The Labor Center understands that workers are whole human beings whose lives go beyond their workplace and whose work lives are deeply affected by what happens in their communities. When Black people suffer racist attacks in their communities—whether the attacks come in the form of police and extrajudicial violence, or underfunded public education, or exposure to environmental degradation, or mass incarceration—these are workers’ rights issues.
Workshops & Leadership Schools
Danielle Mahones is a skilled facilitator and trainer, and has twenty years of experience in social justice movement work. For nine years she served as the executive director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO), a racial justice organization dedicated to building a social justice movement led by people of color. As executive director, she still kept her hand in direct program work by facilitating Spanish-language organizing trainings, providing strategic and organizational consultations to key allies, developing curricula for the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s California Lead Organizer Institute, and co-founding new programs such as the Black Organizing Project and BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity). Prior to this Danielle spent a decade working in the labor movement. She organized hotel workers with HERE Local 2850 and janitors with SEIU Local 1877, and directed new organizing and contract campaigns for Stanford hospital and university workers with SEIU Local 715 (now 521). She has worked as an independent consultant to community, labor, and philanthropic organizations, including The California Endowment’s East Oakland Building Healthy Communities initiative, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Latino Outreach Program of the League of Conservation Voters, the Ella Baker Center, and the Bay Area Black Workers Center. In her current position at the Labor Center she is providing technical assistance to the National Black Worker Center project.