A Philip Randolph Institute-St. Louis Chapter is dedicated to developing programs that will extend democracy to those who have been traditionally disfranchised or discouraged from participating in the political system, strengthening political alliances needed to assure democratic social change and projecting social and economic programs that will improve the lives of all Americans.
To achieve these goals, the APRI-St. Louis Chapter believes in the creation of a broad based coalition of forces who believe in social progress for minorities, the poor and working people. The Labor Movement occupies a pivotal role in this alliance since it serves as a bi-racial organizational vehicle of working people and has a principled commitment to social change. Our programs seek to enhance the role of all trade unionists.
The policies and programs of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and its affiliates have been governed by strict adherence to the political values and principles exemplified by our founder, A. Philip Randolph, 1889-1979.
A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE OBJECTIVES
The A. Philip Randolph Institute mission is to facilitate a dramatic shift “from protest to politics” by turning to a strategy of mass electoral activity rather than relying exclusively on mass protest activities. The Institute established the following strategies to achieve its objectives;
Because we have a closely shared interest with the labor movement, the Institute’s registration and mobilization activities are coordinated in conjunction with labor’s main political organizations. The Institute also works with organizations that share it goals, such as the NAACP, National Urban League, Pro-Vote and others.
Encourage and expand involvement in the labor movement.
By playing an active and constructive role in the community, unionist can help strengthen the bonds between organized labor and the community, while also mobilizing support for the shared legislative and social objectives of the labor and civil rights movement.
It conducts non-partisan voter participations drives through its local affiliates and provides leadership development, training and education vital for the individual development of its members and other trade unionist. A. Philip Randolph Institute has more than 150 local chapters located in 36 states.