At this year’s conference, there will be several caucuses for attendees to explore in addition to the JWJ conference programming. Check them out below!

Friday, February 12

 

Building a Pipeline for Leadership: Working for the Labor Movement Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Bryce
For over a decade, the Student Labor Action Project has built a pipeline from student activism to union organizing. Learn how to get your first internship or job in the labor movement and meet professional organizers who made the leap from the student movement to union organizing after graduation.

 

Black Love Caucus: Part 1 Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Yosemite
We are building a space for self-identified Black organizers to talk about building power in, with and throughout the JWJ network. Join us for a two-part series where we’ll do a meet and greet, learn more about one another and share our experiences and brainstorm ways that we can further our goals through the National and Local JWJ network. Note: This is a space only for folks who identify as Black. All Black gender and political identities are welcome.

 

Discussion of 2016 Statewide Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Olympic
This caucus will focus on the upcoming November 2016 statewide minimum wage ballot initiative campaigns in Oregon and California. The discussion will address messaging and arguments of opponents, engagement of low- wage workers, coalition building at the local and state levels, and linking local living wage/ citywide minimum wage campaigns to the state campaign.

 


 

Saturday, February 13

 

Immigrant Rights Caucus: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Yosemite 
The fight for immigrant rights is crucial now more than ever. The Department of Homeland Security has announced an intentional raid on Central American immigrants, resulting in workers, families and community members who are at risk for targeting and racial profiling. At the same time, there is news that the Supreme Court may hear cases on DAPA and Extended DACA this year. Join us for a discussion where we will share our strategies, successes and challenges in the fight for immigrant rights.

 

Surviving and Thriving in Movement Work: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Lexington
This is a networking session for organizers to connect and reset. As an organizer in your workplace, a union or other organization, you know the work of organizing attracts people with incredible grit, passion and resourcefulness. Hear survey results from 540 labor and community organizers, add your voice, and join us in discussing how we support the growth and development of talented organizers for the long haul. Sponsored by the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and the Rutgers Center for Innovation in Workers Organization.

 

SLAP Student and Alumni Caucus 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Columbia A
Join us to share stories of organizing with the Student Labor Action Project. SLAP was founded in 1999 with the understanding that students of color could only achieve racial justice if workers of color also had dignity on campus. We will be showing the film At the River I Stand, which focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. We will honor the powerful legacy of Treston Davis- Faulkner, the first national SLAP coordinator.

 

Black Love Caucus: Part 2: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Capitol A
We are building a space for self-identified Black organizers to talk about building power in, with and throughout the JWJ network. Join us for a two-part series where we’ll do a meet and greet, learn more about one another and share our experiences and brainstorm ways that we can further our goals through the National and Local JWJ network. Note: This is a space only for folks who identify as Black. All Black gender and political identities are welcome.

 

Sharing Lessons From Local Minimum Wage Fights: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Bryce
South Sound Jobs With Justice and 15 Now Tacoma will share the story behind their partial victory to raise wages for Tacoma’s lowest paid workers. Join us for a discussion on lessons from other minimum wage fights and what’s next for the movement for $15.

 

The Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Everglades
This is an opportunity for postal workers, community allies and all who value our public postal service to learn more about the Grand Alliance to Save our Public Postal Service and the Campaign for Postal Banking.