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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11/18/2020
I'll Be There Awards 2020

It's been hard year but KI is proud to stand with DC Jobs With Justice in the struggle for worker rights, immigrant justice, and affordable housing.

Join us tonight at 6pm at #IBTA2020 as we celebrate our movements: https://www.dcjwj.org/register2020/

"And we won't be silent anymore!"

If Biden can enact the economic policies he ran on, he could win support from considerable part of the white working cla...
11/14/2020
WCP: Cultural and Political Diversity in the White Working-Class - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

If Biden can enact the economic policies he ran on, he could win support from considerable part of the white working class who voted for Trump but who are also open to a transformation toward economic justice that includes them. #WorkingClassPerspectives

All too often, political commentators describe working-class whites as if they were all the same — ignorant, backward, deplorable. But as Jack Metzgar writes in Working-Class Perspectives this week, not only is the working class larger and more diverse than public discourse often acknowledges, eve...

NEW: KI's James Benton joined Mark Gaston Pearce  of Georgetown Law 's Workers Rights Institute to discuss how the stead...
11/13/2020
Race, Workers, and Voter Suppression (Video) - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

NEW: KI's James Benton joined Mark Gaston Pearce of Georgetown Law 's Workers Rights Institute to discuss how the steady erosion of worker rights and voter suppression combined present a grave threat to our democracy.

Watch the discussion at the link below.

Voter suppression in the United States has a corrosive effect on elections and participation in the political process. When combined with the steady erosion of workers’ rights, however, voter suppression creates a grave threat to democracy itself.  In this November 2, 2020 dialogue, Mark Gaston P...

We are so grateful to be part of DC Jobs With Justice, a strong coalition of labor and community groups in DC and a hub ...
10/30/2020
Join Us at the "I'll Be There" Awards with DC Jobs with Justice - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

We are so grateful to be part of DC Jobs With Justice, a strong coalition of labor and community groups in DC and a hub for DC's progressive movements. Join us at the #IllBeThereAwards on Wednesday, November 18 and donate to support their work!

KI is a proud supporter of DC Jobs With Justice and its work supporting DC workers and working families. In about three weeks, DC Jobs with Justice will hold its annual I’ll Be There Awards, honoring movement leaders. In these turbulent times, this year’s awardees are especially notable for thei...

KI is proud to host the esteemed journal, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History.Read a blog post by its editor #LeonFi...
10/29/2020
COVID-19 and labor history: A guest post by Leon Fink

KI is proud to host the esteemed journal, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History.

Read a blog post by its editor #LeonFink about how the journal is responding to the COVID crisis, including publishing a landmark issue on Pandemics and Labor History.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected work and has amplified existing labor issues. We asked Leon Fink, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and edi…

It's time for DC to get serious about preventing displacement!Tonight we join DC tenants and our friends at DC Jobs With...
10/27/2020

It's time for DC to get serious about preventing displacement!

Tonight we join DC tenants and our friends at DC Jobs With Justice, Sunrise Movement - DC Hub, and Latino Economic Development Center to highlight the need for expanded, strengthened rent control protections in the District.

After Trump won Ohio in 2016 and Republicans swept the 2018 midterm elections, Ohio seemed to have moved firmly to the r...
10/26/2020
WCP: Why Trump will lose Ohio - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

After Trump won Ohio in 2016 and Republicans swept the 2018 midterm elections, Ohio seemed to have moved firmly to the right. But John Russo predicts that economic losses and changing demographics will lead Trump to lose Ohio this year. #WorkingClassPerspectives

After Donald Trump won Ohio in 2016 and Republicans swept statewide elections there in 2018, Ohio seemed to have moved firmly to the right. But as John Russo writes in Working-Class Perspectives this week, a few things have changed. Big economic losses, changing demographics, and problems in the s...

📢 NEW: We've launching our oral history project, "Workers on the Frontlines," to tell the stories of work and workers du...
10/22/2020
Workers On the Frontlines |

📢 NEW: We've launching our oral history project, "Workers on the Frontlines," to tell the stories of work and workers during COVID-19. Our first round of interviews features educators and postal workers sharing their stories on the upheaval and strain the pandemic has created at work, at home, and in their communities. Check out our website at
http://frontlineworkers.lwp.georgetown.domains

This project is just getting started. Are you an educator, postal worker, care worker, or other frontline worker? Do you want to share your experiences during COVID-19? Fill out this form to get in touch with us https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctjSJg8kIOULAR3zrP3evriqXxuKe53mAgReRLCFT499GOLA/viewform

Workers on the Frontlines focuses on the experiences of groups of workers–frontline workers–during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to help build a more just and equitable society that values workers’ needs and aspirations by lifting up their voices, preserving their stories, and raising awa...

Congrats, Ariana and Taylor! #WomenLeadLabor
10/21/2020

Congrats, Ariana and Taylor! #WomenLeadLabor

WILL Empower is excited to announce its newest apprentices, Ariana DeLaurentis and Taylor Davis! Ariana will be working with the International Labour Organization in DC and Taylor will be organizing with the National Black Worker Center Project.

Read more about Ariana and Taylor and their mentors in the link below. #WomenLeadLabor

https://www.willempower.org/2020/10/21/apprentices-on-boarded-by-robust-will-empower-network/

🚨 Evictions are still happening in DC despite the eviction ban, with immigrants and other vulnerable tenants most at ris...
10/15/2020
'Invisible' Evictions Are On The Rise In DC, Maryland And Virginia

🚨 Evictions are still happening in DC despite the eviction ban, with immigrants and other vulnerable tenants most at risk.

Here's a resource from Attorney General Karl A. Racine about how everyone is protected by the eviction ban, including tenants with informal housing:
https://lwp.georgetown.edu/inthenews/resource-from-dc-oag-informal-tenants-are-protected/

With many local tenants unable to pay rent, some landlords are using illegal tactics to force them out.

KI has two events on immigration coming up soon!1️⃣  Tonight we'll screen #BuildingTheAmericanDream and host a chat with...
10/15/2020

KI has two events on immigration coming up soon!

1️⃣ Tonight we'll screen #BuildingTheAmericanDream and host a chat with the film director and worker organizers.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-the-american-dream-film-screening-and-discussion-tickets-124357403341

2️⃣ Tomorrow morning we'll host a wide-ranging discussion on immigration, refugees, and human rights with an international perspective.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigration-human-rights-and-global-economic-renewal-tickets-123023485557

We're excited to share on October 15 we'll be screening #BuildingTheAmericanDream, a film about the resilience and coura...
10/07/2020
"Building the American Dream" Film Screening and Discussion

We're excited to share on October 15 we'll be screening #BuildingTheAmericanDream, a film about the resilience and courage of immigrant construction workers in Texas. We'll also have a post-film chat with the film's director and other panelists.

RSVP to save your spot ⬇️

A screening of "Building the American Dream" and a discussion with the director about this story on Texan immigrant workers' resilience.

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court poses a difficult question: does her faith commitment as a Roman Cat...
10/07/2020
WCP: What Can Workers Expect from Amy Coney Barrett? - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court poses a difficult question: does her faith commitment as a Roman Catholic preclude an interpretation of the law that is responsive to concerns of the working class? #WorkingClassPerspectives

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States poses a difficult question: does her faith commitment as a Roman Catholic preclude an interpretation of the law that is responsive to concerns of the working class?

Join KI on Friday, October 16 for a wide-ranging virtual discussion on the future of immigration, refugees, and human ri...
10/05/2020
Immigration, Human Rights, and Global Economic Renewal

Join KI on Friday, October 16 for a wide-ranging virtual discussion on the future of immigration, refugees, and human rights!

Join us for a wide-ranging virtual discussion on the future of immigration, refugees, and human rights.

A powerful DCist story on how much of a difference cash assistance has made for DC's immigrant families struggling durin...
09/29/2020
DC Gave Cash Assistance To Undocumented People. Bills Ate It Up | DCist

A powerful DCist story on how much of a difference cash assistance has made for DC's immigrant families struggling during the pandemic – and how the crisis lasting this long means more support will be needed. #DontExcludeMe

Workers who received the funds say they spent them almost immediately and could now use more help.

Writing from Oregon, where wildfires have burned thousands of acres, Allison L. Hurst puts the fires into the larger con...
09/29/2020
WCP: The Unsettling - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Writing from Oregon, where wildfires have burned thousands of acres, Allison L. Hurst puts the fires into the larger context of economic, political, and climate disruptions. #WorkingClassPerspectives

The wildfires in the West add one more disruption to working-class lives in 2020. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their loved ones.

In #WorkingClassPerspectives, KI's Joseph A. McCartin writes about Louis DeJoy’s scheme of cajoling workers into making ...
09/15/2020
WCP: Undelivered: The DeJoy Scandal and Democracy in the Balance - Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

In #WorkingClassPerspectives, KI's Joseph A. McCartin writes about Louis DeJoy’s scheme of cajoling workers into making campaign donations to his preferred candidates and rewarding those who did with bonuses, and what it means for democracy in the workplace.

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's scheme of cajoling workers into making campaign donations to his preferred candidates and rewarding those who did with bonuses is only the latest version of business leaders trying to control workers' political behavior.

Reminder: this Sunday, Sept. 13 is the deadline to apply for KI internships. Don't miss the chance to organize and resea...
09/11/2020
KI Fall Internships Are Now Open for Applications!

Reminder: this Sunday, Sept. 13 is the deadline to apply for KI internships. Don't miss the chance to organize and research with top local and national groups fighting to empower working people!

September 1, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment KI Fall Internships Are Now Open for Applications! KI is now accepting applications for its virtual paid internships for Fall 2020, which are open to all undergraduate and graduate Georgetown students. Internship deadline: Sunday, September...

🗺 Join Bargaining for the Common Good for a webinar Tuesday, September 15 at 3pm EDT with activists on the frontlines of...
09/10/2020

🗺 Join Bargaining for the Common Good for a webinar Tuesday, September 15 at 3pm EDT with activists on the frontlines of common good organizing to discuss how to ignite powerful campaigns.

Activists from ACCE Action, SEIU - CT State Council, Action Center on Race and the Economy, and Center for Innovation in Worker Organization will share their experiences organizing campaigns for the common good and building partnerships between workers and communities. RSVP here: rb.gy/qeuxuo

#MapTheCommonGood

‪“Now is the moment for working people to demand a bold new social compact that centers their needs and prioritizes thei...
09/07/2020
It's time for a new social compact

‪“Now is the moment for working people to demand a bold new social compact that centers their needs and prioritizes their future.”‬

‪Read Lane Windham’s call to action this #LaborDay.‬

This Labor Day, working people and their labor organizations can lead the way to a new, 21st century grand bargain that leverages government support in novel ways to build workers’ social protections.

A profile of Teen Vogue's labor columnist, Kim Kelly, whose writing on unions, workers, and Marxism feeds the hunger of ...
09/02/2020
WCP: Why You Should Be Getting Your Labor News from Teen Vogue

A profile of Teen Vogue's labor columnist, Kim Kelly, whose writing on unions, workers, and Marxism feeds the hunger of a new generation for information about the labor movement and how to organize. #WorkingClassPerspectives

September 1, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment WCP: Why You Should Be Getting Your Labor News from Teen Vogue You might be surprised to hear that some of the best coverage of last week’s professional sports strikes protesting the latest police shooting of an unarmed Black man appeared...

NEW: KI is accepting applications for its paid virtual internships for the fall semester!  🥁 Organizing Internship  🔎 Re...
09/01/2020
KI Fall Internships Are Now Open for Applications!

NEW: KI is accepting applications for its paid virtual internships for the fall semester!
🥁 Organizing Internship
🔎 Research in Action
🦋 Immigration and Labor
📊 Labor Capital Strategies

Internships are open to all Georgetown University undergrads and grad students. Apply by Sept. 13!

September 1, 2020 by Kalmanovitz Initiative Leave a Comment KI Fall Internships Are Now Open for Applications! KI is now accepting applications for its virtual paid internships for Fall 2020, which are open to all undergraduate and graduate Georgetown students. Internship deadline: Sunday, September...

We're heartened that Georgetown University made a huge order of masks from Alta Gracia, an apparel company in the Domini...
08/31/2020
Masks for Georgetown Community Made by ‘Living Wage’ Factory - Georgetown University

We're heartened that Georgetown University made a huge order of masks from Alta Gracia, an apparel company in the Dominican Republic where workers have a union and are paid a living wage. Each person on campus this semester will receive two Alta Gracia masks to help keep safe.

An ongoing partnership with Alta Gracia, an apparel company that pays a living wage to its factory workers, has resulted in the company making masks for the limited number of students, faculty and staff on campus this fall.

KI director Joseph A. McCartin is quoted in this New York Magazine  piece about Brooklyn Friends School, a Quaker school...
08/28/2020
Unfriendly Divisions: Union-Busting and Quakerism Collide at Brooklyn Friends

KI director Joseph A. McCartin is quoted in this New York Magazine piece about Brooklyn Friends School, a Quaker school that's bizarrely claiming a religious exemption from the NLRB to bust its staff union of janitors, cafeteria workers, and teachers.

A liberal Quaker school says that having a union violates its beliefs. That’s news to parents and teachers.

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