THE WORK THAT MAKES ALL WORK POSSIBLE: BUILDING A DOMESTIC WORKER RIGHTS MOVEMENT
WITH AI-JEN POO
Date & Time
Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30 PM
Food vendors and museum open 5-6 PM. Cash only for food.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S. Halsted Chicago IL 60607
Event is free. RSVP required:
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Chicago Coalition for Household Workers/Latino Union will co-host a conversation with Ai-Jen Poo, visionary labor leader and Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Ms. Poo will talk about her work organizing domestic workers across the country and will discuss the Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights with Senator Ira Silverstein, the sponsor of this groundbreaking piece of legislation and a local domestic worker from Chicago Coalition for Household Workers.
Bio of Ai-Jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign,
has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization
that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize
the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising,
National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging.
Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership
Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
This event is part of a year-long series of interactive public workshops, performances, and conversations that are associated with "Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics," an exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum that explores the stories of the first generation of home economists who were equal rights advocates, chemists and public health advocates, labor reformers and innovators who sought to redefine domesticity. The exhibit connects this history to the contemporary moment, and engages activists, artists, and scholars as they consider the domestic sphere as a site of social change.
Chicago Childcare Collective is providing childcare at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on 3/28 for parents who attend "The Work that Makes All Work Possible: Building A Domestic Worker Rights Movement with Ai-Jen Poo." Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to tell the collective your childcare needs. The Chicago Childcare Collective (ChiChiCo) is a group of volunteers who support the participation of parents, especially mothers, in racial and economic justice work. The collective matches volunteers with community organizations across the city to have fun with kids while their parents participate in and lead organizing efforts to defend their rights and build a better Chicago.
This event is generously supported and co-sponsored by:
African American Cultural Center, Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Women's Leadership and Resource Center, Institute for the Humanities, Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center (Illinois ERC), Social Justice Initiative at UIC, and The Public Square.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.