FRIDAY: City of LA Celebrates Inaugural 'Dia del Jornalero' w/Major Event in City Hall
Press Conference will celebrate jornalero achievements and will culminate with City Hall Ceremony and presentation of resolution
WHO: Councilmember Gil Cedillo, IDEPSCA, CARECEN-LA
WHAT: Rally/Press Conference
WHERE: LA City Hall Steps (200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles – across from Grand Park)
WHEN: Friday May 10th at 9:00am
Los Angeles, CA – On April 27th, the City of Los Angeles passed a resolution to officially recognize May 3rd as the ‘Dia del Jornalero’ (Day of the Day Laborer) in an effort to honor the decades of economic contributions as well struggle for worker’s rights, immigrant rights led and informed by day laborers.
“The role of Jornaleros in the shaping of modern civil rights cannot be overstated, “ said Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Their contributions in the form of their struggle, innovation, and commitment to worker’s causes deserves recognition and we are proud to finally honor them and their countless contributions in the City of Los Angeles.”
For decades, Jornaleros/Day Laborers have been mistreated, exploited, criminalized and subject to harsh immigration enforcement. Facing tough working conditions fighting wage theft and also building critical skills necessary to support local industries and trades. Through their toil and labor and after many years have compelled city officials to recognize their humanity, their investment and contributions.
CARECEN-Los Angeles is the largest Central American Immigrant Rights organization in the country and has the CARECEN Day Worker center in Downtown Los Angeles.
Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.
IDEPSCA’s Mission to create a more humane and democratic society by responding to the needs and problems of disenfranchised people through leadership development and educational programs based on Popular Education methodology. Specifically our goal is to organize and educate immigrants concerned with solving problems in their own communities.