Nine years ago, USW member E.J. Jenkins had a vision—he wanted to start conversations and ignite change in his community of Gary, Ind., a lakeside city just outside of Chicago struggling with mass joblessness and a housing crisis caused by a history of segregation and steel industry downturns.
That vision led to what is now Black Labor Week, an annual five days dedicated to labor, to Black history and culture, and to the community members of Gary.
The March 11, 2020 episode of the USW’s podcast, Solidarity Works, covers the District 7 Steelworker event that is growing into a movement, the activists who make it all happen and the city they serve. Listen to it at usw.to/podcast or on your favorite podcast streaming service.