From Black Voices — Some participants and staff members of the NAACP will wear red, white and blue ribbons in support of union workers at this Friday’s Image Awards.

The move follows the passage of a resolution in support of union workers and collective bargaining rights by the NAACP last week.

“As we celebrate the contributions of people of color in film, literature, music and television, we will be wearing ribbons to show our support for the workers and families protesting in statehouses across the nation. The NAACP remains committed to helping public employees keep their collective bargaining rights, fair pay and appropriate benefits,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock.

Unions have been coming under attack in recent weeks. In Wisconsin, the governor is trying to take away the collective bargaining power rights of state union members.

Times are rough and unions must share the pain with the rest of the country. Through contract givebacks, some already have.

“The NAACP has always supported the efforts of working people to come together to bargain for a better life. The only way we can solve our nation’s economic problems is with everyone at the table,” said Clayola Brown, chairman of the Image Awards and president of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute.

The NAACP’s show of solidarity with unions is an important step. However, this is a time where more than symbolic gestures and resolutions are necessary, especially since union cuts will disproportionately affect African-Americans.

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