With no concrete national plan to solve the spread of the virus, Americans continue to suffer the consequences of this crisis mismanagement of the government. As the economy kneels in these times, Black Americans continue to fight the same old battle in the workplace – systemic racism and economic inequality.
The organizers of the protest called the demonstration, Strike for Black Lives, an action that was built on Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd. Protesters commemorate black people’s death due to police brutality by stopping work at noon by eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time prosecutors believed the Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck resulting to his death.
The demonstration was set to take place in more than 200 cities, including New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis with the involvement of major national labor organizations like the United Farm Workers, the Fight for $15, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and the leading racial and social justice group Movement for Black Lives present on the strike to address these demands: an increased pay, offer paid sick leave and allow workers to unionize as part of a broader effort to root out bias that keeps Black people to achieve economic and social equity.
Organizers don’t have the exact tally of those who joined but they were expecting tens of thousands of people from fast-food workers, nursing home aides, custodians, Uber drivers, and farmworkers to take part.
Via Associated Press report, at the Trump International Hotel, the president of 32BJ, a union representing office janitors, security workers, and doormen on the East Coast said that it is time to dismantle white supremacy and combat police brutality because as long as racial justice is not served there will be no economic, climate or immigrant justice to exist.