Vermont union group endorses gun rights in ‘anti-fascist’ and anti-extremists resolution

Vermont union group endorses gun rights in 'anti-fascist' and anti-extremists resolution

Union group Vermont AFL-CIO opposes gun control in a statewide resolution passed on Sep. 19, making them “the first major Labor body in Vermont to support the right to bear arms.” The resolution asserts the right of self-defense for organized labor, arguing that people of color, immigrants, and working-class people are “most at risk of attacks by fascists, white supremacists, and individual extremists.” The resolution passed by the vote of elected delegates representing 11,000 workers at the Vermont AFL-CIO’s 2021 Convention . It references the Black Panther Party, anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa, and the Zapatista uprising in Mexico as examples of the need for working people to take up armed self-defense. “Organized Labor must not rely on the armed wing of the Government to defend democracy,” the resolution declares, citing the Jan. 6, 2021 incident on the U.S. Capitol as an indication of the necessity to not rely upon the state for protection against “fascists.” Jan. 6th Riot at Capitol: These New Englanders were charged in the Capitol riot — where do their cases stand? The resolution alludes to the long history of conflict between the U.S. labor movement and the state, including the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain , in which 8,000 West Virginia union coal miners took up rifles against forces marshaled by the Logan County sheriff, coal companies and state police. What else does the Vermont AFL-CIO stand for? In addition to gun rights, the Vermont AFL-CIO passed resolutions on three other issues at their […]

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