Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Center for Worker Justice. The needs of low wage and immigrant workers in our community have never been more urgent than they are now. To become a sustaining ally of the CWJ, simply click on the link below and fill out your information.
“I wanted to let you know why CWJ is so important to me and to our whole community. And why it needs our support at this critical time.
I hope you will join me in becoming a sustaining supporter of CWJ—at whatever regular monthly contribution fits your budget–$5, $10, $25 or more a month. You can help create financial security for the expanded organizing and advocacy that CWJ has undertaken to protect at-risk communities.”
-Shelton Stromquist, Finance Committee Member
We are in a critical moment.
- The detention and deportation of immigrant workers has risen sharply, causing a widespread fear that has made people afraid to seek the help they need.
- Living conditions with serious public health consequences in local trailer courts and other low-income housing demand our immediate action.
Here at the Center for Worker Justice we have launched numerous initiates and projects to better the lives of these individuals through advocacy and direct action.
Immigration Initiative. The Interfaith team in conjunction with volunteers and committee members have been:
- working with CWJ to meet the immediate needs of families of immigrant workers
who have been detained by ICE;
- preparing to witness and document ICE agents’ detention activities;
- visiting the nearly 100 detained immigrants being held by ICE in Hardin County and other detention facilities to assess their need for legal assistance.
Tenant Organization. Organizers and volunteers are working with tenants to build new tenant rights organizations to address the terrible conditions and dangerously poor water quality in trailer courts and low-income housing.
Youth activities and skills training. Building on last summer’s successful youth day camp for children in the low wage community, CWJ is developing a ten-week “skills camp” to help young people consider new opportunities for their future.
Thanks for considering being a CWJ sustaining supporter. See below for more detail on CWJ’s accomplishments and ongoing work.
Your contribution will also support the CWJ’s continued work in these areas:
- Creating community defense and rapid response networks to safeguard rights of immigrants and their families.
- Defending Home Rule and the Johnson County minimum wage from attacks by out-of-state interests. More than 160 businesses so far have taken the CWJ pledge to maintain the fairer minimum wage.
- Expanding the Johnson County Community ID program through education and outreach.
- Recovering thousands of dollars in stolen wages through community awareness, corporate shaming, and direct actions.
- Preserving and expanding affordable housing and organizing new tenants’ associations in mobile home parks.
- Protecting tenant, workers, and civil rights through education and organizing.
- Teaching English through our “Face to Face English,” tutoring program.
- Sponsoring monthly legal clinics to assist residents whose immigration status denies them other aid and providing material and emotional support for families caught up in ICE raids or threatened deportation.