Who is the Southern Maine Workers’ Center?
Southern Maine Workers’ Center (SMWC) is member-based organization made up of people who believe that working and poor people need to unite and organize to ensure that our all of our basic human rights are met. Through our committees, we organize for dignity in our workplaces and the right to health care.
Our members work in different industries, live in different places, and come from different communities, cultures, and backgrounds. We bring our own stories, histories and perspectives to the organization. Our strength lies in our solidarity with each other and our commitment to building power from the grassroots. Together we are powerful enough to transform our workplaces and communities.
The Human Rights Principles:
All of our work is guided by The human rights principles (which we have adopted from the Vermont Workers’ Center): equity, accountability, transparency, universality, and participation
Equity: Everyone puts in what they can and gets the care they need. Every person is entitled to the same ability to enjoy human rights.
Accountability: It is not enough merely to recognize human rights. There must be means of holding the government and other power holders accountable for failing to meet human rights standards.
Transparency: Government and other power holders must be open with regard to information and decision-making processes. People must be able to know how public institutions needed to protect human rights are managed and run.
Universality: Human rights must be afforded to everyone, without exception. It is by virtue of being human, alone, that every person is entitled to human rights.
Participation: Government and other power holders must engage people and support their participation in decisions about how their human rights are ensured.
The Southern Maine Workers Center thanks RESIST Inc. for their support.