Immigration and Racial Justice

Immigration and Racial Justice

The bigotry that exists still in America today has a direct impact on two communities of working people: the immigrant community and the African-American community. Immigrants, particularly undocumented immigrants, have been the targets of harassment and wrongly accused of stealing jobs for years, but only now has that type of mentality been given a seat in the White House. African-Americans, often black men, are under physical attack every day in the United States, a plague that is far from new but is now being documented extensively in this age of digital media. Both immigrants and African-Americans are faced each day with the realities of white supremacy and the sense that they are the "other" in the United States. We will only overcome these inhumanities when we see the humanity in one another. But too often, identity politics are used cynically to divide us instead of uniting us.

All worker justice issues are seeded in or fueled by structural racism that must be addressed before we can win justice and dignity for all. At this time of racialized, erratic, and feverish policymaking, we see more than ever the need to fix our broken immigration system and address the embedded racism that forces black and brown people to live in fear everyday.

We and our affiliates are pushing for policy changes on all fronts, from Workers Center of Central New York advocating for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in New York State, to Workers Dignity/Dignidad Obrera Nashville leading a Day Without Immigrants protest in Nashville, to the Worker Center for Racial Justice who are working to hold the Chicago Police Department accountable and address systemic racism in one of the most segregated cities in the nation.