CCJ stands with Striking Workers demanding Living Wages and Union Rights
We know that structural poverty creates crime and violence, and that Black communities are struggling against the continuing reality of racist policies that under-develop and exploit them. Chattanooga decision makers refuse to invest in real economic development in Black and working class communities that provides sustainable living wage jobs. Instead, they focus on building a downtown playground for the wealthy that displaces and gentrifies those communities like Hill City, the now-branded Southside, or Highland Park.
The fight for living wages and organizing rights is intimately connected with other frontlines of state violence against Black people and communities. We cannot live in a world where Black Lives Matter until Black Labor is valued and not exploited by a system built for White wealth.