Additional Statement from the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Civil and Human Rights Committee
We echo the statement from President Trumka and add the following:
We were discouraged and disgusted to see the differential treatment by some law enforcement officers towards the insurrectionists. Further, there was a clear breakdown in sending additional support which put countless lives in jeopardy. This disparity in response was clearly due to the racial composition of those who breached the U.S. Capitol. We also would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those that lost their lives as well as to those injured defending our U.S. Capitol and protecting those that work there.
Attempted Coup an Unconscionable Assault on Democracy
(January 6, 2021) Statement from AFL-C/O President Richard Trumka on the breach of the U.S. Capitol building:
We are witnessing one of the greatest assaults on our democracy since the Civil War. Today’s attempted coup has been years in the making as Donald Trump consistently spews venom, conspiracies, hate and lies to his supporters. They are carrying out his wishes, and far too many Republican lawmakers have enabled and even encouraged this violent threat to our republic. Emboldened by an Electoral College system that creates an avenue for insurrection instead of simply certifying the candidate with the most votes, this is an effort to violate the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American and the labor movement will not stand for it. Not today. Not ever.