There Is No Separate Peace
LELO strives to empower low-income workers of color, recent immigrants and women workers to assert their rights, improve their working conditions and gain a voice in their workplaces, trade unions and communities in the U.S. and across the globe.
LELO’s social change strategy is local organizing, with an emphasis on political education, and building solidarity networks with workers across all borders.
Worker to Worker Solidarity
LELO’s Annual Event Honoring Silme Domingo, Gene Viernes and Milton Jefferson
Every year LELO’s remembers our history and co-founders who are no longer with us and recognizes current workers struggles and individuals who exemplify LELO’s values and principles. Our 2019 Domingo, Viernes, Jefferson Awardee was Rosalinda Guillen, long time farmworker organizer and Executive Director of the women-led organization, Community to Community.
The John Caughlan Award went to his granddaughter, Zaachila Orozco-McCormick, for her courageous work in No More Deaths, an organization that provides food, water and medical aide to people crossing the US-Mexico border through the Arizona desert.
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, LELO’s 2020 fundraising dinner – originally scheduled to be held on June 6, 2020 at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College – has been postponed.
FIRS: The Community Fighting Gentrification In Sea-Tac
In 2016 60 families, mainly Latino, of 170 people and including 60 children, who lived together for over 20 years in the FIRS Mobile Park, were given eviction notices after the building of Sound Transit light rail to the Sea-Tac area in south King County. Their community was to be destroyed to make way for a hotel that would serve the tourist industry and for near-by airport arrivals. LELO has championed this community’s human right for housing and honored them at LELO’s annual dinner with the 2018 Domingo, Viernes and Jefferson Award. Today, the Concerned Residents of FIRS continue to search for a home for their community and fight in the courts for the violation of their human rights. For more information on this issue, please contact Ricardo at LELO.