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Online Art Auction Fundraiser
October 8, 2013 @ 9:00 pm - November 1, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
On-line Art Auction fundraiser during the month of October for the San
Francisco Living Wage Coalition and Las Hormigas of Ciudad Juarez
Go to The Auction Works to bid on art by Carina Lomeli,
Michael Roman, Romeo Osorio, Doug Minkler, Calixto Robles, Charles
Blackwell, Shirley Kaplan, Debra Walker, Nanci Reese, Sara Thustra, Eugene
White, Jane Rades, David Duckworth, Ronnie Goodman, Rodger Scott, and
Steve Kelly; and literature by Alice Rogoff and Cesar Love.
The money raised benefits the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition,
and Las Hormigas of Ciudad Juarez. The auction ends on November 1 at 9 p.m.
You can see a sample of the pieces available and read more about the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition and Las Hormigas of Ciudad Juarez in the full post.
Here are just some of the pieces on auction:
Having the highest minimum wage ($10.55 per hour) in the country does not
help people if they don’t have a job. People know the Living Wage
Coalition for its work fighting to bring up wages for low-wage workers.
The other major part of our work is fighting for a jobs program for
unemployed San Franciscans. Our City is at risk of losing an important and
historical part of our diversity. A whole generation of young African
American and Latino mothers who were born and raised in San Francisco, and
whose family history in San Francisco goes back generations, are holding
on by their fingernails to stay in the City. Once they are forced out,
they will not be coming back. While they may be staying in public housing
or subsidized housing, they still cannot survive on public assistance and
remain in the City. They also have to work for their aid checks. They are
demanding a jobs program on which they can survive, have meaningful work
and can advance into long-term employment at a living wage. Please support
our Campaign for a Community Jobs Program. This is campaign for a
WPA-style program of jobs in non-profit organizations providing social
services while being trained to succeed in the civil service process for
good-paying public sector jobs.
We are limited in improving wages here without living standards being
improved on the other side of the border with Mexico. One of the results
of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was that more than two
million Mexican families lost their livelihoods and were forced off their
land. These displaced people were forced to move to the border areas to
labor in maquiladoras, factories assembling products to be sold in the
United States. Many of these internal migrants settled in Anapra, a
neighborhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, to work in the
maquiladoras across the border from El Paso, Texas. Strangers to each
other, they came seeking a patch of sand in the desert to build shanties
on dirt roads without running water or electricity, toiling in the
factories at the minimum wage in Mexico – $5 per day! A community
organization, Las Hormigas – Comunidad en Desarrollo (the Ants – Community
in Development), is working to create a sense of community among
displaced, marginalized and disenfranchised people so that they can fight
for social change and economic justice.