Marching and Music: Where to Celebrate Workers this Labor Day

by Crystal Shaw on August 31, 2016

At Liberty Hill, Labor Day isn’t only about beaches and BBQs.  We see it as a chance to honor workers everywhere and reflect on our longstanding commitment to economic justice.  In our 40th anniversary year, we are taking time to remember how Liberty Hill’s organizing partners have pushed for worker rights through the decades. 

Have you heard about White Lung Association, formed by shipyard workers fighting against asbestos exposure at work, or the L.A. Coalition Against Plant Shutdowns, which won improved severance packages for laid-off GM employees? (Read more about Liberty Hill’s first decade)  How about the worker-owned collectives of Pueblo Nuevo Enterprises or the groundbreaking Community Benefits Agreement that SCOPE and SAJE helped negotiate for neighbors of the Staples Center? (Read more about Liberty Hill’s third decade)  By supporting grassroots groups like these, Liberty Hill has remained dedicated to making L.A. a better place to live and work.

Today Liberty Hill supports several cutting-edge worker centers on the frontlines of the labor movement.  Organizations like CLEAN Carwash Campaign, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, the Garment Worker Center and Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC-LA) bring together people from diverse communities, lift up the most marginalized workers and operate in industries where organizing was once thought impossible.

So where can you show your solidarity this Monday?

Head to Wilmington for the 37th Annual Labor Solidarity Parade for a march and a rally, plus speakers, music and food.   More info here.

Or if an outdoor concert is more your style, celebrate at the 2016 Labor Day Music Festival with Snoop Dogg and a lineup of artists including Los Lonely Boys, Poncho Sanchez, New Orleans All Star Band, Dr. John, the Dennis Jones Band, and Victor Orlando and Fun-Ja-La Cuban Funk.  Hosted by Working Californians and held at Exposition Park, proceeds from this event benefit Southern California’s workers. Buy tickets here.

 

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