The U.S. economy is tanking. Tens of thousands of Americans have lost their lives. President Trump has no plan and (while not wearing a mask) is washing his hands of his responsibility to lead the nation through the worst crisis of our lifetime. His reelection prospects are threatened. So, what are Trump and his lackeys… Continue »

“Instead of protecting workers as if they are truly essential, Trump and his lackeys dehumanize them through their rhetoric and their policies.” The linkage of “the other” and disease is a longstanding and sinister stereotype that has been used in past times of crisis to stoke xenophobia and incite violence. Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration has… Continue »

Powerful Columns Call for Formally Recognizing Undocumented Workers As the Americans They Already Are Two remarkable opinion pieces today in the New York Times and on CNN.com remind us that the essential contributions of undocumented immigrants – both during the current pandemic and at all times – should be recognized by policies that formally recognize… Continue »

Yesterday, Joe Biden spoke to a virtual town hall organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), sending a message of support and solidarity to meatpacking industry workers. He told them, “we owe you.”  This is in sharp contrast to the push of Republicans such as Sen. Cornyn and the Trump administration, who… Continue »

Yesterday, Joe Biden spoke to a virtual town hall organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), sending a message of support and solidarity to meatpacking industry workers. He told them, “we owe you.” This is in sharp contrast to the push of Republicans and the Trump administration, who are sending a message… Continue »

Time for Trump and Administration Officials to Work a Full Shift Alongside Frontline Workers In response to the Trump executive order that forces meatpacking plants to stay open despite mounting infections and deaths, Gary Harris, a 20-year worker at the Logansport, Indiana Tyson plant, told The Indianapolis Star: …I think they should bring the president… Continue »

When Will “Executives” From Tyson and the Administration Visit Frontline Workers? President Trump’s executive order forcing meat processing workers back to unsafe jobs without proper protections – while Republicans in Congress push for new liability protections for such companies – distills the Trump/GOP view that the profits of corporations matter more than the health and… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “In a society striving to extend equality to one and all…it is detestable that we deny freedom, justice and equality to the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live and contribute here. Executive Director of America’s Voice Frank Sharry pens an op-ed in Medium that lifts up the indispensable workforce of undocumented immigrants and… Continue »

Leading Voices Condemn Trump Meat Processing Executive Order Are Trump and the Republican Party more concerned about corporate profits than worker safety? Look no further than the dramatic developments in the supply chain that brings meat to American tables. Yesterday, we highlighted how Trump’s new executive order is forcing meat processing workers back to their… Continue »

A recording of the call is available here Earlier today, rural faith leaders and organizers gathered on a press call to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on rural communities across North Carolina and Georgia. In these rural communities the meatpacking and agriculture industries dominate the local economies and ensure the security of the… Continue »