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Accomplishments Of The Justicia For Migrant Workers

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The Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is a non-profit organization run by volunteer aimed at helping the migrant framworkers to gain their rights in Canada. This organization established in April 2001 when over 20 Mexican migrant workers organized a strike in Leamington and repatriated. They demand for a employment insurance created for the migran workers by the federal government and the right to apply for citizenship in Canada. Moreover, they fight to gain the fair treat and right to appeal for the workers (J4MW website, Our Main Demands). They offers workshop to educate the migrant workers to understand their rights and collect their complaints. Through the interaction with the farmers, helps them raise the awareness of legal issues. A more active action they connect migrant worker with immigration office and humanrights organizations both in Canada and in their homeland (J4MW website, What We Do). They worlk with Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples and ELACE to connect Caribbean and Mexican workers in a community. Also, their analysis include not only immigration issues but also gender and class conflict in the work (J4MW Website, Principles and Goals). The central goal of J4MW is to seize a better working condition and more respect for the migrate workers. Moreover, they urges Canadian to perfect the SAWP systems (J4MW WEBSITE, The Issues).
This organization advances equity by helping migrant workers to gain their human rights and let the public have the acknowledge that thoes workers are working in a poor working condition. Public has the myths about migrants or immigrant that their come would take away Canadian jobs (Guest Speaker Faroah Chowdhury). A Canadian is imaged as a white man speak English or French, so when a coloured-man with English as his second-language, people would not concern about their life in Canada. Those migrants are labeled as non-Canadian, they do the same job with less wages and no break. According to the data, there was a 24% gap between racialised groups and other Canadians (Galabuzi. 2001). The history tells that Canadian have used slaves and mirgrant workers with minimum payments. Today, the situation is not getting better. After 9/11, people come from other countries are seen as a threat. Canadaian not only afraid that they could take the jobs, they also seen the migrant workers as potential criminals (Street, 2003). In fact, white settlers came to Canada as foreigners. After the white settler society been established, the racial hirearchy was created (Razack, 2002). Migrant farmers worker have no insurance to protect them in case they become sick. When Canadian worried about the migrants might become criminals, the workers’ safty and health are under the risk. Migrant workers are taking jobs that Canadians do no want to do (Chowdhury). Most of the workers come to Canada without knowing their rights or unable to argue because of the language. J4MW was established for the migrant workers to educate them to...

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