Green Light NY Albany Day Sign Up and Call to action 4/4 and 4/18

On Wednesday 4/18 we are mobilizing to Albany from across the state to show the mass support and push the legislator to move forward with the Green Light legislation. In order to plan the event we need to know who is able to spend the whole day in Albany with us and where you are coming from. Please fill out this form to express your interest in going to Albany and let us know how many people you can bring with you!

Call to Action! Many of you upstate participated in the this call to action two weeks ago. TODAY we are calling on down state supporters to make the call to Crespo today!

Dear New York City Community Members & Allies,

 

The Green Light NY Driving Together Campaign needs you to show your support for NYS expanding access to driver’s licenses! We need you to take action TOMORROW, Wednesday April 4th by calling Assemblymember Marcos Crespo, the lead sponsor on the bill to thank him for his support for the legislation and ask him how we can accelerate the process of getting a bill number. Below is a sample script with the phone number to call (in English and Spanish).

We are asking you to:

  • Call Assemblyman Crespo and forward this call to action to your networks (script below).
  • Take a picture or video of you calling his office & post it on Twitter tagging @GreenLightNYDT @thenyic and/or send it to me.
  • Utilize our graphics, sample tweets & messaging on your digital media platforms: Facebook & Twitter using the hashtags: #GreenLightNY #DriversLicencesNOW. Please Tag: @GreenLightNYDT & @MarcosCrespo85.
  • Graphics & messaging can be found here and pasted below
  • Once you have called please fill out this quick form to tell us how it went!

 

We want to make sure he hears from allies, directly affected community members, other elected officials, and community leaders so please spread the word to all your networks.  The time to act is now!

Work for Tips? Testify to End Tipped Wage

The Workers’ Center of Central NY is excited to hear of the NYS Dept of Labor Wage Board Hearings across New York on potentially ELIMINATING the sub-minimum wage for those who work for tips throughout the State.

The proposal would not eliminate tipping itself, rather the tipped wage.

One of the first hearings will be held in Syracuse on Monday, April 30th, at 10 a.m. [A rally and news conference will begin at 8:45 a.m.] The WCCNY along with the Tompkins County Workers Center intends to turn out in force to this hearing, ESPECIALLY with workers who presently receive the tipped minimum wage, as well as with workers who PREVIOUSLY have worked in a tipped profession. Believe us: if we and you don’t testify, industry sure will.

Read more about why the restaurant industry’s two-tiered wage system is broken. From the One Fair Wage Campaign:

Due to the lobbying power of the National Restaurant Association and Fortune 500 restaurant corporations, the restaurant industry is one of the only industries that gets away, in 43 states, with not paying the great majority of people who work in restaurants — servers, bussers, hosts, bartenders — at least the minimum wage.

  • Since the restaurant industry does not pay its servers the minimum wage, servers are forced to rely on tips as their wage. Their employer gives them as little as $2.13 an hour (the federal tipped minimum wage since 1991), and then takes out taxes. This leaves them with $0 paychecks, obviously insufficient to pay rent or put food on the table for their families.
  • Although employers are legally required to “top off” the pay of a person who works for tips if don’t add up to at least the minimum wage, enforcement is so lax and disorganized that wage theft has reached epidemic levels.
  • The restaurant industry includes 7 of the 10 lowest paying jobs in the country. In fact, people who work in the industry are twice as likely to need food stamps than the rest of the US workforce, and three times as likely to live in poverty.
  • Seventy percent of people who work in the restaurant industry are women. Since a living base wage is not guaranteed, and women are instead forced to depend on tips, they frequently have to put up with sexual harassment from customers, co-workers, and management. The EEOC has targeted the restaurant industry as the single largest source of sexual harassment charges filed by women with a rate FIVE TIMES higher than any other industry.

Please send us an email at wccny@workerscentercny.org if you would like to take part in the hearing. Facebook event page here
You can also call 315-218-5708

For other hearings dates and locations click here .

 

 

Mobilization to Batavia Detention Center

MOBILIZATION TO BATAVIA DETENTION CENTER
“We Will Not Be Caged, Immigrant Women Speak Out!”

Please join the WCCNY and New York Immigration Coalition on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 am at 2013 E Genesee st. Syracuse ,  as we depart  to Batavia Detention Center in Upstate New York. This request to mobilize is URGENT!

Our Upstate brothers and sisters NEED YOU to come with us to support one of our community members who is being targeted for deportation! Please join us to support Arely, a member of our upstate community and a mother of three U.S citizen kids. She was turned over to Border Patrol by the Troopers in 2013 because she and her husband did not have a licence when driving to Ithaca, NY. Despite checking in with ICE for years, recently ICE has changed her phone check in to in person and now her most recent check in scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 28th at Batavia Detention Center.

Please stand with us to protect this fierce advocate and community leader and demand that the detention & deportation machine stop ripping families, mothers and children apart!
What: Rally Outside Batavia Federal Detention Center
Who:  NYIC, Worker Justice Center, and Worker Center CNY
Why:
Bring together our members from across the state to support & Highlight Women & Mothers facing deportation in Upstate NY.
Support a member of the Worker Center of CNY whose check-in was moved from Syracuse to Batavia on that day.
Call attention to the expansion of Batavia to now detain Women.

More information on the Facebook event page

Urgent Action at Regional Transportation Center!!!

Thursday, March 22nd 12:00pm

This Thursday, in conjunction with our friends from the Rapid Response Network in Rochester, we will be planning a coordinated and urgent action to address U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s racist profiling and harassment of community members on the buses at the Regional Transportation. We will have more details and specifics for you tomorrow but we just wanted to be sure to put this on your radar ASAP! Please let me know if you are able to join us for a lunch time action on Thursday!

Call-in Day TODAY: Green Light New York!!!

Dear Community Members and Allies,

The Green Light NY Driving Together Campaign needs you to show your support for NYS expanding access to driver’s licenses.  TODAY Thursday March 15th callAssemblymember Marcos Crespo, the lead sponsor on the bill to thank him for his support for the legislation and ask him how we can accelerate the process of getting a bill number. Below is a sample script with the phone number to call (in English and Spanish); here you can see our SOCIAL MEDIA tool kit with sample tweets and content, videos to post and pictures. Once you have called please fill out this quick form to tell us how it went!

We want to make sure he hears from allies, directly affected community members, other elected officials, and community leaders so please spread the word to all your networks.  The time to act is now!

In Solidarity,

#GreenLightNY

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Immigrant Women Creating Sanctuary in Central NY!!!

Where: Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice 2013 E Genesee St

When: Thursday March 8 7-9pm

On International Women’s Day Immigrant women will talk about creating sanctuary in Central NY to keep our families together and how we are organizing for dignity and respect in the workplace and in the community.

The event is free but donations will be accepted for families facing separation due to the unjust and inhumane immigration system.
Everyone is encouraged to donate at these families fundraising campaigns:
Help the family of Rene Mendez Perez
https://www.youcaring.com/renemendezperez-1087700
Help the family of Arely Tomas Navarro
https://www.youcaring.com/arelytomas-804962

Link to Facebook event Here

Farmworker Solidarity Housing Meeting 2/25

This Sunday 2/25, we are going to have a meeting with worker leaders and we would also like to invite you all to discuss and a plan an event we are doing on March 8th in honor of the International Women’s Day. We would like to do a panel with some of our amazing women worker leaders to talk about the organizing we have been doing to protect and defend immigrants and farmworkers and we specifically want to highlight just how crucial and important it has been to have Slocum House as a resource to support that organizing. We will also share some updates with you all about Slocum and the local sanctuary coalition The meeting will be from 3-5 on Sunday at the Workers’ Center and there will be food, but bring a dish if you’d like. Please email Nikeeta Slade nslade@workerscentercny.org to let me know if you are able to attend the meeting. Thanks and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Free Hector! Vigil and Press Conference!!

Hector Navarro Miranda, the father of three US children and an outstanding member of our Syracuse community, was abruptly and unjustly detained by ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) only a few days before Christmas.

On Tuesday, February 20th 2018, his family, friends and allies will have a vigil and press conference to #Free Hector.
At 9:00 am family and supporters will accompany him for his scheduled court hearing.

Please join us in support of family reunification in solidarity with all immigrant families who are suffering this inhumane immigration system.

You can join the group of supporters who will be leaving at 6:00 am from the Center for Peace and Social Justice.
Address: 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210
Parking in the back of the building.

For more information please call: Rebecca Fuentes 315-657-6799

#FreeHector

Link to Facebook Event Here

Rally for Dignified Living and Working Conditions!!!

Thanks so much for the outpouring of support. We are very happy to report that many Auburn community members in general and members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church have mobilized to provide the families with housing and financial. If you would like to support the family and find out what else they need, please contact the pastor Patrick Heery at pastor@westminsterauburn.org. Thanks so much to them and to so many of you for reaching out to your networks and working quickly to help provide support and solidarity with the families.  We invite you to join us in an action tomorrow at the farm to highlight the unjust and undiginified living and housing conditions and to demand justice.

Join us at the action tomorrow:

Rally for Dignified Living and Working Conditions
Friday, February 16th at 10:15am
3815 Melrose Road Auburn, NY 13021

Some of us will be leaving from the center at 9:00am to arrive a little earlier so if you would like to carpool with us, if you have any questions, or if you will be attending (even if you have your own transportation) please email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscny.org.  

Thank you all again so much for all of the support and solidarity!

WCCNY

EMERGENCY ALERT: Evicted Farmworkers Need Housing in Auburn ASAP!

Hello friends,

Two families who worked and lived at Melrose Farm in Auburn New York are in need of housing. They lost their employer provided housing because it was in such a horrific, dangerous, and in uninhabitable state, that code enforcement just condemned it, leaving 5 children and two mothers without a place to live. The employer has received numerous warnings and requests from code enforcement and from workers to address the housing and unfortunately, rather than do so, he has chosen to be negligent which has forced the families into homelessness. The employer has told workers to stop inviting and speaking to two ESL teachers who have been supporting them with the housing and raising the fact that the workers are being sub minimum wages which is of course illegal. This violates the opinion and guidelines from the Attorney General’s office that says that farmworkers are permitted to have visitors as they choose. Essentially, the employer wants workers to not be empowered to know their rights and to take action to address the injustices on the farm.

We are reaching out to you all to see if you could reach out to your networks in Auburn to see if there are community members that could provide emergency housing for the 5 children and, 2 mothers. The fathers have found work in Auburn, and their new job provides housing for them, but not for their families. Also, the children have just enrolled in school, so to make sure their education and lives are not interrupted, the families need to stay in Auburn.

In addition to the housing needs, we are also in the process of planning an action today (or at the latest tomorrow) to hold the employer accountable and to get justice for the workers who have lost their housing so please be on stand by. We will send out details very soon.

If you have any leads on housing please email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscentercny.org.

Thanks for your solidarity and support.