BATs #BeatTheBillionaires Who are Funding Janus vs. AFSCME Campaign!
On April 4, 1968, an assassin robbed us of one of the greatest prophetic voices of the 20th century. Although many people know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died in Memphis, many don’t know what he was doing there. They don’t know that he died in a struggle for the right of public workers to have a union.”
(To learn more go to: http://www.psc-cuny.org/clarion/april-2011/martin-luther-king-and-union-rights)
Many of us spent the day honoring the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr did in the struggle for human rights. But not everyone recognizes the importance of his voice in the struggle for union rights. Without his recognition of the power of unions in protecting the rights of the common good, we would not be where we are today. Yet, a shadow hangs over us as we think about facing the possible results of the impending Janus vs. AFSCME case.
To honor what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr stood for we have created a campaign, #BeatTheBillionaires, that we will be focusing on to help educate, motivate, organize, and activate BATs to be prepared to face this together. We are not alone.
Our Executive Director, Marla Kilfoyle and Asst. Executive Director, Melissa Tomlinson have written a piece on how to #BeatTheBillionaires that we encourage everyone to read and share.
You can also read the Amicus Brief that BATs submitted to The Supreme Court in the Friedrichs Case here http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/14-915_bsac_Brittany_Alexander.pdf
We will ask those who follow our network to take a selfie holding a sign completing one of the following slogans:
I am #UnionStrong because
#UnionsGive (finish the statement with what the union gives us – healthcare, decent working conditions etc)
I plan to #BeatTheBillionaires by staying with my union!
Please email your selfie to us by 1/28 – email@example.com