April 10, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Lewiston, NY – In the wake of white supremacist propaganda dropped in a number of driveways of residences in the Niagara County Town of Lewiston, and the recent emergence of a member of a violent white supremacist hate group from Texas who has been publicly speaking out here in Western New York, Organized Labor was front and center earlier this week to stand up against such hate speech and “mobilize against racism.”
Lewiston residents and concerned county residents were in attendance at the Town of Lewiston Board meeting, where many – including a representative of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) – spoke out against the actions of an individual who has been identified as Horace Scott Lacy, who reportedly has spent decades as a dangerous leader in violent white supremacist hate groups in the State of Texas, including the Aryan Renaissance Society, White Lives Matter, and the prison gang Aryan Circle.
“Leaders of the Labor Movement realize that it is ‘critically important to mobilize against’ racism,” WNYALF Organizer Chris Borgatti, a Niagara Falls native and resident, told the board during a public hearing that was held on Monday (April 3rd) evening. “Normalizing messages of ‘hate and bigotry is not only wrong, it is anti-American and anti-Worker and it’ plays directly into the hands’ of the ‘richest one-percent who seek to distract Americans from the growing problem of wealth inequality.’ ‘When we all stand together, we all stand in unity – we win.’”
“When you really look at it, you will see how racism plays a ‘substantial role’ in our politics, our government and you’ll see how the economy ‘connects minority concerns to the issues faced by all Workers.’ ‘When racism wins the day, all workers lose – plain and simple,’” Borgatti (Pictured Above/Courtesy of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation) said.