Join the Poor People’s Campaign Monday, Sept. 14 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT for an evening that will bring together thousands of poor and low-income people and their allies as they will share tools and teach-in on voter engagement, registration and protection, and announce upcoming activities this election season. This massive online event will feature the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Forward Justice, the 43 State Coordinating Committees, the Co-Chairs of the Campaign, directly impacted people, artists and special guests. Register: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/voting/moral-monday/
Jermaine Harris of UAW Local 900 was a delegate to last week’s Democratic National Convention. Hear why it’s important for American workers to make their voices heard in November and how Jermaine is passing that message on to his children.
“For more than 240 years, Americans have been able to go to their mailbox without worry. The postal service is one of the oldest and most respected of American public services. UAW members and retirees rely on the mail for medicine and medical supplies, bills, commerce, communications, and absentee voting. It is critical to our everyday life needs. According to the American Postal Workers Union, last year the USPS handled approximately 1.2 billion prescription drug shipments, which is nearly 4 million per day, six days a week. This issue is not and should not be political. It’s never been political. ... Read more
Former Vice President reminds Americans that we can do better On the final day of the convention, UAW members and their messages were featured prominently and Joe Biden accepted his party’s nomination with an inspirational speech reminding Americans that, “We make our greatest progress when we follow the light,” and turn away from the darkness and division that the nation finds itself mired in. Earlier in the evening, UAW President Rory L. Gamble addressed the DNC’s Labor Caucus. Gamble stressed Biden’s long record of standing with labor. “It is his understanding of the needs of UAW members and all working ... Read more
UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, who directs the union’s General Motors’ Department, said he’s “very excited” about the Biden-Harris ticket. Dittes, who as a past Regional Director represented the Scranton region where Biden grew up, said the candidate is well grounded in the everyday lives of UAW members. “Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are very grounded in the struggles that UAW members and their families are facing today,” he said. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have not forgotten where they came from and will address the real issues for working families. And for Dittes, who led the UAW GM ... Read more
Senator makes history as first woman of color to run for vice president Making history, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris stood before DNC delegates and accepted the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate last evening almost 100 years from the day that the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in America. Harris, the first Black woman and the first Southeast Asian woman to run for the nation’s No. 2 spot, acknowledged with pride the women in our nation’s history who fought to have a voice, a vote and a seat at the table. “These women picked up the ... Read more
As delegates gather online for this year’s historic Democratic National Convention, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada says this online-only convention is key to success in November, especially for women. “It’s exciting because we have the first African-American and Southeast Asian woman vice presidential nominee running a strong, dynamic program,” says Estrada. “Kamala Harris understands the importance of unions and that people are ready for a change.” She also noted that this week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Estrada says it’s groundbreaking to have Harris on the ticket for ... Read more
Leadership matters, especially when working families are struggling with the worst public health crisis in a century, which has spurred the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. For UAW members and their families, the 2020 election comes at a time of great uncertainty about the economy, retirement, health care and a way forward to guide the nation out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second night of the convention saw the two Democratic candidates, Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, have their names formally placed in nomination. Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic candidate for president by a large ... Read more
Just after sunset on a resurgent Detroit, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry and U.S. Senator Gary Peters called the Michigan roll for Joe Biden at the 2020 Democratic National Convention live from Belle Isle’s Sunset Point. Secretary-Treasurer Curry said it was a high honor for working families and the UAW because of Biden’s long track record of support for labor.
UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem, who directs the union’s National Ford Department, sees the Biden-Harris ticket as a change for the country to get back to steady, measured and effective leadership. “We need folks with a steady hand, empathy and intelligence to be able to do that job,” Kariem said. “This current health care and economic crisis that has been caused by Covid-19 has shifted us into a new way of living. We need strong leadership that guides us, not confuses us.” For Kariem, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have the kind of upbringing that relates to the needs ... Read more