Two more organizations have called for Delaware state representative Gerald Brady (D) to resign after he used an anti-Asian slur in an email.
In July, Rep. Brady was caught using the term “ch*nk broads” in an email discussing ways to protect sex workers. A coalition called Delaware Asian American Voice formed shortly after calling for Brady to resign.
On July 26, Brady announced that he would not seek re-election. He did not, however, indicated he was planning to resign.
Now the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO) have called for Brady to resign.
Brady is the executive director of the Delaware State AFL-CIO. Advocates have asked the labor union to call for Brady’s resignation as his values don’t represent the values of Delaware union members.
In a statement released last week, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler called for Brady’s resignation.
“I am sickened by the despicable remarks made by Executive Director Brady and call for his immediate resignation,” Shuler stated. “The leadership team at the AFL-CIO and I are committed to ending discrimination and bigotry in all its forms. Every single union member must come together to root out hate—from inappropriate language to acts of violence. America’s labor movement must use our position of trust to lead by example.”
The APALA applauded Shuler’s statement and issued statements likewise calling for Brady’s resignation.
“We echo the demands of other local and national AAPI leaders who call on Executive Director Brady to resign and to apologize to AAPI workers in Delaware, specifically to women and explain how he will make amends to the community,” APALA National Executive Board Member Viriginia Rodino stated.
“We also call on labor leaders at the State Federation and in Delaware more broadly to meet with community leaders to discuss an action plan that includes anti-racism training, support for a local APALA chapter, and how to resource organizing and growth of a multi-racial labor movement in Delaware.”
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