San Francisco labor celebrates two heroic women workers

right to stay home

CELEBRATE TWO HEROIC SAN FRANCISCO WORKERS
Teresa Mina and Lupe Chavez
 
TERESA MINA was a janitor in the office buildings downtown, a member of SEIU Local 87.  She was fired for not having papers in an I-9 audit - an immigration enforcement action called a "silent raid" - and forced to return to Veracruz.
 
LUPE CHAVEZ is a housekeeper, cleaning rooms at the Hilton, and belongs to Unitehere Local 2.  She came from El Salvador, and she has become a militant defender of workers' and immigrants' rights in the hotels.
 
These two women are workers, mothers who have fought for their families, immigrants who faced life in a country far from the one where they were born, and part of our labor movement here in San Francisco.
 
Both tell their stories in a new book by David Bacon:
THE RIGHT TO STAY HOME
 
The San Francisco Labor Council is celebrating their lives, and this book.  We will hear their stories, and learn about the two rights demanded by migrants here and around the world --
The Right to Stay Home -- to have a decent future and dignity in the community you come from
The Right to Equality and Dignity Wherever you Go -- if you do  migrate, to be treated as a full human being, with rights, dignity, a decent living and equality
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 2003
6 p.m.
San Francisco Labor Council, Plumbers Hall - 1621 Market St., San Francisco
 
All workers, people and union members are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

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