FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 8, 2019
[CHARLESTON, W.VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“A rogue group of members of the West Virginia House of Delegates has introduced resolutions to remove or censure Del. Mike Caputo for actions taken during a protest against a racist display sponsored by the West Virginia Republican Party last week. These resolutions serve to only ratify the racism so clearly demonstrated in the Capitol Rotunda.
“Mike has apologized for losing his temper, but no one should ever apologize for standing up against racism and religious intolerance. This attempt to punish him for doing so is an affront to the ideals that make our country what it is.
“The UMWA will not stand for this, and we call on all Delegates, regardless of party affiliation, to oppose the resolutions that could come before the House today. West Virginia – and indeed our nation and the world – is watching. Which side of history does the House of Delegates wish to be on?”