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Update on Detained WCCNY Member, Hector & How You Can Support!

Today, a longtime Syracuse community member, husband, father,  worker, and Workers’ Center of CNY, member Hector Navarro was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) outside of his home after taking his wife Arely, to work. He was taken to and detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown office) this morning. The Syracuse Rapid Response Team and the Workers’ Center of CNY held a protest outside demanding Hector be freed and to speak out against this grave injustice. It is completely and utterly unconscionable that this barbaric and unjust immigration system will be keeping Hector away from his wife, Arely, and their three kids on Christmas. This is a double blow as their family has already been rocked by Arely’s fight against deportation as well. Below are a few immediate concrete steps you can take to be in solidarity with Hector and Arely at this time:

  • Donate to their YouCaring Fundraiser Page

Arely is still accepting donations through her YouCaring fundraising page for her legal fees and now for basic necessities for her family as her husband, Hector was the primary wage earner for their family. Please donate

  • Tell Katko Hector’s Story and Why We Need a CLEAN Dream Act

Hector was detained at the immigration office at 401 S. Salina Street (which is right behind Katko’s downtown Syracuse office) this morning.This horrific incident, tearing away fathers from their families just a few days before Christmas demonstrates why we are calling on Katko to push for a CLEAN Dream Act. More immigration agents and more border enforcement mean that more parents, like Hector will be ruthlessly torn away from their families and communities. When you call Katko, please tell him about Hector’s story and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act now!  Call details are here!

***Katko Action Rescheduled to Jan. 3rd***
Also please join us on January 3rd canvass John Katko’s neighborhood and tell him we need a clean DREAM Act.

  • Donate Money & Gift Cards for Hector and Arely’s Kids

Lastly, we will be taking donations for Christmas gifts for Hector and Arely’s 3 amazing kids. They have a young son who’s six years old and two daughters who are nine and eleven years old. This is certainly going to be a difficult Christmas for the kids, so we want to gather donations as a small show of solidarity with them for the holidays. Please drop off your donation at the Workers’ Center sometime this evening or tomorrow. If you’d like to donate email Nikeeta at

We will continue fighting this cruel and inhumane immigration system. No more deportations.



UPDATE 1/02/18

We have been in contact with lawyers to find out when Hector will have his court date (no word yet), we are currently working with United We Dream to create and circulate a petition to get Hector out of detention, and continuing to support Arely and the kids. We will have more details about all of this and more at the meeting so please let write me back and let me know if you can make this urgent and important meeting.
We are also encouraging people to write and send letters to Hector. Support is so important in times like these to remind Hector that he is not alone and there are lots of people in the community that are in solidarity with him. Please send letters to:
Hector Navarro Miranda
Also Alrey and the kids are urgent need of some winter boots. Sizes are below.
Lisania – size 6
Karen – size 6
Jesus – size 3
Arely – size 7
Please let us know if you are able to help help with the boots.
Some of you have asked about the letters of support.
UPDATE 1/10/18
We know many of you have have had few interactions with Hector, but you can talk on your letter about Arely and your support for her family which includes Hector. Hector has been a source of strength and support for Arely on her own immigration case. Both of them have complied with everything ICE has asked of them. Hector case was administratively closed on January 2017, so his detention was totally unexpected and devastating for their three US children who live in Syracuse and their two children who are in Guatemala. Hector has volunteer his time at the Workers Center in events like our yearly soccer tournament and workers rights trainings. He likes to play with his children and spend time with his family as much as possible.
Attached are two letters that Hector and Arely’s children wrote recently about how they feel after he was detained. You can see on the drawing how this is affecting the children. If you can write on your letter something about this, on how this separation is affecting their children that will help a lot. You can also say your are willing to continue to help once he is released, with rides, food, etc. We want to show the judge that Hector and his family have support and are part of the community.
 FYI, Hector does not have any criminal record and the only thing he is accused of is of working without documents to support his family.
He has lived in Syracuse since 2008.
here are the guidelines for the letter:
1. Introduce yourself to the judge and explain the relationship to Hector
2. Explain Hector’s good qualities and stress his dedication to his family and community, the fact that he is trustworthy, etc.
3. If you are willing, write if you could help with room and board in case it was necessary after Hector is out on bond.
The WCCNY is collecting the letters, please sign it and also make a copy of any ID you feel comfortable sharing with the judge.
Sign your letter and bring it tomorrow, along with a copy (or we can make the copy at the center) of your ID.  We need as many letters as possible.
Please also continue writing letters of solidarity and support to Hector personally. He got a letter recently from Ann and Ed and he really appreciated!
This is his mailing address in Batavia:
Hector Navarro Miranda
Update 2/20/18
Thanks to his lawyer and the community support and organizing, HECTOR IS FREE and back with his family in Syracuse. We had a strong presence in front of the Federal Detention Center and at his bond hearing. Please continue to support the family’s you caring fundraising campaign here

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 We thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you on June 11th!



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


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, (,
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!


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!