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DEDICATED TO BUILDING POWER AT THE INTERSECTION OF RACE AND THE ECONOMY

Community members and workers founded the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) as a workers’ rights and racial justice response to Hurricane Katrina. Against the backdrop of a political economy that pitted communities of color against each other, a group of Black and immigrant workers came together from public housing developments, FEMA trailer parks, day labor corners, and labor camps to build a new freedom movement: one that was multi-racial; committed to racial, gender, and immigrant justice; and dedicated to building power at the intersection of race and the economy. Over a decade later, the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice continues to be a vehicle for Black and immigrant workers to build grassroots campaigns with a local and national impact. Some of our programs and initiatives have included:

 

OUR HISTORY OF POWER-BUILDING

CONGRESS OF DAY LABORERS/CONGRESO DE JORNALEROS.

The Congress of Day Laborers is an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers and families into public life and social movement participation.

STAND WITH DIGNITY.

Stand with Dignity is a grassroots membership organization of Black workers and families dedicated to winning inclusion, opportunity, and racial equity in the New Orleans economy. Stand is leading a comprehensive strategy to win full and fair employment for Black workers locked into structural and long-term employment and low-wage jobs.

SEAFOOD WORKERS’ ALLIANCE/ALIANZA DE TRABAJADORXS DE MARISCO Y PESCADO.

The Seafood Workers Alliance is made up of seafood processing workers organizing to improve conditions in their industry and communities. SWA members are guest-workers, immigrant workers, and local workers uniting in rural areas across the region to address forced labor, community and workplace health and safety issues, wages, and more.

LEGAL AND POLICY ADVOCACY.

The NOWCRJ’s Legal and Policy Department is an impact-strategy department serving the campaigns and initiatives anchored by the Workers’ Center. The legal department’s impact litigation, policy, and advocacy work have undergirded our organizing strategies since the launch of this department in 2008. We focus on cutting-edge legal strategies to advance a civil, labor, and human rights agenda.

Today, we are a multi-racial, membership-based organization dedicated to building the power and participation of Black and immigrant workers  to expand democracy and transform the economy. We organize directly impacted people and couple their courage and knowledge with strategic organizing and communications work to build campaigns that advance racial justice, immigrant rights, and a fair economy. Our work also includes legal and policy advocacy focusing on cutting-edge legal strategies to promote a civil, labor, and human rights agenda, leadership skills training, and workers’ rights education and activism.