How to request support from the Solidarity Squad

Process: The Solidarity Squad Advisory team will meet weekly on Monday morning to review requests. This team reflects DC JWJ staff, board, and membership. Please send requests in as early as possible so staff can ask any clarifying questions and present to advisory team. Staff will have a limited ability to approve requests that come in after Monday morning on an emergency basis. Submit requests to solidarity@dcjwj.org. Criteria:  The central decision-making body for DC JWJ is the Steering Committee or organizational members of DC JWJ. As a result: To request solidarity, you must be a member of DC JWJ or partnering with a DC JWJ member. Solidarity requests that already have been supported through the DC JWJ Steering Committee will be given preference. The leadership team may not be able to approve support for an activity that has not already had approval from the DC JWJ Steering Committee. Organizations wishing to become members are encouraged to do so All requests should include types of solidarity you are requesting such as mobilization, event support, canvassing, etc. Preference will be given for solidarity requests that connect local targets to national threats arising from the current right-wing federal government. These include but are not limited to: Threats to communities of color, immigrant communities, Muslims or other religious minorities, and LGBTQ people Expansion of corporate power over individuals and/or privatization of public goods Threats to collective action especially threats to unions Threats to working families and DC’s safety net Threats to DC’s autonomy Preference will be given to actions that target local government and/or corporate targets where DC residents have leverage to sway...

Take action. Join the Solidarity Squad.

As we prepare for a new federal government that threatens our communities in countless ways, we are reminded that the fight for justice always begins at home. We are strengthening and deepening our 16 year legacy of standing for worker’s rights, immigrant justice, and a strong progressive Washington, DC that supports all residents. We are asking you to make a commitment to that work by joining what we’re calling the “Solidarity Squad.” Members will commit to: Taking concrete action with workers and communities facing attacks. Attending a training on immigrant and worker rights, then participating in “Know Your Rights” outreach to share these rights with impacted communities and allies. Attending demonstrations to stand with workers whose rights have been violated or who are already leading in fights for workplace justice. Join the Solidarity Squad today! Look out for more info about our first meeting on February...

Community Organizations & Labor Leaders Call on Chairman Mendelson to Renounce “Moratorium”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 2, 2016 CONTACT: Ari Schwartz DC Jobs With Justice; ari@dcjwj.org or 202-674-3228  Community Organizations & Labor Leaders Call on Chairman Mendelson to Renounce “Moratorium” On the eve of a Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress, D.C. Council Chairman shockingly announces refusal to consider further progressive legislation. Washington, D.C. – Community organizations and labor unions applaud the news that the Universal Paid Leave Act will move to a vote in the D.C. Council on December 6th and look forward to it passing by the end of the year. But in announcing a revised proposal of the legislation on Tuesday, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson buried a brief and shocking statement at the end of his press release. Seemingly to placate businesses that “may be unhappy that this bill establishes a new tax on them,” the Chairman said he will “support a two-year moratorium on the adoption of similar bills, such as mandating scheduling requirements or nurse staffing ratios in hospitals.” Various community organizations and labor unions that advocate for and represent working people across the District were stunned and deeply concerned to see the Chairman make such an unprecedented statement. Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director of DC Jobs With Justice, called Chairman Mendelson’s statement “the opposite of the leadership we need in this new era.” She said, “The Council will improve the lives of thousands of District residents when it passes Paid Family Leave. But that alone is not enough to have a good life in the District. Workers already face barriers to enough work, dignified working conditions, and opportunities for real careers. And what new issues...

Statement on last week’s election result

Now more than ever, we must build and strengthen our local solidarity Last week’s presidential election put into office a candidate who campaigned on mass deportation and incarceration, racism, islamophobia, and mysogyny. Away from the campaign, the President-Elect’s Las Vegas hotel refused to bargain with its employees, prompting a cease-and-desist order from the NLRB. We will face more of these threats and attacks in the months to come, and our most marginalized communities will bear the brunt of these attacks. It is more important than ever for us to build deep solidarity with our neighbors who face threats, hate, and oppressive policies. That starts at home, locally. National attempts to undermine unions, to gift giveaways to corporations, and to target our immigrant neighbors will undoubtedly have a front here in DC. We must keep building community-labor solidarity here at home and support the national movement for local organizing to win wide-spread change. The bedrock of Jobs With Justice has always been the “I’ll Be There” pledge. That remains true today, more than ever.  Will you be...

Meet the DC JWJ team!

We’ve had some changes around here! If you didn’t know, we have a couple new staff members on board at DC Jobs With Justice. That’s all the more reason for you to join us at this year’s “I’ll Be There” Awards on October 20th to get to know all of us! You can purchase tickets to the Awards by clicking...