Take Action: Stop Limits on Free Speech on the National Mall

The National Parks Service is proposing a restrictive, expensive, and unjustified expansion limits on free speech on land in Washington, DC. For the first time, the U.S. government wants demonstrators to pay to use our parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech in the nation’s capital. This should be called what it is: a protest tax. And it’s not just that. They are also proposing changes that would allow them to: End a protest at any time for a perceived violation of a permit Limit protests at the Martin Luther King Memorial Add uncertainty in the permitting process that would make it difficult or even impossible to plan for buses, sound, stages, interpretation or other key elements Close the White House sidewalk Prohibit basics like literature tables unless a permit is secured at parks that currently require no permit Comments are our first chance to stop these restrictive changes that limit our free speech! Act today! Comments are due by October 15, 2018. Please use this working document from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund highlighting key provisions in the Department of the Interior / National Park Service’s proposed overhaul of rules affecting the ability to protest on public space in the nation’s capital. For additional information go to: www.JusticeOnline.org. To Comment: Go to www.Regulations.gov and search on “NPS demonstrations” to find the release of “Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, National Capital Region, Special Events and Demonstrations” (or search on RIN 1024-AE45). Click on the Comment Now! button The Top Twelve Major Changes to National Park Service Regulations on Demonstrations in the Nation’s...

2018 I’ll Be There Awardees

Congratulations to the 2018 honorees at the I’ll Be There Awards! We are so excited to celebrate them with all of you! Be sure to join us on November 15, from 5:30 – 8:30 at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW. If you would like to place an ad or sponsor the I’ll Be There Awards click here. The 2018 I’ll Be There Awardees:  Special Award: Office of the Attorney General This year, the Office of the Attorney General under the leadership of Karl Racine has taken action protecting workers by suing businesses with a pattern of wage theft, including Power Design, Inc. on behalf of over 500 workers; preserving DC’s housing stock by suing companies illegally utilizing housing as permanent short-term rentals; clarifying the union protections after the Janus v. AFSCME decision and more. Labor: AFSCME Council 20 AMR Campaign The EMS professionals at American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance service in Washington, D.C., recently ratified their first contract after organizing with EMS Workers United/AFSCME District Council 20 last year. Faith: Campaign to combat high DC Water fees This coalition of congregations worked with community and labor leaders to raise the issue of astronomically high water bills that threaten the financial stability of DC’s most vital institutions, including many predominantly Black churches. Student: HU Resist HU Resist has been a new student force in Washington, DC including speaking out against wage theft at Howard’s construction sites, giving needed supplies to people experiencing homelessness, and protesting substandard student housing. Community: Metro DSA’s community campaigns The Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America have launched numerous community campaigns: Stomp Out Slumlords...

I’ll Be There Awards 2018

On November 15, 2018 we will once again join together for the I’ll Be There Awards to celebrate the DC Jobs With Justice coalition and recognize leaders from our community who are making positive change. Below, you will find our online payment portal for sponsoring and purchasing program book ads for the “I’ll Be There” Awards. We do, however, encourage all memberships and sponsorships to be processed directly to DC JWJ by check if possible in order to avoid online transaction fees. Check out our Ad and Sponsorship Packet for full information. Sponsorship levels: $10,000 – Champion for Justice – 2 page program book ad, speaking opportunity at the Awards, 40 tickets, logo prominently displayed in all event materials $5,000 – Movement Builder – full page ad premium placement, 20 tickets, logo prominently displayed in all event materials $2,500 – Mass Mobilizer – full page program book ad, 10 tickets, and a profile in social media and materials $1,000 – Action Hero – full page program book ad, 4 tickets, and logo display on event signage $500 – Solidarity Superstar – half page program book ad, 2 tickets, and logo display on group signage Ad space purchases: $600 – Full Page Ad in the program book $300 – Half Page Ad in the program book $150 – Quarter Page Ad in the program book Ad file formats and size specifications: All ads are one color (black) on white paper. Please send electronic files no later than 10/18/18 to illbethere@dcjwj.org. Acceptable File Formats – print ready PDF with bleed and crop marks (preferred), EPS with all fonts outlined, or native...

DC Jobs With Justice welcomes Antolina!

DC Jobs With Justice is excited to introduce you to our new Organizer, Antolina Padua! Antolina began their career in organizing with United Students Against Sweatshops Rutgers Local #109 in 2016. They have dedicated their life to working alongside youth and workers of color globally and locally since then. They have organized campaigns such as the Nike Campaign to cut ties with sweatshop labor and exploitative practices on college campuses as well as run the Fightfor15 campaign for all Rutgers University workers and forced the administration to raise the minimum wage. Antolina is also a member of Anakbayan-USA, the national chapter of Filipino youth and students for national democracy in the Philippines. You can reach Antolina at antolina@dcjwj.org or...

Making Our Laws Real: Protecting workers through strategic enforcement of DC’s labor laws

The DC Just Pay Coalition has released a new report which recommends a focus on strategic enforcement to turn the tide on wage theft in Washington, DC. While the District has some of the strongest labor laws on the books, far too many companies in DC still fail to pay workers the minimum wage,  overtime pay, and on time. Companies continue to misclassify employees as independent contractors, and refuse to allow their employees to take an earned sick or safe day. This report offers concrete recommendations and best practices to build a robust system to enforce DC’s labor laws in order to advance worker rights and dignity. The Just Pay Coalition is a coalition of local labor unions, community groups, and worker organizations that is committed to ensuring successful implementation of The Minimum Wage Act of 2013, The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013, and The Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. Read the full report....

The attack on public sector unions is an attack on Black workers

By Elizabeth Falcon and Sequnely Gray This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. The case could interfere with the ability of working people to stick together in strong unions to improve their workplaces, their lives and their communities by attacking the collective power of local government workers. Here in DC, it’s DC Public Schools teachers, nurses, and bus drivers, professors at UDC, trash collectors, neighborhood librarians, and crossing guards who keep our community running that are under attack.  Data analysis done by DCist using 2013 data showed that the areas with the highest level of government workers in the District  are wards 5, 7, and 8 – areas that include higher levels of unemployment and poverty than the rest of the District. These are jobs with a true path to the middle class for District workers, and have been so for decades.  (Adjoining Prince George’s County, one of the richest Black-majority counties in the country, shows over 30% of the workforce employed in the public sector – clearly demonstrating how public sector jobs have contributed to the total economic security of county residents.) Across America, state and local governments have historically provided more employment and advancement opportunities for Black workers in comparison with the private sector. Through legislation and the adoption of affirmative action and antidiscrimination policies, the public sector exceeds the private sector in maintaining a commitment to a diverse workforce. As a result, Black Americans comprise a higher share of the state and local workforce compared to the private sector (12.8 versus 10.3 percent). Similarly, women constitute a disproportionately...