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The national workers’ strike, dubbed the Strike for Black Lives, saw people walk off the job on Monday in U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality.

The precise statistics change for each crisis, but the reality they convey is constant: Racism impoverishes and kills.

When Black workers complain, Elliott added, the same managers call them insubordinate and the facility’s administrator is no help.

There’s no way to lift up American workers without breaking down the racist institutions that keep them poor and vulnerable — and that makes police brutality a working-class problem too.

Like Elliott, Aldridge knows intimately that Black workers fight a war for liberation on multiple fronts.

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