The Committee on Racism and Economic Justice created by delegates to Ohio Council 8’s 21st Biennial Convention held its first meeting in Columbus to begin setting goals and defining AFSCME Ohio Council 8’s role in confronting racism and promoting economic justice.
The unanimously approved resolution was inspired “by the realization that America is in a moment of real change and labor needs to be a part of it,” said Ohio Council 8 President John A. Lyall.
“These individuals are ready to get down to work and make this an activist committee that’s going to be a powerful voice for our union,” he said.
AFSCME International facilitators Tiska Pasipanodya and P.J. Dowsing-Buie, along with AFSCME Ohio Area Field Services Director Boyd McCamish, led a discussion that enabled committee members to share their common ground and explore their individual perspectives.
According to Lyall, the committee will join with the national and Ohio AFL-CIO, and partner with movements like Black Lives Matter, The Fight for $15, and other groups and community allies “in a determined effort to tackle racial and economic injustice wherever we find it – at work or in our communities,” Lyall said.
AFSCME Ohio Area Field Services Director Boyd McCamish leads a discussion on recognizing “dog whistle” politics.