Saturday Sept. 21, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm
(Attend on your way home from
AFL-CIO convention in Wilmington)
Vital Link School
1214 E. Lenoir Street, Raleigh, NC**
(Corner of Rock Quarry Road)
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The Forward Together Campaign is building a powerful social movement bringing together the many struggles for social and economic justice, human rights, and people’s democracy throughout the state of North Carolina.
The Southern Workers Assembly hosted three (3) regional Worker Speak-out Forums across North Carolina – Granville/Vance/Warren Counties on June 8, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill on June 15 and Greenville/Wilson/Goldsboro/Rocky Mount/Kinston on June 22 – that drew in many rank-n-file worker activists to help build links and unity and speak-out against cuts planned by the General Assembly.
With the rise of the corporate financed conservative and racist movements and organizations like the Tea Party, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as an infrastructure for corporate domination and the political rule of state governments, it became clear, that the mere lobbying of state legislators, and developing an electoral base that only acted during election periods, was not enough to mobilize the people’s power to effectively challenge corporate rule over government.
The Moral Monday’s initiative has become a new form of the sit-in movement, challenging corporate dominated, anti-democratic and closed government. Civil disobedience against this form of governance must spread like the sit-in movement that began in North Carolina in 1960. While a focus must be kept on state government, it must spread to the workplaces in the public and private sectors where worker rights as a major component of people’s democracy are denied.
As North Carolina has the lowest percentage of union members of all the states within the U.S., the Forward Together Campaign must call for un-unionized workers to begin a process of forming worker organizations and unions at their workplaces.
Fighting grievances and filing lawsuits alone will not be enough to effectively challenge and stop the attacks financed by Art Pope and other multi-millionaires.
In order to change the political climate in ways that strengthens the working class identity, consciousness and confidence in the fight-back against the attacks, labor unions and worker organizations must act together to help launch a movement to bring labor forward as a conscious and active force.
As representatives of the Southern Workers Assembly in NC, we are calling on rank-and-file workers in the various unions, worker organizations and union officials and organizers who identify with rank-and-file democracy and control, to join us in building a fight-back movement that includes a statewide NC Labor Fightback Conference .