across the country and around the world. People’s World traces its lineage to the Daily Worker newspaper, founded by communists, socialists, union members, and other activists in Chicago in 1924.