Celebrating 10 Years of Commitment and Struggle
By Rafael Soto
On June 18th, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the organization with more than 160 community members and day laborers.
We celebrated 10 years of success in fighting for immigrants and day laborers. We had a dinner, live music, and an auction.
During the program, members of the committee of day laborers, along with some volunteers, put on a play for the community, detailing the cause that motivated the creation of VOZ. I wrote the six scenes describing the history of VOZ, beginning in 1996, when a raid took place on the corner of SE Sixth and Ankeny. This was the driving force that caused us to organize on street corners.
VOZ continues to fight similar injustices. From this moment forward, day laborers began to look for a more secure place to find work.This effort took two years filled with hopeful struggle.Day laborers and volunteers demonstrated in marches, fought for the center, and undertook organizing work, nourishing the organization and the community. The scenes ended with the current situation in Arizona and the surrounding area. The event was a great success and we took in more than twice what we did last year!
Thanks to all of our supporters and to the day laborers for your solidarity and for your commitment!