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TEDxFruitvale - Andrea Cristina Mercado - Domestic Workers Banding Together

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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2011

Taking care of our homes, children, elders, and growing our food, is some of the most essential human work, but it is not valued by our society. It is work done by people of color, immigrants, women. And this devaluation is institutionalized. Domestic workers and farmworkers were left out of the National Labor Relations Act in the 1930's to appease Southern segregationists, who were afraid of African-American organizing. But today, once again, domestic workers are organizing. There are over 30 grassroots domestic worker organizations across the country, grappling with how to win respect and dignity for these workers. Together they have formed the National Domestic Worker Alliance.

About Andrea Cristina Mercado, lead organizer at Mujeres Unidas y Activas:
Mujeres Unidas y Activas is a grassroots Latina immigrant women's organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, for which Andrea coordinates MUA's campaign for Workers Rights Inside and Outside the Home. She is currently leading a statewide effort to include domestic workers in labor laws and is one of the cofounders of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has also lived and worked in Bahia, Brazil, with IPETERRAS, a sustainable agriculture project organizing against free-trade agreements and as Global Justice Organizer for the Miami Workers Center.

This talk is part of Session Two: Movement for TEDxFruitvale, which was held on October 14, 2011 at Mills College in Oakland, CA. The conference's theme was Harvesting Change, and it focused on farmworkers, labor and other social justice movements, and fair labor practices in business.
http://www.tedxfruitvale.org/

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