“Let’s Build This!”


Texas’ immigrant construction workers are essential workers, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic these workers are now facing increased challenges both at home and on the job site.

Join Workers Defense Project for an eye-opening panel discussion about how our community is addressing these new challenges during our July 31st panel discussion and virtual film screening of Building the American Dream.


  • 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm: Virtual Film Screening (link provided upon ticket purchase)
  • 6:45 pm to 7:00 pm: Break
  • 7:00 pm to 7:15 pm: Zoom panel discussion (link provided upon ticket purchase)
  • 7:15 pm to 7:30 pm: Audience Q&A (link provided upon ticket purchase)

This virtual event will provide an opportunity to hear from the film's director, Workers Defense Project’s members, Board of Directors, and allied organization representatives.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Emily Timm: Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Workers Defense Project (featured in film)
  • Claudia Golinelli: Vice President, Board of Directors, Workers Defense Project (featured in film)
  • Chelsea Hernandez, Director, Building the American Dream
  • Montserrat Garibay, Secretary-Treasurer, Texas AFL-CIO

All proceeds from the event will be used in direct support of our mission of empowering low-income workers throughout Texas. 

All are welcome to attend, and we will offer bilingual English/Spanish translation for the panel discussion post-screening, so please join us on July 31, 2020 at 5:30 pm for an enlightening, eye-opening conversation centered around Texas' essential immigrant workers.                                                       


Building the American Dream:

In Texas, a construction worker dies every 3 days. This makes Texas the deadliest state for worker deaths in the United States. Texas’ construction industry is also comprised of 40% foreign-born workers, creating a perfect storm for worker abuse and exploitation. 

Building the American Dream tells the story of several immigrant workers in Texas’ construction industry after they were exploited and cast aside but chose to confront injustice head-on to systematically change Texas’ political institutions to protect workers. 

While workers fight for the right to rest and to reclaim their stolen wages, their lives are put at risk as immigration reform is stalled and anti-immigrant rhetoric expands with the rise of a tumultuous political climate. 

This film tells a story of inspirational leadership, committed collective action, and true worker empowerment as it bears witness to a growing determination to uplift an invaluable community -- the people who are literally building America brick by brick.

For questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact Workers Defense Project Director of Development, Chance McKee, at chance@workersdefense.org.

Please consider adding a Member Ticket to your order. By gifting a ticket, you reduce the barrier to entry for a Workers Defense Project member by allowing them to attend for free. 

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