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Trumka singles out fight against racism as key to raising wages

"Racism and dog whistle politics is being used to keep us all divided, and that division holds back our ability to win wage increases and improve our standard of living."

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Today in African American history: An important birthday

What you may not realize is that the founding of the NAACP took place, significantly on Abraham Lincoln's centennial birthdate, in 1909.

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Today in African American history: Birthday of writer Alice Walker

The writer and activist Alice Walker was born on this day in 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia. 

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Today in African American history: Celebrating life of Bob Marley

Bob Marley, the internationally famous and influential performer of reggae music, was born in northern Jamaica on this date in 1945.

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McDonald’s workers sue fast food giant over racial and sexual discrimination

McDonald's workers who were fired last year after being told, "There are too many black people [working] in the store."

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To honor of King they marched for lives in Los Angeles

Over 3000 marchers and tens of thousands of observers lined up along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in solidarity with the theme Black Lives Matter.

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Today in labor history: Black labor union formed

On January 13 in 1869 over 200 black delegates met in Washington D.C. to form the National Labor Union;  the word "colored" was added by the establishment press.

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Teachers union president protests injustice on Eric Garner case

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was arrested Dec. 4, in New York City while protesting the lack of justice in the recent police shootings.

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Today in labor history: Rosa Parks takes a stand by sitting down

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, 42 years old, was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus.

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Walmart workers start to walk off job nationwide

"From Ferguson to Bentonville and across the country, black youth, Walmart workers, and allies are self-organizing to fight back."

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