To all immigrant workers and their families, including union members, DACA recipients, TPS beneficiaries, refugees, and our undocumented brothers and sisters:
We want to assure you that we are not giving up. We will defend and protect each other and resist the anti-immigrant, racist and xenophobic agenda that is directly targeting working families and communities.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” While a permanent legislative solution to provide a pathway to citizenship to all DACA and TPS recipients was not secured this round, we want to remind you that we are building power in our worksites and our communities every day.
Pressuring Congress to take action is only one lever we have to advance a pro-immigrant and pro-worker agenda. In the coming months, we will redouble our efforts using all available options, including, but not limited to, organizing, legal services, litigation, electoral work, collective bargaining and direct action to the create bottom up pressure necessary to win the changes that working people expect and deserve. The rest of this year will give us the opportunity to flex our collective power, on the streets, at job sites, in courthouses and state houses, in the halls of Congress and at the ballot box.
We know that we are stronger together and we refuse to be divided. We will continue to educate and train our co-workers, families, and neighbors, and we will create rapid response networks to prepare for community or workplace raids. The best protection we have is each other and we will demonstrate our solidarity through our actions.
Onward! ¡La Lucha Sigue! Kenbe fem, pa lage!
Adhikar, AFL CIO, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees CARECEN-Los Angeles, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Ironworkers, Service Employees International Union, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UndocuBlack Network, UNITE HERE, African Communities Together, and Working Families United.