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For over 30 years, Tenants and Workers United (TWU) has been organizing low-income communities of color -- low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth -- to build power so people can become change agents in their own lives by addressing the issues they care about. We advance racial, economic, and social justice by fighting for education, housing, and immigrants' rights. We build community-led campaigns to win change for our community.

Our goal is to secure sustainable systemic changes that advance equity through base-building & leadership development. With a vast base in the directly-impacted community, and with community leaders at the front and center of our work, we build community power to advance justice. Our member-led, member-centered approach ensures our demands reflect what our community really needs to thrive.

We have an active base of over 1,200 people and serve over 2,000 people across northern Virginia, including in Alexandria City, south Arlington County, south Fairfax County, and Woodbridge in Prince William County. We have over 50 developed community leaders, most of whom are immigrant women of color. We have over 200 youth who participate in our various programs and campaigns each year, with about 20 developed youth leaders. All of our members are economically disadvantaged, earning 40% of the area median income (AMI) or less.

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We at TWU are wishing you and your loved ones health and comfort during this COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff is working remotely, but our campaigns for working class communities, people of color, immigrants, youth, and women continue. We are communicating with our members via Facebook, Whatsapp, video calls, phone calls, and text messages. 

Now more than ever before, we must ramp up our demands for justice --  healthcare, fair wages, childcare, rent cancellation, jobs, and more -- for our communities.

We call on local and state leaders to:

  • urge property owners to suspend rent, eviction proceedings, & late fees
  • allocate funding for rent assistance
  • improve access to healthcare for everyone
  • make COVID-19 communications accessible to speakers of other languages

As we fight for these demands, we have started a fund to help directly impacted members purchase basic essentials. 

If you have the means, please donate here. If you would like to volunteer from home, please contact Mia Taylor at [email protected]

In solidarity,
Evelin Urrutia
Executive Director
Tenants and Workers United

En Español:

Nosotros en ITU les deseamos a ustedes y a sus seres queridos la salud y el consuelo durante esta pandemia de COVID-19. Nuestro equipo esta trabajando de lejos, pero nuestras campañas siguen luchando por la clase trabajadora, gente de color, inmigrantes, jovenes, y mujeres. Estamos comunicando con nuestros miembros a través de Facebook, WhatsApp, llamadas de video, llamadas telefónicas, y mensajes de texto.

Ahora más que nunca, debemos elevar nuestras demandas para la justicia -- cuidado de salud, pagos justos, cuidado de niños, suspensión de la renta, y más -- para nuestra comunidad.

Llamamos a nuestros líderes locales y estatales a:

  • instar que los dueños de propiedades suspendan la renta, las evicciones, y los cargos por pagos atrasados
  • alocar fondos para la asistencia de renta
  • expandir acceso al cuidado de salud para todxs
  • publicar actualizaciones del COVID-19 en idiomas distintos al inglés

Mientras luchamos para estas demandas, hemos empezado un fondo para ayudar a personas directamente impactadas con sus necesidades básicas. 

Si puedes, dona aquí. Si te gustaría voluntarear desde casa, por favor contácta a Mia Taylor: [email protected].

En Solidaridad,
Evelin Urrutia
Directora Ejecutiva
Inquilinos Trabajadores Unidos