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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WDP Statement in Support of A Day Without An Immigrant

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For Immediate Release February 16, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258   WDP Statement in Support of  A Day Without An Immigrant   "Workers Defense is proud to support A Day Without An Immigrant. We applaud this grassroots mobilization of working men and women to exercise their economic power. Immigrant workers are a vital part of our Texas economy, and valued members of our community," said Emily Timm, Senior Organizer of the Workers Defense Project.  "We are proud to stand with immigrant families, workers, and Texas businesses who will close in solidarity with this effort!"
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Workers Defense Project, allies file Freedom of Information Act request on ICE activity

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For Immediate Release: February 15, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258 Workers Defense Project, allies file Freedom of Information Act request on ICE activity    Federal raids follow opposition to harsher, anti-immigration policies in Travis and Dallas County Immigration authorities lie about immigration enforcement priorities Texas is ground zero for attacks on immigrant families   AUSTIN, TX - Today, the Workers Defense Project (WDP), Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) , and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for emails and records that relate to the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  raids targeting immigrants and their families in Texas.   This request seeks to determine whether these raids, orchestrated by ICE and The White House, were politically motivated, or…
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Statement on Pudzer nomination withdraw from U.S. Senate

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For Immediate Release: February 15, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles Sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258     Statement on Pudzer nomination withdraw from U.S. Senate Workers Defense released the following statement regarding Pudzer withdrawing his nomination from U.S. Senate: "This development should send a clear message to the Trump Administration that its ideas to favor wealthy corporations are desperately out of step with working families in this country," said Workers Defense Project Executive Director Jose P. Garza. "An individual who criticizes the minimum wage and makes their fortune off the backs of working families has no business running the Department of Labor." ###
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Workers Defense statement on ICE raids

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Immigrant Advocates, Labor, and Local Electeds Stand Against ICE Raids AUSTIN, TX--- In response to reports of raids by Immigrations Customs and Enforcement (ICE) in north Austin this morning, community organizations, labor advocacy groups and local elected officials will hold a press conference. Workers Defense Executive Director José Garza releases the following statement in response to the raids: "We are deeply concerned about increased immigration enforcement activity in our community. These activities come on the heels of recent public threats by state and national elected officials. These attacks on the hard-working men and women in our city are reprehensible," said Garza, Executive Director of WDP. "Immigrant families are the backbone of our Texas economy. We need common sense immigration policies at the state and local level that keep our community safe…
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Workers Defense statement on SB 4 Senate vote

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For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles Sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258 Workers Defense statement on SB 4 Senate vote Community vigil to be held tonight at 7:30 PM on the North side of the Capitol Senate passes SB 4 on a party line vote of 20 -11, Final vote expected tomorrow Austin - Today, the Texas Senate voted on SB 4, 20 -11  After 6 hours of discussion on the floor and 39 amendments SB 4 will go on to the Texas House.   “SB 4 is a misguided priority of the state and our members will continue to show up at the capitol along with Texans from across the state to oppose SB 4, “ said Jose P. Garza, Executive Director of the Workers Defense Project. “The 1.8 million undocumented immigrants…
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Dallas County votes on “Welcoming Communities” resolution 4 -1

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For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258   Dallas County votes on “Welcoming Communities” resolution 4 -1   Over a dozen DFW advocacy groups gathered in support of the “Welcoming Communities” resolution Resolution passes 4 -1 with Commissioner Mike Cantrell in opposition   DALLAS - Today, Dallas County approved a resolution that proclaims all residents of Dallas County are welcomes, supports, and values immigrant, refugee, and marginalized communities, documented and undocumented as integral members of our community.   “70% of the 231,000 undocumented residents of Dallas County are employed, many in vital industries,” said Diana Ramirez of the Workers Defense Project. “In construction over 50% of the workforce is foreign-born.”   Undocumented residents of Texas pay approximately $178 million in property taxes and $1.4 billion in…
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Stop SB 4

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Help us stop SB 4! SB 4 is expected to go to a Senate vote on Tuesday, Feb 7th. Contact your Senator and the following Senators and tell them why SB 4 is BAD for Texas!   “Hi, My name is __________.  As a concerned constituent of the state of Texas. I urge Senator _______ to oppose SB 4.  I care about keeping Texans safe and together, this includes my immigrant neighbors. Texas is greate 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…
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