It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that the UFCW International Union (Union) is being awarded the 2015 Champion in Labor Partnership award from the Center for Community Change (CCC), recognizing the long-standing leadership role of our Union in the fight for humane and comprehensive immigration reform.
Executive Vice President Esther López and I will be present to accept the award at the Change Champion Awards event on Thursday, September 17, from 6-9 p.m., at the historic Howard Theater in Washington, D.C.
The UFCW’s strategic partnership with CCC spans well over a decade. We have had deep alignment—particularly around our united fight for comprehensive immigration reform and our joint work on strategic voter engagement efforts—as well as our broader shared agenda of fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice. Esther represents our Union as an active member of CCC’s Board of Directors.
It is for these reasons that I enthusiastically encourage you to support CCC’s event. We want to ensure UFCW is not only well represented, but that we show strong support for the continued good work of one of our key national partners. Strategic partners like CCC deserve our support, and I ask that you make a contribution today.
Your contribution will leverage the financial support even further, CCC has a challenge grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies for their CCC Action political work. If they raise $1.5 million in new support, the foundation will award them a $1.5 million unrestricted grant—funding that will go a long way, as we all enter into a particularly challenging electoral season. All contributions will be doubled through this dollar-for-dollar match, and Esther and I would like to ensure that our Union makes a meaningful contribution.
The Change Champion Awards event was established in 2005 to celebrate the work that often goes unheralded, and the people and organizations that keep our vision for a just economy. Too frequently, the movement focuses only on the final outcome of a campaign, instead of taking a moment to honor the unsung heroes behind the scenes. We invite you to support the Change Champion Awards event to recognize the people and organizations whose work brings us closer to our shared goals around social justice.
Become a sponsor today, you can do so by completing the online sponsorship form at https://join.communitychange.org/page/contribute/sponsor-change-champions-2015. Please make checks payable to the Center for Community Change Action.
Thanking you in advance for your support.