Some Highlights from our work 2009-2010
- This year we continued our work with the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee and helped passed a new youth policy in October 2009 that would allow due process to all youth in San Francisco regardless of documentation status.
- Through our Migrant Rights work we were able to organize many of our members to travel down to Arizona this past summer to participate in No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid organization that operates on the US/Mexico Border. This work draws attention to the violence done to communities on both sides of the line as a result of increased militarization and unjust trade policies.
- In the spring of 2009 we joined with the Harvey Milk Club and One Struggle One Fight to host a queer community briefing on the Employee Free Choice Act. Workers, community organizers, and community leaders were in attendance to share their stories and to help educate and organize our communities around this important piece of legislation.
- We continued our solidarity work with Local 2 in joining them out on marches, rallies, picket lines and direct actions to support the hotel workers struggle and their fight to form a union in their workplace.
- We supported the fight against Sutter CPMC for equity in healthcare access by co-hosting an LGBT community forum with the Harvey Milk Democratic Club.
- In February 2010 we hosted our first Shaping SF community discussion. Over forty members of our communities came together along with Pride at Work/HAVOQ to share our struggles and vision around issues such as the queer worker struggle, housing and gentrification, and how to organize to help push our struggles to the national forefront.
- We continued our work with the Workers Rights Collaborative in doing culturally appropriate outreach and education around enforcing San Francisco labor laws such as minimum wage, paid sick leave and healthcare security ordinances. From this we have joined the Chinese Progressive Association, La Raza Centro Legal and Young Workers United in organizing a campaign that would push for a Low Wage Worker Bill of Rights.