Labor communicators focus on organizing the South

ILCA held its 60th Annual Convention in Raleigh

North Carolina State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan joined national AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber to talk about the necessity and opportunity for labor unions to organize the South to advance the causes of economic, social, and racial justice at the annual gathering of labor communicators held last week in Raleigh.

“If we want workers everywhere to get their fair share, we must organize the South,” MaryBe McMillan told ILCA delegates. “If we organize the South, we can change the nation.”

Watch and share MaryBe McMillan’s impassioned plea to the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA).

Following MaryBe’s speech was a panel, A Cackalacky Case Study in Organizing the South, which featured Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies, Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, Zaina Alsous with Raise Up for 15, Justin Flores with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, and Carolyn Smith of Working America.

Check out tweets from the ILCA convention, featuring photos, videos, and commentary.

Learn more about the work of the ILCA, the main organization of the nation’s labor communicators and journalists.


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