At the invitation of CWA President Larry Cohen, Local 3204 President Walter Andrews represented the Communications Workers of America on the podium at the National Action Network (NAN) Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally and March on October 15, 2011. In addition, Brother Andrews also performed an in-depth interview National Black Television, an online news and information channel. The event took place at the National Sylvan Theater at the base of the Washington Monument. More than 20,000 citizen advocates rallied with Reverend Al Sharpton, US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, American Federation of Teachers International President Randi Weinberger, The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League and a host of other nationally and internationally recognized civil and human rights leaders. The purpose of the event was to raise national consciousness about the need for jobs with justice, economic security, and racial equality. The event also served to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the dedication of the memorial monument in his name on America’s National Mall.
In his remarks to the thousands assembled, Brother Andrews encouraged attendants to “demand jobs with justice”. Walter also underscored the fact that “we need jobs, good union paying jobs where people don’t have to give up their collective bargaining rights”. In addition to being president of Local 3204 Brother Andrews also serves as the President of the CWA Minority Caucus. He among other CWA leaders is recognized for his leadership over many years at CWA preserving an open and inclusive environment within the union. While in the Nation’s Capital, President Andrews interviewed with on air personality National Black Television at CWA headquarters. The interview can be viewed on the NBTV website in its entirety. Many thanks to NBTV for taking the initiative to get labor’s message out across America. We encourage you to keep your eye on this network which is fast becoming a vital, state of the art communications gateway into the African American community.