Day of the Fallen

What's Happening
Time Wednesday, March 2, 2011 · 3:30pm - 5:30pm Location Meet at Federal Building (300 E. 8th St. Austin, TX) and then march to the Capitol (201 E. 14th St. Austin, TX) More Info Join us on March 2nd, 2011 as we commemorate the 138 workers who lost their lives while working construction here in Texas. We will carry 138 coffins representing these fallen workers beginning at the Federal Building and ending with a rally at the State Capitol. We will hold a rally on the front steps to bring awareness to these safety issues as legislators decide the destiny of our bills. Join us on March 2nd, 2011 as we ask our lawmakers to protect the very people who build our state.
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Workplace Justice

Workplace Justice

Programs
WDP assists thousands of low-wage workers a year in addressing serious workplace issues by: Educating and training workers’ and small employers on employment issues (basic rights, safety, discrimination, and the Family Medical Leave Act) so that they increase their potential to find better employment opportunities Recovering back wages for workers who have been denied payment for their work Assisting injured workers receive medical attention and compensation WDP has recovered over $620,000 in back wages for nearly 600 low-wage workers, that has allowed them to better provide for themselves and their families. Each year WDP educates 2,500 workers about their employment rights through weekly trainings. Additionally, the organization reaches low-wage workers through innovative media partnerships with Spanish language media and by running informative ads on public businesses. Wage Theft: WDP works…
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Leadership And Education

Leadership And Education

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Leadership Educational Achievement Program (LEAP) LEAP is dedicated to empowering those who have experienced inequality first hand to lead social justice movements, due to the fact that these individuals are intentionally excluded from decision-making processes that most affect their lives, to this end WDP develops grassroots community leaders skills through: Leadership Development Courses that focus on developing participants advocacy skills and building an analysis of the root causes of social inequality. ESL courses that place a focus on developing a vocabulary to assist participants to advance in the workplace. Youth empowerment courses where WDP members’ children learn about social justice through creative expression including art, poetry, theater, and by studying social movement history WDP creates participatory structures where worker leaders, those directly affected by workplace injustice, serve on the board…
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Organizing for Change

Organizing for Change

Programs
WDP believes in achieving systemic change through grassroots organizing efforts with those most affected by the issues of workplace inequality, WDP’s  achieves this by: Engaging members in civic participation that seeks to achieve positive social change, such as with voter registration and candidates forums. Developing the leadership skills of grassroots community members to better advocate for themselves and their community. WDP achieves this through 10-week leadership courses for its constituents. Creating leadership outlets where WDP members can come together to address serious workplace issues at a systemic level. Earlier this year WDP’s members were successful in winning the passage of a rest break ordinance for construction workers by Austin City Council- the first of its kind in the state. This program engages its members in organizing campaigns that encourage leadership…
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5604 Manor- Our new home

5604 Manor- Our new home

What's Happening
In a wired world, we too easily mistake electronic connections for community. Building the deep connections that come with real community takes more than email and web pages. The connections that can sustain us in our personal and political lives are nurtured in face-to-face conversation and collective efforts to build a better world. Places and spaces for this work are crucial. Several progressive groups in Austin have come together to purchase and renovate a community center that can provide a building and grounds for this work. 5604 Manor began as a collaborative venture of the Workers Defense Project, Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and Third Coast Workers for Cooperation. Committed to expanding real democracy and economic justice in a sustainable world, these groups hoped to find a building centrally located…
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