ND AFL-CIO Condemns Police Brutality and Racism

North Dakota AFL-CIO Condemns Police Brutality and Racism

WHEREAS, George Floyd, a black resident of St. Louis Park, Minn. Floyd was handcuffed and
pinned to the ground by a local police officer’s knee for over eight minutes as three other
officers stood by, watching as he was killed; and

WHEREAS, This tragedy is all too familiar, highlighting the double standard experienced by
black and brown people in America, including North Dakota, when interacting with law
enforcement; and

WHEREAS, Racism causes pain to people of color every day in America; and

WHEREAS, Racism is a labor issue because it is faced by workers every single day in their
workplaces; and

WHEREAS, Racism is a community issue because unions are the community; and

WHEREAS, Racism divides working people and prevents them from building power to achieve
social, racial and economic justice for our communities and our members; and

WHEREAS, The labor movement gains its strength from our common belief that all people are
inherently valuable and have an undeniable right to a fair, just and dignified life, regardless of
race, religion, gender or sexual orientation; therefore be it

RESOLVED, The North Dakota AFL-CIO condemns the shocking and horrible murder of
George Floyd; and, be it further

RESOLVED, The North Dakota AFL-CIO recommits ourselves to ridding our society of the
systematic racial inequalities that continue to plague our communities and deny justice to far too many North Dakotans, and, be it further

RESOLVED, The North Dakota AFL-CIO commits to stand together with our black and brown
brothers and sisters in our unions, our communities and our statehouse against racism,
inequality and racial and social injustice; and, be it further

RESOLVED, The North Dakota AFL-CIO is unequivocally united against the forces of hate who
seek to divide us for their own personal and political gain at our expense; and, be it

RESOLVED, The North Dakota AFL-CIO will fight for reforms in policing and to address issues
of racial and economic inequality.

Passed June 4th, 2020 by the 61st North Dakota AFL-CIO Convention.