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Statement from EWMC President Keith Edwards
Updated On: May 19, 2017

   Current events have shaken the nation and brought conversations to the forefront with topics of racism, social justice, excessive force by police officers and gun related lethal violence by the police and private citizens. These conversations, this dialogue can be useful and productive. However, it is only one piece of a delicate and complicated solution to correcting a damaged and broken culture. These sometimes uncomfortable conversations must take place between people of different races, gender identities, and socio-economic status. This is just the beginning of what must be a cultural change. Everyone must participate to make this change successful. Everyone can and must do their part. We all have the capacity to love and that love must be manifested in all that we do in making the world a better place. None of us can afford to sit on the sidelines any longer or sit in the bleachers as an observer. We must change our behavior, we must speak truth to power, we must do what is uncomfortable.

       As EWMC members we have already taken an oath to the IBEW Constitution and sworn to uphold the EWMC National Operating Bylaws. Taking the oath is only lip service unless it is followed by action. Our programs must be amped up. Getting out into the community, building relationships. Reaching out to high school, middle school, and elementary school students. Mentoring youth in the IBEW and in our communities. Continuing our support of the local union in recruiting efforts while making sure the prison to work route is clear and unobstructed. People should only have to pay for a crime once. Support of local union efforts in voter registration especially in communities of color, along with education and encouragement to serve on juries. In addition, we must work with our law enforcement personnel to build relationships of trust and respect.

       All of these efforts must be sustained and approached with a spirit of collaboration. We will continue to be challenged but working cooperatively together we will make the world better. Listening and learning is the key to getting consensus. Use your voice in a constructive manner to create positive results.  You will make a positive difference. Thank you for all that you do.                                                       

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                                                                 Keith Edwards, EWMC President     
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