It may be cold outside in southern Florida, but South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice (SFIWJ) is turning up the heat with its momentous work on immigrant rights and wage theft.
Yesterday SFIWJ and members of the South Florida Wage Theft Task Force won a major victory in its efforts to pass ananti-wage-theft ordinance in Miami-Dade County. Members of the task force, including Fred Frost, President of the South Florida AFL-CIO, spoke at a public hearing of the Board of County Commissioners Government Operations Committee, where the ordinance passed by a vote of 4 to 1, which means that it advances "with a favorable recommendation" from the committee to a full County Commission meeting scheduled for February 18. Two of the commissioners who voted in favor asked to be added to the ordinance as co-sponsors.
SFIWJ has also been supporting immigrant rights activists who are entering their 13th day of a fast, hoping to reach Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano with their pleas to stop deportations that tear families apart. Jenny Aguilar (pictured here) and the other participants are surviving on water, Pedialyte, and Gatorade, while they issue a desperate plea to DHS to review their current, inhumane policy of deporting undocumented immigrants who have children or spouses who are U.S. citizens. Read more about it and take action by clicking here.