Maria Luisa Regalado. Photo via alianzaamericas.org
An international delegation will host an event downtown tomorrow night to connect employers and immigrants and discuss complex issues in the labor market.
The event — Good Jobs, Good Neighbors: Thriving Communities Across Borders — will be held from 7-9 p.m. at La Grave Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, at 107 La Grave Ave. SE.
The event is part of a series of Midwest learning tours coordinated by Chicago-based Alianza Americas, made possible with program support from the Ford Foundation, CAMMINA, Oxfam America and the Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Representatives from Alianza, a network of 45 Latino immigrant-led organizations across the U.S., will speak during the event, which the Grand Rapids-based Association for a More Just Society and Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church in North America will co-host.
Featured speakers include worker advocates Maria Luisa Regalado, of the Honduran Women’s Collective in San Pedro Sula, and Rita Marcela Robles Benítez, of the Fray Matías Center for Human Rights in Mexico City.
Event coordinators say their goal is “to build alliances between U.S. labor and immigrant workers, groups often pitted against each other by recent political rhetoric.”
In light of ongoing NAFTA negotiations, Regalado, Benítez and others will discuss issues surrounding labor, immigration and the environment with labor and community advocates in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids tour stop will explore the factors that drive migration from Mexico and Central America to the U.S.
Activities will facilitate transnational dialogue around shared challenges and best practices in supporting workers across the Americas.
Post-tour, organizers will share recommendations for local and national policymakers and civil society advocates.
Attendees are asked to RSVP for the event. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $20, which can be paid on the registration page online.
Alianza Americas speaks out on issues that have an impact on the lives of immigrants and all families throughout the Americas.
Its 45 organizational members represent more than 100,000 families across 12 U.S. states.