Santa Monica Truth Commission – “Let us listen with a spirit of reconciliation…that we would be moved to work for justice.”

17 November 2023

     On Thursday, November 16, 2023 faith leaders, community members, and workers packed in to the basement of St. Augustine-By-The-Sea to listen deeply to stories of violence, exploitation, and retaliation at Santa Monica hotels. To bear witness to the impact of actions by hotel employers. And to commit anew to their righteous fight for

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In Solidarity With Hotel and Hospitality Workers

1 November 2023

Los Angeles and Santa Monica CLUE leaders continued to take leadership and show solidarity with hotel and hospitality workers in various inspiring ways! By the end of the month, four hotels, the Westin Bonaventure, Millennium Biltmore, Loews Hollywood, and Laguna Cliffs Marriott, had reached a contract agreement with the union. Still, the fight for transformative

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A Prayer for Justice on the Occasion of another Round of Negotiations- Unify Your Voices and Set Your Minds on Justice

4 October 2023

Opening Prayer | Unite Here Local 11 and Local Hotel Reps | Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels | Rabbi Emeritus, Beth Shir Shalom, Santa Monica Within the All-Embracing, the All-Encompassing, the Grand Connectedness, the Interbreathing-of-Life, we feel ourselves interwoven into the Endless Possibilities and the enduring strength of the Universe. We know that when we unify our

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Boycott Fairmont Miramar, Hotel Maya, and Laguna Cliffs Marriott!

28 July 2023

Hotel workers at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, and Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica officially called for a boycott of the three hotels because of management’s use or condoning of violence during the largest hotel strike in at least 50 years. A boycott signifies a call for the public to join the workers’ fight in a new way:

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Tisha b’Av Contemplation and Action

27 July 2023

CLUE commemorated Tisha b’Av, uniting interfaith and Jewish faith leaders Unite Here Local 11, and community members. It was a powerful experience because it created a space for us to connect the Jewish community’s mourning over tragedies in their history and the world with the struggle for economic justice for hospitality workers. We mourn for the

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Delegation At The Laguna Cliffs Marriott

25 July 2023

On July 25, together with UNITE HERE Local 11 and the workers of Laguna Cliffs Marriott, we are demanding a contract with the FIVE PILLARS – a living wage, pensions, healthcare, fair workloads, and union growth. Despite being owned by the University of California Pension Fund, the workers at the hotel currently do not have

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UPDATE: Call for Hiring Black Workers at Laguna Cliffs Marriott

20 July 2023

July 20, 2023 On Thursday, July 19, 2023, St. Mark UMC Pastor Gary Bernard Williams testified before the University of California Board of Regents, calling for the immediate hiring of Black and African American workers brought in as temporary workers during the strike by Laguna Cliffs Marriott workers. “A fair living wage, adequate pension, healthcare,

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