Confronting COVID, Economic Freefall, and Structural Racism
WED. JUNE 24, 2020 * 12pm – 2 pm * Virtual Forum
Please note: ZOOM link will be shared with all participants on the day before and day-of the event.
Black workers are facing a crisis on multiple fronts. They are more likely to be frontline workers and more likely to die from COVID-19. Unemployment rates for Black workers continue to rise even as rates for white workers fall. And they are on the front lines in the system of structural racism that leads to police brutality, poverty, and worse health care outcomes.
At the same time, the Movement for Black Lives has created the foundation of a resistance, and an opening to imagine real change.
How can we build a broad movement of unions, worker centers, community organizations and social justice activists to dismantle white supremacy? Considering the legacy of structural racism and police brutality, as well as the virus and economic crisis, our speakers will discuss ideas on how to build working class power for a better world.
Political Director, New York State Nurses Association
Creative Communications Director, BYP 100
Secretary-Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Professor Emeritus, Modern African American, Religion, Civil Rights, Baruch College
Co-Executive Director, Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)
Tue. May 19 * 9:00am-10:15am
Online Forum via ZOOM
Angeles Solis * Make the Road New York
Director of Worker Organizing
Eric Loegel * TWU Local 100
Vice President, Rapid Transit Operations (RTO)
Mark Henry * ATU Local 1056
President / Business Agent
Nikki Kateman * Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Political & Communications Director
Joshua Freeman * School of Labor & Urban Studies
Distinguished Professor of History @cunyslu #CUNYSLU
Diana Robinson * School of Labor & Urban Studies
Union Semester Coordinator @Ddee1985 @cunyslu
As the impact of the coronavirus continues to sweep across the country, the long-term failures of capitalism are in stark view. Yet socialism—as both a critique of capitalism and an alternative political and economic system—has until recently remained outside the narrow limits of U.S. electoral politics. Well before the anti-communist fervor of the Cold War, socialist Eugene Victor Debs ran five times for president of the United States, never receiving more than six percent of the vote. Still, this constituted an all-time high for a socialist party candidate. For a hundred years afterward, socialism remained virtually dormant in American politics.