Big Worker Protections for Austin

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The City of Austin passed major working protections for the men and women who work in construction! Austin City Council voted to require builders that go through an expediated permit process to provide worker protections. This means that as we see Austin grow bigger - faster - we will see it built with worker protections. Austin is one of the country's fastest growing cities - and it is also one of the most economically segregated cities in the country. With these new protections, Workers will take a big more money home and be protected in the event that they are injured on the job. This is huge for worker protections in the South! Workers on these project will be provided with Better Builder standards, which include: a living wage, workers…
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A Day Without An Immigrant Austin

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Austin Day Without An Immigrant May 1st at 3:00 PM Austin City Hall 302 W. 2nd St., Austin TX 78701 Facebook Event On May 1, immigrants and allies across the country will resist to demonstrate the power and strength of immigrants in the United States. In Austin, TX on May 1 will be a day without work and without school, it will be a day of protest where we will show our economic power through our collective power and the importance of the contributions of the immigrants and low wage workers who have built not only our city but have led to the economic success of the United States. On this day we are marching through downtown Austin in solidarity with all immigrant and low-wage workers, we are calling on employers…
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A Day Without An Immigrant Dallas

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Dallas Event: A Day Without An Immigrant May 1st at 10 AM Wells Fargo Bank 1520 N. Cockrell Hill Rd., Dallas TX 75211 Facebook Event On May 1, immigrants and allies across the country will resist to demonstrate the power and strength of immigrants in the United States. Dallas immigrants will not work, will not go to school, will not purchase to demonstrate economic power through our collective power and the importance of the contributions of the immigrants and low wage workers who have built not only our city but have led to the economic success of the United States. On this day we will be demonstrating outside of Wells Fargo at 10 AM on 1521 N Cockrell Hill Rd, Dallas, TX 75211 and many of us will be closing…
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Texas Leaders Condemn Draconian State Legislation That Will Increase Racial Profiling, Undermine Public Safety and Persecute Immigrants and Immigrant-Friendly Communities

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Texas Leaders Condemn Draconian State Legislation That Will Increase Racial Profiling, Undermine Public Safety and Persecute Immigrants and Immigrant-Friendly Communities A recording of today’s call is available here.   Austin, TX—The state of Texas is on the verge of enacting legislation that could make the state a pariah in the eyes of the nation.   Today, local elected officials and advocates gathered on a press call to condemn this legislation and outline the varied consequences, including: 1) promoting racial profiling based on appearance, background and accent that will affect U.S. citizens and immigrants alike; 2) hurting public safety policies that encourage all residents, including immigrants, to report crimes and serve as witnesses; and 3) dictating to elected officials and law enforcement that they must follow state mandates or else face…
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Texas House will determine the fate of Texas Families

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258   Texas House will determine the fate of Texas Families Executive Director of Workers Defense Project release statement on SB 4 Texas children will hold Day of Action opposing SB 4   Austin, Texas -- Immigrant families and advocates from across the state gather at the Texas Capitol to oppose anti-immigrant bill SB 4 that is expected to be debated and voted on by the Texas House.     “Senate Bill 4 is a disastrous for Texas families and the economy,” said Jose P. Garza, the Executive Director of the Workers Defense Project. “Texas lawmakers continue to ignore the pleas of immigrant families, their children, advocates and business leaders.  The passage of SB 4 would result in catastrophic consequences…
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Anti-“Sanctuary Cities” Bill Passes Out of Committee

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2007 Contact: Sam Robles Sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258   Anti-“Sanctuary Cities” Bill Passes Out of Committee Statement from Workers Defense Project Executive Director Jose P. Garza The following statement is issued by Workers Defense Project Executive Director Jose P. Garza in response to SB 4 moving to the House Chamber.   “The Texas legislature continues to play with the lives of immigrant families, who play a vital role in our community and our economy. This proposal continues to undermine Texan’s safety and is a danger to the Texas economy. Workers Defense Project and our members will continue to fight back against SB 4.” ###
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BREAKING: U.S. Judge confirms Trump administration’s ICE raids were politically motivated

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258 BREAKING: U.S. Judge confirms Trump administration’s Austin ICE raids were politically motivated Austin American-Statesman: “the sting was retribution” for Sheriff Hernandez’s new ICE policy As additional questions mount, Austin families deserve answers   Austin -- The following statement was released by Workers Defense Project Executive Director Jose P. Garza, regarding today's report by the Austin American-Statesman that Judge Andrew Austin admitted being briefed by federal agents that recent Austin Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids were “retribution” for Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez decision to curtail her cooperation with ICE.   “Today’s news confirms our worst fears and calls into question the legitimacy of recent enforcement actions,” said Garza. “Many law abiding Austin families were in fact politically…
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We love our Americorps Volunteer!

We love our Americorps Volunteer!

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During AmeriCorps Week, we celebrate how #AmeriCorpsWorks Whether it's the 78 VISTAs who have leveraged over two million dollars for nonprofits or the 214 AmeriCorps members who have provided critical literacy services to more than 10,000 adults, our members have built stronger communities and deepened the impact of nonprofits throughout Texas since 2011. For the last day of #AmeriCorpsWeek the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas highlighted a few of their AmeriCorps members' experiences. Laura Poe, AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Workers Defense Project Workers Defense Project offers English as a Second Language classes to low-income workers in Austin, Texas. The VISTA, Laura Poe, serves as the Education Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. She has been in service for almost four months now. Recently, our ESL classes coordinated an English Partners Night for the adult…
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CALL HOUSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: “NO ON SB 4″

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Please Call or Email House State Affairs Committee Members “Hi, My name is __________.  As a concerned constituent of the state of Texas. I urge Representative _______ to oppose SB 4 and all companion bills - HB 611, HB 754, HB 889, and HB 1308.  I care about keeping Texans safe and together, this includes my immigrant neighbors. Texas is great because of the contributions, diversity, and hard work immigrants from all over the world bring to their community. Implementing Senate Bill 4 means putting the people I deeply care for, including my (example: mom, priest, pastor, friend, son, etc) __________ in danger of being racially profiled and this will have a negative economic effect on our state. Immigrant neighbors will be afraid of being separated from their loved ones because…
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Day of the Fallen Logistics & March Route

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Logistics:  The day will kick off with a resolution in the House and Senate at 8am commemorating the Day of the Fallen. The legislative visits will take place at the Capitol between 10am and 3:30pm.   The march will begin at the J.J. Pickle Federal Building on 8th & Lavaca at 4:15pm and march down Congress Avenue for a rally at the Capitol. The rally at the Capitol will include music and speakers. The event will end by 6pm.  
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