Today has three different meanings for me. The first Labor Day is that celebration of all that Organized Labor - our women and men who have come together in unions - have done for every American. From the 40-hour workweek and the eight-hour workday, to the ability to negotiate a living wage, and the opportunity to retire someday without living in poverty. The quality of life we enjoy in America today was earned, one day at a time, by the men and women of our labor unions. We owe them not just celebration, but thanksgiving.
Friends, I want to write to you today about an important event in Alexandria’s history. On this day in 1939, an African-American lawyer, Samuel Tucker, organized a sit-in at Alexandria’s sole library, which at the time was open only to whites. Six black men entered the library, quietly took a book from the shelves, and sat down to read. They were arrested. True change takes courage and time, and some progress comes slowly.
Friends, this weekend we were so lucky to spend a gorgeous day in Quincy Park, with ice cream, puppies, and a crowd of over 100 friends, both old and new. I was so happy to share all the great events, policy forums, and meet-and-greets we have planned on the road to November 4th!