In recognition of Labor Day 2021, NAACP is hosting a Labor Action Week, beginning today September 2 through September 9, 2021. Throughout the week of activities, we are celebrating and recognizing the historic role of Black workers in advocating for workers’ rights and supporting a robust economy.

Back in April, President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan as part of the administration’s Build Back Better initiative to rescue, recover, and rebuild our country due to the pandemic. The plan would create upwards of 2 million jobs per year for the next decade.

This once-in-a-lifetime legislation must prioritize the economic and employment needs of Black America.

Given the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to a long history of systemic racism, the Build Back Better Plan must stimulate Black wealth and decrease the racial wealth gap by creating new union jobs in trade, technology, and other key industries, meaning increased access and employment opportunities for Black workers.



Building Back Black: An Infrastructure & Jobs Plan that Works for Black America

Join us this Labor Action Week for a series of events that bring together elected officials, union leaders, and civil rights change-makers and activists. We’ll be providing advocacy framework and solutions for implementing a jobs plan that prioritizes the needs of Black workers, while also addressing long-standing issues around the racial wealth gap and systemic racism within the trade and various other employment industries.

In addition to a week-long awareness campaign on the Infrastructure Plan, the week will also include the following events:

Thursday, September 2, 2021, 6 pm EST – Youth & Young Adult Dialogue: Building Black Youth Jobs

Hosted by the Youth & College Division, this will be an engaging Instagram Live conversation among youth and young adult workers, leaders, and organizers about advocacy strategies that bring attention to the specific needs and interests of youth and young adults of color.



Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 7-8:30 pm EST – A Virtual Discussion – Build Back Black: An Infrastructure & Jobs Plan that Works for Black America

This conversation will bring together elected officials, union representatives, and Association leadership to discuss the economic opportunities presented by the Infrastructure Bill, and strategies for implementation that will center and prioritize Black workers, businesses, and Black communities.

·     Moderator:

Bill Fletcher, Labor Activist, Organizer, and Author

·     Panelists:

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP

Roxanne Brown, International Vice President at Large, United Steelworkers (USW)

Ryan N. Boyer, African American Caucus President, and Special International Representative, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Dr. Bill Spriggs – Chief Economist, The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)



Fred, please join us this week, and together we’ll ensure this is a good plan for America, and a great plan for Black America.

Fighting Forward,

Derrick Johnson
President and CEO

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Worcester Branch NAACP elects leaders; Fred Taylor new president

Cyrus Moulton

Telegram & Gazette


WORCESTER — The Worcester Branch NAACP elected its new leaders and set an agenda of continuing to address systemic racism in the Worcester Police Department, removing police from schools, and increasing diversity in political representation. 

Fred Taylor was recently elected president of the Worcester Branch NAACP.

Members of the organization’s executive committee include: Fred Taylor, president; Edward G. Robinson, first vice president; Nelly Medina, second vice president; Rev. Doreen Oughton, secretary; Ron Nneji, treasurer; Frances Graveson, assistant secretary; Bob Michel, member-at-large; and Rich Mackoul, member-at-large.

“Our unity is so important in this time when a light has been shined on the injustices Black people face in this country,” Taylor said in a statement. “There is finally some recognition of the long-standing injustices in policing, in the judicial system, in the education system, in political representation, and in workforce representation for hiring and decision-making.

“We have a duty to the generations before us, and the generations to come, to not back down from our cries for justice. Hopefully we can take on this righteous work and battles for equity and justice together.”

NAACP Worcester is membership based, so visit the membership page to find out more.

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