Past Event

Solidarity and Struggle for the Rights of Domestic Workers

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street

Domestic Workers   Matthijs De Bruijne

Please join Arise Chicago, Gallery 400, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for an evening of activities focused on creating greater understanding of the struggles for justice by and for domestic workers.

In millions of U.S. households, domestic workers, most of which are women, provide the cooking and cleaning services, as well as childcare and eldercare. Unfortunately, their work remains largely invisible. As a vulnerable workforce, they have long endured unlivable wages and receive little to no protection by law.

A panel will explore the critical challenges of the contemporary movement for domestic workers’ rights. Domestic workers and organizers from Arise Chicago will also share their personal stories and experiences organizing for labor protections.

Sheila Bapat, Author of Part of the Family? Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers' Rights
Ania Jakubek, Organizer, Arise Chicago Worker Center
Isabel Mendez, Domestic Worker, Member Organizer at Arise Chicago
Heather Radke, Exhibitions Coordinator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Magdalena Zylinska, Domestic Worker, Member Organizer at Arise Chicago

Attendees will learn strategies for supporting domestic workers’ rights, share individual experiences about connections to domestic work in our daily lives, and leave with a token of appreciation to share with domestic workers as a thank you for their valuable work and contribution to our communities.

We encourage all with an interest in justice for domestic workers, feminism, labor activism, and community advocacy to attend.

Special thanks to the National Domestic Workers Alliance and In These Times for sponsoring this event.

Image: Domestic Workers Netherlands with Matthijs de Bruijne, I will not ask anything about you, you will not ask anything about me, 2011, shadow play, DVD, 10 min. (video still).