I speak with Ajamu Dillahunt on the impact of COVID-19 on people in North Carolina, racism and the struggle of organising in the time of Covid-19.
A native of New York City, Ajamu has lived in N.C. since 1978. He is a retired postal worker who served as President of the Raleigh Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union, Research and Education Director of the North Carolina Council of the APWU and Southern Regional FMLA Trainer. He has participated on the boards of many labor and social justice organizations including Labor Notes, the Institute for Southern Studies, and United for a Fair Economy. He has worked for the N.C. Justice Center as Outreach Coordinator for the Budget and Tax Center and the Workers Rights Project. He continues to do popular education training for the APWU as well as local and regional grassroots groups. He is a member and leader of the Black Workers for Justice and a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Labor Convergence on Climate, a project of the Labor Network for Sustainability. Ajamu is also member of the North Carolina Climate Jobs Roundtable and serves as a board member of the Fertile Ground Food Cooperative. He has done solidarity work in Latin American, the Caribbean and Africa.