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Rosalyn Pelles has been a labor and freedom movement activist since the 1960s. She is currently the Vice President of Repairers of the Breach, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to build a progressive agenda and movement rooted in the moral values of justice, fairness, and the common good. She is also Senior Strategic Advisor to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. With over 50 years of movement experience, her work has focused work over the last few years in growing poor people’s movements. She has previously served as the Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition, Director of the Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Executive Director of the North Carolina NAACP, and as a senior strategist and advisor to North Carolina’s Moral Monday/Forward Together Movement. She is currently working with Jordan T. Camp on a collaborative autobiography, As Goes the South: The Life and Lessons of Roz Pelles.
On November 3, 1979, members of the KKK and American Nazi Party murdered five labor organizers in broad daylight. Forty years later, massacre survivor Rosalyn Pelles talks about that day, and why organized workers are such a threat to the powerful.