AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visited hunger strikers last week outside the White House who are protesting deportations that rip families apart from each other. We asked our mobile supporters to send messages of solidarity and encouragement to the hunger strikers. Here are some highlights from what you said:
- Keep up the fight. Hasta la Victoria.
- Carry on one day longer for justice.
- We all do better when we all do better—Paul Wellstone. Stay strong!
- New York teacher and child of immigrant supports you!
- No more breaking up families. America supports family values.
- You are fighting a good fight, I stand behind your cause! CWA Local 7901 Portland, Ore., is there in spirit.
- Hang in there…no person is illegal…the tide is turning.
- Hermanos y hermanas, stay strong. As we say in the Steelworkers, one day longer, one day stronger!!!
- If companies can move from country to country for labor, workers should be able to cross borders, too.
- Most Americans are on your side. Together, we can break the Republican blockage. We’re with you all the way! Si, se puede!
- Your work is so important. Thank you for putting your personal welfare on the line. I wish Congress could do the same. Solidarity!
- Courage! You are recognized, respected and cared about.
- This country needs you. Please do not give up your courageous fight. Many Americans are with you.
- God bless your soul. I am fasting tomorrow in solidarity.
- They can never deport our spirit to fight injustice.
- This is America. Anybody who follows the rules should get ahead.
- Stay strong! We’re linking arms and standing with you every step of the way. We shall not be moved.
- Your pain is our hope.
- !THANK YOU, HUNGER STRIKERS. YOU ARE HEROES!
- Onward & forward in solidarity.
If you want to send your own message to the hunger strikers, text HUNGER to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply).
This article was originally printed on AFL-CIO on April 28, 2014. Reprinted with permission.
About the Author: Jackie Tortora is the blog editor and social media manager at the AFL-CIO.