Past Programs

Threats That Immigrants Face

Diego Low
October 15, 2017

Needham Lyceum
Sunday, October 15, 2017
9:15am in the Parlor
Diego Low speaking

Diego Low is the Coordinator (ED) of the Metrowest Worker Center, with headquarters in Framingham.  The Worker Center serves undocumented immigrants from Guatemala, Ecuador and Brazil who live in the Framingham area that includes Milford.  Diego works tirelessly and effectively with wage-theft and work-related injury cases.   I am honored to be a member of the Worker Center board.

As First Parish considers the path to becoming a Sanctuary Support Church, in Sunday’s lyceum (October 15), the stories that Diego shares with us will throw a spotlight on key issues that immigrant workers face in their efforts to provide for their families.  

Through my work with the Needham Area Immigrant Justice Task Force, which I chair, I have come to know Diego well.  Along with other members of the Task Force (which includes FP members) I have participated in various protests against employers who do not pay their workers what they are due.  Many of these protests have resulted in workers getting the wages they have rightfully earned, but been denied by unscrupulous employers.  This kind of protest is on the frontlines of worker justice.  

One other vivid image of Diego came when I was in the hospital for an appointment dealing with a broken hip I suffered a couple of years ago.  In a waiting room I found Diego accompanying an injured worker there for treatment.   This is another part of what Diego does year in and year out.  The Ecuadorans that participate in the Worker Center tend to be roofers, which means their injuries can be quite serious.

As you can imagine, Diego has many stories of workers in the struggles of their lives for a just wage and for adequate treatment for injuries they suffer on the job.

If you are planning to be in church this Sunday I hope you will come to the parlor at 9:15 to hear Diego and to have him respond to your questions.