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2017 Midwest Speaking Tour- September 19-26, 2017

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GOOD JOBS, GOOD NEIGHBORS

Thriving Communities Across Borders

With stops in Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois, this economic justice learning tour brought a transnational perspective on work and “good jobs”  to a diverse set of audiences in the midwest.  The tour challenged participants to think across sectors and geographies to build sustainable, thriving communities in the United States and in our closest neighbors to the south- Mexico and Central America.  Speakers from Honduras and Mexico joined with local faith, workers, government, and business leaders to wrestle with questions such as”  What do we mean by good jobs? What can we do to be better neighbors to each other as we share a common struggle? How can we work together across borders to create opportunities for everyone?

 

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SPECIAL THANKS  

Alianza Americas is grateful for the support and participation of all our co-hosting and sponsoring organizations. We look forward to making cross-border connections in the Midwest as part of our tour around good jobs and economic justice.

  • CODEMUH

  • Workers′ Center of West MI. Together We Can

  • AJS

  • The Center of Workers United in Struggle

  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Casa de Esperanza

  • CRLN

  • Fray Matias

  • The MICAH Center

  • Witness for Peace

  • Voces

  • The Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition

  • Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

  • CMRJB

  • Sugar Law Center

  • Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

  • Sierra Club

  • Office of Social Justice

  • UFCW Local 881

  • FEDECMI

  • Chicago Jobs with Justice

MEDIA 

Against Fraught NAFTA Negotiations, Worker & Immigrant Groups Tour Midwest to Discuss Shared Challenges, Break Down Silos

Friday, September 15, 2017

CHICAGO – September 15, 2017 – As government delegates convene in Canada to negotiate the next iteration of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Latino immigrant leaders and workers’ advocates from Mexico and Honduras will travel across the Midwest to explore the consequences of global trade for workers across the Americas. The “Good Jobs, Good Neighbors: Thriving Communities across Borders” tour, led by Chicago-based Alianza Americas, will make stops in Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota from September 19-26.

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En español 

Midwest Tour Links Latino-Led Immigrant, Labor Groups

U.S. News & World Report, National

An alliance of Latino and Hispanic organizations is launching a Detroit tour to link immigrant and labor groups and discuss impacts from trade agreements such as NAFTA.

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Alianza Amerias kicks off tour on labor, immigrant rights in Detroit

Crain’s Detroit Business, Michigan

  • Alianza leaders, experts to discuss solutions to labor challenges
  • Detroit panel kicks off weeklong Midwest educational tour
  • Aims to show how NAFTA has hurt U.S. worker opportunities

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Midwest Tour Links Latino-Led Immigrant, Labor Groups

Post Bulletin, Minnesota

Alianza Americas starts the eight-day tour Tuesday at the Detroit Hispanic Development Center. Organizers say those groups don’t usually get together and have found themselves pitted against each other in the political realm.

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Midwest Tour Links Latino-Led Immigrant, Labor Groups

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota

Alianza Americas starts the eight-day tour Tuesday at the Detroit Hispanic Development Center. Organizers say those groups don’t usually get together and have found themselves pitted against each other in the political realm.

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Partners hosting downtown event on jobs and immigration

Grand Rapids Business Journal, Michigan

An international delegation will host an event downtown tomorrow night to connect employers and immigrants and discuss complex issues in the labor market.

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Midwest Tour Links Latino-Led Immigrant, Labor Groups

The Oklahoman, News Ok, Oklahoma

An alliance of Latino and Hispanic organizations is launching a Detroit tour to link immigrant and labor groups and discuss impacts from trade agreements such as NAFTA.

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MAIN SPEAKERS 

Rita Marcela Robles Benítez

Fray Matías Center, Mexico City, Chiapas, México

Rita Robles is an educator and workers’ rights activist.  She is a strong voice in favor of policy solutions promote the health and wellbeing of workers in Mexico. Rita is currently working at the Fray Matias Human Rights Center in Cordoba as the Mexico City Liaison for Policy and Advocacy. Read More

Maria Luisa Regalado

Coordinator of CODEMUH (the Honduran Women’s Collective, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Maria Luisa Regalado, is a life-long proponent of workers and women’s rights. Since the 1970s’, she has worked with groups of farmers, manufacturing workers, students, women, and others pressing for rights in the workplace. In 1984, Maria Luisa co-founded the Council for Integrated Development of Campesina Women (CODIMCA), working with rural women. Read More

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