Reprinted from the AFL-CIO’s blog Now by Richard Trumka on August 13, 2017.
“[Saturday] in Charlottesville, Virgina the nation and the world witnessed the hateful views and violent actions of white supremacists and neo-Nazis,” writes AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in the AFL-CIO’s blog Now. “This racism and bigotry is the worst kind of evil in our world and does not represent the true values of America. The true values of our country, values like equality and solidarity, are what have always overcome the most abominable prejudices. Any response must begin with our leaders, starting with President Trump, acknowledging this for what it is: domestic terrorism rooted in bigotry. My heart goes out to the victims especially the family of those who lost their lives including a young woman named Heather Heyer and state Troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. I pray for everyone’s safety. The labor movement condemns this domestic terrorism and remains committed to eradicating the despicable causes of hatred and intolerance.”