Rochester Labor Council President Maloney’s Statement on Buffalo Mass Murder

Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation

This weekend a young man from upstate New York drove to Buffalo guided by an ideology of hatred and violence. A self-described fascist and white supremacist, he chose his target based on the high density of Black people living in the area.

He went to a Tops supermarket and killed 10 people and injured more. His intentions were clear: to kill Black people on the basis of their race. Members of our affiliate union, United Food and Commercial Workers were among those murdered and injured.

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation strongly denounces the racist and hateful ideologies that led to the massacre on Saturday. We will continue to educate and organize workers in the fight for social and economic justice as we build a world free of discrimination, hate and bias. We will continue to build a more perfect union for all.

The Labor movement is built on a rejection of division and hate along lines of race. Fascist and white supremacist ideas are antithetical to the goals of our movement and will have no home in the Labor movement.

In the coming days, we will share opportunities to concretely offer support to our neighbors that suffered this tremendous tragedy and we know that our members stand ready to help.

Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation

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