AFSCME Council 3 and Maryland NAACP joining forces to support frontline workers and fight against racism
EASTERN SHORE, Md.–Dozens of drivers could be seen honking their horns throughout Somerset and Wicomico Counties Thursday evening in support of two things, frontline workers and the fight against racism.
“We’re drawing attention to the racial injustices across our country and what is going on and how we as a union need to address those things,” Patrick Moran, President of AFSCME Council 3, said.
The largest union for state employees in Maryland, AFSCME Council 3, organized the event along with the Maryland NAACP.
“We’re a union that has a history of supporting civil rights, we’re a union that believes obviously in worker health and safety and combining those things we think that’s a positive thing,” Moran said.
Members of the union said since the COVID-19 pandemic began frontline workers haven’t been getting the personal protective equipment they need to work safely, so they wanted to use this caravan to bring attention to that
“I hope it brings attention to the fact that in order to provide good quality services to the people of the shore that it needs to be funded,” Moran said.
They also wanted to recognize the efforts of the NAACP to get a permanent memorial for the victims of racial violence installed in downtown Salisbury.
“They’re going to purpose building an anti-lynching memorial and we’re here to support that and contribute to that,” Moran said.
Overall, organizers hope that by hosting this caravan it will inspire change when it comes to racial injustice and safe working conditions for front line workers.
“Hopefully, we can get some legislation or something get enough people involved that they’ll see that we’re not just representing a small group but we’re representing a major group,” Relford Matthews, Member Of Executive Board Local 1833 for UMES, said.
“I definitely think that we all have to have a more open mind all of us have to have an open mind and we have to come together as one to be able work together as one,” Anissa Sessoms, Secretary Treasure of Local 1081, said.
The caravan started at 5:30 p.m.
The group made stops at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, downtown Salisbury, and The Holly Center.