The members of USW Local 3657 unanimously passed the following resolution on Thursday, June 28:
RESOLUTION REGARDING THE MURDER OF ANTWON ROSE BY EAST PITTSBURGH POLICE
USW Local 3657 is committed to fighting to uphold civil rights. As our goals have always been to empower workers in their workplace, advance and promote equality in our union and communities, encourage political and legislative involvement, organize workers into unions and promote policies that support working families, we are saddened to have to address the death of Antwon Rose Jr., the unarmed child shot three times by an East Pittsburgh, PA, officer as he fled from a vehicle suspected in an earlier shooting. This can only be described as an egregious attack on civil rights.
Our democracy is suffering because segregation by race and class has again resulted in tragedy and reactions based on fear, splitting a community and the country at large. The labor movement has confronted the issues of racism and classism in America on many occasions and must do so now with this tragedy. We must stand in solidarity and be a voice for justice.
The lack of training of the officer involved, and history of improper reporting and behavior, played a role in this tragedy and we must recognize that. USW Local 3657 empathizes with those who take up the shield of a badge and its corresponding risks. However, USW Local 3657 cannot abide the demonization of our youth by those same authorities simply because they are of a different color, race, gender, ethnicity or background.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
That the members of the USW Local 3657 stand in solidarity with the family of Antwon Rose Jr. and all those children who have been slain in an environment of fear and hostility;
That USW Local 3657 urges all media to commit to fair and balanced coverage of such incidents and avoid sensationalizing and spreading false information, regardless of jurisdiction;
That USW Local 3657 urges elected officials and policy makers at all levels to work together in their communities to create an environment of justice for all, not just for the privileged few;
That USW Local 3657 remains committed to fighting for justice and equality and will continue working to break down the systems of racial segregation;
That USW Local 3657 remains committed to holding workshops for our members and the wider community on racial and socioeconomic injustice; and
That USW Local 3657 urges our members to contact elected officials to demand that officers be screened and trained, to avoid instances such as this, where an officer chooses to take the judge and jury roles upon themselves.
Respectfully submitted this 28th of June 2018 by the Civil Rights and Women of Steel Committees of USW Local 3657. Adopted unanimously.