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I’ll Be There Awards 2020 – Virtual

  Every year, DC JWJ brings our community together to highlight the power of solidarity in Washington, DC. This year’s virtual event will continue that tradition. We will celebrate collective action and the powerful campaigns for justice that have taken place over the last year. This year, our virtual I’ll Be There Awards will be free and open to all. If you can take this opportunity to support DC JWJ at our signature fundraiser, please consider becoming a sponsor. We have levels for individuals and organizations at a variety of levels. We count on those who know and value our work to sustain us. The I’ll Be There Awards is a community celebration, and we need you! Nominate Awardees Become a Sponsor Register to Attend – FREE... read more

Sponsor 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 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... read more

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.  ... read more

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... read more

DC JWJ statement on SCOTUS decision ending LGBT discrimination in the workplace

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to protect transgender and queer people from discrimination at work. As a worker justice organization that recognizes the intersections of our struggles, we breathe a sigh of relief and then take a deep breath to acknowledge there is more to do. We affirm that Black Lives Matter and center the precarity of the lives of Black trans women. We hold of up the names of Ashanti Carmon and Zoe Spears, two Black trans women who were murdered this year just outside of Washington, DC. On this 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots and in “pride month,” we recognize that it is the fearless organizing and visibility of and by trans and queer people of color that have led us to this moment. At DC JWJ, we believe that there is no place for discrimination of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming workers. And of course, simply preventing discrimination is not enough. Workplaces must be welcoming. Policies must reflect our diverse families. Solidarity must include all gender identities and expressions. We know that our bodies, hearts, and minds are our own, and do not belong to the courts or laws to define. For too long, our legal system has not protected queer and trans people, instead criminalizing and punishing. DC JWJ is proud to stand with the trans women of color who are leading the Decrim Now campaign to decriminalize sex work in Washington,... read more

DC JWJ statement on wage theft settlement at Matchbox

DC Jobs With Justice applauds Attorney General Racine and his office for ensuring Matchbox workers are fairly paid. Unfortunately, wage theft is rampant in the restaurant industry, including in well respected establishments like Matchbox. Nationally and within the District, bussers tend to be Latinx immigrants, who face additional barriers to accessing fairness in the workplace. The OAG has demonstrated once again a commitment to strategic enforcement of DC’s labor laws by focusing enforcement action on key industries where wage theft is widespread, expanding individual complaints to company-wide investigations, and pursuing large companies. We are glad that to see that 100 workers have been made whole, and look forward to the day when wage theft is over in Washington,... read more

Don’t Exclude Me

DC Excluded Workers Need $30 Million to Survive the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic RSVP to the Don’t Exclude Me action June 29th – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Freedom Plaza DC is home to over 30,000 residents we know cannot access federal assistance through unemployment insurance and/or the federal stimulus. The DC FY21 budget must include cash assistance for those excluded by the federal government so that they too can survive the prolonged health and economic crisis through next year. DC is Home to Workers in Dire Need of Support Tens of thousands of DC residents are excluded from federal unemployment insurance (UI) relief efforts. This includes undocumented workers, day laborers, sex workers, street vendors, people doing hair out of their homes, returning citizens, and other informal economy workers. The vast majority of these DC residents are low-income workers who do not have the savings needed to get by without work for many months. Excluded workers are overwhelmingly Black and immigrant residents who have also been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. Cash Assistance is Urgently Needed for Excluded Workers In late March, Congress passed a measure that softened COVID-19’s economic blow to millions of Americans, including one-time direct payments of up to $1,200 for most adults and an additional $500 for each child under age 17. Congress also approved four months of federally-funded Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments of $600 per week that will be in addition to state UI benefits that jobless workers receive. In addition, they established Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)—a program for people who are ineligible for UI, such as those who have... read more

DC JWJ COVID Webinars – April 2020

English Webinar: DC JWJ’s most recent webinar with Bread for the City, Working Families Party, Legal Aid Society of DC, DC Kincare Alliance, and DC Fiscal Policy Institute. video Recent federal and local legislation have made important changes such as: Expanded unemployment benefits Changes to how we access federal assistance New protections against technology cut-offs New procedures for elections   Informacion en espanol DC Trabajos con Justicia/DC Jobs with Justice, Mary’s Center, Washington Lawyers Committee y Bread for the City presenta informacion importante para la comunidad. vídeo Los temas incluyen: – nuevas protecciones para los residentes de DC – cómo acceder a la asistencia del gobierno – cómo cuidarse y detener la propagación del coronavirus – cómo participar en las elecciones de DC para ciudadanos... read more


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... read more

JULY 1: Webinar on New Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave

This Wednesday, DC will finally get $15 an hour AND paid family leave. Amidst an ongoing pandemic it is crucial that all workers know their rights on the job. Join DC Jobs with Justice along with Attorney General Karl Racine and experts from the Washington Lawyers Committee and First Shift Justice for an overview of your rights at work in a reopened DC! WEBINAR: Know Your Rights in a ReOpened DC! Wednesday, Jul 1, 4:00 PM ➡️ RSVP HERE ⬅️ Interpretation in Spanish and Amharic will be provided This webinar is great for all workers and organizers interested in learning more about DC’s labor laws and how to defend yourself, your family, and your community from wage theft and other labor law... read more

DC is mobilizing for justice

Juneteenth (June 19th) is a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, and centers Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S. This Juneteenth is a rare moment for our communities to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter, and that we won’t tolerate anything less than justice for all our people. Hundreds of thousands of people, from small towns to big cities, are taking to the streets and loudly proclaiming that #BlackLivesMatter and continuing the momentum for change. We’re holding elected officials accountable and demanding they defund the police and reinvestment in housing assistance, public health, and education. As DC Jobs with Justice we are supporting the efforts of Movement for Black Lives in their national 3 day mobilization starting on Friday. We invite you to join us and support the mobilization. Movement For Black Lives’ Six Nineteen Events Friday June 19th – Sunday June 21st Click here for more details We also encourage you to check out other great actions and events on Juneteenth: Strike for Black Lives Don’t Mute DC’s ‘People’s Juneteenth Celebration Million Moe March Juneteenth Solidarity March Ward 7 Rising Leaders’ Invest In Ward 7 Caravan Black Students Matter Rally DC Juneteenth Front Yard Festival for Justice! Juneteenth March For Racial Equity DC Vigils Against Racism NW4BLACKJUSTICE Juneteenth Protest Juneteenth: A Day of Remembrance Juneteenth Bike Ride for Racial... read more