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The Fight for One Day Laborer Center

On April 1st, 2014, the Downtown Community Job Center, as well as the rest of the IDEPSCA and CARECEN Worker Centers, began operating without the federal economic support that hadsustained it for years. As a result, the Downtown day laborers had to move out of the locale theyhad used until that day to wait for employment opportunities and complete educational andorganizational activities.

The Fight for One Day Laborer Center
31 Dec 2014 - 7:12pm

On April 1st, 2014, the Downtown Community Job Center, as well as the rest of the IDEPSCA and CARECEN Worker Centers, began operating without the federal economic support that hadsustained it for years. As a result, the Downtown day laborers had to move out of the locale theyhad used until that day to wait for employment opportunities and complete educational andorganizational activities.In Downtown, the day laborers did not give up despite no longer having a safe space tocongregate. They decided to look for a new space to wait for work all the while lacking thesupport of the District 14 Councilmember, Jose Huizar, and the rest of the City Council. Throughample participation in City Councilmember visits, marches, and other actions alongside otherday laborers, allies and organizers, they were finally able to persuade the City to secure localfunds for the operation of the Worker Centers including Downtown, which was able to rent anew locale.Still, the budget was approved with cuts and this lowers the hopes for the continued existence ofthe Worker Centers in the future. Heriberto, a day laborer from Downtown said the centers "...are an opportunity for every immigrant worker to whom the government does not grant the same opportunities as its citizens."In the fight for the Centers, the strength is in the day laborers that never tire of demanding equal rights. The Centers will remain open as long as these workers have that spirit to demand justice for themselves as workers and members of the communities they contribute to daily.If you, reader, have ever been a day laborer or have a family member that has been a day laborer,you may already know about the infinite abuses they suffer. If, however, you are not acquaintedwith the stories of these workers, I invite you to join their fight. They need the involvement ofallies and of the rest of the community so that together they can demand the support they needfrom the City. Join the fight and you will see that the words in this article are not enough tocover the vast realities of day laborers.

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