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Monday Jan 25th: Excluded Worker Fund Opens!

Excluded workers finally can access real assistance thanks to their hard work and advocacy during the excluded worker campaign. Despite delays, applicants can begin to apply for assistance Monday, January 25th and will be accessible at http://dccares2021.org. Over 8,000 residents will receive $1,000 gift cards (with the ability to access cash withdrawals) to sustain them through this ongoing emergency. For more information you can access guides here: English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qYDmLEbzk8JlwBagbxj3YEYv3C004uTl/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lb6E-iJzpk-eGM0-nK4tSJFiXYX2fL3m/view?usp=sharing Who is eligible for assistance Residents excluded from Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): • Qualifying Returning Citizens released from custody on or after March 11, 2020 • Informal/cash economy workers: day laborers, domestic workers, street vendors, and other cash economy workers • Undocumented workers or immigrants without Employment Authorization (EAD) Get ready to apply Step 1: Review your eligibility • Qualifying returning citizens released from custody on or after March 11, 2020 • Informal/cash economy workers ineligible for UI/PUA • Undocumented residents ineligible for UI/PUA • Unsure? Apply and a DC CARES representative will review your eligibility   Step 2: Gather your documents • A photo ID with name and Date of Birth • Proof of DC Residency • Eligibility Documents by category (see guide for more details) • Your Updated Contact Information (phone, email) Step 3: Apply online or by phone starting Monday, January 25 • Visit www.DCCARES2021.org or call 202-332-1264 • Website and phone are English/Spanish bilingual • For other languages, please apply by phone • General Inquiries: info@dccares2021.org None of the organizations who previously processed assistance are accepting applications, all applications must be sent through the above options. Please direct all questions there.... read more

DC JWJ Statement on Attack on United States Capitol

DC JWJ Statement on Attack on United States Capitol Yesterday’s events were despicable and nothing short of an attack on the will of the people and democracy.    We at DC JWJ are not only disgusted by yesterday’s attack on our capitol, but stand with the workers and community members that had to spend dozens of hours cleaning up the aftermath of this attack by hate groups. We stand with the cleaning staff, the public services workers, hotel workers, retail workers, essential workers that were placed in danger’s way last night. We applaud the local unions who   worked to ensure their members were safe.  Far too many workers were forced to work despite a clearly unsafe situation. This demonstrates yet again that every worker deserves a union as it is the only thing standing between them and the arbitrary decisions of their employers.   We would also like to take a moment to acknowledge and respect the Black and Brown communities affected by yesterday’s demonstration of racism and anti-democratic authoritarianism. For months we have witnessed police brutality against our Black and Brown communities as they were seeking justice of the countless violations of human rights. To see what happened yesterday and the complicit police response is yet another indictment of the former administration and foundational racism we have seen in policing across the country.     As an organization committed to protecting its residents, we call on our Labor, Faith, Community and Youth organizations to come together and protect one another. To continue to arouse, organize and mobilize our communities for a more just city and nation.... read more

Show your solidarity: wear a mask / Muestre su solidaridad: use una máscara

Whenever you are around folks outside of your household you should wear a mask and social distance. This is especially true when you go to work or enter someone else’s workplace. Here are a few more tips for workplace COVID safety: Wear a mask, masks are crucial to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your employer must provide you with a mask. You and your coworkers should not come into work if experiencing COVID symptoms. Remember workers in DC have a right to paid sick days. Your workplace must require everyone to wear masks, including customers. Your employer can not retaliate against you for refusing to serve or work with an individual who refuses to wear a mask. If you or a friend or family member are being made to work in unsafe conditions or denied their right to paid sick days please reach out to me at nikko@dcjwj.org.   Siempre que esté cerca de personas fuera de su hogar, debe usar una máscara y distancia social. Esto es especialmente cierto cuando va a trabajar o ingresa al lugar de trabajo de otra persona. Aquí hay algunos consejos más para la seguridad COVID en el lugar de trabajo: Use una mascarilla, las mascarillas son cruciales para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19. Su empleador debe proporcionarle una máscara. Usted y sus compañeros de trabajo no deben ir a trabajar si experimentan síntomas de COVID. Recuerde que los trabajadores en DC tienen derecho a días pagados por enfermedad. Su lugar de trabajo debe exigir que todos usen máscaras, incluidos los clientes. Su empleador no puede tomar represalias contra usted por negarse a trabajar con una persona que se niega a usar una máscara.   Si a usted,... read more

I’ll Be There Awards 2020 – Virtual

Here are all the details you need to know to join the awards: I’ll Be There Awards 2020 Wednesday, November 18th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94990762793* *this link will take you directly to the event zoom which will open on Wednesday at 5:50 PM Please try to join the zoom 5 minutes beforehand in case you have any issues with Zoom. If you do have any technical issues please get in touch with Nikko at nikko@dcjwj.org or text/call 202-285-8753. See you on Wednesday! Every year our I’ll Be There awards are a chance to come together, honor some of the outstanding leaders in our work, and remind ourselves of our values as a community. It is our single largest event of the year, and our most important community gathering.  This year, we will recognize powerful community leaders and campaigns that fight for justice in Washington, DC. Excluded Workers Direct Action leaders Makia Green Restore the Vote UFCW 400 Giant and Safeway workers Tamika Spellman   This year we’ll gather in the midst of some of our most challenging times as a city. In the year ahead our work will be more important than ever before. We are ready to rise to that occasion and we want you to be with us. Register to Attend – FREE   This year’s event will take place online and to help make it as accessible as possible, we decided to make it completely free! However, as our largest community event of the year I’ll Be There is still a crucial part of how we sustain our work. If you are able to at this time,... read more

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