Today marks the 10 day countdown to our first-ever DC Jobs With Justice Day

I’ve been with DC JWJ for three years, and that’s been long enough to see the broad and indispensable role we play in the struggle for a more just Washington, DC. Ari 1

Our coalition has a duty to protect all workers: when unorganized day laborers faced thieving contractors and perilous job sites, we partnered with Foundry United Methodist to organize and nurture a grassroots organization that today stands as the independent, member-led Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC.

Our coalition seizes the moment: when politicians scuttled our effort to hold Walmart and big box retailers accountable to DC residents, we learned, we pivoted, and we led an effort to win paid sick days for all workers AND a higher minimum wage.

Most important, our coalition builds long-term relationships for long-term victories: after years and years of fighting wage theft, we – with our partners and supporters – built enough power to pass the strongest protections against wage theft in the country. And you better believe we’ll be there for 15 more years, making sure our government and employers follow those rules. 

I’m proud to work alongside residents, union members, people of faith, and students for a vision of DC that puts people before profits. Help us celebrate and accomplish that vision today by supporting our work with a donation on DC Jobs With Justice Day.

Your support will help DC Jobs with Justice lead our campaigns, coalition building, worker organizing, and training this year!

Thank you for your solidarity,

Ari Schwartz
Lead Organizer, DC JWJ