Communications Intern

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WDP is looking for a communications intern to help implement and manage its communications plan. With the assistance of the Development Director and Communications Director, the communications intern will help Workers DefenseProject maintain its public profile. REQUIREMENTS: 3.0 GPA Strong written and verbal communication skills Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Photoshop Ability to work independently Commitment to social justice Able to work 10 to 15 hours a week RESPONSIBILITIES: The intern will work the development manager to: Manage WDP’s online database to track press contacts Earn media coverage around WDP events Create digital materials for strategic campaigns Engage with members to share their stories General Office Admin support, answering phones, case data entry, etc. COMPENSATION: Life-long experience and skills Weekly stipend of $150 to cover costs associated…
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Thirst Strike Tweet Sheet

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Social Media Guide Thirst Strike – Dallas 9/29/15 Hashtags to Use: #GiveUsABreak #RestBreaks #Thirst4Justice Who to Tag: @workersdefense Workers Defense Project @tzintzuncris Cristina Tzintzún @VoteMarkClayton Council member Mark Clayton (supports rest breaks) @PhilipTKingston Council member Philip Kingston (supports rest breaks) @scottgriggsdal Council Member Scott Griggs (supports rest breaks) @VoteAdamMedrano Council Member Adam Medrano (supports rest breaks) @MonicaRAlonzo Council Member Monica Alonzo (supports rest breaks) @Mike Rawlings Mayor Mike Rawlings (ask for his support) @McGough4You Council member Adam McGough (ask for his support) @CKArnold2015 Council member Carolyn King Arnold (ask for her support) @cmjsgates Council Member Jennifer Staubach Gates (ask for her support) @LeeforDallas Council Member Lee Kleinman (opposes rest breaks) @1500Marilla City of Dallas General Guidelines: Use images! Share photos of speakers, WDP members, and supporters. Include a short explanation of…
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Release: Workers Defense Project Urges Dallas City Council to Take Action to Protect Workers

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Workers Defense Project Urges Dallas City Council to Take Action to Protect Workers Action Follows Heat Stroke Death of North Texas Construction Worker DALLAS, TX – Workers Defense Project will hold a candlelight vigil for 25-year-old construction worker Roendy Granillo who died July 19 from heat stroke. The vigil begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Dallas City Hall at the corner of Young and Akard streets. Mr. Granillo was working at a home, located at 3421 Hawthorn Ave. in Melissa, when he began to suffer symptoms of heat stroke. He was taken to Medical Center McKinney where he died. The Collin Medical Examiner confirmed his cause of death was due to heat stroke. “This tragic loss of life was 100 percent preventable and could have been stopped with…
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Lax rest break laws lead to death of construction worker

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Lax rest break laws lead to death of construction worker Working families hold vigil to urge passage of mandatory rest breaks DALLAS, TX - Workers Defense Project will hold a vigil Tuesday, Aug. 11 beginning at 8 p.m. at the corner of Young and Akard streets in front of Dallas City Hall to remember Roedny Granillo, 25, who died while working at a construction site in Melissa. Who: Workers Defense Project, North Texas construction workers, Dallas City Council members What: Vigil to demand mandatory rest breaks Where: corner of Young and Akard streets, in front of Dallas City Hall When: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. Visuals:  candles, right to rest signs, altar, supporters in matching Workers Defense T-shirts, three dozen people Workers Defense Project staff and north Texas construction…
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Policy & Research Intern

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Workers Defense seeks Policy and Research Interns Fall 2015 WDP offers an opportunity for aspiring researchers to get hands on experience with community-based research. Interns will learn a wide range of research skills from policy analysis to data collection, and primary data research design. Interns will learn to use public information laws to collect critical data for organizing campaigns, as well as an introduction to corporate research. The intern will also learn basic organizing skills and support the organization’s policy campaigns at the local and state level.  Internship opportunities are available in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is August 15th. Internship Period: September 1- December 15. The Research and Policy intern will work with WDP’s Research Coordinator to…
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Transitions: WDP Executive Director to Step Down

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In my job as Executive Director, I have had to make many important decisions-  some that kept me up at night and some that I knew had the potential to impact thousands of workers, but no decision has been harder to make than my decision to leave Workers Defense Project at the end of this year. Knowing how far WDP has come in just 10 short years and how strong WDP is today lets me know that it’s now time for me to step down as Executive Director and leave the next incredible phase of growth and possibility for change to someone else.  When I started out at WDP, I was just 21 years old, a full-time student, with a part-time job. I would spend all my “free” time organizing with…
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Winning at the Capitol

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Texas can be a difficult place to win for workers. But Workers Defense Project has found a model for success because we use creative organizing tactics. We have already won two statewide bills to make the construction industry safer and more sustainable. This legislative session we will be at the Capitol every day advocating for working families. Here are just a few of our priorities for 2015: Safety: Nearly 40% of Texas construction workers report not receiving rest breaks on the job. Without the chance to sit in the shade and drink water, workers risk suffering heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death. When these disasters happen, workers are forced to miss work and then struggle to provide for their families. Entire communities feel the consequences of unsafe work environments.…
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Elected officials and immigrant community decry deferred action delay

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21st, 2015 Contact: Jose Ramirez Phone: (832) 457-2808 Email: jose@workersdefense.org ELECTED OFFICIALS AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY DECRY DEFERRED ACTION DELAY Millions of immigrant families hang in the balance Austin -- Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and representatives from Workers Defense Project (WDP) spoke at a press conference today to decry the recent injunction issued against President Obama’s deferred action programs. “This ruling is a politically motivated, mean-spirited attack on hardworking people and their families. This ruling will affect my own family and my six-year-old sister could be left without a mother in the absence of deportation relief. Our families deserve better and Texas Governor Greg Abbott needs to be held accountable for tearing families apart,” said Cristina Tzintzún, Executive Director of Workers Defense Project. With…
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WDP Press Statement on Immigration Lawsuit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brigid Hall 831-236-8379 brigid@workersdefense.org TEXAS JUDGE RULES AGAINST IMMIGRANT FAMILIES Temporary deportation relief denied to millions of immigrant families WASHINGTON—A federal district court in Texas handed down a decision today in the 26 state lawsuit Texas, et al. v. United States. Federal Judge Andrew Hanen, who is known for making anti-immigrant statements, made his decision on this nativist lawsuit against the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last November. Karla Vargas, Employment and Legal Services Director at Workers Defense Project released the following statement: “Today’s ruling highlights the need for comprehensive immigration reform. The temporary setback caused by this federal lawsuit, spearheaded by Texas Governor and former Attorney General Greg Abbott, leaves millions of immigrant families at risk of being torn apart. As Governor, Abbott must…
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