Democratic Left article
Institute for Policy Studies
November 20, 2014, the Institute for Policy Studies announced today the appointment of Marc Bayard as an IPS Associate Fellow. Bayard will direct "our bold new Black Worker Initiative aimed at lifting up the perspectives of African American workers and helping to forge strategic partnerships between unions, faith, and civil rights groups to strengthen the U.S. labor movement".
The Initiative has several key components that together help frame a road map to how black worker organizing can be an ongoing vehicle for the preservation of the labor movement and the promotion of civil rights and racial and economic justice. We will use conferences, published reports, public education materials, and mainstream and social media to promote a broader and more positive view of African American workers and their concerns.
In 2015, the Black Worker Initiative will strive to accomplish several major goals. Two we would like to highlight include:
- Keys to Revitalization: Organizing Black Workers and Communities in the South: We will convene a series of gathering of national and regional labor, civil rights, faith, and community leaders to discuss and plan a new way forward in organizing black workers and communities in the South. It is clear that the role of marginalized workers will be a significant factor in the labor movement in the coming years. IPS would like to be a part of the solution to helping expand opportunities for black worker organizing, focusing first on opportunities that present themselves in the South, and thereby greatly aiding the revitalization of the U.S. labor movement as a whole.
- And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders Voices, Power, and Promise: We are developing a groundbreaking report on the role of African American women in the labor movement called And Still I Rise. This effort is designed to engage black women labor leaders and activists in exploring ways to leverage their organizing expertise for the preservation of the labor movement and the economic advancement of the black community. It is a contribution to the much needed discourse on the vibrant relationship among women, race, and work. The heart of And Still I Rise is the collection of 15-20 extensive interviews/oral histories with black women labor leaders, organizers, and rank-and-file union members and workers at different stages of their careers.
In developing the Initiative, "Marc will draw on his extensive experience working on labor issues at the national and international levels". He served as Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University from 2011 to 2013 and as the Africa Regional Program Director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO, from 2003 to 2011. Most recently, he was a fellow with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.
- [ Democratic Left • Issue # 7 / 8 1997]
- Marc Bayard Appointed IPS Associate Fellow, BY ELAINE DE LEON, NOVEMBER 20, 2014