VT AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT KATIE HARRIS MEETS WITH CUBAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER & VENEZUELAN VICE MINISTER IN NYC

VT AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT KATIE HARRIS MEETS WITH CUBAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER & VENEZUELAN VICE MINISTER IN NYC

Write Up Below.

Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO

Today, Vermont AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Katie Harris was in New York City to attend an invitation only meeting with the Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernandez de Cossio & Venezuelan Vice Minister for North America Carlos Ron to hear how the U.S. embargo and economic policies are having painful effects on the working class and poor within these two socialist led nations. This past spring, Vice President Harris, who is part of the United! Caucus, was the highest ranking U.S. Union leader to attend May Day demonstrations in Havana.

If the Labor Movement in the U.S. is to lead a progressive shift in domestic politics, one whereby a more assertive and unified working class is able to up lift living conditions for all Americans and make strides towards achieving a more democratic society at home, then we also must seek to redefine foreign relations in such a way where the U.S., and our Unions, reach out our hand in international solidarity to nations and workers beyond our borders. For Labor leaders such as Harris to actively listen to the perspectives, concerns, and needs of such nations in the global south is one small, first step in this direction.

After listening to the Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister & Venezuela Vice Minister concerning the conditions in their countries, Harris was happy to express to them both the political direction of the Vermont State Labor Council, and present to them Little Green Books (the platform of VT AFL-CIO). A central element of The Little Green Book is a deep commitment to a more direct, participatory democracy both within the Unions and throughout society as a whole. The photo attached to this post is of Vice President Harris (right) with Vice Minister For North America Carlos Ron (left) holding The Little Green Book.

The event in NYC was organized by The People’s Forum. In attendance were representatives from U.S. Labor Against Racism & War.

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Click on the following link to read the full text of The Little Book (also known as the Ten Point Program For Union Power): https://vt.aflcio.org/news/vermont-afl-cio-ten-point-program

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