“Nothing Great About Hate” March – September 10, 6-8pm
Decatur, GA – Hate Free Decatur, the grassroots group which coalesced around the call to remove the white supremacist monument to the Confederacy in Decatur Square, proudly announces a coalition-led march and rally calling for the immediate removal of the monument from the square.
The County Commissioners know without a doubt that this monument was erected during Jim Crow for the express purpose of terrorizing black residents of DeKalb County. By allowing it to remain, the Commissioners are complicit in the “lost cause” of rewriting the history of the Civil War to hide the centrality of slavery. Keeping this monument in front of the old courthouse continues to glorify Confederate and Jim Crow racism and subjugation of an entire race of people. If the County cannot act to remove this overt symbol of white supremacy, how can its citizens trust it that it will take action against the systems of the same?
Hate Free Decatur is working not only to remove of this symbol of white supremacy but also to challenge the current manifestations of white supremacy and institutionalized racism in our community. These vestiges of white supremacy exist in our school systems, law enforcement practices, immigration laws, and housing and economic development policies. Only by confronting these issues head-on will we make a truly welcoming, diverse, and compassionate community.
The “Nothing Great About Hate” March and Rally begins at 6pm on September 10. Marchers will gather at the Beacon Municipal Plaza, 105 Electric Ave., Decatur, and hear from speakers representing:
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (Carlos Medina)
Council on Islamic American Relations (Edward Mitchell)
Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council (Katie Foster)
City of Decatur Students
Jewish Voice for Peace
Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
After a march to the monument in Decatur Square, the rally will continue with speakers including:
Beacon Hill NAACP (Mawuli Davis)
DeKalb NAACP (Teresa Hardy)
DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson
Flat Rock Archives (Johnny Waites)
Freedom University (Rafael Aragon)
Imam Nadim Ali
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (Lovette Thompson)
Co-Sponsors of the event are:
Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter
Beacon Hill NAACP
DeKalb County NAACP
Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
Georgia Alliance for Social Justice
Endorsing organizations include:
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Council on Islamic American Relations
Atlanta Jobs with Justice
Women Watch Afrika
Disabled Queers in Action
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
GA Not 1 More Coalition
Jewish Voice for Peace – Atlanta
Green Party for DeKalb County
Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
For more information/updates: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1560755320642785/
The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM marks Labor Day 2017 with interviews with Atlanta Fight for $15 low-wage workers following their early morning actions at McDonalds, part of a national strike day to press for a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to join a union. The rising up of poverty wage workers across the country has altered the course of the labor movement in the US, bringing concrete results through creative direct action and infectious energy. This interview will be from 4:15-4:30.
At 4:30, Big E, a host of a New Orleans “Workers Voice” weekly radio program will join us by phone. The Labor Forum listeners will hear how and why the program was started as we talk about the issues facing working and poor communities in that city, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
On this Labor Day, we applaud all those “who do the work” and affirm our mission to elevate the voices of working people as we struggle to win true liberation and justice.
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As The Labor Forum closes out Black August with a recounting of many more historic dates in the people’s struggle for liberation and against racism, repression and white supremacy, we will hear from members of UNITE HERE about the need for Atlanta to require a retention policy for workers when approving new contracts for airport restaurant, retail and service bids. This interview will be from 4:15-4:30pm.
At 4:30, UE 150 organizer, Dante Strobino will call in to discuss the anti-racist mobilizing work being done in Durham, NC and the connection to the fight for union recognition for public service as well as farm workers in NC. Strobino is one of the nine people arrested following the Aug. 14 toppling of the confederate statue in that city.
The Labor Forum brings news and analysis of issues affecting working and poor people in Georgia, the US and the world every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM.
Guests interviewed on The Labor Forum are union members, low-wage workers, community members, students and youth fighting for their rights on the job, in their neighborhoods and schools, and in prisons and detention centers.
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On Monday, Aug. 21, The Labor Forum hears from two Atlanta community leaders discussing the crisis of affordable housing, gentrification and displacement and homelessness, issues impacting thousands of poor and working people in the metro area.
Allison Johnson is a Peoplestown resident, active with the Housing Justice League. She will update the Labor Forum listeners on the struggle of the Dardens to stop the city from using “eminent domain” to take their home of many decades. The court hearing is Thursday, Aug. 24 at 9am in the Fulton County Courthouse. This interview is from 4:15-4:30 on WRFG 89.3FM.
Following Allison, the Labor Forum team will talk with Anita Beaty, long-time advocate for people without housing, healthcare, jobs and justice. As the director of the Task Force for the Homeless, she battled corporate interests and elected officials who sought to criminalize poverty rather than create equality of human rights.She will reflect on the closing of the emergency shelter at Peachtree and Pine and describe her intentions to continue the Artists Gallery that flourished at that location. Like the rooftop garden and the computer classes, the artist studio and gallery space at Peachtree-Pine recognized the humanity and creativity of those who were without shelter.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, please see http://www.wrfglaborforum.org
Members of UNITE HERE Local 23 will honor the contributions of TeeTee Dangerfield to her union, workplace and community on The Labor Forum, on WRFG 89.3FM.
TeeTee, a Black transgender woman,was viciously murdered on July 31. She was well-loved and respected by her co-workers and customers at the airport restaurants where she had worked for 12 years. At 4:15pm, we will discuss the strong position of UNITE HERE in denouncing all forms of bigotry and transphobia and supporting all workers’ right to dignity and safety on the job and in the community.
At 4:30pm, Lamont Lilly, a NC-based community activist, poet and journalist,will join the Labor Forum team for a discussion on an issue of great importance to working and poor people, that of mass incarceration. The US leads the world in the number of people imprisoned behind bars. Private, for profit prisons are a growth industry. Hundreds of thousands work for little or no pay, often for major corporations who set up inside the walls.
It is a fact that there are now more Black people caught up in the prison system whether in jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved at the height of chattel slavery. He will connect the significance of Black August and its initiation by prisoners to the struggle of working people as a class, fighting against multiple forms of repression, exploitation and oppression.
The Labor Forum program seeks to encourage, empower and build solidarity among all workers to win justice and human rights for all..
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM, Atlanta’s progressive, community radio station for 44 years. For additional information, please go to http://www.wrfglaborforum.org