Juntos Leaders Speak at Annual AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Labor Rally
On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Youth Leader in Juntos Olivia Vazquez and Executive Director Erika Almiron opened the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations’ (AFL-CIO) annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Rally to honor the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington. Hundreds of community members, workers, parents, young people, and labor leaders filled Independence Mall from numerous unions across the city, including the firefighters union and the teacher’s unions. Juntos was there to speak on the impact school closings in Philadelphia will have on our community. The Philadelphia School District is proposing to close 37 schools by the end of this school year and we demand a moratorium on the closing and a full impact study done.
Juntos stands with workers who fight for our schools, our communities, and who honor Dr. Martin Luther King by demanding we prioritize our families, communites, the education of our youth and workers over builiding more prisons, destroying public education, and deporting more families. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers said, “Have a moratorium on closing schools, let’s fix schools let’s make sure we invest in kids rather than de-invest,” Others who spoke included Pat Eiding, president of the AFL-CIO and Al Sharpton, former civil rights leader. Check out the American Federation of Teachers’ video of the rally.
On Saturday evening our Executive Director Erika Almiron was also a panelist at the Penn Law Latino Law Student Association (LALSA) conference entitled “Y Ahora Que?” Erika spoke on immigration, education, and civic engagement on a panel called “Diversity among Latinos” which focused on the challenges and opportunities created by the diverse nature of the Latino community.
Juntos Open House
On Sunday, January 20th, Juntos had it’s 2nd annual open house to inform approximately 60 community members and allies who attended about the our work in 2012, as well as informing people of our plans for 2013. At the event we showed this video, which highlights our victories in 2012
. Community leaders and Juntos’ staff presented the organization’s plans for 2013, these include: Fighting for national immigration reform that is inclusive of all our community and announcing a rally event on February 13th to kick off the fight, collaborating with other organizations in the city to defend the education of our young people, specifically in the fight to stop the massive school closures in the city, and Fuerza youth leaders’ campaign C.A.F.E (College Access for Everyone), which is focused on demanding a fair and equal process and access to college information at the city level for all youth regardless of immigration status, and asking for in-county/in-city tuition for all Philadelphia residents.
We are asking all community members and allies to come to South Philadelphia High on Tuesday, January 29th at 5pm, to support Juntos and other organizations in demanding a stop to the school closures!
Juntos Youth Organizer Speaks at Rally for Community Love and Power
On Monday, January 21, 2013 One Love Movement
, a community based organization that fights for the rights of the Cambodian Refugee Community in Philadelphia, along with other human and immigrant rights organization in the city, organized a March and Rally for Community Love and Power
in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The day started with information sessions and workshops at FACTS Charter School. Workshops addressed the immigrant experience with a focus on the human rights aspect of the immigrant struggle in the city. Following the workshops, participants rallied and marched to LOVE park in Center City Philadelphia, where representatives from different organizations spoke out in support and urged people to come together for a human rights movement around immigration. Miguel Andrade, Juntos’ Youth Organizer, spoke about the need for our communities to come together and put aside our differences. “Dr.King once said “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools,” these words have never had so much meaning as today…this movement should not be about individual struggles but about the combined struggle of all of us a human beings,” said Miguel Andrade during his speech. We at Juntos believe that the concept of human rights should be at the core of all of our fights, after all immigrant rights are human rights.
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