My name is Diana Barrera. I first got involved fighting for worker’s rights under the leadership of my undergrad professor James Walsh in Denver, Colorado. With his knowledge of history he ignited a flame of passion for worker’s rights in my soul and helped me find my raison d'etre.
Hey everybody! My name is Kirby Peterson and I just started my internship at Fe y Justicia in June. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to advocate for and work on behalf of such a crucial population in this country. Along with partnering with FJWC in an effort to achieve worker justice for all, I am also pursuing my Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston. For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for developing relationships and serving individuals who feel ignored, forgotten, or outright rejected from others.
Human rights are basic rights. One of those rights is to have access and be engaged in occupation. The word "occupation" not only encompasses work but also relates to our "role" in society; in how we occupy our time and how that fills us with meaning and purpose. If what we do as our occupation is not respected and valued, our well-being and purpose in life is negatively affected.
As Hurricane Sandy continues on its path and our friends and loved ones on the East Coast begin to assess the damage to their homes, businesses, and communities, we in the Gulf Coast offer our solidarity and prayers.