In Solidarity w/ Labor and Dreamers

Labor leaders (and several club members) decorated the Cardiff Kook in honor of the American Labor Movement. H/T Carol Kim for the image.

Democrats for Equality,

This Labor Day weekend, many of our local labor leaders (and several club members) decorated the Cardiff Kook to remind passersby about the history and importance of our American Labor movement.

Like so many under assault from the Trump Administration, workers’ rights, labor rights, and wages are under attack. For example, our brothers and sisters in St. Louis recently had their minimum wage cut back from $10 to $7.70 — almost a fourth of their hourly paycheck gone.

Can you imagine losing a fourth of your income?

We have a lot to be thankful for towards our brothers and sisters in the American Labor movement. The way that Veterans Day honors those who have served, Labor Day honors those have worked to build, craft, and shape America. Since the late 1800s, they’ve been fighting for us to provide better working conditions, higher wages, and a seat at the bargaining table.

However, despite all their success, the fight is far from over.

Nationally, labor will be targeting politicians in the Midwest who have continued to vote to rig the rules, and suppress wage increases for working families.

Locally, SEIU Local 221 recently voted to go on strike against the county for unfair labor practices. Unless the county comes back to the bargaining table in good faith, workers will strike on Sept. 12 and 13. San Diego Democrats for Equality will absolutely stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in this fight.

If you’d like to help in this effort, contact our County Board of Supervisors and tell them to get back to the table in good faith. Supervisors’ office numbers below:

  • District 1 – Greg Cox – (619) 531-5511
  • District 2 – Dianne Jacob – (619) 531-5522
  • District 3 – Kristin Gaspar – (619) 531-5533
  • District 4 – Ron Roberts – (619) 531-5544
  • District 5 – Bill Horn – (619) 531-5555

Although they are all Republicans, both Ron Roberts and Bill Horn are FINALLY termed out next year in 2018. Our club recently endorsed Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor in District 4, and will be considering an endorsement in District 5 soon.

Photo credit: NBC News

Speaking of another unfortunately targeted group by the Trump Administration, let’s talk dreamers.

Late last night, we all began hearing reports that Trump is considering ending the DACA program. Local NBC 7 talked to a student studying to become a psychologist who will be impacted by this decision.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has given countless Americans the opportunity to achieve the American dream without fear or retribution from deportation. There are 40,000 families eligible under DACA in San Diego County, according to Alliance San Diego.

In addition to the cruel and inhumane nature of this decision it seems lost on Donald Trump that such a move is also economically damaging to the country. Here is a look state-by-state of the estimated GDP loss from removing DACA workers.

Growing up in both New York and Florida, many of my friends were dreamers. Because of DACA, they’ve been able to earn degrees, start their own business, create jobs, and offer help and assistance to their families. For so many of them, the American dream was a foreign concept.

Yesterday, it was a reality. Today, those dreams were dashed.

We must fight for them.

In Solidarity.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality