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!

Second Annual Gran Tamalada Fundraiser

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Second Gran Tamalada Fundraiser! Treat yourself to delicious tamales and support the Workers’ Center! Place your orders by December 13th to nslade@workerscentercny.org Pick up on December 17th at 2013 E Genesee, Syr. 13210 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

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!

ACTING OUT AGAINST WAGE THEFT: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WAGE THEFT RALLY

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Friday November 18th was the National Day of Action Against Wage Theft. Across the country, workers’ centers and other groups brought attention to this important issue. The Workers’ Center of Central New York (WCCNY) organized a rally and a street theater performance to raise awareness about and call for an end to the wage theft epidemic.

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What is wage theft? Wage theft is an epidemic, it means paying workers below minimum wage, forcing workers to work off the clock, not paying overtime, missclassifying workers, and/or not paying workers at all.

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Approximately 80% of workers never recover their wages. That is Workers’ Center of CNY rallied to send a message to enforcement agencies and to employers that wage theft will not be tolerated in their communities.

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END WAGE THEFT NOW!

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living at the Workers’ Center

It was a great day of resistance, a day to remember our ancestors, fallen workers and the victims of police violence. We invited the community to be in solidarity with the #Buffalo25. Thanks to all of you who joined us and to our WCCNY members who participated. What a beautiful night to remember the dead and fight for the living.

 

 

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Join us at our Day of the Dead Fundraiser Wednesday Nov 2nd at 6pm!

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WCCNY Supports #Buffalo25

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This last week, ICE raided 4 Mexican restaurants in Buffalo, NY and detained 25 undocumented workers. ICE separated their family, ransacked their homes, and stole their savings. They are in need of support for rent, food, and legal fees.

Please support the #Buffalo25 and their families facing this crisis: bit.ly/buffalo25fund

***ESPAÑOL***

Esta última semana, ICE allano 4 restaurantes de comida mexicana en Buffalo, Nueva York y detuvo a 25 trabajadores indocumentados. ICE saqueó las casas de estas familias, robó sus ahorros, y estan creando terror entre la comunidad. Estas son 25 familias cuyas vidas han desgarradas y ahora están separadas.

Por favor apoyan el #Buffalo25 y su familias en este momento de crisis:bit.ly/buffalo25fund

 

 

 

 

Teatro de los Trabajadores debut!

We want to thank everyone for coming out to see Teatro de los Trabajadores, the newly formed Workers’ Center of CNY theater troupe, debut “Raining Rocks” along with the our compañeros from the Building Company Theater. All of the actors and the actresses in the play did an amazing job and we are extremely proud. We are very happy to continue building our repertory based on workers stories and our campaigns.

After the debut of the play we continued to use theater during a Health and Safety training where we talked about how we can fight health and safety violations in our workplaces. Thanks to everyone for participating!

"Raining Rocks" Workers' Theatre first play coming up this friday, September 30

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