“Cops are the first line of defense for business owners and employers, so I think it makes sense for labor to be opposed to Cop City.”

by Sarah Lazare, In These Times

Vincent Quiles, a 28-year-old father and union organizer in Philadelphia, is part of a fledgling labor effort to support the months-long protests against construction of the notorious Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, popularly known as ​Cop City.”

For Quiles, this also means speaking out against his former employer: Home Depot.

Protesters gather downtown in opposition to the construction of Cop City

When he was fired from a Home Depot store in northeastern Philadelphia in February, Quiles was already struggling to support his toddler son on his salary, which he says never felt like enough, given the meager benefits. He says he was forced to lean on his ​very strong support system.” This was despite his demanding job as a receiving supervisor, he notes, in charge of tasks like tracking incoming merchandise and overseeing maintenance of machinery in the store.

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