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Syracuse Community Choir Concert June 11th

Our friends with the Syracuse Community Choir will be holding their Summer Solstice Concert on Sunday, June 11th at 4:30 pm at St. Paul’s Downtown Episcopal Church at 220 East Fayette Street Syracuse, NY 13202. Tickets are $15-$25 at the door (or less if you need to, children are free). We appreciate that we will receive part of the proceeds from the evening. The theme of this year’s concert is immigration, migration, and sanctuary. We will also be able to table and share information about the Green Light campaign, dairy farmworker organizing and other WCCNY. We would greatly appreciate volunteers to help to staff the table. If you’re available to help us with tabling please give us a call at 315-218-5708 or email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscentercny.org. We thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you on June 11th!

 

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Primero Mayo/May Day Rally Success!

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We had a FANTASTIC May Day/Day Without Immigrants in here Syracuse. The march was very energetic, we heard from sharp and amazing speakers, and we had amazing turnout. We would like to say thank you again to the International Socialist … Continue reading

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In support of Jose Coyote Perez, dairy farmworker, community leader and member of the Workers’ Center, please call: Buffalo Fed. Detention Facility office of the Chief Counsel (716) 551-4741 and press 4# (four followed by the # sign)

Proposed script: My name is ______ I want to bring to the attention of the Chief Counsel the case of Jose Coyote Perez, A#099757267, who is in Batavia detention Center. He is the father of four children and community leader in Upstate and Central NY, member of the Workers’ Center of CNY and other community organizations. His case was administratively closed in September, but he was detained on February 24, 2017. Please release him and close his case again so he can return to his children and continue to be an advocate for human rights. Be prepared that they may tell you that is not the place to call but just tell them you want to leave the message for the Chief Cousel (if she doesn’t answer), it is very important to tell them the A# Jose is in good spirits, he knows he has a lot of support from all over Upstate and Central NY. Mil gracias. Please also sign the Petition !!! Petition !!!Petition !!!Petition !!!

 

Join us Monday Feb. 6th @ 11:30 am as Mayor Miner Announces Her Support of Green Light Campaign

Join us, Monday February 6th at 11:30 am for a press conference here at the Workers’ Center of CNY where Mayor Miner will announce her support for Green Light, the statewide campaign to expand access to driver’s licenses to all. We have been diligently working to garner support for the campaign by collecting signatures on our petition and getting local organizations and elected officials to sign on in support.

Declaring Syracuse a sanctuary city along with announcing her support of the Green Light campaign shows are concrete ways Mayor Miner is showing that immigrants are truly welcome in this community. In the current political moment where Trump is pushing through racist, vile, anti-immigrant legislation, we must be vigilant in supporting immigrants who are fighting back on multiple fronts. Join us this Monday, Feb. 6th at 11:30 am at the Workrers’ Center of CNY so we can send a message loud and clear, that immigrants are indeed welcome here.

Save-the-Date! The People’s Inauguration, Jan 21st

The Workers’ Center of CNY is part of the newly formed CNY Solidarity Coalition, a coalition of people dedicated to protecting and fighting alongside immigrants, LGBT people, Muslims, women, and all other marginalized and oppressed groups that will be the direct targets of Trump and his vile cabinet.

On Saturday January 21st, 11:30-2:30 pm we are having the People’s Inauguration at All Saints Church 1342 Lancaster Avenue. At this event we will be celebrating our community and forging grassroots political power!

Location: All Saints Parish Center, 1342 Lancaster Ave
Food (Lunch) * Music * Theater * Poetry
Free and open to the public

Confirmed performances:
Dream Freedom Revival (DFR)
Joe Driscoll
“Falling Rocks” by Teatro de los Trabajadores
The Tearing Down of The Wall
Poetry (various)

Was November 8th a turning point for you?
Have you been following the news and thinking “I need to do something, but I’m just one person. What can I do?”

For people attending Syracuse in Solidarity protest from 10 – 11 am, (https://www.facebook.com/events/729007077251698/),
there will be coordinated carpooling from a makeshift “bus stop” at the Federal Building starting at 11 am — look for the big “People’s Transportation” sign.

 

WCCNY Member Honored at National Health & Safety Conference

Last week, four WCCNY members, Rosa, Yamaris, Andrea, and Victor, represented the Workers’ Center of CNY at the National Council for Occupational Safety & Health, where WCCNY member Crispin Hernandez was recognized for his commitment to advancing the movement for worker health and safety. In addition to accepting the award on behalf of the Workers’ Center of CNY and Crispin, members participated in and attended a number of workshops and panels on how to organize successful worker safety and health campaigns. We learned from and shared our own experiences on leading important fights around health & safety, fighting wage theft, and expanding access to driver licenses.

 

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WCCNY member, Victor holding a sign saying he’s attending this conference because he believes all workers should have the same rights. Victor also participated in a workshop and talked about his first hand experience with health and safety issues as a poultry worker and a dairy worker.

Donations like yours help make it possible for worker leaders to attend national conferences like these and bring back vital information to strengthen our organizing. We thank you for your continued support and we are glad you are in the struggle with us!

Si se puede!

WCCNY Ten Year Anniversary Fundraising Drive!

Workers’ Center of CNY Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary!

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Here at the Workers’ Center of CNY we are always working and fighting hard for the rights and dignity of immigrants and workers. Now that Donald Trump, an anti-immigrant, racist, xenophobe, is president, we are committed to fighting even harder. While we are deeply unsettled and disturbed by all that Trump represents and stands for–misogyny, racism, exploiting and abusing workers–we are also encouraged and excited that this year marks the Workers’ Center of CNY’s ten year anniversary!

In the past decade, we have won many important victories. From organizing guest workers at the NY State Fair to end exploitation, abuse, and human trafficking of workers, to our farmworker leaders standing up against retaliation, intimidation, workplace violence at Marks Farm in Lowville. In the next two weeks, we will stroll down memory lane to highlight more of the victories we have accomplished.

We want to continue to grow our base so that we can win even more victories. That is why we are reaching out to you for support. We are kicking off a two week fundraising campaign to raise $5000 to support immigrant worker organizing. When you donate, you are supporting local workers and immigrants fighting for fair, just, and dignified, workplaces and communities.
The funds raised during this campaign will go towards funding “Know Your Rights”, transportation costs for outreach, the Green Light campaign to expand access to driver’s licenses for all, our newly formed theater troupe “Teatro de los Trabajadores,” and our Women’s Group committee. All of these programs are essential for building our organizational capacity so that we can continue fighting for dignity and respect in central New York.
Si se puede!