In 2020, we took back our future. Now, as attacks on our freedom to vote are sweeping the country, we need to fight to keep it. That’s why over 1,500 UNITE HERE housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, and food service workers from 21 states across the country are joining Black Voters Matter and allies in the Freedom Ride for Voting Rights.
Since the 2020 election, hundreds of anti-voter bills have been introduced in states across the country. We are travelling to D.C. by bus to demand that our elected representatives stand up for our democracy by passing the For the People Act to protect and expand our freedom to vote.
“UNITE HERE hospitality workers made huge sacrifices to get out the vote and take back our country for the people. We won’t stand by and let racist voter suppression laws move us backwards,” said D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE International Union. “We are committed to protect our democracy so that it is representative for all people, not just a privileged few.”
“As a labor union, our foundation was built on fighting back—we’re not new to this, we’re true to this. Workers have always had to fight to protect our right to vote. We’ll rise up again like we’ve done before, because when we do, we win,” said Trinice Dyer, server at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, LA. “As a Black woman and a union member, my whole history is built on fighting back. Whether slavery, civil rights or in the workplace, workers and people of color have had to fight to protect our rights. In my union we take that power seriously, so Congress can bet that we’re headed for them this time, too.”
“After losing my job during the pandemic, I joined the political campaign in Arizona. I spent four months, braving the Phoenix summer, to talk to hundreds of voters. Then, I canvassed in Georgia to help elect Senators Warnock and Ossoff. I am also an 18-year Air Force veteran. I didn’t risk my life for this country just to have an outdated Senate procedure undermine my democratic rights. That’s why I’m riding to Washington D.C.—there’s no stopping us,” said Marilyn Wilbur, former worker at Arizona State University.
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