The following is a statement from Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United on the Missouri grand jury’s decision not to issue an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown:
In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, we stand in solidarity with his family, the people of Ferguson, and those across the country who are standing together to peacefully protest the injustices of racism and violence. What we do in this moment will have a major impact on the future of racial profiling and police brutality across the country.
Collectively, we must continue to challenge the racism and failures of our current legal system. We join thousands of others in calling on President Obama and US Attorney General Holder to take action to indict Officer Wilson. All families, all communities, and all people have the right to walk the streets of their cities and neighborhoods without fear.
Because racial justice is inextricably linked to economic justice, ROC will continue to fight to raise wages and improve labor standards across the restaurant industry — the largest employer of people of color.
Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate, Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News), ROC United has grown to over 13,000 members across 26 cities in the US, winning 15 worker-led campaigns, totaling $8 million in stolen tips and wages.