Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Academy Award® Nominees Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson to be Honored for Role in Raising Awareness About Domestic Workers and Need for Labor Protections

  

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), will host “Leading with Love” a special gala celebration and awards dinner. The gala will celebrate the more than 10,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers who work as part of the NDWA every day, as well as the movement’s special champions, Academy Award® Nominees Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson, as well as domestic worker advocates Guillermina Castellanos and Linda Oalican and domestic worker groups Casa Latina (Seattle, WA), Domestic Workers United (New York, NY), and Mujeres Unidas y Activas (Oakland, CA), who have been on the front lines of the ongoing fight to win dignity, respect, and labor protections for domestic workers in the United States.

Both Viola Davis and Cecily Tyson’s performances in the Academy Award-winning film The Help brought domestic workers into the public spotlight, sparking an unprecedented national conversation about the realities of today’s domestic workers.

 WHAT: The National Domestic Workers Alliance’s “Leading With Love” Cocktail Reception, Gala Celebration, and Awards Dinner.

WHO: The National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-founded by Ai-jen Poo, called “The Nannies’ Norma Rae” by The New York Times and named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World, will host the evening.

Attendees will include: Honorees: actresses Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson; domestic worker labor activists Guillermina Castellanos and Linda Oalican; domestic workers’ rights groups Casa Latina, Domestic Workers United, Mujeres Unidas y Activas Special Guests: Michele Assellin, Mike McCoy & Voices United, Taller Cosita Seria Honorary Co-Chairs: Simon Greer, Maya Harris, Benjamin Jealous,Manuel Pastor, Cecile Richards, Richard L. Trumka, Luz Vega-Marquis Honorary Host Committee Member, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Media arrivals-5:30 pm Red Carpet-6:30 pm Gala Kickoff-7:30 pm WHERE: National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Avenue NW (H St & 13th St) Washington, DC 20005

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KJ

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