The Defending the Dream Fund partnership, made up of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, General Service Foundation and other partners, came together this spring to support grassroots organizing in under-resourced areas to protect targeted communities, resist the draconian and destructive policies of the Trump era and work towards a hopeful dream of a just, equitable and caring society.
We are very excited to announce the 19 organizations selected in the first round of grants.
In response to this unique moment and opportunity, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation has developed the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM), a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice.
Founded in 2010 in Nashville, TN, Workers’ Dignity Dignidad Obrera exists because of their recognition that wage theft had become an epidemic problem among low-wage workers, coupled with a realization that across the country the most powerful organizations building solutions to this epidemic were grassroots community organizations and workers’ centers.
Join Workers’ Dignity Dignidad Obrera in celebrating 5 years of victories and fundraising for the next stage of their Just Hospitality Campaign. They have already raised NEARLY $4,000 with 7 large donations in one week. Help them raise more so cleaning workers can raise hell and improve wages and conditions for 1000s of hospitality workers in Nashville. Sunday, May 3, 2pm-5pm at St. Edward Church Pavilion
Workers’ Dignity Dignidad Obrera Welcomes Ebonee Hunt to Their Organizing Team!
Ebonee’s passion was forged in the cauldron of Ferguson, Missouri. Angered by the police killing of Mike Brown, Ebonee and several friends headed to Ferguson to support the community and learn from those who have stood up to state violence for decades. Participating in round-the-clock protests in the face of police tear gas and rubber bullets, she joined others to form Brown Justice Chasers. In the following weeks, Brown Justice Chasers brought awareness to the issue of police brutality against the black community and united with others in Nashville in historic actions that shut down the interstate and disrupted “business as usual.” In the midst of all that activity, Ebonee walked the picket line with fast food strikers and supported hotel workers in our campaign against workplace abuse at Super 8 Hotel. Since January, she has facilitated Workers’ Dignity Defend Your Rights workshops and joined members in other events.
“I’m excited to be part of an organization that places workers in a position of leadership. As a former low-wage worker, I recognize the struggles I encountered and will work hard to support others in defending their rights so they don’t suffer the same injustices.” – Ebonee
Learn more about their work:
2014 Annual Report: Workers’ Dignity Dignidad Obrera released their 2014 report back in February, highlighting several victories of their Just Hospitality Campaign. The full report can be found here on their website.
Winter 2015 Newsletter: Read more about Workers’ Dignity Dignidad Obrera’s major victory against Sheraton and Holiday Inn Express. After a months long campaign against Sheraton, management paid 10 workers the full amount of wages back owed since August 2014. Member, Froylán Rodriguez, was also awarded $4,400 in stolen wages after a series of protests at the Super 8 Airport Hotel back in October- Rodriquez said “[I]t wasn’t until I joined Workers’ Dignity and we stood up united that Super 8 decided to change”.
Solidarity with Black Lives Matter & Ayotzinapa: Worker’s Dignity members and supporters have stood in solidarity with people of color who are confronting state violence in the U.S. and Mexico. Members have joined protests sweeping Nashville in response to police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other members of the Black community. Members initiated a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the movement in Mexico demanding justice for the 43 teaching students disappeared by authorities in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.