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Resolution in support of the 50th Anniversary March on Washington

Submitted by Executive Council on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 00:00

Support for Mobilizing for the August 24 March on Washington Approved by the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Executive Council on June 18, 2013

Whereas, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the King Center have joined together to call for events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech , which took place on August 28, 1963 at a March on Washington demanding Jobs and Freedom; and

Whereas, the AFL-CIO has endorsed the 50th anniversary commemorative events; and

Whereas, SCLC President Dr. Vivian has declared, “We must tell the President and Congress that 50 years later, the struggle continues and poverty continues unabated;” and

Whereas, the participation by Rutgers AAUP-AFT in the August 24 March on Washington will contribute to the general effort to fight back against the “austerity”or “shared sacrifice” memes that are driving the political environment, which is undermining the public higher education; and

Whereas, the participation of Rutgers AAUP-AFT in the August 24 March on

Washington will reflect our commitment to the cause of civil rights with freedom, justice, and equality for all, especially given our own concerns with the lack of commitment to diversity by the administration of Rutgers University; and

Whereas, the participation of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT in the August 24 March on Washington will give us an opportunity to honor King’s memory and the things hefought for, including his commitment to the cause of organized labor, which was shown by his support of AFSCME’s campaign to organize sanitation workers in Memphis, where he was assassinated; and

Whereas, sequestration, involving $85 billion in federal spending cuts, has already started to depress the economy by reducing the number of new jobs, and the AFL- CIO has already called for its “wholesale repeal” and the percentage of people working is at its lowest since 1979; and

Whereas, President Obama’s proposed 2014 budget calls for cuts to Social Securityand Medicare and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stated that cuts to Social Security and Medicare are “indefensible” and declared, “The President should dropthese misguided cuts in benefits and focus instead on building support in Congress for investing in jobs;” and

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that Rutgers AAUP-AFT endorses the August 24 March on Washington and pledges to mobilize as many of our members as possible to participate.

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