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Hallelujah! A Union Victory for Two Carwashes in South LA!

    The Vermont carwash and Navas Carwash officially signed and announced their union contracts today, answering the prayers of the 27 of carwash workers and their families. The contracts bring hope to many carwasheros (aka carwash-heroes) nationwide who experience intimidation, wage fraud and exposure to dangerous toxic chemicals. These problems have caused great suffering

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Pomona College Fires 16 Workers During Holiday Season

Pomona College administrators performed an internal audit to confirm the immigration status of all immigrant workers, many of whom had worked at the college for over a decade. The worker struggle for rights reached a peak last Friday: Pomona College fired 16 workers, who refused to re-verify their immigration status. As a faith community that recognizes prophets over profits (though there is plenty of profit to go around), we are deeply concerned to know that the administration’s actions have occurred in the context of workers seeking better conditions and unionization.

 
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A Touch of Justice: 10 out of 26 Unfairly Fired Port Truck Drivers Rehired at Toll Trucking

Truck drivers working for Toll Trucking, a $8.6 million Australian goods-movement company, are denied basic rights, including access to bathrooms and breaks. Though Toll workers in Australia are unionized and treated justly, American workers from the same company are treated with completely different standards. After many efforts to improve working conditions, 26 truck drivers were

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Building a Just Sukkah at Occupy-LA

Jewish activism emphasizes a tradition of creating a “community of obligation”. An important part of city living is providing hospitality and care, but not merely through charity. We strive to meet everyone’s basic needs with dignity. Rabbi Jonathan Klein of CLUE-LA organized several Jewish leaders to build a Sukkah and thereby ensure that the Jewish

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Supporting Tomato Farmworkers

Last Friday, CLUE-LA participated in the March to Trader Joe’s headquarters in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, tomato pickers in Florida.  We marched alongside clergy, students, workers, and a diverse group of community organizations to show the contradictory actions of Trader Joe’s. TJ has a great history of supporting sustainable and just business practices,

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CLUE-LA honors Carwasheros at Day of the Dead

CLUE-LA and CLEAN Carwash Campaign commemorated the Day of the Dead/ El Dia de los Muertos with a spiritual representation of the struggle of Carwash Workers everywhere. This altar was set up at the Autry Museum on the weekend of Oct. 29th. The yellow poster board tells 3 accounts of the specific sufferings that are

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VICTORY for Carwasheros!

After a long and hard battle to seek respect and justice for the 7-10,000 workers of car washes across Los Angeles, the industry has finally listened and agreed to changes. For over three years we have organized alongside the Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Carwash Campaign activists to unite community members, religious and labor

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The Hon. Jackie Goldberg: Giant of Justice

CLUE-LA is proud to honor Assemblymember Emiritus Jackie Goldberg as one of our 2011 Giants of Justice. Assemblymember Emeritus Jackie Goldberg has a long and distinguished career as a public advocate. She began her professional life as a classroom teacher at Centennial and then Dominguez High School in Compton, and worked as a teacher, specializing

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On March 26, we prayed with our feet

On March 26, clergy and lay leaders walked with thousands of workers, union members, and community leaders in a massive march through downtown Los Angeles. We marched together to defend our shared dreams of justice, and to protect the future of middle-class America. More, and a photo slideshow, in the full article.

 
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Calling all Retired Laity and Clergy

We want YOU to take a more active role in the life of CLUE. As seasoned, knowledgeable leaders of our community, CLUE would like to explore with you new ways to involve older Angelenos in the struggle for Economic Justice in our city. Retirees have two things that others frequently lack: Time on their hands and added moral authority. We would like to think strategically about ways we can integrate your unique talents and skills into the work of CLUE. Please email our Executive Director, Rabbi Jonathan Klein (jklein@cluela.org) if you would like to help us think creatively about how we can better capitalize on your gifts.

 
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