Call Dallas City Council!

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Ask Dallas City Council to Support Litigation against SB 4 and to stand with Texas Families!   Hi my name is ____________ I am a constituent of district ____. I'm calling to urge council member ________ to vote in support of litigation against the state for the law that the Governor signed on May 7th, SB4, putting more burden on our police officers in Dallas and across the state. Our police force is already understaffed and asking them to act as immigration agents would add to their already stressful job. My council member needs to vote to start the litigation process against this law.   Mayor Michael Rawlings - (214)670-3301 Council Member Scott Griggs, District 1 - (214) 670-0776 Council Member Adam Medrano, District 2 - (214) 670-4048 Council Member…
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White House Worker Summit

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On September 15th, The White House and U.S. Department of Labor held the final and only southern Worker Voice Summit in the offices of Workers Defense Project. #StartTheConvo: Austin Edition By Chris Lu on September 22, 2016 In October 2015, the White House convened the first Worker Voice Summit to start a conversation about the relationship between worker voice and a thriving middle class. At the end of the day, President Obama challenged us to keep the conversation going across the country to highlight the innovative ways middle-class Americans are sharing in the broad-based economic growth that they’re helping to create. Since then, the Department of Labor has hosted a number of regional summits around the country. Last week, in Austin, Texas, the Department of Labor partnered with the Workers…
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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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Seeking Workers’ Rights Advocates

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Workers Defense Project is looking for volunteers & interns to assist in our Employment and Services Department. You can support local low-wage workers, who have experienced wage theft and other abuses on the job, at WDPs weekly Tuesday night worker meeting, by collecting information and assisting in completion of paperwork required to file a claim.   Volunteers will gain experience in legal and nonprofit fields. Class credit opportunities available. Must attend an initial three (3)-hour training, and two (2) Tuesday night juntas/month. Fluency in Spanish is required. To RSVP or for more information, please email Mayra at mayra@workersdefense.org or at (469)657-3928 for more information. Snacks will be provided.   Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 Time: 10 AM - 1PM Place: 110001 Midway Road, Dallas, TX  
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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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