Femme Agenda: We are determined to build a Femme Agenda that includes and centers Black and Brown women, girls, femmes, and Transwomen. An intersectional agenda that moves policy, strengthens coalitions, and builds power. We recently celebrated a victory around.. and this and we won this abortion....
To spark the conversation, we did this video asking women and girls from different backgrounds, ages, ethnicity, sectors and cultures to talk about what matters the most to them and what they want to see in a Femme Agenda.
Florida March for Black Women: A group of statewide organizations including Miami Workers Center, The New Florida Majority, Soul Sisters Leadership Collective, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Power U Center for Social Change, Women's March - Florida Chapter and others participated in Saturday's march, joining residents who traveled by car and bus from Jacksonville, Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and other cities across the state. The sister march ran concurrent with the national march held in Washington, D.C. where Black women marched at the center of the March for Racial Justice.
The march began in Overtown at an old women's detention center and ended in Wynwood. March speakers emphasized a number of issues plagued by Black women and girls including: the school to prison pipeline, the gender wage gap, the criminalization of Black women (including Black immigrant women), rape and sexualized violence against Black women (including Black trans women), health care attacks that impact Black women and more.
1st Domestic Workers Assembly: On August 26, 2016, over 200 domestic workers and community members convened for the 1st time in South Florida at an all-day Assembly hosted by the Miami Workers Center in alliance with other organizations. Many of the workers that came came out for the first time to an event like this thanks to our outreach on the radio and social media. After the Assembly, the Miami Workers Center joined other organizations to create a legal clinic to support domestic workers and low-income women and families in general with legal questions and issues.
Ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado was among the special guests that participated in the Assembly to help raise the voices of Domestic Workers in South Florida. Senator Anitere Flores, Senator Dwight Bullard, Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez and Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine were also present during the event to raise awareness about the need of a bill of rights to protect domestics workers in Florida.
Let Miami Vote: Trenise Bryant, Chair of the Board, represented the Miami Workers Center in a petition signed by 127,000 Miamians asking the County to reform campaign finances in order to limit the money big businesses put into political campaigns. Low-income families like Trenise's family believe that when we take big money out of politics, politicians will respond more to the interests of the community such as affordable housing, among others.
Femme Agenda: On October 1st, the Miami Workers Center co-led "Femme Agenda" Women & Femme Economic Congress that welcomes 300 women, girls and femme-identified people from throughout Miami to talk about the issues poverty, inequality and the issues that affect them the most. The purpose of the Congress is to start a conversation and define a women & femme agenda created by the women themselves. Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and featured in this picture, was the keynote speaker.
Women Circles: Twice a month, the Miami Workers Center opens the office for women educational and healing circles to talk about current issues, history, politics, the economy, sexual and reproductive health care, as well as physical and emotional well-being for women.
The Miami Workers Center is commited to create an inclusive gender justice space where women, girls and femme Floridians can come together to organize, develop their leadership, build power and look at issues we care about with a gender lens. Together we are developing strategies and designing solutions to eliminate the inequalities, poverty, discrimination and violence that impact our lives.
On October, 1, 2016 we hosted the #Femmeagenda: Women’s Economic Congress. We brought together over 300 women girls and femmes representative of different sectors and social status. The purpose of the congress was to engage women in building a 10-year feminist agenda that is rooted in a gender, racial, and social justice lens that could be shared with local officials. Also to organize women and their allies around the designing, strategy and implementation of this feminist agenda.
Current campaigns under the femme agenda are:
Homes for All
Domestic Workers Organizing
Comprehensive sex Ed
Domestic Workers Organizing
According to the National Domestic Workers Alliance in South Florida alone they are over one hundred thousands domestic workers, nannies, housecleaners, caregivers, most of whom are women. They care for the things families value the most: children, homes, parents and neighbors. The care they provide makes all other work possible for thousands of families. However, domestic workers are excluded from many of the basic protections guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act to most other workers in the United States. Things like minimum wage, overtime, sick and vacation pay. Many do not earn a living wage and work without access to health care, paid sick days or paid time off.
The Miami Workers Center is organizing domestic worker to win labor protections, dignity, respect and to achieve a better standard of living, which in turn will strengthen local communities.
On July 23rd, the MWC and convened the 1st Annual Domestic Worker's Assembly in South Florida. Hundreds of women hailing from Miami, Broward, and even Palm Beach gathered to learn about their labor rights, discuss the risks of human trafficking, and advocate for a domestic workers' bill of rights. The Assembly encouraged many women to come out of the shadows and marked the start of a new era for domestic workers. In June 2016, the Miami-Dade County Commission proclaimed June 7th as a Day of Recognition of Domestic Worker. MWC is partnering with lawyers at Community Justice Project to provide legal support.
Homes for All!
The Miami Workers Center is working on launching a Renter’s Rights Campaign that is part of the Femme Agenda meta-campaign which includes principles of self-determination and the human right to housing. This campaign is fundamentally about implementing the Femme Agenda which focuses on addressing the conditions of poverty by centering the most impacted individuals of poverty: Black and Brown women, femme, and girls. This campaign also includes significant elements of developing femme leadership and building femme power.
We are currently working on organizing our base into a Tenants Union to shift power and elevate femme leadership. As we continue to build, we look forward to improving the housing conditions of tenants and winning policies that secure the right of tenancy protections. In addition, we hope to increase housing stock to develop a Community Land Trust that ensures community control of land.
Comprehensive Sex Ed
The MWC is developing a comprehensive sex education campaign to advocate for implementation in Miami-Dade County public schools. The campaign seeks to empower young women to make the safe and educated choices that are right for their bodies without guilt or shame.
Healthcare for ALL!
As a part of our work to protect Black and Brown women; femme; and girls, we also engage in advocacy to protect attacks on healthcare. We understand that healthcare cuts will impact these groups the most. With that being said, we hope to secure healthcare programs and encourage expansions for our low-income communities.
Gender Justice Organizer
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