Our nation’s capitol is the nucleus of the free world, home to the levers of government and the epicenter of historic, cultural and political events. This week, the Teamsters National Black Caucus is making their presence known as 600 members converge on Washington, D.C. at the 35th annual TNBC conference.
Looking to build relationships and establish resources, participants at this year’s conference are being challenged to get involved socially and politically at the local, state and national levels.
Leading the conference is Al Mixon, International Vice President, TNBC Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 507 in Cleveland, Ohio, who called members to action.
“We’re fortunate because we are Teamsters. We’re fortunate based on what our jobs provide for us, but that doesn’t mean we can stand still,” Mixon said. “We don’t have time for the old ‘R and R.’ Our ‘R and R’ is relationship and resources; it’s about connecting and going forward on the right path.”
That path leads to Congress, where a number of seats in both the House and Senate are open for the taking this November. Mixon encouraged members of the TNBC to vote for politicians who support America’s working families.
Mixon also shared with members a message from President Barack Obama, who Mixon met with last week.
“President Obama said when you look at the gear shift on a car, the R and the D aren’t coincidental,” Mixon said. “If you want to go backwards, you go with the R. If you want to go forward, you go with the D. We must participate in this very important upcoming election.”
During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to participate in educational workshops, network with Teamsters from around the country and hear keynote speakers address top issues affecting the labor movement today. The conference will run through Sunday.