Help Students Stand for Workers’ Dignity
Written by Natalie Davis on April 5, 2016
How cool is this?
Nashville’s Workers’ Dignity/Dignidad Obrera is approaching its sixth anniversary. The group will mark the occasion with an annual celebration on May 1. Naturally, fundraising is part of the effort, and the group’s anniversary committee of workers and allies have set a goal of $10,000. And taking on a major role in achieving that goal — along with promoting the group’s mission of helping the area’s low-wage workers — are students.
The organization says college students and youth have played a critical role in supporting the worker-led movement in Nashville. Students at American Baptist College built a strong relationship with Workers’ Dignity, holding joint demonstrations, educational sessions, and interning. Students from Trevecca Nazrene University have long supported translation at Workers’ Dignity month after month. And this week, Vanderbilt University launched a fundraiser in which they intend to raise $1500 to support the anniversary celebration and fundraiser.
In the students’ own words:
Every Thursday at 6 pm, a group of Vandy students leave the Vanderbilt bubble and head to the Nolensville area of Nashville, where we have the opportunity to work with the truly incredible people at Workers’ Dignity.
We believe in dignity for all, and we are putting that belief into action by supporting Worker’s Dignity, a nonprofit organization that empowers low-wage workers to recover stolen wages and achieve economic justice.
We know that the problems faced by low-wage workers, such as wage theft and unsafe working conditions, are systemic in nature and need systemic solutions: that’s why we support Workers’ Dignity.
Worker’s Dignity promotes leadership in its members, those affected by injustice in the workplace. They lead this organization: we as allies are just here to support and promote their work.
So far, Vandy students have raised more than $450, so they need your help to hit the goal: Please back them and support Workers’ Dignity by donating! And be sure to attend the group’s May 1 anniversary celebration.