Labor Organization To Honor Margarita Espada, Welcoming Long Island Organizer

Here at Long Island Wins, we take great pride in our work, and when the work of one of our own is acknowledged, it motivates us even more.

On Monday, August 1, we will be especially honored to see Margarita Espada, the organizer of our Welcoming Long Island campaign, recognized for her dedication in the past year as an organizer and as a theater director. She will be honored by Long Island Jobs With Justice, a workers’ rights organization, at its 2011 reception at The View in Oakdale (3 Consuelo Place).

In the past year, Margarita has tirelessly worked to make Long Island a more welcoming place for all residents, regardless of immigration status. She’s started up Welcoming Committees in Port Jefferson and Port Washington—groups of residents who are interested in fostering compassion and understanding in their communities.

20110728-welcomingIn addition, she’s presented her play, “What Killed Marcelo Lucero?” in several venues, including an especially challenging screening in Patchogue, the place where Lucero was killed in a 2008 hate crime. Each performance of the play, specifically the one in Patchogue, showed her commitment to sparking dialogue around the issue of immigration, and to engaging community members.

At the Jobs With Justice event, Margarita will join a host of accomplished leaders onstage, including Pat Bowden, president of the local transport workers union; Rev. Tom Goodhue, Long Island Council of Churches; and Steve Bellone, the Babylon town supervisor and current candidate for Suffolk County executive.

To view the event invitation, click here.