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!
MWC is working to end public housing policies that have magnified and exacerbated the racially discriminatory impacts of the criminal justice system on Black and Latino women and families. No aspect of keeping our families safe, stable, and prosperous is more vital than a place to call home, implementing these grassroots demands will mean more families get access to that dream. MWC is also working to hold developers accountable to the community with Commuity Benefit Agreement legislation.
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.
MWC has been leading the way in a fight to win an official, government-issued ID for all residents in Miami-Dade County. These residents include undocumented immigrants, children, students, the homeless, transgender people, the indigent, the disabled, the elderly, runaway youth, and survivors of domestic violence, returning citizens, LGBT community, and domestic workers. The primary goal of the Municipal ID campaign is to increase safety by officially recognizing individuals as residents of, and formally integrating them into our community. The Board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed a resolution in support of creating an Identification Card for all county residents, and MWC is continuing to fight for implementation.