Like so many of you, my thoughts this Labor Day weekend have been pulled irresistibly to the disaster zone of Hurricane Harvey – not to mention the even more devastating flooding in South Asia that has affected tens of millions.
The climate crisis has a way of laying bare the injustices of our system – and all the many ways they intersect. I’m thinking of the 600,000 undocumented immigrants in Houston who were already intensely vulnerable before the flood waters ever rose. And of the frontline communities living around flooded petrochemical refineries where explosions are right now contaminating the air.
In this blog post, my colleague Bilan Arte reflects on how we celebrate workers rights in an era of climate breakdown and serial disasters.
In Bilan’s own words, she makes the connections between her mother’s experiences as a refugee in Canada performing undervalued and underpaid labor, and how that upbringing fueled her commitment to fight for the rights of all workers.
The Leap Manifesto recognizes not only the overlapping crises that loom so large on weekends like this, but also the multitude of solutions that new coalitions of social movements are advancing to meet them: immigration status and full protection for all workers, expanding the low-carbon caregiving sectors, and a just transition in which no worker is left behind.
I was really moved when I read Bilan’s blog – having visionary young leaders like her on our team gives me hope for the future!
Take a moment on this Labor Day and give it a read yourself.