In light of Cesar Chavez Day today (March 31st), we honor and uplift the work of labor organizers. You can view a recording of last week’s powerful panel on Labor Organizing and Rights in the Age of COVID (see below).
We heard from Dr. Chela Delgado, an Oakland teacher, on the organizing teachers are doing to support the needs and rights of all those working on campus (such as janitors as well as teacher aids and teachers), the students, the parents and the community in the face of COVID pressures. Then from Jane Sandoval, RN, a nurse with California Nurses Association, on the struggle throughout COVID to secure PPE and the powerful organizing for health and safety of healthcare workers and the community, including Medicare For All.
Then, Mariana Viturro from National Domestic Workers Alliance offered us inspiration from the organizing of caregivers during COVID towards ongoing rights for domestic workers, including a shared health fund that multiple households hiring domestic workers can pay into towards full health care coverage, a hotline to provide prevention and worker rights information during COVID, and ongoing organizing for living wage, and anti-harassment and exploitation of domestic workers. From Davida Sotelo Escobado with Jobs with Justice, we heard about the larger struggle for rights during and in the aftermath of COVID.
The panel announced the release of the Labor & Employment Know Your Rights during COVID Manual and social media slide deck, as well as the relaunch of the NLG-SFBA Labor & Employment Committee. (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with the Labor & Employment Committee.)
This week we also honor Palestinian Land Day and the steadfastness of the Palestinian struggle. The NLG-SFBA is joining with thousands of other anti-racist organizations and networks to defend Ethic & Arab American studies in California against attacks from pro-Israel groups. We have submitted public record act requests in support of the Save Arab American Studies Coalition and against the attempt to gut Ethnic Studies of its roots in Third World Liberation.
Please also join us at our March Membership meeting tonight from 6-8pm as we follow up on our two Aorta trainings from February on interrupting harmful dynamics (see below).
—The NLG-SF Bay Area Team