Rochester – Labor unionists, allies, friends and family joined together today to stand up and speak out on racial and economic injustice at a Black Lives Matter rally sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Speakers at the event included chapter president, Debbie Lee, a long time CSEA colleague, as well as NYS Assembly candidate for the 137AD Demond Meeks; Tracy Harrison, SEIU 1199; Pastor James Simmons and NYS Assembly member Harry Bronson 138AD.

CSEA Western Region Executive Vice President Tim Finnigan was in attendance along with dozens of active and retired CSEA members.

Finnigan said, “In the Labor Movement, we have always stood up and spoke out when we see racial or economic injustice. It’s our history. It’s in our DNA. We are here to affirm racism in not welcomed in our workplaces, our streets or in our country.”

Rochester — On July 11, Western Region Vice President Renee Jackson attends Black Lives Matter rally sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Renee Jackson, a NYS Department of Health employee and a Western Region Vice President also attended the event.

Jackson said after the rally, “CSEA has a legacy of fighting for racial and economic equality for marginalized communities—and that’s why we are here today. We cannot continue the callous disregard for the health and safety of our black and brown brothers and sisters. It’s time for our lawmakers to enact meaningful change – we are demanding it for ourselves and for those who feel they are voiceless.”

-Ove Overmyer

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Ove Overmyer is an award winning photojournalist and writer who has promoted the virtue of working people and the value of public service throughout his career. His work has been published by many well-respected international media outlets, including PBS Moyers & Co., Steward Update UCS Worker Institute Cornell ILR, CBS News, The Weather Channel, SCI-FY Channel, Associated Press and LOGO-TV. Before joining the CSEA Communications Department staff in 2015, Overmyer was a CSEA member employed by the City of Rochester and an officer of the union for more than 18 years. He covers a 14 county area of Western New York and lives in Rochester, NY.

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