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On Thanksgiving We Give Thanks to Working Families, to Immigrant Working Families

On Thanksgiving We Give Thanks to Working Families, to Immigrant Working Families

By on Nov 27, 2014 in News |

    The end of November is here once again, in what has become a tradition throughout the United States to gather with family and friends and enjoy pleasant moments, food, smiles and conversations.  Many homes will engage in reflection, some deeper than others, on why they are thankful and warrants their family’s gratitude. Health, family, a roof over one’s head, jobs; these are just some of the most common things people include of their list of blessings.  Rarely does society focus on the contribution of different sectors in the population to our wellbeing as something for which to give thanks.  We hope to highlight the contribution of working families, especially immigrant working families as a reason warranting our gratitude. Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center gives thanks to working families on this special day and beyond this holiday by consistently supporting the transformation of our society to achieve more just and equitable communities.  We urge families to reflect on this. The “Texas Miracle”, a phenomenon many of our politicians are quick to make reference to when speaking of Texas, is in large due to the construction industry with record amounts of projects in every major urban area of the state.   There are close to one million construction workers who build our state.  They labor in the most dangerous state to work in construction, with the most deaths on the job than any other field in any other state. Construction companies, contractors, subcontractors and society have another reason to be grateful this November. It is thanks to the construction workers the construction industry has managed to grow at the pace it has, making an estimated $54 billion a year.  Without Texan construction workers our state would not flourish as it has.   We should give thanks to the men and women who labor every day to build our state, from roads to schools, government buildings, private businesses and homes.  In giving thanks to Texan construction workers we should acknowledge that about half of them labor in our state without documents. In other words, without immigrant workers our state would be unable to build itself. Beyond Thanksgiving we should demonstrate our gratitude by supporting and prioritizing the transformation of the construction industry...

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