What’s the Connection Between Labor Day and 9/11?

By SARU JAYARAMAN --This is a special Labor Day for the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). 2011 is an incredible year – not only the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and the origins of our founding, but also the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. We see so many parallels in the incredibly labor movement built in the aftermath of that tragedy, and the restaurant worker movement we are trying to build in the aftermath of 9/11.
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2011 ROC-United National Convening in COLORSLINES

2011 ROC-UNITED CONVENING in COLORSLINES BY RINKU SEN at COLORLINES "I was with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, of which I am on the board, for their annual membership convening in Chicago. ROC-United is a deeply multiracial organization, reflecting the full range of people working in the industry. The organization focuses on high-end restaurants, where most front-of-the-house workers are white, and most back-of-the-house workers are immigrants. In addition to those folks, it also organizes black workers who are shut out of high-end restaurants altogether and largely relegated to fast food. ROC-United members helped me identify markers of equity and inclusion within organizations, which is key to generating equity and inclusion out in the world. So here are three signs you’re on the right track..."
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A DREAM COME TRUE!

COLORS-DETROIT: JOIN THE JUST. GOOD. FOOD. REVOLUTION! By PHIL JONES & MINSU LONGIARU ROC-MICHIGAN As a “food desert,” Detroit is a place where fresh healthy food is hard to find among all the convenience stores with chips, pop and processed food or fast food outlets offering burgers and fries. Hunger is a daily fact in our city.
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