As a result of more than 20 years of community organizing experience, Sergio Sosa – along with Latino/a workers, social and religious institutions, and hometown associations-formed the Heartland Workers Center (HWC) in January of 2009.
After listening to hundreds of stories from workers in meatpacking, construction, restaurants, and cleaning, a vision was born to create a new model of organizing that entails finding and developing leaders, training them on workers’ rights, and finding effective methods of participating in the civic society.
The HWC was incorporated and officially became a non-profit organization [501©3] in April of 2010.
To improve the quality of life of Latino/a immigrant workers by promoting leadership development, workers’ rights, and civic engagement through legal information sharing, training, and organizing.
The HWC is dedicated to help build a community that works for all across the Midwest. The organization envisions becoming a recognized and self-sustaining organization that provides leadership training to immigrants and workers.
This organization’s golden rule is “Do not do for others what they can do for themselves.” This rule is fundamental to the HWC’s ability to develop leaders who are capable of promoting, protecting, and defending their rights.