On Monday, February 13th, 2017 (2.13*) join the Restaurant Opportunities Center - Bay Area and Access: Women's Health Justice in a pivotal event on the intersections of economic and reproductive justice. We will bring together workers, employers, academics, parents, activists and policymakers for a transformative discussion on how restaurant owners, co-workers and community members can support each other during these trying times. Our opening panel discussion will bring in key leaders and workers to connect the issues and bring together the broader picture. In the second half of the event, we will break off into smaller groups to participate in active workshops and move together towards productive outcomes in regards to the surging Sanctuary Restaurants movement, which seeks to create dignified and safe working conditions for immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women of color and LGBTIQ people.
BACKGROUND:In the Trump era, both immigrant workers//families and *reproductive* healthcare are severely under attack. Both issues greatly impact the lives of low-income working women of color and put simply, affect families. Being one of the largest and fastest growing private sector employers, and one of the top employers of women and immigrants, the restaurant industry has great potential to be a strong stakeholder in the move to protect workers.
ACCESS - WOMEN'S HEALTH JUSTICE:ACCESS Women's Health Justice removes barriers to sexual and reproductive health care and builds the power of Californians to demand health, justice and dignity. Their English & Spanish ACCESS Healthline provides free, confidential and nonjudgmental information, referrals, peer counseling and advocacy on the full range of reproductive health services. Their Practical Support Network ensures that people in California can obtain safe abortion services without isolation or delay, with a network of more than 200 volunteers who provide rides, overnight housing, child-care, translation & other assistance to make reproductive health care access a reality.
RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTER - BAY AREA:ROC the Bay is one of 10 local chapters of ROC United, a national non-profit worker center and advocacy organization. ROC the Bay seeks to ensure a just workplace and build power through the creation of a strong community of restaurant workers in the Bay Area. They provide hospitality job trainings for low-income restaurant workers, help to enforce the minimum wage through know your rights trainings and work with restaurant owners to promote just working conditions, fair wages and racial equity.
*$2.13 is the federal subminimum wage for tipped workers, a wage that has remained stagnant for over 20 years. Although California has One Fair Wage, and does not participate in the tip-credit system, ROC the Bay seeks to build awareness around $2.13 and show solidarity for the workers in the 43 other states that continue to allow for workers to rely solely on tips for their wages.*
DETAILED AGENDA:9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Registration & Pastry Mixer10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Panel Discussion on Reproductive Justice + Economic Justice11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Lunch12:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sanctuary Restaurants//Sanctuary Bodies Workshop/Teach-in2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Closing Circle