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Workers' Dignity Labor Day Fundraising Picnic 

When: Sun., Sept. 1, 2-5 p.m. 2013
Phone: 601-2820
Price: $5-$10
Since 2010, the economic-justice organization Nashville Workers’ Dignity — founded from a coalition of labor, faith, legal and immigrant groups — has fought for the rights and pay of low-wage workers. Workers’ Dignity made headlines earlier this year in conjunction with a class-action suit brought by housekeepers against two Nashville hotels, the Best Western Music Row and the Comfort Inn Downtown, charging that employees worked as many as 14 hours a day for as little as $3.50 an hour. That matter was eventually settled, to the workers’ satisfaction. This Labor Day weekend, Workers’ Dignity launches its fund drive with a parade starting 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the corner of Nolensville and Harding; it will make its way to Coleman Park (bearing 8-foot puppets!) at Thompson Lane for an evening of political theater with the Dignity Street Theatre Troupe. Then, on Sunday, the organization hosts its fundraising picnic at the pavilion of St. Edward’s Church. There’ll be live music from hip-hop group The Greater Good, spoken-word artist Joshua Everett and Americana group Chicken Little, along with headliners Danny Salazar and local dance troupe Danza Azteka; family activities include a kids’ art zone and a bouncy house — but for connoisseurs of Nolensville Road’s many ethnic cuisines, the big attraction may be the tamales and paella made by the organization’s members. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 kids over 5. Call 601-2820 for more information.
— Jim Ridley


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