Essex-West Hudson CLC Secures $5,000 Grant, Funds to be Dedicated to Newark’s Miller Street School

Congratulations to the Essex-West Hudson CLC for securing one of only twenty $5,000 grants which were available through the national AFL-CIO’s Adopt-a-School Program. These funds will be dedicated to Newark’s Miller Street School to help educate young people on the vital connection between workers’ rights and civil rights. The grant also encourages the labor council to begin an ongoing partnership with the school in order to bring the academic concepts of the labor movement into the classroom.

The history and current relevance of our labor movement is a subject that is too often overlooked by school curriculums. This grant program will help to enhance the educational experience of students as well as provide an important perspective on our nation’s past and present movements for social and economic justice.
The AFL-CIO Adopt-a-School program was created on August 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that was held on the National Mall. Thanks to leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., generations of Americans were able to appreciate the importance of our nation’s movements for worker justice and social equality.

This lesson was critical to our growth and social progression as a nation. We believe it is now our responsibility to ensure that Dr. King’s dream is understood by the next generation of students so that we can continue to appreciate the ideals of economic justice and social harmony.

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