Standing With SOMOS and Our Santa Fe Immigrants

immigrationWe’ve Stood with Standing Rock.     Now Let’s Stand with Our Threatened Neighbors

The looming Trump administration promises to be not only anti-immigrant but also anti-worker.  When we met in our Town Hall, we heard from Marcella Diaz, Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido.  It is time to stand with them now. They have a great opportunity to have donations matched and boy do they need it. Let’s show are strength and our commitment. In future issues, we will post Somos Un Pueblo Unido’s seven point sanctuary plan for our city and for other cities throughout the Nation, but for now, read on and make a contribution at the link below.

Founded in 2012 by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, the United Worker Center of New Mexico (UWC) is the state’s only worker center where members lead policy campaigns and organize to counter rights abuses in individual workplaces by forming worksite committees—an innovative model that has caught the attention of unions, academics, and national media.

The UWC has organized over 60 workplace committees and helped recuperate close to $1 million dollars in stolen wages and back pay—putting hard earned money back in the pockets of working families and into our local economies.

Highlights of upcoming initiatives:

  • In Santa Fe, members are working to strengthen the city and county’s sanctuary policies to protect our families not only from deportation but also from wage theft, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace.
  • In Gallup, members founded the McKinley Worker Justice Coalition to improve conditions for Latino and Native American workers and to strengthen wage and worker’s rights enforcement resources in rural communities.
  • In southeastern New Mexico, members are launching a dairy worker campaign to counter wage theft and organize for better health and safety conditions in this dangerous industry.
  • Workers throughout the state will continue to press Governor Martinez’ administration to enforce our state anti-wage theft and anti-retaliation laws.

And that is just the beginning! Workers supporting and organizing each other is one of  the most effective ways we can defend our families in these perilous and uncertain times.  Please be a part of the solution and support the United Worker Center today!  Click here to go to the donate page.

Why it matters?

Helping low-wage workers in our community recuperate their stolen wages and improve their working conditions helps put money back in the hands of working families and into our local economy and helps raise the floor for all workers in all other industries.

How will the funds be used?

Your donation will help our worker committees organize more actions to hold unscrupulous employers accountable for stealing the hard earned wages of their employees, fund worker rights events to recruit more workers and help us establish more worker committees in the dairy and hotel industry.

Any amount, big or small, will go a long way in supporting low-wage workers!

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