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Marcela Diaz

Marcela is the Executive Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a community-based, immigrant-led organization for worker and racial justice and human rights—respecting diversity and integrating the newcomers. Somos Un Pueblo Unido also has a one-stop shop for low wage workers to get trained about their rights and resources available to them.

On a recent episode of KSFR’s Nuestra America, Marcela Diaz and Elsa Lopez welcomed David Dyssegaard Kallick, senior fellow with the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York and co-author of a new report by the Center for American Progress on refugee integration in the United States. The report examined four groups of refugees as they found new work and new communities in the US. Kallick said the authors themselves were surprised by this report’s timeliness.

Recent changes in federal workers law--specifically regarding overtime pay--will have profound effect across the country and especially right here in New Mexico which is home to one of the largest concentrations of nonprofit organizations in the country. Elsa Lopez and Marcela Diaz spoke with Judy Conti, a federal advocacy coordinator for the National employment law project, about what the federal changes were and how it will impact organizations. Conti began by describing the what the National employment law project does.

There was another protest yesterday, held by employees of Lotaburger at the intersection of Rodeo and Zia roads. Two organizers of the gathering Yesenia Barraza and Brenda Bohorquez  spoke with Marcela Dias and Elsa Lopez yesterday on their KSFR program Nuestra America. Yesenia began by explaining to Lopez and Diaz why they decided to take action against their employer, Lotaburger.

Elsa Lopez and Marcela Diaz are the hosts of KSFR's immigrant rights talk program, Nuestra America