Letycia Pastrana has been selected as the new Executive Director at the MWC’s Community Services Agency. “We’re tremendously pleased to welcome Letycia, who brings an impressive set of skills and talents to the Community Services Agency,” said MWC president – and CSA Board Chair – Dyana Forester. “Letycia has extensive experience developing and executing community and economic development activities for vulnerable, diverse populations in need of resources,” said outgoing CSA ED Sonte DuCote. Pastrana has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Ella Austin Community Center in San Antonio, TX, developing and executing strategies in distressed communities while driving the financial stability for the organization. Previously, Pastrana spearheaded the Gwinnett Community Alliance, and she’s served on the boards of several charities and non-profit groups. She has a B.A. in Health Science from California State University and completed graduate course work at Arizona State University in Leadership Education. Pastrana starts July 1.
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Fairfax County Dems Labor Caucus: Wed, June 30, 7pm – 9pm
Meeting for union members and community allies in Fairfax County. There will be a discussion of public employee collective bargaining with Taylor Holland, chief of staff to Chair Jeff McKay.
Union City Radio: Your Rights at Work: Thu, July 1, 1pm – 2pm
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Your Rights at Work and the New Minimum Wage: Thu, July 1, 2pm – 3pm
Arlington Dems Labor Caucus: Thu, July 1, 6pm – 7pm
Meeting of union members and community allies in Arlington
Dale City July 4th Parade - NoVA Labor Contingent: Sat, July 3, 8:15am – 12:00pm
8:15 am - 8:30 am Meet outside Mapledale Plaza Giant, 5469 Mapledale Plaza along Dale Boulevard; 8:45 - 9:00 am - Move to parade site and set up; 10:00 am - Parade starts. Wear your union shirts and caps and bring your local's banner!
Joe Hill would have been proud. Four times over. Labor cartoonists Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki, the 2021 Joe Hill Award winners, were joined at this year’s Great Labor Arts Exchange by musicians Steve Jones and Ysaye Barnwell, who collected their 2020 Joe Hill Award, postponed due to the pandemic. Hosted by the Labor Heritage Foundation, the 42nd annual Great Labor Arts Exchange was held online June 17-20 as participants celebrated the culture and history of the labor movement. The theme of this year's conference was "Singing through the Hard Times" and the event was dedicated to the life and work of labor singer Anne Feeney (1951-2021). “Cartoons express the truth better than words because a cartoon has more to say about how people feel than how they think,” said Huck & Konopacki. “It is a form of graphic humor that helps to vent anger and frustration. And it does this through ridicule and laughter.” After receiving her award, Dr. Barnwell sang her signature song “More Than a Paycheck,” and Steve Jones played music from his first labor jazz opera, “Forgotten.” The Joe Hill award is named for the radical songwriter, labor activist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. The Labor Heritage Foundation is a non-profit cultural and arts organization working to preserve the cultural heritage of America's workers.
- Saul Schniderman
“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.”
From the preamble to the constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, founded in Chicago on this date in 1905.