Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor Kalmanovitz draws on Georgetown’s commitment to social justice to help develop creative strategies and innovative public policy to improve workers’ lives.
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🚨 #BREAKING: After backlash, DHS has RESCINDED its rule banning international students from being in the US during virtu...
07/14/2020
Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

🚨 #BREAKING: After backlash, DHS has RESCINDED its rule banning international students from being in the US during virtual classes.

BOSTON (AP) — The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online...

Cherie Rankin helps celebrate the winners of the annual Working Class Studies Association awards by writing about books,...
07/13/2020
WCP: Essential Work: The 2020 WCSA Awards

Cherie Rankin helps celebrate the winners of the annual Working Class Studies Association awards by writing about books, articles, and a dissertation that are essential works in this interdisciplinary field. #WorkingClassPerspectives

July 13, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment WCP: Essential Work: The 2020 WCSA Awards As they do every year, Working-Class Perspectives helps celebrate the winners of the annual Working-Class Studies Association awards. As Cherie Rankin, past-president of the WCSA writes this week, these...

"Union members can learn when their fellow workers’ contracts are set to expire to help organize industry and employer-w...
07/10/2020
This Interactive Mapping Tool Can Help Workers Plan Mass Strikes

"Union members can learn when their fellow workers’ contracts are set to expire to help organize industry and employer-wide strikes." #MapTheCommonGood 🗺️ 🔥 🥁

Union members can learn when their fellow workers’ contracts are set to expire to help organize industry and employer-wide strikes.

😷🏥👨‍⚕️ #FauciAtGU 👨‍⚕️🏥😷On Tuesday at 4pm EDT we are excited to co-host an important conversation with #JesuitEducated d...
07/10/2020

😷🏥👨‍⚕️ #FauciAtGU 👨‍⚕️🏥😷

On Tuesday at 4pm EDT we are excited to co-host an important conversation with #JesuitEducated director Dr. Anthony Fauci on the COVID public health crisis.

Watch live on the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service page:
https://www.facebook.com/gupolitics/videos

🗺️🔥🥁 NEW from Bargaining for the Common Good: An Interactive Tool to #MapTheCommonGood!We gathered thousands of union co...
07/07/2020

🗺️🔥🥁 NEW from Bargaining for the Common Good: An Interactive Tool to #MapTheCommonGood!

We gathered thousands of union contracts across the US and mapped their location, sector, and expiration year. Local and national movements can use this tool to build labor-community campaigns that advance racial justice, affordable housing, immigrant rights, climate and environmental sustainability, and more.

Access the public version of the map here:
http://www.bargainingforthecommongood.org/mapping-landing/

07/07/2020
Toward a Progressive 2020s--A German-American Dialogue on Worker Rights and Welfare

A conversation on the future of worker rights and welfare policies with Jens Zimmermann, Bundestag delegate from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Hesse. Topics of discussion will include universal job security and unemployment rights, police violence, regulating the digital economy, immigration and citizenship access, racial and gender justice in public institutions, and planning for climate and public health emergencies.

🚨 Chairman Phil Mendelson announces that DC Council will fund an additional $5 million for DC undocumented immigrants, c...
07/06/2020

🚨 Chairman Phil Mendelson announces that DC Council will fund an additional $5 million for DC undocumented immigrants, cash economy workers, and returning citizens.

This is a positive step that our communities fought for BUT IT IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH. It leaves 20,000 excluded workers behind with no aid.

#DontExcludeMe #NoMeExcluyas

Join us *tomorrow* for an important German-American dialogue on worker rights and welfare policies with Bundestag SDP de...
07/06/2020
Toward a Progressive 2020s—A German-American Dialogue on Worker Rights

Join us *tomorrow* for an important German-American dialogue on worker rights and welfare policies with Bundestag SDP delegate Jens Zimmermann and other distinguished panelists. Be sure to RSVP!

Please join us for a conversation on the future of worker rights and welfare policies with Bundestag delegate Jens Zimmermann, SPD.

Please join KI and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung United States | Canada on Tuesday, July 7 for a German-American dialogue...
07/02/2020
Toward a Progressive 2020s—A German-American Dialogue on Worker Rights

Please join KI and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung United States | Canada on Tuesday, July 7 for a German-American dialogue on worker rights and welfare policies with Bundestag SDP delegate Jens Zimmermann.

KI Associate Director Lane Windham will moderate a brilliant panel with Sharon Block from Harvard's Labor and Worklife Program, Thea Lee from the Economic Policy Institute, and William Spriggs of the AFL-CIO.

Please RSVP below to join us!

Please join us for a conversation on the future of worker rights and welfare policies with Bundestag delegate Jens Zimmermann, SPD.

If you work in DC and noticed a spring in your step this morning, it's probably because DC's minimum wage just went up t...
07/01/2020

If you work in DC and noticed a spring in your step this morning, it's probably because DC's minimum wage just went up to $15 an hour and you now have paid family leave! That's 8 weeks for a new child, 6 weeks to care for a sick family member, and 2 weeks for personal illness!

Please share to spread awareness!
#PaidLeave4DC #FightFor15

In the US, the expectation of upward mobility has begun to seem like magical thinking. Few Americans move up the social ...
06/30/2020
WCP: The Downwardly Mobile: How Some People Lose Class Privilege

In the US, the expectation of upward mobility has begun to seem like magical thinking. Few Americans move up the social class ladder, and quite a few fall a few rungs down from the status their parents achieved. Jessi Streib looks at some of the factors that contribute to downward mobility. #WorkingClassPerspectives

June 30, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment WCP: The Downwardly Mobile: How Some People Lose Class Privilege In the U.S., the expectation of upward mobility has begun to seem like magical thinking. Few Americans move up the social class ladder, and quite a few fall a few rungs down from....

"The situation for excluded workers is really dire. Families that were already living paycheck-to-paycheck have now been...
06/30/2020
Protesters Demand Relief For D.C. Workers Excluded From Coronavirus Assistance | WAMU

"The situation for excluded workers is really dire. Families that were already living paycheck-to-paycheck have now been without income or aid for months. DC communities will experience a humanitarian crisis with homelessness, hunger, and despair if we continue to leave these workers behind." #DontExcludeMe #NoMeExcluyas

Local social justice organizations are calling for $30 million for D.C. workers who are left out of key cash assistance programs.

KI stands with hundreds of community members demanding relief for excluded workers who are locked out of unemployment be...
06/29/2020

KI stands with hundreds of community members demanding relief for excluded workers who are locked out of unemployment benefits. DC, don't leave immigrants, cash economy workers, or returning citizens behind! #DontExcludeMe #NoMeExcluyas

Join us later *today* for an all-star panel discussion on women's voting rights in the context of gender, class, and rac...
06/23/2020
Gender, Race, Class, and the Vote: From the 19th Amendment to COVID-19

Join us later *today* for an all-star panel discussion on women's voting rights in the context of gender, class, and racial justice!

A talk on how race and class shaped women’s voting rights over the past century, from the 19th Amendment to COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.

In the UK, the government subsidizing the wages of millions of laid off workers has reignited the debate and shown stron...
06/22/2020
WCP: Universal Basic Income and Working-Class Futures

In the UK, the government subsidizing the wages of millions of laid off workers has reignited the debate and shown strong evidence in support of universal basic income (UBI). #WorkingClassPerspectives

June 22, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment WCP: Universal Basic Income and Working-Class Futures Millions of people in the UK have been furloughed during the COVID pandemic, but the government has been paying up to 80% of many workers’ salaries. As Tim Strangleman writes in Working-Cl...

We celebrate today's Supreme Court decision upholding DACA for so many of our community members while recognizing that t...
06/18/2020

We celebrate today's Supreme Court decision upholding DACA for so many of our community members while recognizing that the fight goes on. While this may be a win for DACA beneficiaries, a permanent legal status is needed for them and the millions of immigrants in the United States who remain undocumented. We also know that legal status is not enough as we continue to see racist killings and brutality on the Black community. We must continue to work to dismantle systemic racism that plagues society. #BlackLivesMatter #HomeIsHere #HereToStay

Join us on Tuesday, June 23 with the National Park Foundation and Women Innovating Labor Leadership for a virtual talk o...
06/16/2020
Gender, Race, Class, and the Vote: From the 19th Amendment to COVID-19

Join us on Tuesday, June 23 with the National Park Foundation and Women Innovating Labor Leadership for a virtual talk on how race and class shaped women’s voting rights over the past century, from the 19th Amendment to COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter.

A talk on how race and class shaped women’s voting rights over the past century, from the 19th Amendment to COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.

In case you missed it, you can watch the video of our discussion with the Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Init...
06/11/2020
How COVID-19 and Police Brutality Protests Could Change America’s Criminal Justice System (Video)

In case you missed it, you can watch the video of our discussion with the Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative on what COVID-19 and the nationwide #BlackLivesMatter protests mean for America's prisons and jails.

June 11, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment How COVID-19 and Police Brutality Protests Could Change America’s Criminal Justice System (Video) The crises of America’s broken criminal justice system and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were on the minds of a distinguished panel during “...

"We at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor join the protesters in solidarity and say, plainly and ...
06/03/2020
Our Statement on Police Brutality, Recent Unrest, and Racial Justice

"We at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor join the protesters in solidarity and say, plainly and unequivocally: #BlackLivesMatter – yesterday, today, and forever."

June 3, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment Our Statement on Police Brutality, Recent Unrest, and Racial Justice The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer is yet another tragic chapter in the long, sad history of lethal violence meted out to African Americans. This act o...

DC's undocumented workers were the first to lose their jobs in this crisis and will be among the last to get them back. ...
05/29/2020

DC's undocumented workers were the first to lose their jobs in this crisis and will be among the last to get them back. And immigrant neighborhoods in DC are among the hardest hit by COVID.

Yet undocumented DC workers will get 10 times less aid than their counterparts.

The $5 million from Events DC is an important stopgap for immigrant families, but will only cover a small fraction of the need and won't reach other DC residents who are locked out up benefits, like returning citizens and cash economy workers.

DC must step up and provide relief to excluded workers!

#DontExcludeMe #NoMeExcluyas

Friends, join us on Friday, June 5 at 2pm EDT for a virtual forum on the historic crisis of the common good and the curr...
05/28/2020
America’s Prison-Industrial Complex and COVID-19

Friends, join us on Friday, June 5 at 2pm EDT for a virtual forum on the historic crisis of the common good and the current public health crisis in American jails and prisons.

This forum is co-sponsored with the Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative.

A virtual forum on the historic crisis of the common good and the current public health crisis in American jails and prisons.

05/26/2020
Latin American Workers and COVID 19

On Friday, May 8, 2020, the Kalmanovitz Initiative, the Global Health Initiative, and the Center for Latin American Studies hosted a seminar on government responses to the global pandemic in Latin America, particularly as they relate to Latin American workers.

NEW from the DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine: Important resource confirming that DC tenant protections apply to *all*...
05/22/2020

NEW from the DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine: Important resource confirming that DC tenant protections apply to *all* tenants, including those in informal housing situations (ie, without a written lease) and regardless of immigration status.

This is vital because DC's most vulnerable tenants don't have formal leases, but rather sublet rooms in apartments, live in people's basements, or informally share living space. These tenants are protected too!

The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia has already received more than 100 reports of tenant violations since the COVID crisis began and has sent several cease-and-desist letters to intervene.

Access the flyer PDF in English and Spanish here:
http://lwp.georgetown.edu/2020/05/22/resource-from-dc-oag-informal-tenants-are-protected/

“These workers are isolated. They internalize workplace difficulties as personal failures. ‘I wasn’t smart enough to mak...
05/21/2020
Delivering Food in D.C. Has Always Been a Tough Job. Then Came a Pandemic.

“These workers are isolated. They internalize workplace difficulties as personal failures. ‘I wasn’t smart enough to make it work' or 'I didn’t work hard enough.’ Instead, delivery drivers should be asking why the system sets them up to fail."

Uber Eats, DoorDash, Caviar, and Postmates couriers talk tipping, protective gear, and racing the clock.

“It’s a cute thing to say, but these workers need political support to do their jobs safely, not rhetorical support and ...
05/20/2020
Wisconsin judge’s ‘regular folks’ remark shows how pandemic exposes classism

“It’s a cute thing to say, but these workers need political support to do their jobs safely, not rhetorical support and plaudits. Otherwise, saying ‘hero’ is kind of empty.”

KI's Patrick Dixon on the lionizing of essential workers without actions to back it up.

The comment has reverberated across the country. “It’s defining some people as having lives that are not worth protecting,” one scholar said.

If we want to avoid the kind of long-term social costs that deindustrialization brought, we must prioritize the security...
05/18/2020
WCP: Deindustrialization as a Template for COVID-19

If we want to avoid the kind of long-term social costs that deindustrialization brought, we must prioritize the security of all, not the wealth of a few. Working-Class Perspectives

May 18, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment WCP: Deindustrialization as a Template for COVID-19 The coronavirus pandemic is claiming many lives and livelihoods, and it’s hard to imagine that our lives or the economy will ever return to “normal.” How will today’s crisis shape the w...

"People Ain’t Gonna Come to Work if They Don’t Feel Safe."#WorkingClassPerspectives
05/12/2020
WCP: “People Ain’t Gonna Come to Work if They Don’t Feel Safe”

"People Ain’t Gonna Come to Work if They Don’t Feel Safe."

#WorkingClassPerspectives

May 11, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment WCP: “People Ain’t Gonna Come to Work if They Don’t Feel Safe” For many essential workers, the coronavirus pandemic presents an impossible choice: earn a living by risking your life or stay healthy but lose your income. In this week’s ...

We think Mother's Day during a pandemic is the perfect time to remind folks that DC's paid family and medical leave prog...
05/10/2020
Coronavirus fallout reignites lingering debate over D.C.'s paid family leave program - Washington Business Journal

We think Mother's Day during a pandemic is the perfect time to remind folks that DC's paid family and medical leave program is under attack by businesses who want to strip its funding and use it to provide relief to themselves.

Raise your voice to protect #PaidLeave4DC:
https://jufj.org/protect-pfl/

Should D.C. leaders take steps to delay or change the controversial paid family leave program, as coronavirus ravages the city budget and decimates local businesses? A new fight is shaping up over the hotly debated policy.

Join us tomorrow for your week's grand finale: an expert panel on government responses to #COVID19 in Latin America, zer...
05/07/2020
Latin American Workers and COVID 19: An International Webinar

Join us tomorrow for your week's grand finale: an expert panel on government responses to #COVID19 in Latin America, zeroing in on the impact to Latin American workers. RSVP to join us!

Please join us for this webinar where an expert panel will discuss governmental responses to the global pandemic in Latin America.

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Apparently, it's a sin to even mention the poor in America. Despicable Republican Paul Ryan (who is on record for hating the poor) tried to have House chaplain Patrick Conroy removed after he simply mentioned the poor in America. Thankfully, it blew up in Ryan's face when politicians on both sides of the aisle expressed outrage at the move.
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