Today, I am excited to announce the merger of two allied organizations — the International Labor Rights Forum and Global Labor Justice. Developed over many months with the strong support of our allies, board, and staff, our new partnership is coming together at a critical time. As quite literally every person in the world faces a common threat in the form of a global pandemic, workers are simultaneously more isolated and connected than ever before. At a time when state and corporate responses leave workers around the world in crisis — locked into dangerous working conditions or locked out of jobs with essential wages and benefits — it is clear we must work together to build durable transnational alliances that advance a new strategic vision with labor and human rights in the foreground. Progressive economy efforts can no longer be seen as a parochial, national issue. Transnational movements and strategic campaigns are fundamental to a future that includes decent work, development, and democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Together we will strengthen the force behind these efforts by providing greater strategic capacity, support, and momentum.
For the last eleven years, the Labor Rights Defenders Awards ceremony has brought together leaders and activists from the labor movement along with allies from the women's, migrant, human rights and social movements. Together and stronger than ever as Global Labor Justice - International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF), we are looking forward to the 2020 GLJ - ILRF Labor Rights Defenders Awards Ceremony where we will honor and uplift those on the front lines of transforming the global economy and fight for labor justice globally.
We can't wait for you to join us in celebrating these incredible leaders and organizations!
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