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Background

On Friday May 30th, Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project, an immigrant and day labor rights advocacy organization, was urged by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Foundation to drop their affiliation with National Council of La Raza (NCLR) due to their advocacy on Marriage Equality.

Voz, which had submitted a grant for $75,000 were finalists for the grant, however were told that eliminating affiliation with NCLR would be the only way to receive much needed funding. On Friday, June 6th, Voz declined to terminate affiliation with NCLR and stood with NCLR on their values:

“we are a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions. At the root of that mission, is the pursuit of justice and equality for all immigrants and day laborers. We have always found that to do this, we need all allies, day laborers, and immigrants to stand together in unity.

The philosophy of building borders between friends and allies has long been a debilitating instrument to slow the advancement of social justice and equality. Alone we cannot achieve anything.

Martin Luther King Jr., the namesake of our Worker Center once said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

We stand with NCLR. We stand with their values.

In making this decision, Voz will face a budget gap of $75,000 which will have an impact on the organization’s future. “It was a tough decision to make, but it was the right decision to make. We feel like we have kept our soul intact by sticking to our own values of justice and equality for all.” Says Romeo Sosa, Executive Director of Voz.

Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project Mission

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.

We operate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Worker Center, which connects hundreds of workers a month with local employers and jobs.

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