DC Represents at Jobs with Justice National Conference

IMG_0103.jpgThursday night 2 vans filled with DC Jobs with Justice members and leaders embarked on an overnight road trip to Providence, Rhode Island where more than 1000 labor, community, student, and religious activists from across the United States and the world gathered for the annual Jobs with Justice conference which took place May 2-4. rnrnThe conference combined plenary sessions with skills-building workshops which provided a space to share skills such as grassroots fundraising and media outreach, and strategize around specific campaigns such as the future of telecom industry, equitable economic development in our cities. rnrnIMG_0129_edited.jpgPlenaries focused on student-labor strategies, low wage worker organizing, the upcoming healthcare week of action, the Employee Free Choice Act (http://www.jwj.org/efca) and how to beat the global race to the bottom. “The passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is key and will be integrated into everything we do,” said Mike Harris, Vice-President of CWA Local 2336. “This right here could be our salvation and you can rest assured we will be collecting signatures from everyone at Comcast, Verizon Business and Verizon wireless.”rnrnIMG_0127.jpgMore than 1,000 Jobs with Justice activists from across the country marched to the Rhode Island Capitol to demand tax and budget reform, funding for programs and staging that make RI work for workers and immigrant justice. For footage of the march visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTUyymFhp-M).rnrnIMG_0154.jpgIMG_0135.jpg

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