Tens of thousands of employees around the world walked out of work Monday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign, aiming to take a closer look at the economic inequality and structural injustice that activists claim has grown more ingrained since the coronavirus pandemic.
As activists have dubbed the movement, the “Strike for Black Lives” involved workers from a wide variety of sectors. Members of the International Union of Public Employees, the International Teamster Association, the National Teachers’ Federation and hundreds of other labor and political organizations attended.
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The campaign is also urging business and political leaders to “an unequivocal declaration that Black Lives Matter,” and urges elected policymakers to “reimagine our economy and democracy” with civil rights in mind. Organizers have called for companies to “dismantle bigotry, racial nationalism, and economic inequality” and guarantee access to organizing unions, according to a list of demands posted on the website of the strike.
In Washington, protesters rallied in favor of the Health and Economic Development Omnibus Emergency Measures Plan. Or Heroes Plan, on Capitol Hill as negotiations escalate about a fourth treatment package for coronavirus. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined protesters outside of Trump Tower in New York. Health workers in a nursing home outside of Los Angeles planned walkouts during multiple shifts. While other workers took part in a caravan down President Barack Obama Boulevard, a major roadway on the west side of the city.
Organizers urged people who were reluctant to abandon their work. To take a knee or walk down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The period of time a Minneapolis police officer knelt on George Floyd‘s back. Whose death also triggered a series of marches and nationwide social justice reckonings. What we called Black lives matter protests.
Organizers didn’t have exact figures on how many people walked off the job. But said about 1,500 janitors struck together in San Francisco. Close to 6,000 nurses from 85 New York , New Jersey and Connecticut nursing homes picketed outside their workplaces. Demonstrations were also held in a total 200 towns.