“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
President Obama asserted that;
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With those sentiments in mind, we must reaffirm our commitment to the struggle, not only for a fair share of the fruits of our labor, remembering President Obama’s words; “…a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play,” but for the safety, dignity, and prosperity of all working people everywhere.
President Obama said; “we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”
Collective Action, people coming together to work for a common purpose, has always been a core value of the American labor movement.
As it was when Dr. King marched in Memphis in support of public works employees, represented by AFSCME Local 1733, striking for higher wages and better treatment; as it was when Occupy Wall Street began the struggle for corporate accountability; so it is today, as The Guild continues to fight for safe working conditions, fair wages and benefits, and the right to continue to represent those who know the value of collective action.
I never thought I’d live to see an African American President, nor hear any President speaking out on behalf of equal rights for all so eloquently;
Our hard earned rights and liberties may be self evident, but they are not self perpetuating. They require our continued, collective efforts to protect and grow our share of the American Dream.
So, as our President said so well at the dawn of his second term yesterday;
“With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”