There are only a few days left in Black History Month, but we continue to celebrate those who fight for civil rights throughout the year. The Dream Defenders, a group dedicated to social change, does so by “training and organizing youth and students in nonviolent civil disobedience, civic engagement, and direct action while creating a sustainable network of youth and student leaders to take action and create real change in their communities.”
The Dream Defenders work to directly confront the sources, sponsors, and supporters of racism and the criminalization of “our generation.” The mission of the Dream Defenders is carried out using peaceful methods, like those carried out by Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. Listed under “Pledge” on their website, the Dream Defenders organization says “We defend the right of all to a quality education and to live lives free of police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration. We defend the right of all to happiness with whomever they choose. We believe that nonviolence, love & unity will always triumph over racism and hate. We will not rest, until victory is won.”
These values directly correlate with what union members fight for every day, and will continue to do so, because workers rights are civil rights. The Dream Defenders also note that a huge part of the crisis they are trying to combat is the economic disparity more and more people are living in. Together, unions and our allies, such as the Dream Defenders, are working to create change like raising the minimum wage that will reverse increasing poverty rates. Through their many campaigns, like “The World is Ours: Voter Mobilization and Civic Engagement”, Dream Defenders also works on economic, social, and political issues that The UFCW actively works toward as well.
Learn more about the Dream Defenders and their quest to end inequality by following them on Twitter @Dreamdefenders