Sunday, May 31, 2020
For Immediate Release
May 30th 2020
Black Lives Matter. George Floyd Should Be Alive.
WASHINGTON – People around the world watched in horror as the life slowly drained from George Floyd while a police officer held his knee on his neck and George and others pleaded for his life. In the wake of this tragedy and the ongoing violence against the Black community at the hands of police, Pride at Work cannot be silent. During their annual meeting today, the Pride at Work National Executive Board issued the following statement:
“Pride at Work condemns the murder of George Floyd and we demand swift justice for his family, friends, and community.
“Black and Brown people across the United States continue to suffer daily from police brutality and systemic racism. Too many Americans fear that what happened to George Floyd could happen to them. In fact, the LGBTQ community lost one of our own, a Black transgender man named Tony McDade, to police violence just a few days ago in Tallahassee, FL.
“Organized labor lives by the motto, ‘An injury to one is an injury to all,’ and right now, there are far too many injuries for any of us to be silent.
“From Ahmaud Arbery, to Breonna Taylor, to Sandra Bland, to Eric Garner, to Tamir Rice, to Andre Emmett, to George Floyd and countless others. We will continue to say their names and fight to end the structural racism and bigotry that took their lives. We cannot be silent as our siblings in the struggle are slaughtered in the streets.
“Pride at Work will continue to band together, to stand up to police violence, and to fight systemic racism and white supremacy in all its forms. We will continue to fight for racial, social, and economic justice now and forever.
“Rest in power. Each of you.”
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Pride at Work is proud to have joined with over 100 LGBTQ and civil rights organizations to declare that anti-racism, and an end to white supremacy, must be integral to the objective of full equality for LGBTQ people.
Saturday, December 28, 2019
On December 12, the Rochester Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation and the Rochester Labor Council, AFL-CIO held its annual awards dinner downtown at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Among the honorees was Bess Watts, President of the Local Chapter of Pride at Work who received the Florence Tripi Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the labor community. Bess was also the keynote speaker. She said it was the 'thrill of a lifetime!". Congratulations Bess!
|Ove Overmyer, Bess Watts, Adam Bello and Dan Maloney |
Bess' speech can be found at this link.