300 CWA Members Join Democracy Awakening Protest in DC

Communication Workers of Americ
CWA Press Release

  • democracyawakens

    WASHINGTON, DC — More than 300 members and activists from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are participating in Democracy Awakening, a mass mobilization of thousands of Americans calling for a democracy that works for all — not just the 1 percent. They rallied, marched, attended teach-ins, and lobbied, and today, are engaging in civil disobedience outside the U.S. Capitol.

    CWA President Chris Shelton is among the CWAers standing up for a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counts. “We know that on our own, CWA cannot restore workers’ rights or win the financial reforms we need to put working families back on track. The same is true for the critical issues facing environmental groups, consumer advocates and social justice activists. We can’t go it alone. But when we join together, as we have in the past, we can move our democracy forward. We know this. When every organization makes restoring our democracy at least its second most important issue, we can succeed,” Shelton said.

    Shelton and nearly 80 CWA activists are engaging in civil disobedience, risking arrest to spotlight public attention on the call to restore our democracy.

    CWA joins more than 260 organizations in this landmark event coordinated by the Democracy Initiative and calling for strengthened voting rights, campaign finance reform, getting big money out of politics and filling the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. This is a broad coalition of organizations representing the labor, green, student, racial justice, civil rights and money-in-politics reform communities.

    PRESS CONTACT:
    Candice Johnson
    (202) 434-1168

2 Responses

  1. I was among those arrested at the Democracy Awakening rally. CWA’s presence, in their red shirts, was very evident and positive throughout the week. Pres. Shelton and other CWA speakers avoided the usual “special interest” points about union rights and instead made a lot of friends for unions by speaking to attendees’ common interests in civil rights, fair elections, an end to oligarchy, and so on. AFL-CIO speaker Tefere Gebre did the same. Great job!

    • Good work, Carl.

      I might have also included a video featuring similar comments by former CWA President and Labor for Bernie organizer Larry Cohen. Chris Shelton is a worthy successor to Larry Cohen as CWA President. We should all support the Verizon strikers.

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