VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project (“VOZ”) is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education.
- After a challenging 8-year campaign, VOZ saw its long-time vision of the MLK Workers’ Center†come to fruition. VOZ was awarded a grant by the City of Portland and opened the doors of the Workers’ Center on June 16, 2008. Each month 200-520 jobs (defined as one day of work) are found through the Hire Site.
- Mobilizing day laborers when employers refuse to pay wages. To date, we have successfully collected over $300,000 of unpaid wages.
- As a key member of the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition, VOZ mobilized over 10,000 people for the May 1st International Workers Day march in 2008.
- Using popular education principles, VOZ has conducted leadership workshops for over 100 day laborers in the last year. The curriculum we use is shared throughout the entire National Day Labor Organizing Network. VOZ has created worskhop curriculum such as “What to do Prior, During, and After a Raid,”† “Know your Rights,” and “What to do if the Minutemen arrive at the Corner.”
- Providing weekly English, Music, and Art classes for day laborers using Popular Education as the main methodology to encourage skill-building alongside community participation. These classes are all taught by trained volunteers. †Voz also provides access to a computer lab for the day laborers.