November 1

Working Family Solidarity “Fun”draiser

8 pm

Working Family Solidarity “Fun”draiser

Join us in support of Working Family Solidarity. Their mission is to attain economic security for workers of all backgrounds by educating workers on employee rights, decreasing racial tension, and building racial alliances.

With live music by Micha and DJ set by Steve Marquette.

“Working Family Solidarity strives to educate and unify working families in Chicago and Illinois to create a culture of labor rights education and inter-racial solidarity among low-wage and contingent workers, including unemployed and under-employed workers. We believe that in order to achieve concrete workplace improvements, fair hiring practices, and attain economic victories for workers’ families, we must build stronger racial alliances among low-wage workers to decrease racial tension and build mutual trust and support.

Our approach is two-pronged: provide workshops and trainings on various areas of employee job applicants’ rights, while simultaneously intertwining Racial Unity Dialogues which include a historical analysis of racism in our society. We believe that in today’s economy of mostly contingent work, outreach and education with workers must include their families as well, to build a broad-based movement which takes into account the worker as a family member, a community member, as well as a home-owner or renter, or possible homeless. Employment (or lack thereof), wages, and benefits directly impact all aspects of a worker’s life – family, housing, food, emotional/physical well-being, access to education and healthcare.”

MICHA is the project of vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor Michelle J. Rodriguez. Born in Orlando, Florida to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Kirkland, Washington and Lexington, Kentucky, Ms. Rodriguez sings and writes songs that stab you in the heart but make you want to dance. Reminiscent of a folksy Tina Turner, a laid-back Whitney Houston or an indie Selena, MICHA has captivated audiences at the Hideout, Steppenwolf and Salonathon in Chicago with her stunning vocals and vulnerability onstage. Ms. Rodriguez starred in her original musical, East o’, West o’! at ANTFest at Ars Nova in New York City this past June, which earned her a mention in The New Yorker.

This is an exciting chance to see MICHA in an intimate duo performance of original songs and old favorites in her two native languages, English and Spanish, with acclaimed guitarist Samuel Hasting. MICHA will take you on a visionary journey through her musings on life, love, and homeland, all with powerful femme-centered vibes.

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