Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This Thanksgiving, as we gather with our families to give thanks, we have much to be thankful for:
We are thankful for the love and support we draw from our families.
We are thankful for the bonds of friendship that sustain us.
For those that are healthy, we are thankful for their good health.
For those that are ill, we are thankful for the support and love given to those who suffer from illness of the mind, body, or spirit.
We are thankful for the different traditions of faith and systems of values that provide for inspiration and strength.
We are thankful for those members of the military, past and present, who have and continue to keep us safe and free. Please take a moment during this Thanksgiving Holiday to remember our military members and their families in a manner that you deem appropriate. May these military members and their families be safe this Thanksgiving and may those that are deployed overseas be returned to their families soon.
We are thankful for the bounty of food that the earth and our farmers provide for us.
We are thankful for those who recognize and fight against the injustice that amongst that bounty there are still those who go to bed hungry.
We are thankful for the beauty of the environment of our state and our nation, and for those who work to protect it.
We are thankful for those who over the course of our nation’s history have fought injustice in many ways, whether that was on the battlefield, at the ballot box, in marches for freedom, in the courts, or on the picket line.
We are thankful for the solidarity of the labor movement, which built the middle class in America.
We are thankful for the brothers and sisters of our Union, who always have our back.
We are thankful for the firm belief that our nation can and will continue to accomplish great things.
We are thankful for public employees, who make our communities safer, more prosperous, and better places to live.
We are thankful for all working people, whether in the public sector or private sector.
We are thankful for this holiday, which was first proclaimed as a national holiday one-hundred fifty years ago by President Lincoln to remind us that even in one of nation’s most trying times, we had much to be thankful for.
Our families, our Union, our Iowa, our United States, and our world still face many challenges. We are thankful for our many strengths, which will permit us to overcome many of those challenges through hard work.
Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday.
Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61