Since the 2016 Presidential Election, the United States has seen an alarming and brazen rise in white supremacy ideology, including the politics of the so-called “Alt-Right.” The rhetoric is disgusting, vile, and extremely dangerous. The Montana Labor Movement stands, unequivocally, against these domestic terrorists who call themselves neo-Nazis and white nationalists.
“During this time of unmasked hatred and fear, we must remember that the true values of our country, values like equality and solidarity, have always overcome the most horrific prejudices,” said Al Ekblad, Executive Secretary of the Montana AFL-CIO.
The AFL-CIO will continue stand with and fight for all workers, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, gender, sex, or sexual orientation.
“Workers are stronger together and Americans are also stronger when we stand together. The killing of US Army second lieutenant Sean Christopher Urbanski, Rick Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Timothy Caughman, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and, most recently, Heather Heyer are heart-breaking examples of the threat we face as a nation,” said Ekblad.
The extremist right has always worked to divide working people.
“When I see Nazi flags flying in America, it’s a direct threat to all Americans, including our members” said Ekblad. “When the Nazis came to power, one of their first acts was to cripple labor unions, which Hitler viewed as the greatest threat to his authoritarian rule. In 1933, Hitler’s storm troopers took over the union headquarters in Germany and arrested union leaders and put them in concentration camps. Many union members were beaten and tortured.
“Now, more than ever, all Americans who cherish democracy, diversity, and freedom must stand together, protect the vulnerable, and defend our American values.”