“I want the message of When We Rise to be enduring – to be a living, breathing call to action.”—Cleve Jones
When We Rise—a four-part series premiering Monday, February 27 on ABC—chronicles the U.S. gay liberation movement through the real-life stories of five activists, including UNITE HERE Community and Political Organizer Cleve Jones. Jones’ book, When We Rise: My Life in the Movement (Hachette 2016), served as partial inspiration for the mini-series.
Through his partnership with UNITE HERE, Cleve has led LGBTQ and labor coalitions in taking on some of the toughest corporations in the hospitality industry. He has also worked to make the labor movement more inclusive of LGBTQ workers via the inclusion of LGBTQ safeguards in union contracts to protect workers from workplace discrimination. These protections can be enforced even in places where no such protections exist in the law.
In the coming months, UNITE HERE members will join Cleve Jones as he tours the country, sharing his story and vision captured in When We Rise.
For more on Cleve’s partnership with UNITE HERE, and to sign up to join the When We Rise movement, visit http://www.whenwerise.com.