Category Archives: Central New York

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day – Not Columbus Day 10/9

Date: 10/9/17    Time: 4:30-5:30

Location: Columbus Circle Syracuse, New York 13202

We gather to celebrate the many and varied contributions of the world’s Indigenous Peoples. We gather at the statue of Columbus because it is a clear reminder of his legacy of attempted genocide and land theft. Standing atop the heads of indigenous peoples, located squarely between the Church and Government buildings, located on land stolen from the Onondaga Nation, it is a clear monument to the Doctrine of Discovery, racism,and the oppressive structures of colonialism that continue to affect all of us today.

We gather here during a teachable moment to discuss the ongoing impacts of that legacy and to commit ourselves to reversing it.

Speakers and Music to be announced.

Organized by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), a grassroots effort of Central New Yorkers and project of the Syracuse Peace Council. NOON supports the sovereignty of the Onondaga Nation’s traditional government, their Land Rights Action and collaborates with them on environmental protection and restoration.

JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

Unidos Puerto Rico 10/8

The Spanish Action League in collaboration with the Latino Professional Social Group and leaders in the community are working together to help the people in Puerto Rico. We will be collecting items and donation to send to the Island.

We will have T-Shirts for sell for $10 and the proceeds will support the relief efforts.

FACEBOOK LINK HERE

WCCNY members made these keychains and we will be donating them to raise funds for the local donations efforts. You can get them at the Spanish Action League this Sunday at their donation event. Check the flyer for location and what to bring to donate .

Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead 11/1


Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead nOVEMBER 1ST

Save the date for this year’s Workers Center Day of the Dead Celebration! We will remember and honor the dead and recommit to fight for the living. Food, music and crafts. We want to invite the whole community to see and enjoy our space at the Center, recently we opened up the space to better accommodate our trainings, workshops and community events. Thanks to all of you for helping us to make this a reality.
We will accept donations to support our mission. A portion of the proceeds will go to Mexico grassroots efforts to assist victims of the recent earthquake in Ciudad de México.

Aparta la fecha para nuestra celebración anual del Día de Los Muertos. Honremos a los muertos, luchemos por los vivos. Comida, musica y manualidades. Queremos invitar a toda la comunidad a conocer y disfrutar nuestro nuevo espacio.
Estaremos aceptando donaciones para apoyar a nuestra mision. Parte de lo recaudado se donara a esfuerzos de bases en Mexico para ayudar a victimas del reciente sismo en la ciudad de Mexico.

Facebook Link Here

Solidarity Drivers Needed 9/29/17

Friday, Sept. 29th 7pm
This Friday at 7pm, WCCNY will be having our monthly membership meeting. These meetings are important so that members and leaders can stay plugged into the organization, get updates on the Green Light Campaign, the dairy farmworker advocacy and organizing, get important trainings, etc.  We need your help to make sure that members are able to fully participate in this meeting! A few workers from Skaneateles (about 30 minutes away) will need rides to the meeting. Please email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscentercny.org if you are able to help with rides! We thank you in advance!

9/28/17: Silent protest “Enough”

For all of us who are feeling we have had Enough, in silent protest of the Trump Care Bill we will gather in complete silence for one hour. Bring signs that simply say “Enough”. Come in silence, we will stand in silence, we will leave in Silence. Sometimes no words speak volumes. We need all activists who are fed up with the assault from Washington on our basic human rights. May our silence reach the heart of Congressman Katko.

We need you for one hour this Thursday from 6-7pm. We will gather in silence holding a sign that says ENOUGH. Enough of the erosion of our right to healthcare, enough talk about walls, and deportation, enough tweets, enough, enough, enough! Enough of being ignored by Katko as if we are not his constituents. ENOUGH! See you in Hanover Square @ 6pm. Please change your maybe to a going and let’s give a real showing of ENOUGH. Stand or kneel on one knee in solidarity proclaiming ENOUGH!!!

Link to the Facebook Event Here

Nuestra próxima llamada del consejo es hoy 18 de septiembre a las 7pm!

Our monthly call for community members is tonight 9/18 at 7pm the call in information is below. The call is held in Spanish.

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Clínica Legal Gratis para DACA/Free DACA Legal Clinic

FREE DACA LEGAL CLINIC

Date: Sunday, September 24th 2017
Time: 11:00 AM—2:00 PM
Location: 221 South Warren Street, Syracuse

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Westcott Cultural Fair – We need volunteers!!

Sunday, September 17th 12pm-6pm (10am-12pm for set up)
This Sunday, September 17th, we will be tabling at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. We will be sharing a booth with our friends at the Syracuse Peace Council. We will be selling WCCNY, Green Light, and immigrant rights buttons made by members of the Workers’ Center, Zapatista coffee, t-shirts, and much more. We also need volunteers to help with set-up and hellp staffing the table. Set up will start at 10am and the fair ends at 6pm, so the we need coverage the following shifts: 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm. Please email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscentercnyorg if you’re able to take a shift (it would be ideal to have 2 people per shift)! The proceeds from the sale will go to supporting our amazing worker leaders! Thanks in advance and we are going to have a great time at the fair!

Chobani Meeting Update!

The past couple of months, many of you have written messages to Chobani urging them to meet with us to talk about our MILKED report.  We are excited to report that a few weeks ago, on August. 18th, we met with representatives from Chobani and discussed our MILKED report which details the conditions that workers face on dairy farms. Worker-leaders shared powerful testimonies about the preventable deaths and injuries, wage theft, retaliation against workers for speaking out, and other pressing issues. This meeting is the beginning of what we hope is an on-going dialogue to address the systemic abuses and exploitation in the dairy industry. We thank you all for all of your support, whether it was sending messages, circulating the report, or attending the rally in front of Chobani in New York City. Thanks and we will continue to keep you all updated!

Update on Slocum House

Immigrant farmworkers and allies celebrating the recovery of $7000 in stolen wages for Fernando and the stop of the unjust eviction of farmworkers from Slocum House. Sí se puede!

Slocum House Victory
Yesterday, our friends with the Radical Education Collective (REC) held a rally calling on Jail Ministry Director Keith Cieplicki  and co-founder Bill Cuddy to not evict farmworkers living in Slocum House. We are ecstatic to announce that after another amazing display of powerful collective action, Bill Cuddy (founder of Jail Ministries in Syracuse) announced that he will allow immigrants to stay indefinitely.  The rally in front of Slocum House featured energetic chanting and farmworkers and community allies stressing the importance of why access to housing is so essential to immigrant workers who are fighting for dignity and respect. Fernando’s victory is a true testament to the heartening organizing farmworkers are able to participate in and lead when they have access to housing. In the span of two days, we have seen and demonstrated that collective action continues to get the goods! Thank you so much for standing with the Farmworkers being evicted from Slocum house and the Workers’ Center of CNY. Your solidarity and your presence made a difference! You can read the REC’s full statement here.

Message from Rebecca:

Dear all, thank you so much for standing with the Farmworkers being evicted from Slocum house and the Workers’ Center of CNY. Your solidarity and your presence made a difference. Thanks to all of you we won and indefinite stay for the workers at the house, so there is no more eviction notice for now, of course this only happened because we all did this together and showed up. We Bill Cuddy to document this decision in writing because of our past interactions with Jail Ministry and Slocum House.

We continue to advocated for the house to be a true ongoing sanctuary for Farmworkers and not to be converted to offices for A Tiny Home for Good.

We know true friends in solidarity and Farmworkers will come together to make true sanctuary in Syracuse. No ban, no wall, sanctuary for ALL.