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HTC at the 1963 March on Washington

The 1963 March on Washington is one of the most celebrated moments in the Civil Rights Movement. Organized by a coalition of civil rights organizations and progressive unions, the march brought over 200,000 people from around the country to support the passage of civil rights legislation. The march is perhaps best known for Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, and is widely credited with contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Photographer Dan Miller Honored

Last week’s Hotel Voice featured a number of photos from the Civil Rights era, along with an article that detailed the commitment to human rights that the Union has had since it was born, in 1938.

Let’s Look at the Issues

Movie goers are flocking to theaters to see the motion picture “Selma,” which is appropriate especially now, as the 50th anniversary of that famous civil rights march is only a week away.

City Council’s new Progressive Caucus includes 9 NYHTC-backed members

United around housing, economic development, labor, and civil rights issues, 12 members of City Council have formed a new voting bloc they are calling the Progressive Caucus.

Dr. King’s fight for economic justice is far from over

For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the fight for civil rights and racial equality in America was inexorably tied to the fight for economic justice.

Support labor activist fighting for human rights in Thailand

Thai Fruit Processor, Natural Fruit Company Ltd, filed criminal and civil lawsuits against British Labor Activists, Andy Hall, after a report, which he worked on, detailing the company's alleged human rights violations was published.

A Look Back at Our Union’s History

Along with many well known figures like Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, there are many lesser known giants of the Civil Rights movement. One of them, Franklin McCain, passed away this week.

Let’s Look at the Issues

While we observe the memory of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, we think it is equally appropriate to look back at another important figure of the civil rights movement, Franklin McCain, who passed away this week.

Let’s Look at the Issues

There are very few adults in the U.S. who at one time or another weren’t personally touched by a Pete Seeger song. Seeger, who died last week at the age of 94, was a fervent civil rights activist, an determined environmentalist, a fierce civil liberties advocate, and an exceedingly strong union supporter.

Historic telegrams found at union

Recently, a union staff member discovered four historic telegrams, dating back to March 1965, documenting our union's early involvement in the civil rights movement. The telegrams were sent by our union at the request of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after the murder, in Selma, Alabama, of Rev. James Reeb by a racist white mob.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week our entire country honors the life and accomplishments of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. It is a particularly poignant observance for our Union for reasons that are well known to veteran members but may not be known to newer members.

Governor Cuomo Signs "Say Their Name" Reform Agenda and Issues Executive Order on Police Accountability

June 19, 2020 5:57 PM

In response to ongoing state-wide protests and marches, Governor Cuomo signed the ‘Say Their Name’ Reform agenda into law on June 12, 2020. HTC had previously endorsed these measures. The new laws include reforms in policing and criminal justice: a repeal and reform of section 50-a of the New York State Civil Rights Law, allowing disciplinary records of police to be released to the public in cases of misconduct, a statewide ban on police chokeholds, a prohibition of false race-based 911 reports, and the designation of the NY Attorney General as an independent prosecutor in cases involving the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of police.

Governor Cuomo also signed an executive order on June 12: “The New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative,” requiring local police departments to adopt a plan by April 1, 2021 in order to be eligible for future state funding. Read more...

More Criminal Justice Reform Measures Enacted in New York

As many of you know from an editorial we published in Hotel Voice in 2017, our union has been working closely with the Innocence Project on criminal justice reform. It is my belief that this is the single most important civil rights issue in the United States, followed closely by immigration reform. The unfair incarceration of poor, disadvantaged and working class people who disproportionately are Black and Latino is a stain on the soul of our country.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Several months ago our entire country honored the life and accomplishments of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. It is a particularly poignant observance for our Union for reasons that are well known to veteran members but may not be known to newer members.

Reverend Al Sharpton: "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks"

June 8, 2020 5:18 PM

On Thursday, June 4th, 2020, Reverend Al Sharpton delivered a memorable eulogy for George Floyd at a memorial service for him in Minneapolis. The family asked the civil rights leader to give the eulogy for Mr. Floyd as this wasn’t a normal death, nor simply an untimely death, but a lynching and the family asked the Reverend who has regularly amplified the voices and experiences of being black in the United States to honor Mr. Floyd and to contextualize his murder. Rev. Sharpton poignantly and stirringly voiced the righteous demand of millions when he said, “what happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services, and in every area of American life. It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks.”

HTC urges everyone to watch Rev. Sharpton’s remarks in their entirety. You can watch it here.

HTC and the Little Rock Nine

“This year marks the 60th anniversary of our union honoring the Little Rock Nine — a group of incredibly brave students who were the center of the battle to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and who even today serve as an enduring symbol of the courage and resolve of the civil rights movement and the fight for equality.”

Those were the words of Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward, on Tuesday, June 12, when the ties between our union and the Little Rock Nine officially spanned 60 years at a luncheon held in Gallagher’s Steak House.

Remembering the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the U.S. observes this week the annual holiday in honor of the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., we should not forget the ties between Dr. King and labor unions.

Michigan becomes a so called “right-to-work” state

Michigan, a state with 671,000 union members, became the 24th "right-to-work" state in the country when Rick Snyder signed two "right-to-work" bills into law at 5:19 pm and 5:21 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

Let’s Look at the Issues

With February designated as Black History Month it is an appropriate time to look back on the heroic actions taken by these nine brave men. The Friendship Nine were made to pay for their “crime” of sitting at a “whites only” lunch counter in Rock Hill, North Carolina on January 31, 1961.