Hotel Workers Ordinance Fails to Pass

On September 28, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Elida Aguirre, representing the Campaign to Stand with Women, told the Long Beach City Council she has worked at the Maya Hotel in Long Beach for 19 years.

“I am here because I am a housekeeper and I know what it feels to be woman when faced with the threat of sexual harassment from guests,” Aguirre said. “Sometimes we have to work in our areas and if something happens to us we don’t know if someone will hear us if we need help. I have marched in the streets many times and come to city council meetings more times than I can count…. I am tired of asking for support without a clear answer.”

Sept. 19 was no different. The city council voted 5-4 against a measure that would have provided hotel workers with greater safety tools against harassment and established workload limitations. Voting no were District 3 Councilwoman Suzie Price, District 4 Councilman Daryl Supernaw, District 5 Stacy Mungo, District 6 Councilman Dee Andrews and District Councilman 8 Al Austin.

The measure, which concerned hotels with 100 or more rooms, failed to pass despite support from politicians such as Rep. Alan Lowenthal and Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn. Attendees left the council chambers screaming, “Shame on you!”

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Nikole Cababa: Courage, Voice, Power

On December 3, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Photo by Phillip Cooke
By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Nikole Cababa comes from a strong line of fierce women, but she had to overcome identity and cultural challenges before she found her own voice as a grassroots organizer.
“My grandmother and my mom taught me what hard work really meant, what it meant to sacrifice for your family, what it meant to put others before yourself,” said Cababa, now 28.

Nikole Cababa: Change is Possible

On August 25, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Nikole Cababa comes from a strong line of fierce women, but finding her own strength came with overcoming the challenges of identity and culture.
“We all have closets to bear but it’s when we reach that breaking point, when we finally feel the courage to speak up for ourselves,” Cababa, 28, said.

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