MLK’s dream starts at home

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"In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr joined with black sanitation workers in Memphis to fight for fair treatment on the job. These men worked hard to keep their city clean and safe, yet they did so under inhumane conditions. Many were paid so little for their work that they resorted to food stamps to feed their families. By standing with Memphis sanitation workers and calling on the city to treat these black workers with dignity and respect, MLK taught us that racial and economic justice are intrinsically linked. That lesson inspires me today, because 47 years later, the fight isn't over for black and Latino workers." Read the rest of Cristina Tzintzún's Huffington Post piece on how we can continue MLK's movement today. Then sign our petition to help us…
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We’re Hiring!

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Are you interested in joining our team to win for working families in Texas? Apply to one of our jobs today! As we expand our Employment and Legal Services program to offer immigration services to tens of thousands of immigrant families, we need lots of new staff. We are looking for lawyers, organizers, and those passionate about social justice. Send in your application today!  
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La acción ejecutiva de inmigración

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Español El 20 de noviembre, el presidente Obama tomó la acción ejecutiva de inmigración, protegiendo a millones de inmigrantes indocumentados de la deportación. Específicamente él: Creó el programa de Acción Diferida para Responsabilidad de los Padres  (DAPA) Amplió la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) Este es un primer paso importante en el movimiento para la reforma migratoria. Pero muchas personas todavía tienen preguntas acerca de lo que significan estos programas, quién es elegible, y lo que deben hacer para prepararse para el proceso de solicitud. Proyecto Defensa Laboral ampliará nuestros servicios para ayudar a las personas aplicar para DAPA y DACA. Por ahora, utilize estas guías útiles para contestar cualquiera de sus preguntas. Prepárese para su Aplicación de DAPA:DACA Diez Pasos para Tomar Resumen de la Elegibilidad para…
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Abbott’s lawsuit hurts Texas

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This week Texas Attorney General (and Governor-Elect) Greg Abbott announced that he is leading seventeen states to sue President Obama for his November 20th executive action providing administrative relief on immigration. In doing so, Abbott has demonstrated a disregard for the 66% of Texans who support comprehensive immigration reform. In a state with 1.6 million undocumented immigrants, President Obama’s action will provide long awaited relief for Texas families. Half of all Texas construction workers are undocumented. These workers contribute to our communities and economies, and they should be treated with respect. Instead they have lived for years in fear of being torn away from their families. After the House failed to pass the Senate bill in 2013, President Obama was left with no choice but to take action in response to the demands…
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1st Step Forward

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For far too long, our communities have suffered because of a broken immigration system.  This system has torn apart families and left children without parents to love and care for them. It has wasted vital resources on deporting hardworking individuals who pose no threat to our society. And it has left honest businesses unable to compete as companies take advantage of undocumented workers by paying poverty level wages and cutting corners in worksite safety. Last night, President Obama took an important first step in repairing this system.  Because of his action, millions can now step out of the shadows to fully engage in our society. As a result, our communities will now be safer and our economy stronger. In Texas, we rely heavily on the hard work of immigrants. Half…
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Part-Time ESL Instructor

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JOB OPENING: Part-Time ESL Instructor, Dallas, TX Applications Accepted Until Position is Filled ABOUT WORKERS DEFENSE PROJECT: Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, chiefly aiming to build power among Texas construction workers.  Its mission – to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships – is accomplished through a network of dedicated staff, volunteers and members. WDP is one of the few organizations in Texas focused on addressing workplace abuse faced by low-wage laborers.  Among the most established worker centers in the South, and a leader in the national movement of worker centers fighting for fair conditions for working people, WDP has won numerous awards for its cutting-edge achievements within one of the country’s…
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Colorlines Interview

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On Saturday, November 15th, Cristina will join an incredible group of activists to speak at the biennial Facing Race conference in Dallas. In preparation for the conference, Colorlines interviewed Cristina on the challenges and advantages of organizing in the South, the construction industry in Texas, and our current campaigns here at Workers Defense Project. Read the whole interview here! 
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President Obama Takes Executive Action on Immigration Reform

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For far too long, our communities have suffered because of a broken immigration system.  This system has torn apart families and left children without parents to love and care for them. It has wasted vital resources on deporting hardworking individuals who pose no threat to our society. And it has left honest businesses unable to compete as companies take advantage of undocumented workers by paying poverty level wages and cutting corners in worksite safety. Last night, President Obama took an important first step in repairing this system.  Because of his action, millions can now step out of the shadows to fully engage in our society. As a result, our communities will now be safer and our economy stronger. In Texas, we rely heavily on the hard work of immigrants. Half…
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Vigil for Dallas Workers

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On September 3rd, Dallas City Council said it would take action on a rest break ordinance within 60 days. Those 60 days are up. Construction workers and their families cannot wait any longer for City Council to act for workers' safety. On Wednesday, November 12th, construction workers, their families, and their supporters will remind City Council of the hard realities that workers face ever day. With no breaks for rest or water, construction workers risk their safety and their lives on the job. It is time for City Council to honor the men and women who build Dallas and the family members that depend on them. It is time for all workers to be treated with dignity and respect. Join us for a day of action. Workers, faith leaders, and allies…
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