AFGE Condemns Racism, Asks America to Come Together to Defeat Hate

In response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement:

“White supremacy, Nazism, and demonstrations steeped in hatred go against everything that we believe at the American Federation of Government Employees,” he said. “Unions are about strength in numbers and standing up for all workers, regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or political views. As one of the most diverse unions in the country that represents workers from all walks of life and various backgrounds, we are infuriated by what occurred this weekend.”

Heather D. Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured when a car was driven into demonstrators protesting the white supremacy rally.

Two officers, helicopter pilot Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, were killed when their helicopter keeping watch on the demonstrations crashed.

Cox said AFGE commends the men and women who bravely stood in the face of hate and wouldn’t back down from violence, and applaud the law enforcement officers who put their duty first in trying to keep the peace.

“Our country and our union were founded on the belief that all are created equal,” he said. “While we at AFGE are participating in Diversity Week training this week, it’s important for all citizens to step up and find ways to create peace and unity. Be it attending a church service, speaking to family and friends, attending a vigil , or joining a group that stands up to hate – it all makes a difference.”

Cox urged AFGE members to find a vigil or group near then and consider donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center , the Anti-Defamation League , or both.

“We hope that out of the sadness in Charlottesville this weekend that all our union brothers and sisters and all Americans can come together to defeat hate by fostering equality and love,” he said.

Recent AFGE News:

Our Union Kicks off 41st Convention as Threats Mount

August 06, 2018

Our union has faced life-threatening challenges before, but these threats are different. We have politicians in the White House, the House, and the Senate who are hell bent on wiping us out. We have never had our union contracts unilaterally annulled, our union volunteers kicked out of offices, our work fighting injustice severely restricted or denied. That’s why this national convention is extremely important. The stakes have never been higher – and that's why our 41st Triennial National Convention is so important.

Read More

Why Your Coworkers Need to Join Our Union Now

August 06, 2018

With all the new anti-federal employee laws, pending bills, and Executive Orders, you may feel federal employees are the sole target of politicians. In reality, these politicians have been coming after all working people for decades.

Read More

AFGE On the Rise: What We've Accomplished Together

August 06, 2018

A lot of things have happened since our last national convention in 2015 – a new administration, hiring freezes, anti-union executive orders – just to name a few. But our list of some of our accomplishments below shows that our union is most powerful when we all stand together to protect our rights and democratic values.

Read More

Join AFGE Today


AFGE Events

Event Calendar is for Members Only. Please Log In to see our calendar of events.


SUBSCRIBE Latest news & info