8th Annual CTUL Gala: “Don’t mourn, organize!”

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Friday, September 14, 2018, 5:30-9:30pm

CTUL, 3715 Chicago Ave. S.

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As Joe Hill, an organizer for workers’ rights, famously put it, “Don’t mourn, organize!” 2018 has been a year of powerful resistance at CTUL, and we have taken Joe Hill’s words to heart. In the face of the Trump administration’s politics of xenophobia and fear, we have pushed onward, organizing low-wage immigrant workers and workers of color for economic and racial justice in the Twin Cities. Channeling our outrage into collective action, we have taken our organizing to the next level to fight back and create our own visions. In the second year of the Raise Worker Voice Campaign, we have pushed to expand our organizing capacity; built the leaders, organizers, and community networks that will take us to our next victories; won back hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen wages; and rallied in the streets to protest corporate exploitation of workers and control over politics. At our gala on September 14th, we will celebrate a year of hard work, resource our next wins, and dance! We would love to see you there! Click here to register now.

Event will feature:

  • Heavy appetizers and cash bar
  • Photo booth
  • Award-winning mural recognized in City Pages
  • Live program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., including an update on our upcoming campaigns and personal testimonies to the importance of CTUL’s work
  • Live mariachi band and dancing from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

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In 2018 we have won huge victories and invested in our organizers, leaders, and communities.

  • We won back over $200,000 in stolen wages for Burger King workers who were given less than 24 hours notice before nine franchises closed their doors.
  • We poured into the streets to protest corporate prom (also known as the Super Bowl) and spoke out against how our city and state invested resources to entertain the wealthy.
  • We rallied outside a St. Paul McDonald’s restaurant on Labor Day to stand in solidarity with striking workers demanding their due wages and just working conditions.
  • We celebrated another year in our new building on Chicago Avenue that’s growing into a bustling center of organizing for CTUL leaders and beyond.
  • We hosted an art show Muxeres Magicxs// Magic Womxn alongside InquilinXs UndiXs to center and celebrate womxn and their labor in our economies and social justice movements.
  • We hosted a ceremony for the first class of graduates from the Leadership Institute, a collaborative leadership development project with InquilinXs UnidXs to equip immigrant workers and workers of color with the full range of skills they need to organize full-time for racial and economic justice.
  • We have continued to work in coalition with other Twin Cities organizations to push for a $15 minimum wage in St. Paul, holding direct actions as part of the Poor People’s Campaign to demand liveable working conditions and an end to poverty wages.
  • We have expanded our organizing work to include non-union construction workers in the Twin Cities, with a vision to end wage theft in the industry and create structures in which workers can have a voice on the job. We are currently hiring a full-time construction worker organizer to deeply invest and expand this work.

On September 14th, we will also be entering the final stage of the Raise Worker Voice Campaign, our two-year campaign to escalate CTUL’s impact and deeply invest in a world where workers make decisions in their own workplaces. As of the July 2018, we are 85% of the way to our goal! The Raise Worker Voice Campaign has been a period of critical and inspiring growth at CTUL, and we want you to come out and see what you’ve made possible with your past support, as well as learn about the bigger and bolder things we have in store for the future! We would not be where we are now without you.

Please register today! Are you involved in a company or organization that supports our work? Consider sponsoring the gala as a group or organization. If you have any questions about sponsorship, please contact our donor organizer, Unny Nambudiripad, at unny@ctul.net.

The gala will take place at CTUL’s center for worker and community organizing, 3715 Chicago Ave in Minneapolis, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Make sure to not park in the laundromat spots!

What could be better than a night to celebrate our collective power, catch up with friends, meet someone new, take silly photos, share food, and dance? If you haven’t already, click here to register!

We can’t wait to see you there!