Afl-Cio Community Town Hall Meeting, Free To Attend
HUNDREDS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS, ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL JOIN TOGETHER IN HOUSTON FOR THE AFL-CIO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE
COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING 8:30 AM, SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018
HILTON AMERICAS HOTEL 1600 LAMAR STREET
The 2018 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held in Houston Texas on Jan. 12-15, 2018 at the Hilton Americas Hotel; 1600 Lamar Street. Hundreds of social justice professionals, activists and community leaders will join together for the annual AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference.
This year’s theme: Reclaiming the Dream: Strategize, Organize, Mobilize! It’s about shifting the rules and building power so that working communities can thrive and families can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Too many of our family members, friends, loved ones and neighbors are overworked, underpaid and underemployed. And far too many are barely making it from day to day.
At this year’s conference, AFL-CIO members will honor the legacy of Dr. King and discuss issues such as raising wages, ensuring racial equality for all workers and other diverse issues impacting working people all over the nation and surrounding U.S. territories. These are some of the most important issues affecting workers of our country and conference organizers are confident we will come up with solutions together.
There will be a Community Town Hall Meeting on Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon. The Community Town Meeting is being held at the Hilton Americas Hotel. Transportation to the hotel is being provided starting at 7:30 am - 12Noon. The location to park your car is at 1709 Jefferson @ Jackson Street. We encourage the community to attend and it is FREE.
This conference honorary chair is Fred Redmond, USW International Vice President. The co-chairs are Robin Williams, Vice President, UFCW; Maria Elena Durazo, General Vice President, Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights, UNITE HERE; and Claude Cummings, Regional Vice President, CWA.
See below the schedule and speakers for the Community Town Hall
- Community Town Hall:
o Opening - Music and Slide Show
o Speaker: Claude Cummings, CWA
o Claude will welcome the attendees to the town hall and lift up how the economic fight in Texas is fully align with the vision and dream of Dr. King.
o Remarks - State of Texas
o Speaker: Sylvia Garcia, Texas State Senator
o Senator Garcia will lay out the state of affair as she sees then in Texas as it relates to the plight of working people.
o Video - Common Sense Economic through the lens of race and class.
o Featuring: Bill Spriggs, AFL-CIO
o Remarks - Call to Action
o Speaker: Al Green, Congressman (TX)
o Congressman Green will lift up the economic fights happening in DC and in Texas to make the case of the need for a forward-looking strategy.
o Performer: Lee Anderson, AFL-CIO
o Opening Remarks
o Speaker: Dora Cervantes, IAMAW
o Dora will share her thoughts on where we are as movement, reflect on Dr. King and share her thoughts as a native Texan.
o Keynote Introduction
o Speaker: Richard Womack, AFL-CIO
o Richard will introduce Rev. William Barber.
o Speaker: Rev. Dr. William Barber
o Labor Reflections, Q&A, Discussion and Wrap-Up
o Co-Moderator: Claude Cummings, CWA
o National Board Member, NAACP, Howard Jefferson,
o Co-Moderator and Lead-In Speaker: Hector Sanchez, LCLAA.
o Claude will Thank Rev. Barber and then bring up Hector to offer reflections on what he heard from Rev. Barber, what is happening around the country with-in the labor movement and lift up the economic justice fights that continue today and how they are connected to race. Once Hector concludes his remarks he and clause will solicit audience reflections, questions and comments.
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