New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice was founded in response to the stark exclusion of African American workers and the brutal exploitation of immigrant workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Center is dedicated to organizing workers across lines of race and industry to advance racial justice and build worker power and participation to achieve a just reconstruction of New Orleans. The Center comes out of the New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition (NOWJC), which began convening soon after Hurricane Katrina. In order to address the long-term impact of the human and civil rights crisis resulting from the breach of the levees, the Coalition prioritized the establishment of the Center as an independent, collaborative, community-based organization advocating for and organizing workers in post-Katrina New Orleans. The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice is dedicated to: (1) Organizing workers across race and industry; (2) Advancing racial justice; (3) Building grassroots worker leadership, power and participation; (4) Building powerful multiracial alliances; (5) Building towards a just reconstruction of New Orleans. The Center aims to become an independent worker-led, membership-based entity with a board of workers and local and national "experts." It will be accountable to its membership base of workers.