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Tenant Shutdown Resource

Tenants across the DC region are struggling to make ends meet during the longest shutdown in history. For that reason, DC Jobs With Justice partnered with housing providers and labor unions to provide a letter that helps landlords understand their options, and encourages them to be flexible and generous with tenants affected by the shutdown. These workers include federal workers, contractors, and others in the service and hospitality industries that have not had access to shifts or tips over the last month. For tenants in Washington, DC, the DC Council unanimously passed legislation that requires landlords to grant tenants a grace period of 30 days after the shutdown ends before pursuing unpaid rent. (It is currently awaiting final approval by Mayor Bowser). We support this legislation, and hope other jurisdictions will adopt similar measures. DC Jobs With Justice, the Latino Economic Development Center and local unions SEIU 32BJ and UNTE HERE 23 worked together to craft a letter that tenants can provide to their landlord to request leniency. Given DC’s new laws, we expect these letters to be of greater importance for residents in Maryland and Virginia. DC JWJ, LEDC and other housing organizations are also spreading this letter to landlords, housing providers, and other agencies that support tenants around the region. Access the shutdown letter to landlords.  Please distribute widely in your networks to help share the word, feel free to use as a template for other... read more

Shutdown the Shutdown

DC Jobs With Justice is proud to partner with our allies in the international labor community, local unions and the DC community to demand that Senate Republicans take action and reopen the government. We need you to join us at the Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC to end the shut down. We will be there every day until the shutdown ends. We need everyone to come out and tell Republican Senators stop bowing down to Trump’s bullying and reopen the government NOW.   Join us daily beginning at 10:00 at the Hart Senate Office Building.  Organizations: sign up  to mobilize for daily actions Everyday our communities are hurting. Federal workers of all stripes are working tirelessly in their communities, but don’t have a way to pay their light bill. Others are rudely forced to stay home, waiting indefinitely for a chance to go to work and make a paycheck. Hotels and restaurants in DC are empty, so workers are losing hours and tips. Contractors will never get paid back for time missed cleaning offices or making sandwiches, and now may loose healthcare too.  And thousands more worry that SNAP or HUD payments may stop and their food and housing will be at risk. Individual registration:  Questions? Contact Elizabeth Falcon, DC Jobs With... read more

Shutdown Solidarity: volunteer to support fellow workers

DC Jobs With Justice recognizes that thousands of workers in the District are stuck without work while the Trump shutdown continues to stretch on. In addition to missing work, many fear how lost income or benefits will impact basic survival needs. DC JWJ would like to invite those without work at this time who would like to participate in research, advocacy, and direct worker and employer engagement during the shutdown to volunteer with us. As the shutdown continues, we see new needs forming and more work to be done. We will reach out to you directly for specific ways to... read more

This #GivingTuesday Support SOLIDARITY

Every day, DC Jobs With Justice is putting people over profit: in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, and across the District of Columbia. We are proud to be in solidarity with you as we all work to build a more just world. For #GivingTuesday, we are asking you to join us and support that work year-round by becoming a sustaining donor of DC Jobs With Justice! We are excited to share great thank you gifts for new and upgrading sustaining donors that join us before the end of the day. Please join DC JWJ as a new or upgrading sustaining donor!   First 22 sustaining donors get the new Jobs With Justice Calendar!  We are 22 donors away from ending 2018 with 100 monthly donors! The first 22 people who become a monthly sustainer at any level will be thanked with the JWJ calendar. Will you help us reach our goal of 100 sustainers?   All $15/month donors get with the JWJ tote! We so appreciate the support of our sustaining donors, and are excited to offer you the classic Jobs With Justice tote. This convenient bag helps you run your errands and support a great cause at the same time! Become a $15/month sustainer today!       All $25/month donors get the *new* JWJ t-shirts Get one of Jobs With Justice’s new shirts! Community. Solidarity. Respect. Power. Show off your values at the park, protest, or picket line. Union made (of course) in comfy grey cotton. Any new or upgrading sustaining donors at the $25 level will be thanked with our great new shirts.       All $50/month... read more

TICKETS I’ll Be There Awards

Each year, the DC Jobs With Justice coalition comes together to celebrate our work and recognize our leaders. Join us for this year’s “I’ll Be There” Awards! Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:30 – 8:00 PM All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, D.C. Ticket pricing  Ticket = $60 Solidarity ticket = $100 (your generous donation allows us to provide tickets to other members of the community) Discount Ticket = Pay what you can If you would like to purchase multiple tickets, please use the “Other” slot to pay for all your tickets and send an email with the additional names to illbethere@dcjwj.org.   Thank you to our... read more

Save Providence Hospital

We need Providence Hospital! DC JWJ is proud to work with NNU, NUHHCE, and the Metro Labor Council in the fight to keep Providence Hospital open. Providence provides essential services to our vulnerable neighbors Wait times and bed shortages are already a problem at other DC Hospitals Hundreds of our neighbors work at Providence in good paying jobs that we need THE LATEST: Time is of the essence. The DC Council has clarified that the Mayor’s office can keep Providence open and they need to act fast! Ascension wants to close all emergency services in less than two months. Call now!  CALL MAYOR BOWSER (202) 727-2643 My name is _______________ and I am concerned about Ascension’s announcement that they plan to close Providence Hospital. Mayor Bowser, we need you and the Department of Health to keep this hospital open because….(tell your story)….I would like to hear back from you (give your number and/or... read more

Take Action: Stop Limits on Free Speech on the National Mall

The National Parks Service is proposing a restrictive, expensive, and unjustified expansion limits on free speech on land in Washington, DC. For the first time, the U.S. government wants demonstrators to pay to use our parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech in the nation’s capital. This should be called what it is: a protest tax. And it’s not just that. They are also proposing changes that would allow them to: End a protest at any time for a perceived violation of a permit Limit protests at the Martin Luther King Memorial Add uncertainty in the permitting process that would make it difficult or even impossible to plan for buses, sound, stages, interpretation or other key elements Close the White House sidewalk Prohibit basics like literature tables unless a permit is secured at parks that currently require no permit Comments are our first chance to stop these restrictive changes that limit our free speech! Act today! Comments are due by October 15, 2018. Please use this working document from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund highlighting key provisions in the Department of the Interior / National Park Service’s proposed overhaul of rules affecting the ability to protest on public space in the nation’s capital. For additional information go to: www.JusticeOnline.org. To Comment: Go to www.Regulations.gov and search on “NPS demonstrations” to find the release of “Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, National Capital Region, Special Events and Demonstrations” (or search on RIN 1024-AE45). Click on the Comment Now! button The Top Twelve Major Changes to National Park Service Regulations on Demonstrations in the Nation’s... read more

2018 I’ll Be There Awardees

Purchase tickets here Congratulations to the 2018 honorees at the I’ll Be There Awards! We are so excited to celebrate them with all of you! Be sure to join us on November 15, from 5:30 – 8:30 at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW. If you would like to place an ad or sponsor the I’ll Be There Awards click here. The 2018 I’ll Be There Awardees:  Special Award: Office of the Attorney General This year, the Office of the Attorney General under the leadership of Karl Racine has taken action protecting workers by suing businesses with a pattern of wage theft, including Power Design, Inc. on behalf of over 500 workers; preserving DC’s housing stock by suing companies illegally utilizing housing as permanent short-term rentals; clarifying the union protections after the Janus v. AFSCME decision and more. Labor: AFSCME Council 20 AMR Campaign The EMS professionals at American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance service in Washington, D.C., recently ratified their first contract after organizing with EMS Workers United/AFSCME District Council 20 last year. Faith: Campaign to combat high DC Water fees This coalition of congregations worked with community and labor leaders to raise the issue of astronomically high water bills that threaten the financial stability of DC’s most vital institutions, including many predominantly Black churches. Student: HU Resist HU Resist has been a new student force in Washington, DC including speaking out against wage theft at Howard’s construction sites, giving needed supplies to people experiencing homelessness, and protesting substandard student housing. Community: Metro DSA’s community campaigns The Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America have launched numerous community campaigns:... read more

I’ll Be There Awards 2018

On November 15, 2018 we will once again join together for the I’ll Be There Awards to celebrate the DC Jobs With Justice coalition and recognize leaders from our community who are making positive change. Purchase tickets here Below, you will find our online payment portal for sponsoring and purchasing program book ads for the “I’ll Be There” Awards. We do, however, encourage all memberships and sponsorships to be processed directly to DC JWJ by check if possible in order to avoid online transaction fees. Check out our Ad and Sponsorship Packet for full information. Sponsorship levels: $10,000 – Champion for Justice – 2 page program book ad, speaking opportunity at the Awards, 40 tickets, logo prominently displayed in all event materials $5,000 – Movement Builder – full page ad premium placement, 20 tickets, logo prominently displayed in all event materials $2,500 – Mass Mobilizer – full page program book ad, 10 tickets, and a profile in social media and materials $1,000 – Action Hero – full page program book ad, 4 tickets, and logo display on event signage $500 – Solidarity Superstar – half page program book ad, 2 tickets, and logo display on group signage Ad space purchases: $600 – Full Page Ad in the program book $300 – Half Page Ad in the program book $150 – Quarter Page Ad in the program book Ad file formats and size specifications: All ads are one color (black) on white paper. Please send electronic files no later than 10/18/18 to illbethere@dcjwj.org. Acceptable File Formats – print ready PDF with bleed and crop marks (preferred), EPS with all fonts... read more

DC Jobs With Justice welcomes Antolina!

DC Jobs With Justice is excited to introduce you to our new Organizer, Antolina Padua! Antolina began their career in organizing with United Students Against Sweatshops Rutgers Local #109 in 2016. They have dedicated their life to working alongside youth and workers of color globally and locally since then. They have organized campaigns such as the Nike Campaign to cut ties with sweatshop labor and exploitative practices on college campuses as well as run the Fightfor15 campaign for all Rutgers University workers and forced the administration to raise the minimum wage. Antolina is also a member of Anakbayan-USA, the national chapter of Filipino youth and students for national democracy in the Philippines. You can reach Antolina at antolina@dcjwj.org or... read more

EVENTS

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

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