Sergio Sosa and the Heartland Workers Center were recognized by ACLU Nebraska

Sergio Sosa and the Heartland Workers Center received the Defender of the Bill of Rights Award from ACLU Nebraska at the annual dinner, Journeys of Justice. “This award goes to the many workers who make up and support the Heartland Workers Center, either through the Council of Workers, the Board of Directors, or Allied Latino Organizations (OLA for its name in Spanish),” stated Mr. Sosa.  “We are organizing for change, which means organizing for power.  Together, we will work to promote and defend the Bill of Rights and will make our voices heard against any violation that is committed.”

The event’s keynote speaker was Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book, The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  In her speech, she stated that since the 1970s, the prison system has increased by 1000%, largely due to the “War on Drugs,” which unjustly targeted minority populations and poor neighborhoods.  As a result of this mass incarceration, we, as a nation, have legally created a second-caste system, in which former prisoners have lost their right to vote, employment, and housing and food assistance, and leading many to continue a life of crime because of the few options for success after prison.

The event, held Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Tip Top Ballroom in Downtown Omaha.  Other award winners included the Domina Law Group and Jeanne Kuhr and Family, who received the Roger Baldwin Civil Libertarian of the Year, and Professor Michael Fenner, who was recognized with the Robert M. Spire Founders Service Award.

For more information, call the Heartland Workers Center at 402.933.6095 or visit our webpage at www.heartlandworkerscenter.org.