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On September 10th, Hector Navarro went to the hospital for a brain tumor, and on September 13th he was operated on to take out the 3 centimeter tumor. After the surgery Hector had an embolism, and right now he is still in the hospital recovering. They don’t yet know when he will be able to leave the hospital. They are completing more tests because he also has diabetes insipidus. He also has to go to rehabilitation in order to be able to walk and talk again. They say he will be okay but that he will need a lot of therapy in order to get better and take care of himself. They are also giving him Cortisol because it is not naturally producing in his body.
The family also also does not have a way to make money right now because Hector’s wife, Arely, will need to take care of him 24 hours a day and cannot work at this time. For this reason they need help with bills such as the rent, the electricity, food, and all that they need for the children to go to school. On top of this, Arely is fighting deportation and has legal fees.
They are going to receive an emergency health insurance that is going to help with half of the medical costs. Still they will have to pay for he surgery, the hospital stay, and the subsequent physical and occupational therapy. They need your help to survive this hard time for the whole family: Hector, Arely, and their three children Lisania, Karen, and Angel, ages 12, 10 and 8. Hector and Arely are immigrants that came from Guatemala to this country for a better life and to work. They fled from the violence of the gangs of Guatemala, who had assaulted Hector. Please donate what you can to help for these costs.
Hector is a good father and a good husband. He loves his family very much and his children suffer for him. Hector worked in construction, painting, and landscaping to help his family continue onward. In addition to all of this, Arely is afraid that she will be deported and will be separated from her husband and kids, now that Hector needs more care than ever. Please, if you can, help this family.
(The above text has been translated from the original version below, in Arely’s words)
El 10 de septiembre Hector Navarro fue al hospital para un tumor de cerebro y el 13 de septiembre operaron para quitar el tumor de 3 centimetros. Despues de la cirugeria le dio una embolia. Ahorita ya esta en el hospital recuperandose. Ya no saben cuando el va a salir del hospital. Estan haciendo mas estudios porque tambien tiene diabetes insipida y tiene que ir a rehabilitacion para poder caminar y hablar otra vez. Dicen que va a estar bien pero va a necesitar mucha terapia para mejorarse y para cuidarse. Estan poniendo cortisol porque con el tumor no se produca naturalmente en su cuerpo.
Tambien la familia ahorita no tiene una manera para ganar el dinero porque su esposa Arely tiene que cuidarle 24 horas del dia y no puede trabajar en este momento. Por eso necesitan ayuda con los biles, como la renta, la luz, la comida, y todo lo que necesitan los ninos para la escuela. Tambien Arely esta luchando con la deportacion y tiene biles de abogado.
Ellos van a recibir un seguro de salud emergencia que va a ayudar con la mitad de los gasto medicos. Sin embargo ellos ya van a tener muchos gastos medicos para la cirugia, la estancia en el hospital, y la terapia. Necesitan su ayuda para sobrevivir este tiempo muy dificil para toda la famailia, Hector, Arely y sus tres ninos Lisania, Karen y Angel, de 12, 10, y 8 anos. Hector y Arely son inmigrantes que vienen de Guatemala a esta pais para una mejor vida y a trabajar. Ellos huyeron de la violenca de las pandillas de Guatemala, ya que lo pegaron a Hector. Por favor que done lo que puede para estos gastos.
Hector es un buen padre y un buen esposo. El quiere mucho a ellos y los ninos sufren mucho por el. Hector trabajaba en construccion, pintura y landscaping para sacar a su familia adelante. Ademas de todo eso, Arely tiene miedo que van a deportarle y que ella va a estar separados de su esposo y sus hijos, ahorita que Hector necesita mas cuidados de ella. Por favor si pueden ayudar a esta familia.
QUESTION — Syracuse, NY “Sanctuary City”
In conjunction with our exhibition, “Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul,” #LightWork and “For Freedoms have collaborated on a series of billboards. The images and text that comprise these public art installations aim to provoke conversations in our community that lead to civic engagement. View downloadable map of six Syracuse billboards here – http://lg.ht/LWBillboards
Installation: Hank Willis Thomas, “THEY ARE US US IS THEM”
Tucked into the provincial city center, down the hall from a coffee shop and public library is an obscure office where ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers do their work. They investigate and often detain undocumented immigrants in Syracuse, setting them on a path for potential deportation.
“This is a notice of eviction,” stated Rebecca Fuentes, lead activist of Workers’ Center of CNY, “We have found your office and its counterparts in violation of a series of basic human rights. In Syracuse, you have intimidated the entire immigrant community by establishing checkpoints in public places and on public transportation, by invading or threatening to invade the homes of residents, and through the aggressive interrogations of our community members. For these reasons, we hereby demand that you leave our city.”
Governor Cuomo, give the Green Light NOW!! Thank you Central NY for signing all these postcards for governor demanding he signs an executive order so all immigrants can have access to driver licenses. It is now up to the governor to do the right thing.
Thank you allies from the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network for all your support!!
Gracias a todos quienes firmaron las postales dirigidas al gobernador para que firme una orden ejecutiva permitiendo el acceso a las licencias de manejar en NY. Queremos Luz Verde ahora!
Today is the day to call Governor Cuomo to ACT NOW! DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ALL! NOW! We ask that you do the following:
Here is the script in both english and spanish:
ENGLISH (véase abajo para instrucciones en Español)
My name is (YOUR NAME) and I am from (YOUR CITY OR TOWN). I am calling today because last week another of our community members was separated from his three year old daughter because he didn’t have a driver’s license. It is in within Gov Cuomo’s power to make Carlos the last New Yorker who is facing deportation because he did not have access to a driver’s license. Carlos is a leader in the fight for licences and is one of thousands of NYers that support restoring access to drivers licences. Can we count on Gov Cuomo to act now to join 12 other states and to make New York safer for all?
Mi nombre es (SU NOMBRE) y soy de (SU CIUDAD O pueblo). Estoy llamando hoy porque la semana pasada otro miembro de nuestra comunidad fue separado de su hija de tres años porque no tenía licencia de conducir. Está en poder del Gov Cuomo hacer que Carlos sea el último neoyorquino que enfrenta la deportación por no tener acceso a una licencia de conducir. Carlos es un líder en la lucha para las licencias y es uno de los miles de residentes que apoyan la restauración del acceso a licencias de conducir.
¿Podemos contar con el Gobernador Cuomo actuar ahora para unirse a los otros 12 usted y hacer el estado de NY más seguro para todas y todos?
We are very happy to announce that Amy Sugimori, Director of Policy and Legislation for SEIU 32BJ, has joined the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Center of Central New York! We admire SEIU 32BJ’s history of fighting for workers’ rights and they have been very supportive of our work in Upstate NY for several years. Amy has a long history of activism and policy work in immigrants’ rights and labor, and drives 32BJ’s work on defending immigrant rights. Prior to her current position, Amy was executive director of La Fuente, a project engaging union members in civic participation in their communities, and was an attorney with the National Employment Law Project.
Welcome Amy and thank you Hector Figueroa, 32BJ President for your commitment to workers’ justice in NY. Sí se puede!
Trabajadores del campo, miembros del Centro de Trabajadores que quieran ir, por favor déjennos saber y tal vez podamos conseguir raite! Este evento sera en Sodus NY: El Festival de la Cosecha, un evento para celebrar todas las contribuciones de los trabajadores agrícolas a la comunidad. Vamos a tener una mesa del Centro con información acerca de la membresía y sus beneficios para trabajadores agrícolas.
Farmworkers, members of the center of workers who want to go, please let us know and maybe we can get ride! This event will be in Sodus NY: The Harvest Festival, an event to celebrate all contributions from agricultural workers to the community. We’re going to have a center table with information about membership and its benefits for agricultural workers.
We are in need of volunteers to help us make things like buttons, mirrors, keychains, banners, etc. and prepare materials for our table at the Wescott Street Fair this September 23rd. Anyone with sewing skills would be especially helpful.
We will be holding 2 volunteer days for this:
Both days will be starting at 5:00pm
As a follow up to the news that a prominent farmworker organizer was detained we are now able to make public that it was Carlos Cardona, the Alianza Agrícola co-founder and co-president and a dairy worker in our area for over 10 years.
On the evening of Thursday, August 30th, Carlos was pulled over by Attica police and turned over to Border Patrol for not having a valid driver’s license. He is now being held at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia, NY, facing deportation and separation from his three-year-old daughter and wife. Carlos is a prominent organizer with Alianza Agricola and part of the statewide campaign Green Light Driving Together, an effort to expand access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. He is originally from Guatemala and has been living in the United States with family for a decade.
The day Carlos was detained, August 30th, was also his daughter’s 3rd birthday. Rather than joy and celebration, the family was torn apart, her father criminalized for nothing other than coming to the U.S. to work hard and provide for his family. Ironically, that same day was the NYS Fair’s themed “Dairy Day” and Carlos’ boss was in Syracuse with dairy farmers from across the state celebrating the industry.
The irony doesn’t stop there. Today is Labor Day, and members from the Alianza Agricola and thousands of other undocumented immigrant workers are in the milk parlors and in the fields working long shifts in the extreme heat and without any overtime or vacation pay as if it were just any regular day. In an interview with Carlos from detention last night, he reminds us, “we’re not complaining about that. We just want to be able to get a license to be able to drive if we need to go to the doctor or so that we can buy fresh healthy food each week.” Carlos isn’t a criminal. His only “crime” was to come to the U.S. to work hard and help provide for his family. There are two ways you can help: 1) support them through the nightmare they are experiencing and donate funds for the legal and other expenses this will incur for his family, and 2) demand executive action from Governor Cuomo to expand licenses to all immediately and stop the deportation pipeline that is separating NY’s immigrant families simply because they don’t have an NYS ID.
Please donate to this GoFundMe Page that has been set up to support his wife and child: http://bit.ly/familysupportneeded.
In addition to financial support for his family, we are expecting that if Carlos is able to be released on bond it will be set at the exorbitant price of $10,000. Any donations that you can give are very much appreciated – as well as sharing with your family/friends/networks.
And thank you to all who have already donated and shared this campaign! Almost $2,500 has been raised by 50 people in just two days!
PRESS CONFERENCE: Farmworkers, advocates and local residents speak up for dignity and respect in front of Melrose Farms
Press contact: Rebecca Fuentes (315) 657-6799 Workers’ Center of CNY
Farmworkers and advocates give a report to the community about the conditions at Melrose Farms. Enough is enough!
On February 7, 2018 the town of Owasco ordered the owner of Melrose Farms, in the town of Owasco, to “cease and desist” the use and occupancy of the building where he had been providing housing to farmworkers and their families (see attachment for more information). Many people came together to support the families who then became homeless. It was a beautiful show of support for the farmworker community, as the families were assisted in finding housing, food and support while they found another job.
The farm was not only in violation of housing code enforcement, but also the Cayuga county health department found the farm did not obtained any permit to build a septic tank for the housing and that the waste was being discharged into the farm’s manure lagoon.
Even before many of us became aware of the inhumane housing conditions at Melrose, several workers had contacted the Workers’ Center of Central NY to complain about wage theft, as workers were not getting minimum wage or getting payed for all their hours.
On Tuesday, August 28, we are coming back to Melrose farm to give a community report about today’s working and housing conditions at this farm. We will share worker’s testimonies about current conditions at Melrose and demand action from local officials.
WHAT: Farmworkers and advocates present a report to the community about working and living conditions at Melrose Farms. Farmworkers will share their testimonies about working and living at Melrose Farm.
WHERE: Across the road from Melrose Farms, 3815 Melrose Rd. Auburn, NY 13021
WHEN: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 11:00 am
WHY: Farmworkers deserve dignity and respect now!
Six months after Melrose Farm’s owner J. Tidd was ordered to cease and desist use and occupation of a building that was found unfit for human habitation, what has been done by the owner and the local authorities to correct the working and living conditions at this farm? We must speak up and continue the pressure so employers do the right thing. The safety and dignity of farmworkers as well as the environment, depends on it.
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