WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:
"On this day 50 years ago, hundreds of thousands of women and men descended upon our nation's capital for an unprecedented demonstration for freedom and economic justice. Strangers from all corners of the country stood side by side as sisters and brothers to demand freedom from discrimination and the means to live their lives free of economic oppression. They were unified and they sent a powerful message that changed the course of history.
"This historic day serves as a reminder of what we, as citizens, can accomplish when we raise our voices together. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words, evoking a new vision of the American dream, still ring true today and serve as a reminder of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.
"AFA's commitment to equal treatment of all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression has remained a top priority since our founding 68 years ago. Like Dr. King, we recognize that true freedom requires both an end to discrimination and an end to economic oppression. On this historic day, we recommit our efforts to push back against discrimination of any kind and we stand for economic justice.
"For the brave women and men who stood in Lincoln's shadow on this day 50 years ago, we continue our efforts to fight discrimination in any form in their honor. It is time, once and for all, to eradicate the poisonous legacy of discrimination from our society while we redouble our efforts to achieve economic justice for all working families."
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 68 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.
SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)