Dear Members and Friends,

These are serious times that we are living in and there are so many factors that we have to take into consideration to secure our future. Our health, our safety, our civil rights, our job stability, our finances, our lives… is all on the line. When we look back over history, these are not really unprecedented times as people say. We have been here before. A worldwide pandemic and unsettled race relations are seemingly repeating itself from the Spanish Influenza of 1918 and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

With COVID 19 sweeping across the nation and specifically North Carolina, the health of you and your family is in the forefront of my mind. On the job we are always reminded, “Safety First”. This is indeed a time to really incorporate that mantra in our everyday lives. Please be aware of the environment we are in whether it is by choice or by circumstance to ensure a healthy future for all of us.

In addition, diversity and race relations go hand in hand with labor. When we are divided the break in our solidarity leads to an opportunity for adverse outcomes. I implore each person that stands with us to be prepared to do your part in the face of injustice – however that injustice may look. Albert Einstein was a great mind and I quote him in saying, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Our constitutional inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness is still under attack on all fronts from civil rights to labor laws to economic instability to systemic inequality.

We are all impacted when the world we live in continues to target the working class people and our efforts to protect our quality of life.

In closing, an excerpt from Rev. King’s sermon delivered on March 8, 1965 in Selma, Alabama has been summarized to say – Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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