Campaigns & Programs
Defensores (Rights Defenders)
Rights Defenders (Defensores) is a program focused on Leadership Development and Labor Education with a multiracial membership base. We fight against violations of labor rights in the workplace to build power with workers from different industries who have historically been marginalized due to their race, immigration status, gender, and social class in and around the Twin Cities. Our vision is to improve working conditions for workers and for the working class to empower themselves in their rights and educate other workers and join the movement for social justice.
The Defensores program includes a mutliriacial group of workers as well as the Future Fighters program, a group of all Black workers within CTUL currently a part of the campaign to defund the police and reinvest those funds into other programs that actually keep communities safe.
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Construction campaign is where workers in the non-union construction industry build and claim their power by bringing their voice, experiences, and leadership to a committee of construction workers. Within the construction committee there are several working groups including a working group of wage theft recovery teams, a working group for public narrative and storytelling, and a working group for rebuilding with the Rise Up Campaign.
The construction campaign’s goal is to educate non-union construction workers about their rights and supporting workers in wage theft fights. Along with worker and political education, the construction campaign also also supports workers in developing their leadership skills so that they can be leaders and support other construction workers as well.
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Future Fighters is the all Black workers committee within Defensores. Members are currently a part of the campaign to defund the police and reinvest those funds into other programs that actually keep communities safe, such as worker protections, additional wage theft investigators, and other social programs.
Future Fighter is committed to leadership development, political education, Black and Brown solidarity curriculum, combating anti-Blackness, and organizing an annual Juneteenth event, celebrating Black culture and history.
Rise Up Campaign
RiseUp was formed in June of 2020 after the George Floyd Uprisings by Tending the Soil (TTS), a strategic alignment of groups who organize low-income BIPOC communities including Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL), SEIU Local 26, Inquinlixs Unidxs por la Justicia (IX), Awood Center, and Navigate/Unidos MN, all of which have significant membership bases near Lake St and W. Broadway in Minneapolis, and all of whom are dedicated to a Just Recovery. See the vision statement here. Another key partner in RiseUp is the Green Jobs program of MN350.
The goal of RiseUp is to create a development process that serves community needs which we have defined as 1) good, well-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement for individuals in the corridors and individuals from other low-income communities, 2) truly affordable projects that allow low-income renters to stay and thrive in their neighborhoods, 3) construction meeting the highest environmental standards practicable, and 4) community ownership that allows renters, small business owners, and/or workers to control where they live and where they work.