Support the WCCNY this #GivingTuesday

Rebecca’s #GivingTuesday Fundraiser

Want to join me in supporting a good cause? I’m raising money for Workers Center of Central New York Inc and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I’ve included information about Workers Center of Central New York Inc below.

To Promote Economic Justice By Seeking To Advance The Working Conditions Of Low-Wage Workers Employed Within Onondaga And The Counties Of Central New York By Education, Outreach, Organizing, And Coalition Building; And To Assist In Remedying Substandard Working Conditions.

Arely’s Immigration check in, Wednesday Nov. 29 at 10 am

Our compañera Arely’s immigration check in is this Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 am. She will appreciate your support on that day. Fortunately her lawyer has indicated there is not high risk of detention. For anyone able to join, this will not be a protest but just a show of support with your presence. Also we need a volunteer to drive her from her job to the check in and back on the day. Please let us know if you could help.

Rally Against Grad Tax Hikes 11/29

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The Republican tax plan would be absolutely devastating for grad students. Categorizing tuition waivers as taxable income—while also ending many important tax waivers—is an attack on our livelihoods and an attack on the accessibility of higher education to low income students, women, LGBQT students, disabled students, and students of color.

Grad students from Syracuse University will rally together to condemn this proposal and all that it represents. We will further call on our institutions to commit to concrete contingency plans in case the Republican senate prevails in passing this harmful legislation.

ASL interpretation provided. Please message the Syracuse Graduate Employees United page with accommodations questions or requests.

Link to Facebook Event Here

SIGN AND CIRCULATE PETITION TO DEFEND GRADUATE EMPLOYEES AT SYRACUSE

Plowshares Craftsfair 12/2-12/3

Please join the Syracuse Peace Council at Plowshares Craftsfair on December 2-3 at Nottingham High School (3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse – map). Central New York’s premier multicultural craftsfair, Plowshares celebrates a world where people enjoy their work and have control over it. With 130 area craftspeople and community groups, it is a  marketplace of  ideas and beautifully diverse, hand made items.

More than a craftsfair, it is a peace festival, with music, food and a spirit of fellowship, creating a weekend of grassroots commerce and community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect at year’s end with old and new friends and share in the life of a village marketplace that has no corporate headquarters.

It takes a community to create a community craftsfair.

•    Share Plowshares’ facebook page
•    Download the beautiful flyers (8.5×11 flyer, four to a page handouts).
•    Check out the Silent Auction and raffle items
•    Delight in the food menu
•    Enjoy a full slate of entertainment, including music and dance, throughout the day
•   Check out the list of craftspeople and community groups (and where they’re located)
•    If you’ve never been, watch a 2-minute walk through a small piece of Plowshares (2014)
•    For more information, contact Carol 315.472.5478, carol@peacecouncil.net. Look here for up-to-the-minute info about Plowshares.

Continue to Tell New York State Police to Stop Enforcing Immigration

Please continue calling the Superintendent of New York State Police, the commander of Troop E, the Professional Standards Bureau of the State Police, and the governor’s office to demand that New York State Police stop enforcing immigration activitiy. Remember to please record your call with this google form  (the form includes a script, all of the phone numbers, and background information about a recent incident where state police violated a policy–which is now an executive order–prohibiting them from inquiring about immigration status). Our goal is to get 50 calls to these agencies and right now we are only at 7, so please help us drive these calls on this important issue!

Continue to Support Arely!

Arely continues to fight deportation and to stay with her family. She is just $855 away from her fundraising goal of $7,000 which goes towards paying her legal fees. Please continue to donate and share her important campaign. She appreciates all of your support and solidarity. Arely is so close to her goal! Let’s help her reach it!

Empty chairs at the dinner table: Undocumented Thanksgiving 11/21

Immigrant community and supporters of a Clean Dream Act and farmworkers rights will gather around a table with empty chairs representing the tens of thousands of families across the country who will be missing loved ones because their families have been ripped apart by deportation and a broken immigration system.

We will gather in front of Congressman John Katko’s office in Syracuse to demand he supports a Clean Dream Act and speak up for farmworkers rights.

Each day from now until March 5, 2018, approximately 122 people will lose their DACA protection. Congressman Katko, the time to take action is NOW.

In New York thousands of farmworkers work long hours to bring food to the table. We will give them thanks and speak up for their right to dignified working conditions and against an expansion of the H2A program. Farmworkers need protection from racist immigration enforcement not indented servitude kind of programs like H2A.

United We Dream and Workers’ Center of CNY organize with the support of local Central NY organizations.

Link to the Facebook Event Here

Link to the Livestream of the Event Here and Here

Link to United We Dreams Livestream Coverage

Civil Disobedience Training 11/20

On Monday, Nov. 20th at 5pm at University United Methodist Church, we will be having a civil disobedience training and we will continue preparing for the action on the following day. While we will not be engaging in civil disobedience at this particular action, it is a tactic we might use later on in the struggle for immigrants rights here in Central New York and of course, it never hurts to be prepared! Please join us Monday evening! For more info: nslade@workerscentercny.org

UPDATE: BG’s Saloon Workers Campaign a Success!!

This has almost 5 THOUSAND signatures and I can’t thank you guys enough. We were just awarded our ENTIRE pay in 2 increments! My staff and I can finally rid our hands of this company and start moving on and picking up the pieces in full!

#SpeakOut

I will never apologize for being outspoken. It’s gotten me extremely far in life. Thank you to my friends on and off Facebook who helped my staff and I get to where we are now and everyone else who signed our petition. You’re aren’t unnoticed.

If you’ve been mistreated by your restaurant employer and need some support, reach out to the Restaurant Opportunities Center (www.rocunited.org) and they’ll be able to help you out as well.

Thank you once again! Have a nice day!

Updated from this post

Protest Border Patrol at Regional Transportation Center 11/17

Friday, Nov. 17th at 4pm
Protest Border Patrol at the Regional Transportation Center

Border Patrol continues to harass and detain people at the Regional Transportation Center. This Friday the Syracuse Rapid Response team will be continuing to speak out against this injustice in our community! Join the RR team this Friday! Bring your signs!

The William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center is the site of regular sweeps by ICE and Border Patrol, in which local residents are profiled, harassed, and intimidated, community members are detained, and families are separated. The Syracuse Rapid Response Team and our allies will protest to draw attention to these actions, to demonstrate our determination to protect our neighbors, and to put the government on notice that the Syracuse community is watching.

Inhuman policies at RTC are representative of a larger policy approach in the current administration that is also operating through the “travel ban” which targets Muslims who are twice terrorized by this brutal policy. The first time is when innocent civilians in countries largely populated by Muslims are victimized by US bombs (all these countries are under drone attack by the US and Saudi Arabia). The list of those not welcome here is growing and growing. Who will be next?

As we came together at the airport in January, as we came together against Islamophobia on June 10, and as we most recently came together at the RTC on July 8, we again come together to say No ban, No wall, our vision of America is to welcome all.

Link to Facebook Event Here