Donate to the I’ll Be There Awards 2020

Every year, the DC Jobs With Justice I’ll Be There Awards recognize the great work done by labor, faith, community, and youth leaders to make Washington, DC a more just and equitable place to live and work. By supporting the I’ll Be There Awards, you are investing in movement building in Washington, DC. We are in unprecedented times. DC Jobs With Justice pivoted our work to meet the new needs of 2020, and will continue to do so. The uncertainty of this moment makes your support even more critical. Please consider sponsoring the I’ll Be There Awards. We rely on the funds we raise at the I’ll Be There Awards to support our work year-round. We greatly appreciate this opportunity to partner with you and to highlight your support. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Falcon at 202.674.2872 or via email at illbethere@dcjwj.org. You can make a secure online contribution, download the sponsorship information, and follow up by mail or email (more details below). Champion For Justice Sponsor – $10,000 Verbal acknowledgement during the event Opportunity for 30-sec video during program* Logo on all promotional email invites Logo in program slideshow acknowledgments Listing as premiere sponsor on our website   Movement Builder Sponsor – $5,000 Verbal acknowledgement during the event Opportunity for 15-sec video during program* Logo on all promotional email invites Logo in program slideshow acknowledgments Listing as major sponsor on our website   Mass Mobilizer Sponsor – $2,500 Ad in program slide show and delivered by PDF Logo in program slideshow acknowledgments Listing as event sponsor on our website     Action Hero Sponsor – $1,000 Ad in...

I’ll Be There Awards 2020 Sponsors and Ads

Thank you for supporting the DC Jobs With Justice I’ll Be There Awards 2020! We rely on the support of people like you who know and value our work! All contributors of under $500 will be listed as sponsors of the event. Donors of $500 are able to place an ad in the virtual program book, which will be displayed during the program and emailed to participants. Information on higher levels of sponsorship can be found here. All sponsors will be automatically registered for the I’ll Be There Awards on November 18th at 6:00 PM.  ...

Letter in Support of Worker Safety Bill

  Earlier today DC JWJ alongside a coalition of unions, worker justice organizations, and community organizations urged the council to pass the Protecting Businesses and Workers from Covid-19 Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. We the undersigned unions, worker justice organizations, and community organizations urge you to support the Protecting Businesses and Workers from Covid-19 Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. It is imperative that the DC Council act swiftly to pass this emergency legislation to ensure that the District can begin a safe and strong recovery. When workers are safe our community is safe. A crucial component of a strong recovery is a sense of safety when DC residents go to work, shop, or dine out. We applaud the Mayor’s decision to require employers to provide face masks but more action is needed. This bill provides a basic set of protections to ensure that every District workplace takes the proper precautions to safeguard community health and the economy. A safe return to work requires more than masks. In order for our members to feel safe at work they need all of the protections enacted by this law. Our members must have access to hand sanitizer, face shields, and plexiglass barriers when they can not be socially distanced. They also need to know that they are protected from retaliation for asking their employer to provide PPE or refusing to serve a customer who is not wearing a mask. Finally we appreciate that the bill allows both the Mayor and the Office of the Attorney General to carry out enforcement actions. For many of the District’s most vulnerable workers this bill could mean...

Undermining Excluded Worker solidarity reflects anti-Blackness

Photo: Members of the Excluded Worker coalition from No Justice No Pride and HIPS speaking out for the needs of sex workers at the Don’t Exclude Me rally.   By Eliana Rondon, DC JWJ Organizer Excluded workers consist of tens of thousands of DC residents—including those who are undocumented, sex workers, day laborers, and returning citizens. Excluded workers have all been locked out of unemployment benefits and other cash assistance. Despite our advocacy to include all individuals being locked out, Chairman Mendelson  insists that the  funds intended for all excluded workers to undocumented workers only. The DC Council must amend the Budget Support Act to include all excluded worker.  Undocumented excluded workers only account for part of the communities we are fighting for. The  undocumented residents in DC includes many races. However, of the US-born excluded workers are overwhelmingly Black. When solutions for excluded workers only include undocumented workers, it excludes Black excluded workers from the funds. The Council continues to refer to the excluded workers’ funds as only intended for undocumented residents, despite the fact undocumented individuals are not the only communities excluded. Reducing the language from excluded worker to undocutoment worker disregards the needs of DC Black communities. The language used by the council is anti- black and demonstrates systematic racism. Anti-Blackness means more than just racism against Black people. It’s a structure that demonstrates society’s inability to recognize  the humanity of Blacks. Anti-Blackness voids Blackness of value, while systematically diminishing Black people and their problems.    Underneath this anti-Black racism is the covert structural and systemic racism, which systematically  mandates the socioeconomic status of Blacks in America. The...