by Brendan Walsh, CASE Executive Director
This month, CASE is kicking off Phoenix Rising 2011, a campaign to change the political culture of the nation's 6th largest city by increasing the participation of working families--particularly Latino families--in this year's municipal elections and by fighting for a more just and sustainable jobs policy in the city of Phoenix. We believe these victories are necessary steps to raising living standards for working people throughout our state and to fighting back the attack on working families nation wide. The campaign launch includes:
ORGANIZING ACROSS BORDERS
On May 13, 20 college students from ASU, Phoenix College, and Gateway Community College participated in a leadership training in the hopes of becoming Phoenix Rising summer interns. In all 8 students were chosen for the program, which is being supported by UNITE HERE! as part of their effort to immerse 150 college students in over 20 cities across the nation in fights for workers' rights and economic justice beyond their campus walls. In Phoenix, Organizing Across Borders Interns will be engaged in recruiting and mobilizing as many as 200 volunteer leaders in our civic participation and jobs advocacy campaigns.
STANDING UP for QUALITY JOBS and ORGANIZING RIGHTS for SKY HARBOR AIRPORT WORKERS
On Friday, May 27, CASE leaders joined other community members and UFCW Local 99 organizers to support the efforts of Sky Harbor custodial workers to win such basic workplace rights as workmen's compensation for workplace injuries, paid sick and vacation days, decent wages, and the right to organize collectively without fear of reprisals from their employer. The community delegation to GCA, the contractor who holds the City of Phoenix contract to clean the airport terminals, was the first of many planned actions dedicated to ensuring that the City of Phoenix contract only with businesses dedicated to provfiding quality jobs with decent wages and benefits to the hard-working women and men who work to make Phoenix one of the very best places in the US to visit and in which to live.
MOVEMENT BUILDING LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR PHOENIX RISING 2011
Spots are still open in CASE's all-day movement building leadership training for Phoenix Rising 2011 volunteers. So far, 100 students, union members, and other community leaders have signed up for leadership roles in the summer's voter engagement and jobs advocacy campaigns. If you are interested in joining our team for the day-long training, please email CASE's executive director, Brendan Walsh, or sign up on CASE's Facebook page.