CANCELLED – Panel: Organizing the South at Duke Jan. 29 at 7pm

UPDATED 1/29/14 9:00 am: Due to Winter Storm Leon, our #OrganizetheSouth panel has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for a new date!


Press Advisory for January 29, 2014

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director,, 336-255-2711

Panelists to discuss how a Southern workers movement can change the nation 7 P.M. Wed., Jan. 29 at Duke University

RALEIGH, N.C. – America’s unions will live or die based on what happens in the South, and as unions go, so goes this nation’s once thriving middle-class. Fortunately, national and international unions seem ready to rise to the challenge. Organizing the South will be the focus of a panel discussion and public Q&A session at 7:00 PM on Wednesday at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Speakers will talk about how to turn the resolution adopted by the national AFL-CIO convention last fall calling for a new southern organizing strategy into concrete actions, as well as discuss the region’s labor history, current organizing campaigns, and the growing political influence of the South on the nation.

Speakers will include Chris Kromm, Executive Director, Institute for Southern Studies; Bob Korstad, Professor of History, Duke University; MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer, NC State AFL-CIO; Keith Ludlum, President, UFCW 1208; Justin Flores, Vice President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee; Zaina Alsous, Union Organizer, NC Raise Up; and Angaza Laughinghouse, President, NC Public Service Workers Union (UE 150).

Members of the media are encouraged to attend, ask questions of the speakers, and find out why now is the time to organize the South.

Who: CLASS Center at Duke, NC State AFL-CIO, Student Action with Farmworkers, and LAWCHA
What: Panel discussion on plan by America’s unions to organize the south
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
Where: Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705
Why: Instead of letting the low-wage, anti-worker culture of the South pervade the rest of the nation, America’s unions have resolved to adopt a new southern worker organizing strategy that will change the South by organizing its workers and growing the movement for economic justice.


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working families. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.

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