A conversation with Marvin Peña Grassroots Engagement Coordinator at VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project. #7
In this first episode of Season Two of You Talk It. We Live It, host Emily Metcalfe is joined by Marvin Peña, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator at VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project to talk about Voz's work to empower, engage and promote grassroots organizing amongst day laborers and immigrants in Oregon.
Here are some interesting facts about Voz:
Voz is a worker-led organization that offers leadership development workshops and support to day laborer leaders in getting engaged in their community.
Voz is led by a joint Board of community members and Day Laborers. The Day Laborer Committee makes up half of the Board of Directors, and is elected from active Voz members every year.
Day laborers bring a wealth of skills, knowledge, and life experiences to Voz and their leadership.
Some of Voz's Recent Day Laborer Committee victories include:
- Raising the minimum wage to $17
- Making Workforce Development the top organizational strategic priority
- Building a more secure fence to increase safety at the Worker Center
- Updating the Code of Conduct at the Worker Center to prioritize inclusivity and accountability to ensure that the Worker Center is a safe space for all.
-sourced from Voz.
Find more information about Voz here: https://portlandvoz.org
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