What APRI Represents

What APRI Represents

What We Support Today

  • Civil rights, strong anti-discrimination measures and affirmative action
  • Policies to promote a decent wage, high growth, full employment economy
  • Labor law reform and worker health and safety protections
  • Decent minimum living standards for all, including anti-poverty
    programs, a fair minimum wage and a comprehensive "safety net"
  • Universal, affordable health care
  • Family leave and child care
  • Progressive and fair tax policies
  • International workers' rights and fair trade Education and training
  • Education and training programs
  • Financial

Our History

To A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, APRl's co-founders,
the fight for workers' rights and civil rights were inseparable. Randolph
(1889-1979) was the greatest black labor leader in American history and the
father of the modern American civil rights movement. Rustin (1912-1987), a
leading civil rights and labor activist and strategist, was the chief organizer
of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Randolph's
greatest protege. Randolph and Rustin forged an alliance between the civil
rights movement and the labor movement. They recognized that blacks and working
people of all colors share the same goals: political and social freedom and
economic justice. This Black-Labor Alliance helped the civil rights movement
achieve one of its greatest victories - passage of the Voting Rights Act, which
removed the last remaining legal harriers to broad black political
participation. Inspired by this success, Randolph and Rustin founded A. Philip
Randolph Institute in 1965 to continue the struggle for social, political
and economic justice for all working Americans. APRI is an Organization of Black
Trade Unionist to Fight for Racial Equality and Economic Justice. Today, APRI is
led by President Clayola Brown whose vision and energy has sparked a new
beginning for our organization and for the movement as a whole.

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