On Wednesday, May 6 the Employee Rights Center held its annual May Day Celebration of the “Labor and Human Rights Connection” at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. There were lots of familiar faces and some new faces, too as the pictures below show us all.
Our featured guest was Julie Su, California’s Labor Commissioner, who is leading the statewide campaign against “WAGE THEFT”. As our Labor Commissioner, Julie Su is making her statewide offices more effective in workers’ attempts to recover lost wages. She praised the work of the Employee Rights Center here in San Diego for being part of that work. Julie Su has many years of experience with wage theft against immigrant workers and made history as a young attorney for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who attended this celebration and we thank her for being there with her message.
Mr. Alor Calderon, the Center’s Director, explained how this year’s financial support to the Center will help grow our “ERC 25” project – with its focus on legalizing our immigrant residents who are currently eligible for U.S. naturalization and for “DACA” status or who will become eligible for the more inclusive “DACA” and new “DAPA” status that will come from President Obama’s latest changes to immigration regulations (which are still being challenged in court).
Labor’s Alliance, the Center’s parent 501c3 organization, has pledged $25,000 towards prepayment of the current $680 application fee for U.S. Citizenship to those eligible applicants from our partner organizations, like the San Diego Organizing Project or our local unions. How can we justify someone failing to file for citizenship for the mere lack of $680 at the right time?
So we thank all our Sponsors listed on our 2015 Sponsorship poster (see below) and invite others to join our effort with your own sponsorship now before the end of our fiscal year on June 30. For more sponsorship information please contact Lisa Percival, ERC at firstname.lastname@example.org.