Day Three: Report from El Salvador from Ari Weisbard

Today, we rode down into the valley to meet some amazing women who are leading the effort to develop their community. One of these women, Ebelia, came to the community eight years ago when it was just a dirt path with eight households and a couple of shacks. Back then, there was no running water,…

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Paid Sick Days and Minimum Wage Hearing Draws Hundreds of Supporters

One hundred and forty people, passionate about strengthening the paid sick days law in DC and raising the minimum wage, signed up to testify at Monday’s hearing at the DC Council. Dozens of other DC residents attended the hearing to show their support for both these measures. The Paid Sick Days for All Coalition, led…

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Day Two – Report from El Salvador from Yvonne Johnson

Welcome to this adventure!! I am so blessed to be going on this journey with the EJC. Everyone in El Salvador has been so friendly. Their population is about 6 million people, and 60% live in urban areas. The Salvadorans who live and work outside of the country send billions of dollars in remittances back…

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Day One – San Salvador – Report from the Field from Travis Dupree

Day one has been great! We had great conversations during the flights, primarily discussing what we wanted to get out of our visit. The airport in San Salvador was interesting and we were amused to see American fast food staples, Subway and Domino’s. Luis, our host took us on a great tour as we rode…

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A Learning Journey to El Salvador: Reports from the Field, Day 1

Today’s the day. I’m sitting in the airport (on Barbra’s computer) about to board a flight to El Salvador. We are embarking on a learning journey – which means that our goal for the next five days is to learn as much as we can, and then share that learning with everyone back home. Sitting…

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Next stop, El Salvador!

Next week, a delegation of six EJC staff members, worker activists, and community partners  will travel to El Salvador to meet with representatives of Habitat for Humanity El Salvador and from the Proyecto Getsemani in Ahuachapan, El Salvador. During the following week, three people representing these organizations will come to the District to visit the EJC…

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The Paid Sick Days Bill has been Introduced!

On September 17, the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 was introduced in the DC City Council! The bill had widespread support from Councilmembers. The bill was co-introduced by: Chairman Phil Mendelson Councilmember Marion Barry Councilmember Mary Cheh Councilmember Muriel Bowser Councilmember Vincent Orange Councilmember Anita Bonds Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Councilmember Tommy Wells…

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