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MADISON — Immigrant Workers Union (IWU) is excited to announce the Fourth Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 26. The picnic will be held at Penn Park from 1-5 p.m. The event is part of an overall grassroots effort to promote unity and collaboration between the Black and Latino Communities.
The main goal of the event is to bring together black, Latinos and allies with food, music and a good conversation about issues that affect us all like racial justice disparity, education, housing or employment. Jorge Carrera, leader of IWU, states, “This is our fourth year and we still see the need to talk about unity in struggle."
Alex Gillis from IWU added "In general, Madison is a great city to network and pull exciting projects together, however, there is a lot work to be done at the grassroots level because prejudices and stereotypes run wildly in our communities. We hope events like ours will help to bring awareness on how both of our communities share multitude of values and needs.”
The event is open to all communities, it is a free, and includes food, prizes, and a diversity of cultural and music performances featuring Introspective Prodigies (Hip Hop), Alix (spoken word), Capoeira Angola, and others.
During the Event, IWU will present the Black-Latino Unity (BLU) Pledge, the latest initiative of the Black Latino Unity (BLU) project to encourage active participation from workers, parents, students, and neighbors to defend and unite around issues that affect both communities.
Clarissa Pearson, main coordinator of Black Latino Project explains, "This pledge is agreeing and committing to unite in the workforce, in our schools, and our neighborhoods for unity. This is an allegiance of solidarity. No matter who you are, you will be able to play a critical role in your community. It is vital that we depend on each other to see meaningful changes. Unity must happen from bottom up or it will not happen at all."
Some organizations and businesses collaborating this year include PDQ, Lazy James, Mt Olive Non-Denominational, Immigrant Workers Union, Capoeira Angola, DJ Michuacano, and more.