LEADING with Love Celebrating 5 Years of theNational Domestic Workers Alliance NOVEMBER 14, 2012NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS WASHINGTON, DC
NDWA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONSNDWA was founded in 2007 by 13 organizations from 5 states. As of November 2012, we now have 39member organizations and one local chapter in 24 cities in 14 states and the District of Columbia.ALABAMA COLORADO DAMAYAN Migrant Workers AssociationSomos Tuscaloosa Centro Humanitario New YorkTuscaloosa Denver www.damayanmigrants.orgwww.facebook.com/somos- www.centrohumanitario.orgtuscaloosa FLORIDA Domestic Workers United New YorkARIZONA Ola de Mujeres, Miami Workers www.domesticworkersunited.orgCentro Laboral de Mujeres por un Center Haitian Women for HaitianMundo Mejor Miami RefugeesTuscon www.miamiworkerscenter.org BrooklynCALIFORNIA GEORGIA haitianwomen.wordpress.comCoalition for Humane Immigrant Atlanta NDWA Chapter* Hispanic Resource CenterRights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Atlanta Workers CenterLos Angeles ILLINOIS Mamaroneckwww.chirla.org www.hispanicresourcecenter.org ARISE ChicagoFilipino Advocates for Justice Chicago Las Mujeres de Santa MariaOakland www.arisechicago.org Staten Islandwww.ﬁlipinos4action.org Latino Union of Chicago New Immigrant CommunityFilipino Community Center Chicago EmpowermentSan Francisco www.latinounion.org Jackson Heightsﬁlipinocc.org www.nynice.org La Colectiva de Mujeres TejiendoFilipino Migrant Center Sueños y Luchando Unity Housecleaners CooperativeLong Beach Chicago Hempsteadfmcsc09.wordpress.com www.workplaceprojectny.org MASSACHUSETTSGraton Day Labor Center NEW MEXICOGraton Brazilian Immigrant Center Allston Encuentrowww.gratondaylabor.org www.braziliancenter.org AlbuquerqueIDEPSCA www.encuentronm.orgLos Angeles Brazilian Women’s Group Allston TEXASwww.idepsca.org verdeamarelo.org/ Fe y Justicia Worker CenterLa Colectiva de Mujeres Dominican Development Center HoustonSan Francisco Boston www.houstonworkers.orgwww.lacolectivasf.org dominicancenter.net Southwest Workers UnionMujeres Unidas y Activas Matahari: Eye of the Day San AntonioBay Area Boston www.swunion.orgwww.mujeresunidas.net eyeoftheday.org/wp/ VIRGINIAPeople Organized to WinEmployment Rights (POWER) MARYLAND Tenants and Workers UnitedSan Francisco CASA de Maryland www.tenantsandworkers.orgwww.peopleorganized.org www.casademaryland.org WASHINGTONPilipino Workers’ Center of NEW YORK Casa LatinaSouthern California SeattleLos Angeles Adhikaar Woodside www.casa-latina.orgwww.pwcsc.org www.adhikaar.org WASHINGTON DCSan Diego Day Laborers andHousehold Workers Association Cidadao Global Break the Chain CampaignSan Diego Long Island City www.ips-dc.org/BTCCwww.myajsd.org www.cidadaoglobal.org*Launched in 2012, the Atlanta Chapter is the ﬁrst NDWA chapter. All other groups listed are independentorganizations that are affiliate members NDWA.
LEADING with Love PROGRAM Welcome Simon Greer and Sarita Gupta Masters of Ceremonies Leading with Love Awards INSPIRATION Guillermina Castellanos DEDICATION Linda Oalican Presented by Arlene Holt-Baker Voice of Love Award Viola Davis Presented by Marcia Olivo Lifetime of Leadership Award Cicely Tyson Presented by Jerret Johnson Leading with Love Awards COMMITMENT Casa Latina VISION Domestic Workers United LOVE Mujeres Unidas y Activas Presented by Maya Harris Remarks Ilyse Hogue and Tracy Sturdivant, NDWA Board of Directors Ai-jen Poo, NDWA Director Musical Performances Mike McCoy and Voices United Taller Cosita Seria Artist-in-Residence Michele AsselinCelebrating 5 Years of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
LEADING with Love HONORARY CO-HOSTS Simon Greer Cecile Richards Maya Harris Richard L. Trumka Benjamin Jealous Luz Vega-Marquis Manuel Pastor SPONSORS1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Jobs with Justice 1199 SEIU—Pennsylvania Gara LaMarche 32BJ SEIU Dr. Kathleen Maloy Advancement Project MomsRising AFL-CIO MoveOn AFSCME NAACP Ben & Jerry’s Foundation National Council of La Raza Bend the Arc: National Education Association A Jewish Partnership for Justice PICO Jules Bernstein The Praxis Project Caring Across Generations Phil Radford & Eileen Simpson The Marguerite Casey Foundation SEIU Healthcare 775 NW Center for Community Change SEIU ULTCW The Center for Social Inclusion Solidago Foundation CWA Alexander Soros Family Values at Work Consortium UNITE HERE Ford Foundation V-Day generative somatics Katrina vanden Heuvel Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Association WIEGO—Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing IUF—International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Working Families PartyTobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations
LEADING with Love WELCOMEPHOTO: ASHOK PANT When I ﬁrst started organizing domestic workers in New York in 1998, it was a challenge to bring a handful of women together in the church basement where we gathered. In the shadows of urban centers like New York, domestic work was deﬁned by invisibility, isolation and vulnerability. It was difficult to reach workers, and even more difficult to move past the fear many women felt about coming to a meeting. Despite the undeniably vital role that domestic workers play in our lives, caring for our families and homes, they are excluded from basic labor rights and face some of the worst workplace abuses imaginable. The culture of fear and vulnerability in the industry at that time was palpable. Over the course of the past 15 years, a beautiful transformation has taken place. While vulner- ability and fear still exist for the vast majority of domestic workers, today, in 24 cities, 14 states and Washington, DC., there are centers of safety, strength and community for domestic workers. In these centers, domestic workers find their voice, develop their skills, and cultivate the capacity to lead, inspire and change the world around them. In Oakland, we support one another in story circles, while in New York, we passed statewide legislation to bring an end to the unjust exclusion of domestic workers from basic labor rights. In Park Slope, we are working with employers to develop neighborhood-based “codes of care.” In Seattle, Maryland, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, we are building a national, intergenera- tional coalition of more than 200 organizations to work together for a more caring, just economy for all of us. In large and small ways, domestic workers are leading the way. It’s powerful, and it’s deeply rooted in love—love for our families and for who we can become as a nation together. In his 1967 speech titled, “Where do we go from here?,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “One of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites—polar opposites, so that love is identiﬁed with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. . . . What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implement- ing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” In the spirit of Dr. King, and the boundless love with which domestic workers care for our families and the future of the country, we celebrate ﬁve powerful years. We’re so grateful to share in the moment and the movement with you. Thank you. Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
LEADING with Love HOST COMMITTEE 9to5 Margaret Huang New York Women’s Foundation Katherine Acey Rights Working Group Ali Noorani Christine Ahn Institute for Policy Studies Ana Oliveira Global Fund for Women Institute for Women’s Jeremy Osborn Akonadi Foundation Policy Research Chris Owens Assemblyman Tom Ammiano Interfaith Worker Justice National Employment Law Project (CA-13) International Domestic Purva Panday Cullman Deepak Bhargava Workers Network Gail Pendelton Kim Bobo Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.* ASISTA Immigration Assistance Interfaith Worker Justice (IL-02) PHI–Quality Care through Quality May Boeve Van Jones Jobs Breakthrough TV Si Kahn Congresswoman Chellie Pingree* Jennifer Buffet Helen Kim (ME-01) Peter Buffet Roger Kim Miles Rappoport Asian Paciﬁc Environmental Congressman Cedric L. Richmond* Doyle Canning Network SmartMeme (LA-2) Deborah King Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Arturo Carmona 1199 SEIU Training and Presente Employment Funds Congresswoman Jerri Chou Lucille Roybal-Allard* (CA-34) Vivien Labaton Congressman Hansen Clarke* Justin Ruben Rachel LaForest (MI-13) Right to the City Alliance Matt Ryan Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay* ALIGN Congresswoman Barbara Lee* (MO-1) (CA-9) Rinku Sen Congressman Elijah Cummings* Applied Research Center Eric Liu (MD-7) Eveline Shen Idelisse Malavé Forward Together Demos Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney* Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter*Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards* (NY-14) (MD-04) (NY-28) Katherine McFate Marilyn Sneiderman & Eve Ensler OMB Watch Stephen Lerner Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo Pam McMichael (CA-14)* Congresswoman Jackie Speier* Highlander Research and (CA-12) Bridgit Antoinette Evans Education Center Alta Starr Kim Fellner Heather McGhee Tracy Sturdivant Feminist Majority Foundation Tara McGuiness Center for American Progress Nik Theodore Trevor & Meredith FitzGibbon Bill McKibben Congressman Edolphus Towns* Elspeth Gilmore (NY-10) George Goehl Nancy Meyer & Marc Weiss UNITY Sara Gould Pat Mitchell Alan van CapelleKen Grossinger & Micheline Klagsbrun Janet Murguía Vermont Workers Center Pronita Gupta National Asian Paciﬁc American Women’s Forum Working America Sarita Gupta Women Donors Network National Network for Immigrant Donna P. Hall Miriam Yeung and Refugee Rights Ilyse Hogue Luke Newton * Honorary Host Committee Member
LEADING with LoveGUILLERMINA CASTELLANOSLeading with Love Award Inspiration Guillermina Castellanos has been a leader of the domestic worker movement for over 20 years. Born in Jalisco, México, she began working as a domestic worker as a child and continued after immigrating to the U.S. in 1985. Her mother was also a domestic worker, working as a house cleaner, and her father was a gardener and farmer. In 2000, together with Renee Saucedo, she co-founded La Colectiva de Mujeres (Women’s Collective) in San Francisco. As an organizer with La Colectiva, Guillermina has developed the leadership of hundreds of women, helping them organize for respect and dignity and always with the goal of transforming their lives. In 2004, building on the experiences of their members, La Colectiva began a domestic workers campaign, which continues to this day. In 2005, Guillermina joined the Board of Directors of the National Day Labor Organizing Network. She participated in the founding of the National Domestic Workers Alliance in 2007, and then served on NDWA’s Coordinating Committee. She was also among the NDWA- coordinated US delegation to the International Labor Organization Conference in Geneva, which passed the ﬁrst International Convention on Domestic Work in 2011. Guillermina has been honored for her dedicated leadership by La Raza Centro Legal (2006, for 10 years of community work) and Mujeres Unidas y Activas (2010, for 20 years of leadership). In her work, Guillermina has valued communication and equality, which she feels have been essential to keeping La Colectiva united and mobilized. She is deeply committed to social, political and economic change. Working for a better world nourishes her every day.
LEADING with Love LINDA OALICANLeading with Love Award DedicationLinda Oalican is the Co-Founder and the Overall Coordinator of DAMAYAN Migrant WorkersAssociation. Originally from the Philippines, she grew up in a family of peasants. Governmentscholarships enabled her to study at the University of the Philippines. As a student of PoliticalScience in the 1970’s, she planned to complete her studies in just three years to help herstruggling family that had migrated to Manila from the countryside in search of a better life.She abandoned that plan, joining the thousands of young Filipino students who helped leadthe movement for economic, political and social change in the country.In the next decade, she worked for the Philippine government where she became a unionorganizer. However, her salary was not enough to send her two children to college, and so in1994, like many other women around the world, she migrated to the U.S. In the U.S., she ﬁrstworked as a domestic worker and personally experienced abuse, discrimination and isolation.Drawing upon her organizing background, in 2002 Linda co-founded DAMAYAN with fellowFilipina domestic workers, to collectively address the abuses she and others experienced.In 2004, she received the Union Square Award for her advocacy for New York City low-incomecommunities. With a deep commitment to the leadership of domestic workers, she has supportedhundreds of Filipina domestic workers, including dozens of trafficking survivors in their devel-opment as advocates. Linda continues to be a strong leader in the movement for domesticand all migrant workers’ rights, dignity and justice.
LEADING with Love VIOLA DAVIS Voice of Love AwardUplifting the Voices of Domestic Workers in Popular Culture PHOTO: ART STREIBER/AUGUST Viola Davis is a critically revered actress of ﬁlm, television and theater who has won rave reviews for her diverse roles and performances. Her 2011 portrayal of domestic worker Aibileen Clark in the Oscar-nominated ﬁlm “The Help” captivated audiences and critics alike. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960’s, “The Help” chronicles the relationship between two African American domestic workers and a white domestic employer who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project chronicling the experience of domestic workers, putting them all at risk. Davis earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Leading Role and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress for her performance, and was also nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and British Academy Film Award. The ﬁlm won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble. In 2008, Davis starred in the critically acclaimed ﬁlm “Doubt” based on the Tony Award winning play. Davis was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance; The National Board of Review recognized Davis with the Breakthrough Award and she was also honored by the Santa Barbara Film Festival as a Virtuoso. Davis’ film and theater credits are innumerable. Other film roles include “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Knight and Day,” “Eat, Pray, Love,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Antwone Fisher,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “State of Play,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Disturbia,” “The Architect,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “Syriana,” “Far from Heaven,” “Solaris,” “Traffic” and “Out of Sight.” continues on next page
VIOLA DAVIS continued from previous pageOn the stage, Davis has received the theater’s highest honors on and off-Broadway, including aTony Award, Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award forher role in August Wilson’s Broadway revival of “Fences;” the production was also honored withthe Tony Award for Best Play Revival. Her role in Lynn Nottage’s play “Intimate Apparel” garneredher the Drama Desk, the Drama League, the Obie and the Audelco Award for Best Actress, andshe was nominated for the prestigious Lucille Lortel Award as well. Her reprisal of the role in LosAngeles brought her the Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics and the Garland Awards. She alsoearned a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and a Drama DeskAward for role in “King Hedley II.”Davis’ television credits include a co-starring role in the A&E mini-series “The Andromeda Strain;”a multi-episode appearance in “United States of Tara;” a recurring role on “Law & Order: SVU;”a recurring role in the CBS mini-series franchise “Jesse Stone;” a starring role in “Life is Not aFairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story” for Lifetime; and starring roles in ABC’s “Traveler,” CBS’“Century City,” “Lefty,” and the Steven Bochco series, “City of Angels.” Additionally, she had rolesin Oprah Winfrey’s “Amy and Isabelle,” and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Grace and Glorie.”In 2012, Viola and her husband Julius Tennon founded JuVee Productions, a multi-ethnic productioncompany committed to excellence in ﬁlm, television and theatre. As one of their projects, theyhave optioned the rights to Ann Weisgarber’s 2008 book The Personal History of Rachel DuPree,which examines the harsh racial struggles facing the rarely explored lives of black pioneers to theAmerican West.Davis, the daughter of a domestic worker, is a graduate of The Julliard School and holds anHonorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College. She residesin Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
LEADING with Love CICELY TYSON Lifetime of Leadership AwardActress, activist and humanitarian, Cicely Tyson is renowned for her portrayals of strong femalecharacters on stage, screen and television, including boundary-breaking roles for women of color.From her ﬁrst appearances, her critically acclaimed performances are innumerable. Among themare her landmark, Emmy award-winning role of the title character in “The Autobiography of MissJane Pittman,” which garnered her Best Actress and Actress of the Year; her performance in “TheOldest Confederate Widow Tells All;” her starring role in “Sweet Justice;” her Oscar nominatedperformance for Best Actress in “Sounder;” stunning early stage appearances in “Dark Of TheMoon” and Jean Genet’s “The Blacks,” for which she received the prestigious Vernon Rice Award;and her touching portrayal in 2010 of Constantine Jefferson in “The Help,” which was awardedamong others, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in aMotion Picture and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble.Ms. Tyson’s earliest entree into television was in an adaptation of Paule Marshall’s novel BrownGirl, Brownstones. Shortly thereafter she became both the ﬁrst woman of color to co-star in atelevision drama series, “East Side, West Side,” and a series regular on a daytime televisionsoap opera, “The Guiding Light.” Other prominent performances include: Harriet Tubman in thetelevised special “A Woman Called Moses;” Tante Lou in “A Lesson Before Dying;” Binta, themother of Kunte Kinte in “Roots;” Marva Collins in “Welcome To Success: The Marva CollinsStory;” and Coretta Scott King in “King,” all of which earned her Emmy nominations. Memorableﬁlm credits also include “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter,” “A Man Called Adam,” “Diary Of A MadBlack Woman,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?” and “Because of Winn-Dixie.” continues on next page
CICELY TYSON continued from previous pageAs an activist and advocate, Ms. Tyson has taken her talent and leadership across the world.She served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the 1988 Economic Summit of World Leaders in Texas;as Chairperson of UNICEF; worked with key African leaders of Africa including Mr. and Mrs.Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; has travelledextensively throughout Africa on behalf of women and children in need; and lead a fundraisingand school-rebuilding effort in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami.Her presence has been equally powerful in the United States. She delivered a key address at the1984 Democratic National Convention; served as Mistress of Ceremonies for President Clinton’s2001 “Welcome to Harlem,” and as Emcee for the Democratic National Committee’s “A Night atthe Apollo” fundraiser for voter registration; has performed at the White House; and, as memberof the Presidential Commission on the Development of the National Museum of African AmericanHistory and Culture, has been said to be a driving force in the development of the museumwhich will open in 2015.Among her many accolades, Ms. Tyson ﬁnds the most meaning in her role as matriarch of theCicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts. Founded in 1996 in East Orange,New Jersey, the school serves 1, 200 students from Pre-K through 12th grade, focusing onacademic learning and creative expression. Ms. Tyson teaches, initiated and oversees a Distin-guished Speaker’s Series, and is always available to personally mentor and counsel students inevery area of their education.Cicely Tyson has been widely recognized for her talent, dedication and leadership. Prior honorsinclude an unprecedented number of Image Awards from the NAACP and the organization’shighest accolade, the prestigious Spingarn Award and honors from the National Council ofNegro Women, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Congress of Racial Equality,Rainbow-PUSH, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and the National Women’s Law Center. Shehas received the Women in Film Crystal Award, for the impact her work has had expanding therole of women within the entertainment industry; been honored by Essence Magazine and BET;was the focus of special events and retrospectives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, TheSmithsonian Institute and Harvard University; and Sony Films named her a Master Film Innovator.Ever the creative artist and teacher, Ms. Tyson has written numerous articles for The New YorkTimes, Ebony Magazine and Time Magazine, and has spoken at over 500 colleges and universitiesthroughout the world on human rights, education and race relations. She holds numeroushonorary doctorates and her star graces the iconic Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.
LEADING with Love CASA LATINALeading with Love Award Commitment Casa Latina (CL) is a workers center in Seattle that organizes Latino immigrant domestic workers and day laborers so that they can raise the value of their work and improve their working conditions. CL is a founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and currently sits on the NDWA Board of Directors. Immigrant housekeepers who are members of CL formed Mujeres Sin Fronteras/Women Without Borders in 2011. Since then, Mujeres Sin Fronteras has trained hundreds of women workers in health and safety, doubling its membership in the past year. With support from NDWA, CL established a local steering committee for the groundbreaking Caring Across Generations campaign, including SEIU 775 NW, the Washington Community Action Network and Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action. Casa Latina helped to coordinate and host the Seattle Care Congress in February 2012, which brought together over 200 care workers, care recipients and their families to share stories and develop a shared vision for dignity and respect. The success of this work resulted in a victory just months later when the Seattle City Council passed a unanimous resolution for solutions to the care crisis that support both the people who need care and the workers providing care.
LEADING with LoveDOMESTIC WORKERS UNITED Leading with Love Award Vision Domestic Workers United (DWU) is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers and elder care givers in New York City. A leader in regional, national and inter- national domestic worker organizing, DWU members organize for power, respect and fair labor standards, and to help build a movement to end exploitation for all. DWU was founded in 2000 by members of the Women Workers Project of CAAAV (a Filipina domestic workers organization) in collaboration with Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers. DWU is a founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and in 2010 DWU represented NDWA as a founding member of the International Domestic Workers Network. DWU has won more than $500,000 in unpaid wages for exploited domestic workers and graduated hundreds of domestic workers from their Nanny Training Program at Cornell University ILR Program and more than 50 domestic workers from their Leadership Training Program. After a six and half-year organizing effort, building a membership of more than 4,000 domestic workers and a broad coalition including employers, unions, clergy and community groups, DWU successfully won the passage of the nation’s ﬁrst state legislation extending basic rights to domestic workers. The New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was signed into law on August 31, 2010. This historic victory has helped pave the way for similar efforts in other states. DWU is now leading the implementation of the NY law through outreach, education and building neighborhood-based partnerships while providing critical support to Bill of Rights campaigns in states around the country. DWU is the largest domestic workers organization in the country, and serves as a model for organizations and unions around the world. As a member-led organization, DWU welcomes all domestic workers committed to winning respect and fair labor standards, and building a powerful movement for social change.
LEADING with LoveMUJERES UNIDAS Y ACTIVAS Leading with Love Award Love Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) has worked for over 20 years promoting the personal transfor- mation of Latina immigrant women and building community power for social and economic justice. MUA is a leader of the growing domestic worker rights movement. MUA creates an environment of understanding and conﬁdentiality, empowering and educating their members as peer counselors, outreach and education workers and community organizers; offering trainings to build economic security and leadership; working in diverse alliances; and organizing campaigns to win immigrant, workers’ and women’s rights. From the streets to the state house, MUA members have organized to ensure that their voices are heard and respected. MUA ensures that the women directly affected by discriminatory immigration policies are leading voices for immigrant rights while working to ensure that immigrant women are able to access basic health and social services, and protections such as the Violence Against Women Act. MUA raises awareness about the rampant abuses facing domestic workers while working to end the exclusion of domestic workers from basic labor protections, playing a key role in state, national and international coalitions. In 2005, MUA spearheaded the creation of the California Domestic Worker Coalition, which is leading the ﬁght to pass a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in California, bringing recognition to the critical role domestic workers play in the state’s econ- omy. MUA members have also led participatory research on the domestic work industry, which resulted in the ground-breaking 2007 report on domestic work conditions, Behind Closed Doors. MUA is a founding member organization of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and currently serves on NDWA’s Board of Directors. MUA’s Co-Director Juana Flores was an official delegate to the historic 2011 International Labor Organization Conference, which passed the ﬁrst Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. As a leader in the field, MUA has offered technical assistance to over 50 emerging immigrant women’s and domestic worker groups across the country.
LEADING with LoveMASTERS OF CEREMONIES SIMON GREER Simon Greer became President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in January 2012 after a seven-year tenure at the Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice (PJA and JFSJ; now Bend the Arc). During his time there, Simon led the organization through a period of institutional growth, including developing the largest domestic Jewish service learning program in the U.S., an array of cutting edge leadership training programsand successful funder collaboratives, and moving millions of dollars in low-interest loans to helprevive the Gulf Coast after Katrina. In 2011, Simon was named to the Forward 50, an annual listof the country’s most inﬂuential Jews. Simon has worked as a labor and community organizerand social change leader for 20 years. He founded Jews United for Justice, an urban socialchange group in Washington DC, and served as the executive director for New York Jobs withJustice. SARITA GUPTA Sarita Gupta is the Executive Director of Jobs with Justice (JwJ) and American Rights at Work (ARW). In over 45 communities in 25 states, JwJ local coalitions are building a strong, progressive labor movement working in partnership with community, faith and student organizations. American Rights at Work is an independent labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the right to organize and collectively bargain. This Fall, JwJ andARW are emerging as one organization united by a common mission to advance workers’ rightsand social and economic justice.Sarita began organizing as a student on campus and was elected president of the U.S. StudentAssociation (1997–1998). She has 15 years of local, national, and global coalition-building expe-rience and serves on numerous Boards including the International Labor Rights Forum, theNational Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Inter-Alliance Dialogue/UNITY, the Institute for Policy Studies and Discount Foundation. Along withNDWA’s director Ai-jen Poo, Sarita is Co-Director of Caring Across Generations.
LEADING with Love PRESENTERS MAYA HARRIS Maya Harris is Vice President of the Ford Foundation’s Democracy, Rights and Justice program, where she leads its efforts to strengthen the rule of law, increase civic participation, improve government transparency and accountability, and protect human rights for all people; she also oversees the foundation’s regional programming in Latin America. Before joining the foundation, Maya was Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Unionof Northern California, the largest ACLU affiliate in the U.S., where she oversaw the organization’slitigation, public education, lobbying and grassroots organizing work. During her tenure there,she served as lead counsel for the ACLU-NC in League of Women Voters v. McPherson, whichrestored the voting rights of more than 100,000 Californians who were wrongfully disenfran-chised. Prior to the ACLU, Maya conducted research and policy advocacy on policing issues atPolicyLink and worked in civil litigation at the law ﬁrm of Jackson Tufts Cole and Black, LLP. Shewas dean of Lincoln Law School of San Jose, and, as an adjunct law professor, taught genderdiscrimination and contracts. She has also published commentary in numerous media outlets. ARLENE HOLT-BAKER Arlene Holt-Baker is in her second term as the Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO. She is the ﬁrst African American to be elected to one of the federation’s three highest offices and the highest ranking African-American woman in the union movement. Her experience as a union and grassroots organizer spans more than 30 years. Arlene began her union work with AFSCME, as anorganizer, union representative and Area Director in California. She served on California’sComparable Worth Task Force Committee and as First Vice Chair of the California DemocraticParty. Arlene came to the AFL-CIO as Executive Assistant to Executive Vice President LindaChavez-Thompson in 1995. During her tenure, she has lead numerous campaign initiativesincluding the 98 Paycheck Deception in California, the AFL-CIO Florida recount, the AFL-CIOVoice@Work Campaign and the AFL-CIO Gulf Coast Recovery effort.She has served as President of Voices for Working Families, a non-partisan voter participationorganization dedicated to registering, educating, mobilizing and protecting the votes of com-munities of color and women, and has received numerous civic awards for her work as a laborand community advocate.
LEADING with Love PRESENTERS JERRET JOHNSON Jerret Johnson currently lives in Atlanta, GA, where she is forming a new chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In the fall of 2011, Jerret led the survey collection in Atlanta as part of NDWA’s national domestic worker survey project. Prior to this, Jerret worked as a housecleaner, janitor and home health-aide for 10 years, ﬁrst in her hometown of Detroit and later in Atlanta. As a result of these experiences, Jerret committed to working toexpand the rights of domestic workers to bring dignity and respect to the workforce. In additionto being a member of the NDWA, Jerret is also a Board member of the Atlanta chapter of 9to5Working Women’s Association. She is a single parent of daughter Cheyenne Johnson, a junior atHampton University majoring in Political Studies. Jerret that believes when you educate andprovide leadership development to people, it empowers them to play an active role in bringingchange to their communities. MARCIA OLIVO Marcia Olivo, originally from the Dominican Republic, is the Gender Justice Coordinator at the Miami Workers Center. Upon moving to the U.S. in 1989, Marcia worked as community organizer with the Bronx-based Mothers on the Move and the North West Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. Upon relocating to Miami in 2000, Marcia worked with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, and coordinated the Florida Immigrant Coalition. After being afull-time mom for six years, in 2008 Marcia became the coordinator of a support group forwomen and children survivors of domestic violence, Sisterhood of Survivors. The Sisterhoodmerged with the Miami Workers Center to become the Gender Justice Council of the organi-zation. The Council now supports domestic worker organizing, promotes gender equality, andprovides women leaders with a platform to share their experiences. Marcia resides in MiamiShores with her husband and two sons.
LEADING with LoveARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: MICHELE ASSELIN Michele Asselin began her photographic career in the Middle East, covering current events for the Associated Press. Her images were also featured in The New York Times, La Liberation and The Daily Sun among others. After she returned to the U.S., she began to focus on portraiture, and over the past ten years, Asselin’s work has been featured in many global campaigns and leading publications, including The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. She has photographed many notable public ﬁgures, from Hilary Clinton to Jeff Koons, and been recognized by American Photography, Communication Arts and Photo District News. In 2009, after having her ﬁrst child, Asselin turned hercamera inward. Images from her inaugural project, “Full Time Preferred: Portraits of Love, Workand Dependence,” were recently included in a Getty-sponsored Paciﬁc Standard Time exhibition,“Breaking in Two: A Provocative Vision of Motherhood.” Born in New York, Asselin currentlylives in New York and Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.PERFORMERS: TALLER COSITA SERIA Taller Cosita Seria is a Washington DC-based workshop that brings people together to share in the traditions of community song from southeastern Mexico. With their origins in the fandango jarocho—a community celebration with indigenous, African and Mestizo roots—these traditions center on Son Jarocho as a way to bring people together, learn about our shared histories, and confront the challenges of everyday life with strings in our hand and a powerful poem in our hearts. Cosita Seria literally means‘serious little thing,’ something seemingly simple and everyday, cotidiano, but reﬂecting a wayof life that they really are serious about, and believe in defending.PERFORMERS: MIKE MCCOY AND VOICES UNITED Voices United, a Washington DC-based ensemble, is comprised of 25 choir directors, pastors, preachers, praise and worship leaders, musicians and evangelists from local churches. The ensemble was founded by Mike McCoy, a musician and songwriter who has worked with some of gospel’s musical giants, including the late Thomas Whitﬁeld, Shirley Caesar and Vanessa Williams. Organized in 1994, Voices United’s style incorporates contemporary sound but maintains traditional gospel ﬂavor. They have sung with renowned artists including Vickie Winans, Jonathan Nelson, and The Seven Sons of Soul, and have been widely recognized, including being named in 2010 the “Stellar Award Nominees for ContemporaryChoir of the Year.” For several years Voices United have worked with the Department of SocialServices to sponsor families during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and, in response to the crises inHaiti, they participated in a beneﬁt tribute with the legendary Kirk Franklin. Their live CDs include“Ready” (2000) and “Continue to Continue” (2008). More about Voices United is at mikemccoy.info.
OUR STORYTHE HISTORY OF NDWAMID 1990sLocal organizations beganorganizing domestic workersprimarily in New York, WashingtonDC, San Francisco and Los The Re-birth of a National Domestic Workers MovementAngeles to address speciﬁcworker abuse and to pass poli-cies to extend labor protectionsto domestic workers.JUNE–JULY 2007 The founding of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) in Atlanta, GA in 2007 was both a culmination and a new beginning. ItNDWA is founded by 13 organi-zations from 5 states at the ﬁrst was the culmination of a process, at ﬁrst tentative and then increasinglyUS Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. urgent, of sharing lessons and strategies among a far-ﬂung group of local domestic worker organizations. And it was the beginning of more collaborative, more powerful, and more interdependent national organizing for the rights and dignity of nannies, housecleaners and elder caregivers. The women who gathered in Atlanta hotel rooms during the U.S. Social Forum, June 27–July 1, 2007, were intent on ﬁnding ways to connect and to co-create a stronger foundation for domestic worker organizing. They were energized by their common mission and by the surprise and deep satisfaction of ﬁnding their counterparts andSEPTEMBER 2008 forging a new sisterhood across geography, nationality and language.International Domestic Workers They were also buoyed by the powerful currents of global andNetwork is founded to push for national change that ﬂowed just below the surface of domestic workera Decent Work for DomesticWorkers Convention at the organizing.International Labor Organization.NDWA serves on the Steering Domestic worker organizing gained momentum as women immigrantsCommittee. —part of the great late 20th century wave of workers pushed out ofOCTOBER 2009 their home countries by punishing international economic policies—NDWA meets with the Depart- entered the very narrow range of occupations available to them.ment of Labor to proposeregulatory reforms to strengthen Domestic workers demanded rights as new worker organizing, outsidelabor rights enforcement fordomestic workers. of traditional union models, took off in the 1990s. Organizations with strong roots in local communities, most especially in immigrant com-SPRING 2010 munities, advocated for workers who were overlooked, or consideredFirst state anti-immigrant legis- impossible to organize, by the traditional labor movement. Day laborers,lation introduced in AZ; NDWAholds a Women’s Human Rights agricultural workers, restaurant workers and garment workers foundDelegation on Mother’s Day in strength in collective action, and domestic workers learned from theirAZ and launches We Belong example.Together campaign to lift upthe impact of immigration en-forcement policies on women Domestic workers found their voice as the immigrant rights movementand children. NDWA later sent took to the streets to challenge the raw hostility directed at the foreign-similar delegations to GA, AL, TN born, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11.and Tijuana Mexico in 2011–12.
Domestic worker organizing gained its footing as young organizers, JUNE 2010schooled in gender studies, took the “intersectionality” of gender, NDWA holds Second Nationalrace and class out of the universities and back into movements for Congress at the USSF in Detroit,social justice, where it had originally been born. with 200 workers from more than 20 organizations. Launched the United Workers CongressAnd it was ﬁtting that NDWA was born in Atlanta, home to one of the (formerly the Excluded Worker’smany direct foremothers of the current stage of domestic worker Congress) to bring together workers excluded from basicorganizing. Dorothy Bolden led the Atlanta-based National Domestic labor rights.Workers Union of America in the 1960s and 70s. She understood theﬁght for better working conditions as a matter of basic human rights AUGUST 2010and she urged Atlanta’s domestic workers to put their hearts and NY Domestic Workers Bill ofsouls into building their organization. “Stop putting your human Rights, the ﬁrst of its kind in U.S. history, signed into law.rights on a lay-away plan and installment plan,” she said, “dollar down,dollar when we can get it. Because we will never get it this way.”Ms. Bolden was herself building on the precedent of the Atlantawasherwomen’s strike of 1881, led by the Washing Society. Thousandsof African American domestic workers refused to do their employers’laundry, and struck for better pay and better working conditions.There were fertile periods of domestic worker organizing in the 1930s FALL 2010and the 1960s–1970s. Domestic workers built the Domestic WorkersAssociation, Domestic Servants Union, Working Women of America, National Research Project launches to complete the ﬁrstAssociation of Women Wage Earners, Household Technicians of national report on the domesticAmerica, and the National Committee on Household Employment, worker industry.among other organizations, to break the isolation characteristic of JANUARY 2011cleaning and care-giving for wages in other people’s homes. No doubtthe names of many individuals and organizations have been lost to California Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights submitted to thehistory, but their dedication to improving the conditions in which legislature.domestic workers labor fertilized the ground for this generation’s MAY 2011initiatives. NDWA launches SOL (Strategy, Organizing, Leadership), aBy the time more than 50 women representing 13 domestic worker 2-year capacity building andorganizations* from 5 states convened in Atlanta, they were already leadership training program, inan integral part of a rich context and history of organizing for the collaboration with Social Justice Leadership and generativerights of low-wage and excluded workers, of women, of immigrants, somatics.and of people of color.*Founding member organizations include CASA de Maryland, Casa Latina,Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Damayan MigrantWorkers Association, Domestic Workers United, Haitian Women for HaitianRefugees, La Colectiva de Mujeres, Las Señoras de Santa Maria, MujeresUnidas y Activas, People Organized to Win Employment Rights, PilipinoWorkers’ Center, Unity Housecleaners Cooperative of the Hempstead Work-place Project, and Women Workers’ Project of CAAAV: Organizing AsianCommunities
MAY 2011 These founding sisters, including workers from Bangladesh, theNDWA signs a partnership Philippines, Barbados, Haiti, Mexico and El Salvador, shared organi-agreement with the AFL-CIO. zational models, explored the history of domestic worker organizingJUNE 16, 2011 in the U.S., and reﬂected on the victories and challenges of their policy campaigns. They also sang, shared stories, danced, marched, laughedILO Decent Work for DomesticWorkers Convention passes. and provided inspiration to countless others attending the U.S. Social Forum. The domestic worker organizations present at the Social Forum embodied years of experimentation with organizational models and missions. Many provided services, including skills training, to their members. Some were worker collectives; others provided “know-your- rights” workshops. Some paid close attention to the relationship between personal transformation and healing, leadership developmentJULY 2011 and political action. Several had already taken the lead on citywide or statewide policy campaigns. Some organizations were embeddedCaring Across Generations, an in immigrant rights organizations or workers centers; others wereinitiative to bring care workerstogether with the millions of independent. In both California and New York domestic workers hadAmericans who will need care already created statewide coalitions to advance their bill of rightsas the nation ages, to create campaigns. NDWA inherited this great wealth of grounded experience.quality care jobs and expandaccess to home-based care, And despite the diversities of nationalities and languages and orga-launched in Washington DC nizational approaches, strong themes emerged.with a 700-person Congress.AUGUST 2011 Each of the organizations was committed to building the collective power of domestic workers. Each was invested in developing theirBe The Help Campaign launchedto bring visibility to the stories members as leaders. All understood domestic worker organizing asof today’s domestic workers with a constituent part of a 21st century social movement to broaden U.S.the acclaim of the ﬁlm, “The Help.” democracy by winning rights and securing justice. And all wereThe campaign culminated duringthe ﬁlm awards season with immersed in the global dimensions of both the challenges they facedOscar viewing parties held and solutions they would need to pursue.throughout the country.DECEMBER 2011 Most important, there was general agreement about the issues centralPresident Obama announces new to the bad pay and radically substandard conditions that so manyproposed regulatory change at domestic workers face. Domestic workers are excluded from thethe Department of Labor to protections of many federal and state employment laws and regulationsextend minimum wage and —exclusions still haunted by their racially biased heritage. The caringovertime protections to morethan 1.8 million home care and cleaning work that domestic workers do—traditionally understoodworkers. to be “women’s work”—is profoundly devalued in our society. Domestic workers are isolated in private homes, vulnerable to abuse and exploita- tion by unethical employers. And domestic workers are part of a large and rapidly expanding sector of the labor force for which the notion of a stable job with wages and beneﬁts sufficient to support a family has become illusory. For this sector, work is most often part-time, temporary, poorly paid, without beneﬁts and without prospects for advancement. Language barriers and irregular documentation status further compound these dynamics for many domestic workers.
Pride, dignity, respect, recognition. There is not an ounce of shame in APRIL 2012doing the unseen but crucial work that literally makes all other work NDWA Director, Ai-jen Poo ispossible. Domestic workers devote their time and attention to the named to TIME Magazine’s listmost essential needs of their employers’ families, while also providing of 100 Most Inﬂuential People in the World.for their own. If children and elders are not cared for, adults cannotengage in the jobs and professions that produce social wealth and MAY 2012make the world turn. If no one shopped, cooked and cleaned, dirt and NDWA’s membership grows to 35disorder would soon overwhelm our best efforts to contribute to the affiliates in 12 states and NDWA holds our largest-ever Nationalhealth and welfare of our communities. Whether it is family members Congress with over 400 domesticor paid employees who perform this work of caring and cleaning, its workers in Washington DC.value is beyond dispute.Yet, central though its role may be, “women’s work” is taken forgranted, like an old piece of furniture, and immigrant labor is bothrelied upon and reviled. And so domestic workers stand at the nexusof corrosive cultural and economic forces that undermine their abilityto secure an adequate livelihood for themselves and their families.Their very vulnerability had been a spur to domestic worker projectsacross the country. SEPTEMBER 2012 Following passage in bothThrough persistent on-the-ground organizing, the women in Atlanta houses of CA legislature,had already proven that there’s no such thing as “unorganizable” Governor Jerry Brown vetoespeople, communities or sectors of the workforce. On the ﬁnal day of CA Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, CA Coalition regroupsthe U.S. Social Forum, July 1, 2007, they decided to create a new to re-launch efforts, whilenational alliance that could nurture their determination to support MA and IL domestic workerseach other, and so the National Domestic Workers Alliance was born. coalitions plan to launch similar state campaigns in 2013.There and then NDWA articulated that its main goals were to:• Collectively bring public attention to the plight of domestic/ PHOTO: DAVID BACON household workers;• Bring respect and recognition to the workforce;• Improve workplace conditions; and• Strengthen the voice and power of domestic workers as a workforce. OCTOBER 2012Worthy goals each and every one. But there was another, unstatedgoal, that came out of Atlanta—to Lead With Love. Four affiliate members form NDWA Anti-trafficking Com- mittee, launching a leadershipIn the face of great odds there’s a great temptation to contract and program for domestic workerhunker down. But domestic worker organizing could not have come survivors of trafficking.as far as it has in these brief ﬁve years without being open-hearted NOVEMBER 2012and optimistic, without striving for and manifesting interdependence, Release of Home Economics,without taking great risks in the service of a great cause, without, the ﬁrst national report on thethat is, Leading With Love. conditions of the domestic work industry in the United States.
LEADING with LoveSPECIAL THANKS NDWA extends our thanks to the followingwithout whom this celebration would not have been possible Our dedicated event co-chairs Simon Greer Maya Harris Benjamin Jealous Manuel Pastor Cecile Richards Richard L. Trumka Luz Vega-Marquis All of our sponsors and the members our host committee for your early and strong support Our gracious award presenters and masters of ceremonies Simon Greer Sarita Gupta Maya Harris Arlene Holt-Baker Jerret Johnson Marcia Olivo Our talented artists Michele Asselin Mike McCoy, LaRissa Ferrell and Voices United Salvador Saramiento and Taller Cosita Seria Our nimble production crew Phoebe Eng and Cliff Parker, ﬁlm creation Omar Garcia, Jay Hobsen and Greg Walsh, videography Rick Flanagan, composer Melanie Cervantes, Dignidad y Rebelde Carolina Kroon, photography Alexandra Dubow, design Lili Schwartz, design Hal Kowenski and the team at Linemark, printing Lisa Moore and Maria Poblet, interpretation All of this evening’s volunteers and Paul Booth, Matt Mayers and the team at AFSCME
Caring Across GenerationsThis is a unique moment for America. Ourcountry is aging—Baby Boomers are rapidlyturning over 65 while also confronting the needto care for both their children and their elderlyparents. And yet we have no system set up tosupport the care that is needed for this growingsegment of our population. At the same time,we face record unemployment numbers andstagnant economic growth.The National Domestic Workers Allianceand Jobs with Justice initiated Caring AcrossGenerations (CAG) recognizing that thismoment, while posing a particular challenge, presents a powerful opportunity—the possibility of creatingmillions of quality jobs in a sector experiencing growing demand for home and community-based care.Furthermore, we can use this moment to reframe the national conversation around the way that we carefor each other and to bridge the intergenerational relationship gap. Such a reframing will be crucial incountering the increasingly polarized debate on social programs in this country.Since the launch of the campaign in July 2011, more than 200 unions and organizations have joinedthe effort. Together, we have: • Held 7 Care Congresses, local Town Hall meetings, where thousands of caregivers, home care workers, seniors, and people with disabilities around the country shared their stories, needs, and hopes for the future of care. • Introduced Sense of the Senate and Sense of the House Resolutions, laying the groundwork for federal legislation to create millions of quality care jobs. • Supported the establishment of local Care Councils, like in Seattle where the local Care Council won a city resolution in support of the campaign. • Engaged over 500,000 senior voters during the 2012 election cycle in 5 states, about Medicare and Social Security. To read more about Caring Across Generations and join the movement, visit www.caringacrossgenerations.org and follow us on Twitter @CaringAcrossGen
Congratulations to the National Domestic Workers Alliancefor five years of groundbreaking work in solidarity with domestic workers in the US and around the world. We send our deepest thanks. The Board, Staff & Members of Domestic Workers United
The Brazilian Immigrant Center, Inc. congratulates the NDWA for its five years of leading Domestic Workers on the pathway torespect, dignity and fair labor standards!
Que viva que viva la Alianza Nacional por su quinto aniversario.Por su increíble trabajo, esfuerzo y dedicación en transformar a cada organización y cada trabajadora que toca. La Alianza es como los rayos del sol que iluminan y transforman el corazón. Trabajando organizando para que el trabajo del hogar sea reconocido como un trabajo digno y respetado y que sea tan importante como cualquier otro trabajo. Long live the National Alliance for its ﬁfth aniversary.For its incredible work, effort and dedication to the transformation of each organization and worker that it touches. The Alliance is like rays of sunlight that illuminate and transform the heart. Working to organize so that domestic work be recognized as digniﬁed and respected work and that it be as mportant as all other work.
La familia Reyes,Jose, Maria, Emmanuel, Noe, Claudia y Aldo Con mucho amor felicitan a NDWA en su 5o. Aniversario deseamos el mayor de los exitos ahora, manana y siempre.Reyes Jumpers, e Impresion de camisetas.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance is an inspirationfor all people working for justice and equality in this country.We are honored and proud to work side by side withpowerful domestic workers who are taking destiny intotheir own hands and speaking truth to power. The CaringAcross Generations campaign depends on the strength andleadership of domestic workers to help guide us to victory,and dignity and respect for all. Congratulations on your5th anniversary, and thank you for leading with love. Caring Across Generations
Felicidades a nuestras luchadoras de Mujeres Unidas y Activas!Your commitment and passion inspires me every day. Andrea Lee
Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice is delighted to celebrate theNational Domestic Workers Alliance on this momentous occasion. NDWAhas helped to ensure that domestic workers – who do the work that makesall other work possible – have the dignity and honor they deserve. May ourshared Caring Across Generations campaign yield many victories for theworkers who provide care and for those they support.
Domestic Workers of the World Unite! We congratulate our sisters of the NDWA on 5 years of inspirational work in support of millions of domestic workers across the USA. We celebrate your victories and invite domestic workersfrom around the world to join us at the IDWN Founding Congress in Uruguay in October, 2013.Visit the website of the International Domestic Workers Network for more details: www.IDWN.info.
JFREJ honors ﬁve years of inspiring work by our partners at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. May you continue to lead with love! Congratulations on ﬁve inspiring years building the voice and power of those whose work makes all other work possible! Thank you for leading with love. We are proud to stand with you.The mission of generative somatics is to grow a transformative social and environmental justice movement that integrates personal and social transformation, creates compelling alternatives to the status quo and embodies the creativity, life-affirming actions and rigor we need to accomplish systemic change.
Congratulations to theNational Domestic Workers Alliance and CASA Latina We would like to share our deep gratitude and admiration for your leadership, commitment and solidarity for domestic workers and all of our communities. Looking forward to the next five years— The Washington Care CouncilCASA Latina, Washington Community Action Network, SEIU 775 NW, Puget Sound Advocate for Retirement Action, and 27 member organizations
Congratulationson five incredible yearsto the National DomesticWorkers Alliance from theWorking Families Party.
Uniting Food, Farm, Hotel and Domestic Workers Worldwide In appreciation of the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance 5 years ofdedicated support for the rights of domestic workers Building global solidarityInternational Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations Rampe du Pont-Rouge, 8, CH-1213 Petit-Lancy (Switzerland) Phone: + 41 22 793 22 33 Fax: + 41 22 793 22 38 General Secretary : Ron Oswald President : Hans-Olof Nilsson www.iuf.org
Desde nuestro Principio/From our Beginnings Hacia nuestro Futuro/Into our Future Mujeres Unidas y Activas Está orgullosa de ser lideras de la ANTH! Mujeres Unidas y Activas is proud to be leaders of the NDWA!
Congratulations to NDWA and all the honorees! Keep Leading with Love!WE ARE THE MAKERS OF HISTORYCongratulations & Mabuhay NDWA With love, Filipino Advocates for Justice 310 – 8th St. #306 Oakland, CA 94607 www.filipinos4justice.org
Congratulations NDWA! For five years you have led on the rights of domestic workers and brought people together across all differences with love. Qué viva NDWA! This is really milestone of the growth of the domestic worker’s movement, not only in North America, but worldwide. Elizabeth Tang IDWN CoordinatorOn behalf of Domestic Workers Union (Sri lanka) andRed Flag Women’s Movement I am happy to informyou that your actions helping domestic workers arefelt all over the world. You gave the visibility to theworkers and you proved to the world that domestic ARC Congratulatesworkers are workers. By our heart we congratulateNDWA for the celebration of your 5th anniversary. National Domestic Workers AllianceMenaha Kandasamy, Domestic Workers Union on its 5th Anniversary!(Sri lanka) and Red Flag Women’s Movement
What a great day it is — a victorious day,a day to reﬂect on what you have achieved in5 years. Yes, you keep the ﬂame burning forthe most vulnerable workers. Yes domesticwork is decent work — we are workers also.We in SADSAWU salute you. Solidarity forever.Myrtle WitbooiSouth African Domestic Workers UnionIDEPSCA congratulates the Congratulaciones para la NDWA en suNational Domestic Workers Alliance 5 aniversario y todos las honoradasfor 5 years of advancing Congratulations to NDWA on yourthe fight for the rights of 5th Anniversary and to all the honoreesdomestic workers fromour Women In Action b Unity Housecleaners & The Workplace Projectgroup thank you. Long Island, NY Reciban un fraterno saludo de ATRAHDOM y del Greenpeace congratulates SITRADOMSA (el sindicato de trabajadoras del hogar tonight’s honorees de Guatemala). Para nosotras en Guatemala es muy and supports the important work importante saber que no estamos solas y que hay mas of the NDWA mujeres y organizaciones a fuera luchando igual que nosotras. Las felicitamos, son pioneras en la lucha. Maritza Velásquez Estrada ATRAHDOM y SITRADOMSA, Guatemala
Please receive our fraternal greeting from ATRAHDOM and SITRADOMSA (the domestic workers union in Guatemala). For us in Guatemala it’s so important to know that we are not alone and that there are more women and organizations fighting just like us. We congratulate you, you are pioneers in this fight. Maritza Velásquez Estrada ATRAHDOM and SITRADOMSA, GuatemalaOn behalf of all the domestic workers and other members FNM hails theof the SEWA Union, I acknowledge the great work thatthe National Domestic Workers’ Alliance has done and fantastic work ofthe success achieved. We congratulate the Alliance for NDWA, we’renot only being able to sustain itself but for also drawing looking forward tothe attention of the authorities and the public therebygiving visibility to a sector that is so indispensable and helping it spreadyet not acknowledged. throughout theNalini Nayak, Self Employed Women’s Association—India Sunshine State. We are so proud to be members of NDWA and constantly inspired for the Alliance’s bold visionary leadership! Congratulations Somos muy orgullos@s de ser miembros de la on the important advances you have made Alianza y constantamente inspirad@s por su and the many victories that lie ahead! liderazgo tan fuerte y visionario!
NATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ai-jen Poo Luci Morris NDWA Brazilian Immigrant Center Rose Alovera Linda Oalican DAMAYAN DAMAYAN Gilda Blanco Antonia Peña Casa Latina Casa de Maryland Maria Guadalupe Distancia Alicia Pérez Sánchez Mujeres Unidas y Activas Southwest Workers Union Juana Flores Herminia Servat Mujeres Unidas y Activas Casa de Maryland Araceli Hernandez Alta Starr Casa Latina Tracy Sturdivant Ilyse Hogue State Voices Genaro Lopez-Rendon Natalicia Tracy Southwest Workers Union Brazilian Immigrant Center Idelisse Malavé STAFF Ai-jen Poo Yomara Velez Director State Strategies Organizer Linda Burnham Mariana Viturro National Research Director Deputy Director Tara Shuai Ellison Barbara Young Finance & Operations Director National Organizer Felicia Martinez Atlanta Chapter Staff Assistant to the Director Tamieka Atkins Andrea Cristina Mercado Atlanta Chapter Director National Campaign Director Jerret Johnson Lisa Moore Atlanta Organizer Gender & Immigration Campaign Organizer Leading with Love Staff Yashna Maya Padamsee Sophia Giddens Administrative Coordinator Event Assistant Perla Placencia Cynthia Greenberg Lead Organizer External Relations & Partnerships Maria Reyes Jonathan Kissam National Organizer Communications Jill Shenker Bekah Mandell Field Director Communications
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