Washington, D.C. – Seeking solutions to end to what it calls a “parasitic divisiveness” that is having a devastating social and economic impact on working families, the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) last week brought together labor union members, community leaders, politicians, business executives and celebrities for its annual Education Conference in Detroit.
“The Power of Unity… All Workers Matter” was the theme of the conference held Aug. 24 – Aug. 28in Detroit. More than 500 labor and civil rights activists from across the U.S.took part in a broad range of activities and discussions.
“This conference was to inform and train delegates on important issues directly impacting the Black community,” said APRI president Clayola Brown. “We plan to explore the current 2016 elections and its potential impact on communities as well as to address health, economic and social justice issues.”
Rep. John Conyers(D-MI) led a discussion that included several other members of Congress including Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). Other speakers included civil rights activist Barbara Arnwine, Sirius XM radio host Joe Madison, American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent, April Ryanand actress Erika Alexander (“Living Single”).
Several prominent labor leaders including Clayola Brown, APRI president and Dr. Lorretta Johnson, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, United Mineworkers president, Cecil Roberts and American Federation of Government Employees president, J. David Cox addressed the conferees.