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Media Advisory: Rally to Call on Gov. Brown to Sign Landmark Domestic Workers' Rights Bills (Sept. 29th @ 1 PM)

Posted: Sep 26, 2012

NAM Media Advisory

NAM Media advisory

 

ADVISORY FOR:
September 29, 2012

CONTACT:
B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668
CJ Frogozo, 310.570.2622

We are all at Home in the Golden State

Major Rally to Call on Gov. Brown to Protect Civil Rights of Californians and Expand Protections for Long-Excluded Workers

Domestic Workers, Day Laborers, and Supporters Urge Gov. Brown to Lead Where Others Have Not, Sign Two Landmark Bills into Law

Los Angeles – Californians from throughout the state will hold a major rally in Los Angeles September 29, 2012, urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign two measures that would expand basic protections to long-struggling workers and protect Californians from family-shattering deportations. Each proposal would create a national model for powerful, progressive policy.

It is a matter of leadership, vision, and state pride, say supporters of the two bills. The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 889 - Ammiano) would end the outdated exclusion of domestic workers from basic labor protections by extending rights such as overtime pay and meal and rest breaks to the caregivers, childcare providers, and housecleaners caring for California’s families and homes. The TRUST Act (AB 1081 - Ammiano) would bring relief to families who fear deportation as a result of the most trivial of arrests, and rebuild confidence in law enforcement. The bill prevents the costly detention of aspiring citizens in local jails for deportation purposes, only allowing immigration “holds” for those charged or convicted of a serious or violent felony.

Governor Brown has until Sunday night to set a national tone of fairness, compassion, and inclusion by signing these measures, which directly impact millions of Californians, especially immigrant communities and Latinos.

WHAT: Major rally in support of legislative measures that support and encourage diversity and fair working conditions in California.
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 1:00pm
WHERE: MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, on Wilshire Blvd. and South Parkview Street
WHO: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano; California Domestic Workers Coalition; National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Bend the Arc; labor, immigrant and civil rights organizations from across the state; individuals impacted by the legislation awaiting Governor’s signature; and musical groups: Los Jornaleros del Norte, Cuauhtemoc, El Son del Centro, La Chamba, Olmeca, and the legendary Los Cadetes de Linares
VISUALS: Big vibrant banners, the AltoArizona and No Papers No Fear Art Exhibit, domestic worker flash mob dance with brooms, cooking utensils and strollers, the Undocubus painted with butterflies and “No Papers No Fear”

Available for Interview:

Jose Ucelo Gonzalez is an Orange County day laborer who’s unscrupulous employer falsely reported him to the police instead of paying him for his day’s work. All charges against Jose were dropped but Jose had already been issued an immigration detainer and is now facing the possibility of deportation and separation from his 10-month-old son.

Patricia Lopez worked for many years caring for children and an elderly person in her employer’s home. In January, the child she cared for pushed her down the stairs and she became unconscious. The employer waited 20 minutes before calling the ambulance. To this day, Patricia suffers from severe back pain. Unable to work, Patricia was fired by her employer and is about to lose her home.

Andrea worked as a San Fernando Valley domestic worker for over 8 years. She worked 18 hour days caring for her employer’s 3 children and cleaning their home but was only paid for 8 hours each day. She also suffered sexual harassment from her employer at a previous job. A single mother, Andrea continues to work as a domestic worker in order to support her family.

Additional profiles available upon request.

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