Statements​

Statement from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) Action on the Biden-Harris Inauguration

On behalf of the thousands of restaurant workers that ROC serves nationwide, we offer our most sincere congratulations to Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the first biracial Black and Indian female Vice President in the history of our country.

How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message Still Resonates With Restaurant Workers Today

As we join others in honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I encourage to reflect on the ideals he espoused, the values that he fought and died for, and his vision for a country that believed in respect and dignity for all workers.

Today, Dr. Sekou Siby, president and CEO of ROC ACTION, issued the following statement on the acts of domestic terrorism at the U.S. Capitol:

Our hearts sank as we witnessed the mayhem and violence that unfolded at the United States Capitol yesterday. It was nothing short of a violent assault on our democracy and nation. It was an act of domestic terrorism incited by President Donald Trump, in person, and on social media, and carried out by his extremist supporters.

The future of our democracy is in your hands: Early voting in GA starts today

Today Georgia starts with early voting for its two U.S. Senate runoff elections. We can’t overstate enough the importance of the January 5th elections. They will not only determine control of the U.S Senate―but they will also have a tremendous impact on how we can build power and create the change that working people like us want to see in our democracy and values as a nation.

ROC Action responds to MI ruling that bans paid transportation to polls

In response to a ruling that bans most paid transportation of voters to the polls in Michigan, Dr. Alicia Renee Farris, state director of Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Michigan and COO of ROC Action, which recently launched the #ROCMIVote voter transportation campaign, issued the following statement:

ROC United Supports National Black Voter Day

“No Black voter should be left behind in 2020. It does not matter where you live—urban or suburban—and which state you are in—swing state or battleground—this is the most critical time that every Black voice must be heard and be a part of the democratic process.

Statement on Black Lives Matter

We at the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United grieve for the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and so many of our Black brothers and sisters who were and have continuously been victims of police brutality and abuse of power. Their senseless killing is nothing but an emblem of a historically racist and authoritarian system that incites hatred and violence against Blacks.