We Are One: A Stand of Solidarity

We are One

We Are One: A Stand of Solidarity

Take action by   Saturday, April 9, 2011


In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has just signed into law
legislation stripping workers of their rights and crippling the unions that
represent them. Walker and numerous other elected officials have claimed to need
such legislation to address budget shortfalls, but these efforts have been
unmasked as shrewd power grabs intended to eviscerate workers’ voice and other
democratic rights.

As legislation depriving workers of fundamental rights
advances in state after state, it is a blow for anyone who values democracy and
fairness. But it is also a clarion call to defend these principles.

light of the recent turn of events on the measure that would strip nearly all
collective bargaining rights from most public workers in Madison, Wisconsin,
we are requesting that APRI activists join with
our brothers and sisters in the labor community and hardworking Americans across
this country to stand up for rights and justice for all

Join me and take the “We
Are One” pledge to stand together on April 4, 2011—A National Day of

As we have seen in Wisconsin, and also in Indiana and
Ohio, tens of thousands of union members are standing up, standing tall and
speaking out in solidarity against all these attacks on their rights and our
values. Our allies include students, parents, farmers, firefighters, people of
faith and people of good will, who have joined us—some in spirit, some in the
halls of state capitols—day in and day out.

We can’t help but be
inspired and motivated by this collective action.

Now our challenge is to
take this moment and turn it into a movement. And the way to do this is by
re-energizing America’s labor movement, which is the only institution fighting
for working people at the ballot box and the bargaining table.

The A. Philip Randolph Institute has joined with other
labor unions and allies to stand together and participate in the “We Are One”
Week of Action starting April 4.

Will you take the
pledge to stand with us?

In the words of A. Philip Randolph, “A community is democratic only when
the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and
social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.”

I hope you
will take a minute to sign this pledge to make a difference together, and to
participate in nationwide activities the week of April 4 in support of fairness,
justice, democracy and workers’ voice.

I can’t thank you enough for your
hard work and commitment. I know these times are difficult, and you can’t do it
all and you can’t do it alone. But by standing together as one, we can do
everything possible to protect the values that make our country great, including
our voice in our own destiny.

Thank you.

In solidarity,

Clayola Brown
A. Philip Randolph Institute, President

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We Are One
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