Intersectionality and the Intergenerational Labor Movement

February 20, 2020
3:00 pm
3:00 pm

Lyllye Reynolds-Park Black Cultural Center, 1870 E 15th Ave., Eugene

April Sims was elected Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO in December 2018 and began her four-year term in January 2019. She is the first woman of color and the first black person to be elected as a WSLC executive officer.

In this talk, Sims will explore the concept of intersectionality through the lens of personal narrative, intergenerational reflections on working-class experiences that shaped her political consciousness as a woman and a black person, and the ways in which those anecdotes directly informed her life as a unionist and leader in the labor movement. She will also share her experiences and observations regarding social and economic justice in the current political economy of collective bargaining.