Being a member, Job Steward, Vice President and now President of our great local has given me opportunities to better myself by understanding the issues others face that I may otherwise not have been able to. I have become friends with the most diverse group of union sisters and brothers that I may not have had the great fortune of knowing had I not become involved in our union. I am thankful for the many opportunities to become more educated and aware of the discrimination others face daily. Now is the time for the discussion of racism to become more than just a discussion. We need action and involvement from our political leaders, labor leaders and members of our society, especially those who are not faced with this discrimination daily. I know the Black Lives Matter movement is not about Black Lives being more important than all lives. I know White Privilege means I am not discriminated against because of my skin color. I have taken the time to educate myself on issues of racism, and I know I have much more to learn. I can show empathy when I see these injustices. I encourage our members to get involved and take the time to participate in the trainings and awareness programs that CWA Local 1298 will continue to offer. Racism is more than just words, beliefs, and actions. Racism includes all the barriers that prevent people from enjoying dignity and equality because of their race. Every Local 1298 member is my sister or brother, if it affects you it affects me. We will stand together and fight!! An injury to one is an injury to all!