January 23, 2017
By RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum
New York, NY – We Stand United: New York Rally to Protect Shared Values on the Night Before Trump’s Inauguration, President Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) delivered remarks January 19, 2017, to a crowd of labor members, activists, and advocacy groups, sending a message to President Trump and Congress that New York City will protect the rights of hard-working New Yorkers and continue to make real progress on important issues including workers’ rights, immigrant rights and social justice.
A full transcript of RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum’s remarks follows, video is available on Facebook: /RWDSU.UFCW and Twitter: @RWDSU for use with attribution to RWDSU as well:
Sisters and Brothers, the President may change tomorrow – but our values will not.
All working women and men – all people – deserve to be treated with dignity, justice and respect – regardless of who is President. And we will fight any attempts to deny them.
Too many immigrant workers, women, white workers, people of color feel trapped in an economy that fails them and only seems to reward those at the very top.
We must bring working people together across their differences. We must help them understand their common interests. And we must stand ready to fight and organize as a unified twenty-first century labor movement. Because working people desperately need strong unions.
You can’t say that you want to help working families and then turn around and attack unions.
And we are here today to say that we won’t stand idly by and let the Trump Administration go after workers and their unions.
Together, we must transform our country from within and bring all communities into a larger progressive movement.
· A movement that lifts up all working people.
· A larger progressive movement that takes the energy and learns the lessons from the Occupy Movement and Black Lives Matter and the Sanders
campaign and the Fight for Fifteen.
· A larger progressive movement that is inclusive and diverse.
Together, we must build alliances and coalitions that can stand together for our values. Alliances that can stand up against all forms of bigotry and economic exploitation in all areas of society where our lives and the lives of other vulnerable communities are threatened.
Sisters and brothers, we must do this together – because justice is indivisible.
You cannot be for justice for some and not for justice for all. Together, brothers and sisters, we will never stop fighting for what is right.
Thank you. – Stuart Appelbaum RWDSU President