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Monday, May 14, 2007

Mothers, migrants, maids the struggle for acceptance

They are mothers, migrants and caregivers to our children and our elders. Domestic workers are the backbone of many American families, their own families and their communities.

On this edition, through their own words, we pay tribute to the many working women of color who are struggling for acceptance, recognition and their rights.

Immigration to many countries starts with the domestic caregivers, willing to submit to minial labor for the chance at citizenship. Often that labor is rooted in family traditions of love, caring and devotion.


Radha Kanan, Christine Lewis, Joyce Frances. Erline Brown, Marina Lopez, Joyce Campbell and Bertha, domestic workers; Sylvia, domestic worker and volunteer for Mujeres Unidas y Activas; Inez Lazarte, volunteer organizer, Women's Collective of La Raza Centro Legal.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Freelance Producers: Mitch Jeserich and the Community News Institute
Associate Producer Intern: Alexis McCrimmon
Translation: Frank Rubio and Jill Shenker

Greener Magazine

For more information::

Data Center
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612

Day Labor Program
Women's Collective of La Raza Centro Legal
474 Valencia Street, Suite 295
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mujeres Unidas y Activas ­ San Francisco, CA
3543 18th Street, #23
San Francisco, CA 94110

Mujeres Unidas y Activas ­ Oakland, CA
2647 International Blvd., Suite 701
Oakland, CA 94601

Domestic Workers United
2473 Valentine Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
718-220-7391 x11 or 23; domesticworkersunited@gmail.com

United Domestic Workers of America
2760 5th Ave. Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92103
619-641-1190; 800-621-5016; unionheadquarters@udwa.org

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
2533 W. Third Street, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
213-353-1333; info@chirla.org

National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
310-8th St., Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94607
510-465-1984; nnirr@nnirr.org

National Immigrant Solidarity Network
ActionLA/The Peace Center
8124 West 3rd Street, Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90048
213-403-0131; Info@ActionLA.org

More reading:: Aid with an ACCENT
Immigrants increasingly providing care to elderly Americans


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