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Labor Day 2014: What Work in America Means

Labor Day 2014: What Work in America Means

For Labor Day 2014, Equal Voice News is putting the focus back on workers – and what people do to support their families, neighborhoods and the economy. Read 14 first-person stories from people across the country, as they discuss their jobs and how they want safety, good health and happiness for their families.
This video was produced by Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth, which is based in San Francisco.
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Lily Wong – Advocating for Communities of Color to ThriveName: Lily Wong Home city: San Francisco Organization affiliation: Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth What kind of work do you do? “My rewarding work with Coleman Advocates allows me the opportunity to advocate for job policies that help working class families that are struggling to survive in San Francisco. San Francisco is an increasingly wealthy [...]
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Gina Womack – ‘Humanity is Essential in the Workplace’Name: Gina Womack Home city: New Orleans Organization affiliation: Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children What kind of work do you do? “I am the executive director for a statewide membership-based organization that works with disenfranchised families whose children are being push out of school and into the prison system.” What was your favorite job [...]
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Silvia Velazquez – Loving Her Kids is Best ‘Job’Name: Silvia Velazquez Home city: San Francisco Organization affiliation: Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth What kind of work do you do? “I am (was) the floor manager of a gastropub in San Francisco. Being a floor manager often means 11- or 12-hour days. In addition to this, I am a mom. I cook, clean, take [...]
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Alfredo Vidal – A Day Laborer who Loves Building ThingsName: Alfredo Vidal Home city: Los Angeles Organization affiliation: Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) What kind of work do you do? “I was most recently a print shop operator. I am now a day laborer.” What was your favorite job and why? “I like doing framing, drywall and taping. It’s beautiful to build things and be able [...]
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Alfonso Vargas – A Chef who Never Stops LearningName: Alfonso Vargas Home city: Birmingham, Alabama Organization affiliation: Immigrant Alabama Movement (IAM Birmingham) What kind of work do you do? “I’m currently working as a chef at a local restaurant in Birmingham and I just recently started my own catering business.” What was your favorite job and why? “My favorite type of job has been working [...]
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Andrea Paz – Does Work Making ‘Everything Else Possible’Name: Andrea Paz Home city: San Francisco Organization affiliation: Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth What kind of work do you do? “I do the work that makes everything else possible. I am a mom. At home I cook, clean, do laundry, look after the kids, help them with homework and fill out all their school and [...]
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Lillian Tillman – Wants to Reform Juvenile Justice in La.Name: Lillian Tillman Home city: New Orleans Organization affiliation: Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) What kind of work do you do? “I advocate for juvenile justice reform.” What was your favorite job and why? “I’ve enjoyed working with the elderly.” What lessons have you learned from your jobs? “I’ve learned to serve those in [...]
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Jose Cruz Martinez – Passion Can Inspire WorkersName: Jose Cruz Martinez Home city: Los Angeles Organization affiliation: Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) What kind of work do you do? “I am a security guard.” What was your favorite job and why? “In Pasadena, because I was able to secure quality eyewear and be respected by the customers.” What lessons have you learned from your jobs? [...]
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