Enlace is a strategic alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions, and community organizations in Mexico and in the U.S. We partner with our member organizations in international campaigns to motivate abusive multi-sector transnational corporations to treat workers and communities with dignity and respect.
Enlace uses an integrated approach to organizing, creating unique campaign strategies while developing systems strengthening organizations internally. Our strategies often cross industrial and sector lines for reasons relating to both workforce development and campaign strategy.
In addition, the Enlace Institute presents trainings in strategic organization development that were developed over the many years of learning through our campaigns. Our collaborative brainstorming processes are useful for virtually all work groups in base-building organizations.
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Interview about the prison situation in Colombia
The Horrors of Colombia’s Valledupar Prison
By Matt Byrne, Peace Brigades International - Colombia
As I write this, on the 14th of November, 2011, yet another prisoner hung himself in his cell at the Maximum Security prison in Valledupar, Colombia. The article I’m reading concludes with the fact that the prisoners’ protests have centered around constant pleas for transfers to penitentiaries closer to loved ones. How have they protested? The majority have swallowed razor blades.
My first accompaniment as a Peace Brigades International volunteer, with the Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos (Foundation Committee in Solidarity with Political Prisoners – the Comité) in February of this year to La Tramacua prison in Valledupar, remains the most shocking and powerful experience I’ve had in Colombia.
Project Censored Top Stories of 2012- Enlace’s Story on Private Prisons
Private Prison Companies Fund Anti–Immigrant Legislation
Wall Street & Our Campaign to Decriminalize Immigrants, Peter Cervantes-Gautschi
Over the past four years roughly a million immigrants have been incarcerated in dangerous detention facilities in our taxpayer-financed private prison system. Children were abused, women were raped, and men died from lack of basic medical attention. Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer received substantial campaign financing from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group which are the nation’s two largest companies that design, build, finance and operate prisons. CCA based in Nashville, Tennessee, and Geo Group, a global corporation based in Boca Raton, Florida, are the principal moving forces in the behind-the-scenes organization of the current wave of anti-immigrant legislative efforts.
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Young Workers United and PWA Victory!
The Progressive Workers Alliance claims victory! This past Tuesday August 2, 2011 over 200 members of the Progressive Workers Alliance and community friends held a press conference and rally at City Hall to demand justice for all workers and urged the Supervisors to support the Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance. It was a success when the Board of Supervisors voted yes, 11-0. It was a truly historic moment.
Thank you so much to all of the workers who took the courage to speak up and share their stories about their experiences with wage theft and who also took leadership and organized to fight back! You are truly an inspiration and remind us of the power we hold when united. And thank you to all the workers who continue to speak out and organize to demand just and equal treatment.
Sara Lee Fight- Webinar
When we reflect on nonviolent struggles we usually think of nationwide movements fighting against a non-democratic regime. This perspective obscures other rights-based struggles that have become common in recent years - those of a relatively small group of protesters and organizers that have to confront non-state actors such as large multinational corporations, many of which are even more powerful and wealthy than some governments.
Idepsca Spring Jornada XXII
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US LABOR TOUR 2011
Workers Struggle Beyond Borders: Uniting the Peoples of Nuestra America
With a growing economic crisis, the U.S. empire is waging an even larger scale offensive on the world’s working poor to keep capitalism afloat, while eliminating many essential services making it more expensive and practically unaffordable to obtain healthcare, increasing cuts to education, and foreclosing on homes at an unprecedented rate. This offensive has even made it a crime to work in the U.S. if you’re an “undocumented” workers; while state legislatures, such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, are currently seeking to eliminate or weaken collective bargaining rights.
Locals 1877, 24/7, and SOULA 2006 United as New Local: SEIU United Service Workers West
On Thursday, October 7, 2010 Members of Locals 1877, 24/7, and SOULA 2006 Voted Overwhelmingly to Unite as New Local: SEIU United Service Workers West.
Board members of SEIU Locals 1877, 24/7, and SOULA 2006 announced that the statewide membership of their locals had voted overwhelmingly (a 92% Yes vote) to unite as one local: SEIU United Service Workers West (USWW). The new SEIU local will include over 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers, racetrack, allied and entertainment, residential workers, and university workers, and other service workers.
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