Thursday, February 13, 2014

What I said at the press conference

This victory is a clear message:

Businesses cannot make profits on the backs of oppressed workers
Businesses cannot hide behind bankruptcy to avoid responsibility
When this campaign began, pastor Heidi (Neumark) and I spoke out in solidarity with the Dominos workers. Almost immediately we received letters from Dominos attorneys demanding our silence.  Threatening legal action if we continued to speak out. Our attorney asked a very simple question: is what we are saying the truth? And when we asked  that question, they remained silent. And had to back off. Because if what you are saying is true, there is no legal way to silence you. And this decision clearly shows what Dominos knew all along...that they were responsible for the harm done their workers.
So we celebrate this victory. But we cannot stop here. We will support those workers who were fired for speaking out in their settlement processes. And that other workers across this city lift up their voices and demand the justice they deserve, including a real living wage. This victory is just one more step on a long march, a march that continues until justice is served.

A boycott is a form of fast, a conscious decision not to consume something for a reason. The prophet Isaiah had this to say about this kind of fast:

s not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6-8)

We must contine our struggle until all yokes are broken. 

Note: the victorious workers were Latino, Bangladeshi, African

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