AFSCME District Council Head in NYC Speaks for the Million Worker March on “Democracy Now”
The following is an edited transcript
of remarks by Brenda Stokely, president of AFSCME, District Council 1707,
in New York City, one of the key organizers of the Million Worker March this
weekend in Washington, D.C. She was interviewed by Amy Goodman, host of the
daily radio and television news program “Democracy Now.” Brenda Stokely is also co-convenor of
Mark Dudzic, national organizer of the Labor Party, issued the following statement about the Million Worker March on behalf of the party’s Interim National Council:
“The Labor Party supports the goals of the Million Worker March. We salute our many affiliates who will use this day to mobilize members around a pro-worker political agenda as well as all of our members and affiliates engaged in grassroots organizing to move this agenda in the post-election period.”
AMY GOODMAN: We turn to Brenda Stokely, who is one of the key organizers of this weekend’s
Million Worker March in
BRENDA STOKELY: Well, we are — this is definitely a rank and file
grassroots organizing movement. It’s — I’m almost 60, and I haven’t seen anything
like this since the 1960s in terms of the response. We’re having difficulty
even responding to people. We were organizing the buses. We all got commitments
for those who could provide buses, to provide seats, but now we have to come up
with whole buses. Danny Glover has been very instrumental in helping us do
this, as well as other people, because we are responding to immigrant groups
which have no money and we’re providing whole buses for them to get there. We
were responding to shelters that have no money; these are displaced workers.
Unfortunately, none of the internationals with the exception of two
international unions have come forward to support; as a matter of fact, they
have done everything to undermine this particular effort. The only two international
— now there’s three — has been N.E.A., and the postal workers, A.P.W.U., and
now the building maintenance and railroad workers, that have recently endorsed.
[The call for this march came from] ILWU Local 10 out of
JUAN GONZALEZ: I’d also like to ask Brenda, people who want to attend the Million Worker March, how can they contact the organizers and get more information?
BRENDA STOKELY: Well, in
AMY GOODMAN: People around the country are coming?
BRENDA STOKELY: Yes, around the country. And also we’re going to have — an important aspect of the march is that they’re going to be organizing tents so that people will not just be rallying, but they will also leave with an agenda and a plan and connect to national activities, and campaigns. So, we invite everybody to come and participate.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, Brenda Stokely, I want
to thank you very much. We’ll have links on our website at
Brenda Stokely is president of AFSCME, District
Council 1707 in