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UC-AFT 1474 Resolution in Protest of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump

UC-AFT 1474 Resolution in Protest of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump

WHEREAS, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has sparked fear and anger in our community—especially among those most marginalized, including immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, the disabled, and LGBTQ populations—and has reaffirmed the necessity for collective struggles to defend the rights of these communities

WHEREAS, the President Elect has publicly supported and endorsed anti-union policies including federal Right to Work laws and is considering appointing to his cabinet people with a track record of promoting such policies

WHEREAS, newly appointed Supreme Court Justices will likely swing the court to be more consistently anti-union

WHEREAS, the privatization of public education is likely to be promoted in the Trump administration

WHEREAS, the diverse membership of the working class, of students, and of our unions includes populations that candidate Trump threatened with bigoted policies and hateful rhetoric

WHEREAS, that hateful rhetoric has already been seen in the form of an increase of hate crimes and violence against marginalized communities which overlap with our students and our membership

WHEREAS, the power of organized labor is not reliant upon the occupant of any government office up to and including the office of President of the United States, and has historically promoted active resistance to unjust laws and government policies that have sought to curb democracy and social justice

WHEREAS, it is the obligation of organized labor to defend our members, our students, and our communities from attacks by demonstrating our collective power and promoting an elevated and equal quality of life for all workers

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that UC-AFT Local 1474 endorses and encourages all members to participate in the nationwide call for a day of action and protest and a reassertion of the power of organized labor on Friday January, 20, the day of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, and beyond

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that UC-AFT Local 1474 encourages all of its members to participate in inauguration protests, as well as support students who want to participate, including their calls for student walk-outs, and the organization of Teach-Ins coordinated by the UC Student-Workers Union UAW 2865.

Adopted by UC-AFT 1474 members 01/18/17