Residents in El Paso, Texas marked International Women’s Day earlier this month with a panel discussion calling attention to social justice issues, including wage theft, immigration reform and civil rights.
The March 8 event included representatives from various community organizations, including Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, La Mujer Obrera, Border Network for Human Right, Civil Rights Project (Comite de Justicia Laboral) and Adults and Youth United Development Association (AYUDA).
The event came on the same day as the El Paso City Council strengthened an ordinance to fight wage theft, grassroots advocates said. The approved ordinance would deny city permits to business owners who have been found guilty of wage theft in El Paso.
“We need to work toward creating a more sustainable living condition,” Cemelli de Aztlan, a grassroots advocate who works with the El Paso Equal Voice Network and community organizations in the area, said in a video from the weekly publication “What’s Up.”