LiUNA! AA Caucus Participates in MLK Day 2017


LiUNA! Vice President and Minority Advancement Dept., Director Robert E. Richardson,Sr., LiUNA! AA Caucus Board Member Donna McDaniel Mitchell and several LiUNA! headquarter staff participated in the AFL CIO 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance in Washington, DC. This year the observance centered around a luncheon fundraiser to assist in financing future MLK Conferences. Due to rising conference costs, the AFL will now hold the MLK Conference bi-annually.

​The 2017 MLK Holiday weekend presented an opportunity for AFL CIO affiliates, constituency groups and partners to discuss the most important economic policy issues that lie at the intersection of race and class. On Friday, January 13, 2017, a policy and advocacy summit addressed issues that affect workers like healthcare, tax reform, immigration and how communities of color are most impacted.

​Dr. King’s legacy was honored through culture, song, food and celebration of honorees at a church service and luncheon on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The luncheon theme was, The Struggle is Free, But the Dream Must be Televised. LiUNA! and LiUNA!’s OVSS Region were both community sponsors of the event. The honoree’s were:

At the River I Stand: UFCW President Marc Perrone and USW VP Fred Redmond

Defender of the Dream: Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Justice, Peace and Freedom: Jussie Smollett (Actor), Mike de la Rocha (Revolve Impact), Carmen Perez (The Gathering for Justice)

Drum Major for Justice Lifetime Achievement: Ohio AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Pierette “Petee” Talley

​UnSung Hero Award: People United for the Justice for the Bazta Arapio Campaign (AZ) – (LiUNA supported this campaign and VP Richardson was asked to join all supporters of the campaign on the stage to receive recognition.)

​On MLK Day, January 16, 2017, members of LiUNA joined the DC Urban League, Howard University students and several other social justice groups at the New Bethel Baptist Church in their efforts to provide blankets, food, toiletries and resources to those experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C.

Many other LiUNA! AA Caucus members participated in meaningful MLK activities in their local areas across the country to make a concerted impact of service to those in need. The LiUNA! African American Caucus looks forward to actively participating in the 2018 AFL CIO MLK Conference activities and community service projects.