The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, in partnership with the General Service Foundation, is launching the Defending the Dream Fund to provide expedited resources to grassroots organizing groups that are working to protect targeted communities in the Trump era and defend the core principles of equity and justice.
In solidarity with the National Day of Action and Resistance, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation will close its office on May 1st, 2017 – May Day. The Majority is comprised of faith communities, unions, Movement for Black Lives, Mijente and other migrant rights organizations, climate justice groups, indigenous networks, and a spectrum of progressive allies that are coordinating efforts in over 100 cities on May 1st to stand up for justice and equity.
Given our office closure and the work that will be happening on the ground on May 1st, we are extending the deadline for our Defending the Dream Fund from May 1st to May 3rd.
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.