Category Archives: Community

Volunteers needed for Plowshares

Volunteers needed to fill shifts to sit at the WCCNY booth at Plowshares on December 1 and 2nd.

If you’re able to volunteer please contact Kayla kkelechian@workerscentercny.org or 315-385-9874

Job Announcement: Organizer

2013 E. Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210
www.workerscny.org | 315-218-5708

Job Announcement: Organizer

The Workers’ Center of Central New York (WCCNY) is a Syracuse-based, grassroots organization committed to workplace and economic justice. Through community organizing, leadership development, popular education and policy advocacy, the Workers’ Center of Central New York aims to empower low-wage workers to combat workplace abuses and improve wages and working conditions. We are seeking a new organizer to work in collaboration with our existing staff, and with the support of the board of directors, to (1) expand and diversify the center’s membership base of low-wage workers in Syracuse, (2) develop and lead strategic campaigns for workplace and economic justice, and (3) recruit and coordinate volunteers/allies.

Organizer Job Description

Outreach and Membership Development
• Conduct outreach to, and recruit new members from, diverse constituencies of low-wage workers in Syracuse (in retail, restaurant, janitorial, temp or other industries where low wages and violations of labor laws are commonplace).
• Collaborate with staff on developing and facilitating opportunities for workers’ leadership development.

Develop and lead strategic campaigns for workplace and economic justice
• Work collaboratively with members and advocates to identify and develop workplace justice campaigns.
• Support members to collect evidence of workplace exploitation and to participate in collaborative research about their employer targets.
• Plan direct actions including community delegations, public protests, press conferences, etc.

Recruit and coordinate volunteers and allies
• Help to attract, train and support volunteers/allies from the community.
• Help build and sustain other organizational/community partnerships.

Qualifications
• A passion for social and economic justice and a strong commitment to organizing and the empowerment of low-income populations.
• Familiarity with workers’ centers and the current landscape of labor organizing in the U.S.
• Familiarity with, or willingness to learn, popular education and other leadership development practices.
• Community or labor organizing experience.
• A willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
• A collaborative spirit, ability to work independently, and strong interpersonal skills.
• A commitment to anti-racism.
• Preferred but not required: Fluency in Spanish.

Hours and Pay
This is a full-time, grant-funded position for 40 hours per week at a pay rate of $17.50/hour. Employee health insurance is available. There will be a performance review after 3 months.

To Apply
Please send your cover letter and resume with “Organizer Position” as email subject to Gretchen Purser at gpurser@workerscentercny.org and Kayla Kelechian at kkelechian@workerscentercny.org. Please be sure to include the names and contact information of two people willing to serve as references. Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2018.

The Workers’ Center of CNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity and culturally appropriate inclusion. We will not discriminate and will take measures to ensure against discrimination on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, military status, marital and parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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El Centro de Trabajadores de Nueva York Central es una organización de base comprometida con el trabajo y la justicia económica basada en Syracuse. A través de organizar a la comunidad, desarrollo de liderazgo, educación popular y promoción de políticas, el Centro de Trabajadores de Nueva York Central tiene como objetivo empoderar a los trabajadores de bajos salarios para combatir abusos en el lugar de trabajo, mejorar los salarios y las condiciones de trabajo. Estamos buscando un nuevo organizador u organizadora para trabajar en colaboración con los y organizadoras de personal y con el apoyo de la Junta Directiva en (1) ampliar y diversificar la base de miembros del Centro de trabajadores de bajos salarios, y (2) a desarrollar y conducir campañas estratégicas en el trabajo y sobre justicia económica, y (3) reclutar y coordinar los voluntarios y aliados.

Descripción de la posición

Alcance y desarrollo de la membresía
• Conducir alcance y reclutar nuevos miembros de diversos grupos de trabajadores de bajos salarios en Syracuse (en ventas, restaurante, limpieza, temporales u otras industrias donde los bajos salarios y las violaciones de las leyes laborales son común).
• Colaborar con el personal en desarrollar y facilitar las oportunidades para el desarrollo de liderazgo de los trabajadores.

Desarrollar y liderar campañas estratégicas para el trabajo y la justicia económica
• Trabajar en colaboración con miembros y aliados para identificar y desarrollar campañas de justicia laboral.
• Apoyar a miembros para recolectar evidencia de la explotación del trabajo y a participar en la investigación colaborativa sobre los objetivos del empleador.
• Planear acciones directas entre las delegaciones de la comunidad, protestas públicas, conferencias de prensa, etc.

Reclutar y coordinar los voluntarios y aliados.
• Ayudar el Centro atraer, entrenar, y apoyar a los aliados y voluntarios de la comunidad.
• Ayudar construir y sostener los enlaces entre la organización y la comunidad.

Calificaciones
• Una pasión por la justicia social y económica y un fuerte compromiso a la organización y el empoderamiento de poblaciones de bajos ingresos.
• Familiaridad con los centros de trabajadores y el panorama actual del trabajo en los Estados Unidos
• Familiaridad o disposición a aprender, educación popular y otras prácticas de desarrollo de liderazgo.
• Experiencia de organización comunitaria o laboral.
• Disposición para trabajar horarios flexibles, incluyendo noches y fines de semana.
• Un espíritu de colaboración, capacidad de trabajar independientemente y fuertes habilidades interpersonales.
• Compromiso con la lucha contra el racismo.
• Fluidez en español, preferido, pero no es obligatorio.

Horas y pago
Esta es una posición de tiempo completo (40 horas por semana) con un pago de $17,50/hora. Employee health insurance is available. Habrá una revisión del desempeño después de 3 meses.

Como aplicar
Por favor enviar su currículo por correo electrónico con el título: “organizador(a)” a Gretchen Purser a: gpurser@workerscentercny.org y a Kayla Kelechian a: kkelechian@workerscentercny.org. Por favor asegúrese de incluir los nombres e información de contacto de dos personas dispuestas a servir como referencias. Fecha límite es el 1 de noviembre de 2018.

Centro de CNY los trabajadores es un empleador comprometido a la igualdad de oportunidades y a promover la diversidad y la inclusión cultural apropiada. No discriminaremos y tomaremos las medidas en contra la discriminación basada en raza, color, género, origen nacional, edad, religión, discapacidad, estado militar, estado conyugal y parental, orientación sexual, identidad de género o de expresión de género.

WCCNY members Hector and Arely Navarro in need of community support after medical emergency

On September 10th, Hector Navarro went to the hospital for a brain tumor, and on September 13th he was operated on to take out the 3 centimeter tumor. After the surgery Hector had an embolism, and right now he is still in the hospital recovering. They don’t yet know when he will be able to leave the hospital. They are completing more tests because he also has diabetes insipidus. He also has to go to rehabilitation in order to be able to walk and talk again. They say he will be okay but that he will need a lot of therapy in order to get better and take care of himself. They are also giving him Cortisol because it is not naturally producing in his body.

The family also also does not have a way to make money right now because Hector’s wife, Arely, will need to take care of him 24 hours a day and cannot work at this time. For this reason they need help with bills such as the rent, the electricity, food, and all that they need for the children to go to school. On top of this, Arely is fighting deportation and has legal fees.

They are going to receive an emergency health insurance that is going to help with half of the medical costs. Still they will have to pay for  he surgery, the hospital stay, and the subsequent physical and occupational therapy. They need your help to survive this hard time for the whole family: Hector, Arely, and their three children Lisania, Karen, and Angel, ages 12, 10 and 8. Hector and Arely are immigrants that came from Guatemala to this country for a better life and to work. They fled from the violence of the gangs of Guatemala, who had assaulted Hector. Please donate what you can to help for these costs.

Hector is a good father and a good husband. He loves his family very much and his children suffer for him. Hector worked in construction, painting, and landscaping to help his family continue onward. In addition to all of this, Arely is afraid that she will be deported and will be separated from her husband and kids, now that Hector needs more care than ever. Please, if you can, help this family.

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(The above text has been translated from the original version below, in Arely’s words)

El 10 de septiembre Hector Navarro fue al hospital para un tumor de cerebro y el 13 de septiembre operaron para quitar el tumor de 3 centimetros. Despues de la cirugeria le dio una embolia. Ahorita ya esta en el hospital recuperandose. Ya no saben cuando el va a salir del hospital. Estan haciendo mas estudios porque tambien tiene diabetes insipida y tiene que ir a rehabilitacion para poder caminar y hablar otra vez. Dicen que va a estar bien pero va a necesitar mucha terapia para mejorarse y para cuidarse. Estan poniendo cortisol porque con el tumor no se produca naturalmente en su cuerpo.

Tambien la familia ahorita no tiene una manera para ganar el dinero porque su esposa Arely tiene que cuidarle 24 horas del dia y no puede trabajar en este momento. Por eso necesitan ayuda con los biles, como la renta, la luz, la comida, y todo lo que necesitan los ninos para la escuela. Tambien Arely esta luchando con la deportacion y tiene biles de abogado.

Ellos van a recibir un seguro de salud emergencia que va a ayudar con la mitad de los gasto medicos. Sin embargo ellos ya van a tener muchos gastos medicos para la cirugia, la estancia en el hospital, y la terapia. Necesitan su ayuda para sobrevivir este tiempo muy dificil para toda la famailia, Hector, Arely y sus tres ninos Lisania, Karen y Angel, de 12, 10, y 8 anos. Hector y Arely son inmigrantes que vienen de Guatemala a esta pais para una mejor vida y a trabajar. Ellos huyeron de la violenca de las pandillas de Guatemala, ya que lo pegaron a Hector. Por favor que done lo que puede para estos gastos.

Hector es un buen padre y un buen esposo. El quiere mucho a ellos y los ninos sufren mucho por el. Hector trabajaba en construccion, pintura y landscaping para sacar a su familia adelante. Ademas de todo eso, Arely tiene miedo que van a deportarle y que ella va a estar separados de su esposo y sus hijos, ahorita que Hector necesita mas cuidados de ella. Por favor si pueden ayudar a esta familia.

https://www.gofundme.com/helphectorsfamily

Light Work Partners with For Freedoms To Launch Billboard Campaign in Syracuse, NY

QUESTION — Syracuse, NY “Sanctuary City”

In conjunction with our exhibition, “Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul,” #LightWork and “For Freedoms have collaborated on a series of billboards. The images and text that comprise these public art installations aim to provoke conversations in our community that lead to civic engagement. View downloadable map of six Syracuse billboards here – http://lg.ht/LWBillboards

Installation: Hank Willis Thomas, “THEY ARE US US IS THEM”

Tucked into the provincial city center, down the hall from a coffee shop and public library is an obscure office where ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers do their work. They investigate and often detain undocumented immigrants in Syracuse, setting them on a path for potential deportation.

“This is a notice of eviction,” stated Rebecca Fuentes, lead activist of Workers’ Center of CNY, “We have found your office and its counterparts in violation of a series of basic human rights. In Syracuse, you have intimidated the entire immigrant community by establishing checkpoints in public places and on public transportation, by invading or threatening to invade the homes of residents, and through the aggressive interrogations of our community members. For these reasons, we hereby demand that you leave our city.”

http://www.lightwork.org/news/light-work-in-partnership-with-for-freedoms-launches-billboard-campaign-in-syracuse-ny/

QUESTION — Syracuse, NY “Sanctuary City”

El Festival de la Cosecha/The Harvest Festival

Trabajadores del campo, miembros del Centro de Trabajadores que quieran ir, por favor déjennos saber y tal vez podamos conseguir raite! Este evento sera en Sodus NY: El Festival de la Cosecha, un evento para celebrar todas las contribuciones de los trabajadores agrícolas a la comunidad. Vamos a tener una mesa del Centro con información acerca de la membresía y sus beneficios para trabajadores agrícolas.
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Farmworkers, members of the center of workers who want to go, please let us know and maybe we can get ride! This event will be in Sodus NY: The Harvest Festival, an event to celebrate all contributions from agricultural workers to the community. We’re going to have a center table with information about membership and its benefits for agricultural workers.

Come join us for a volunteer craft making day at the Workers’ Center!

We are in need of volunteers to help us make things like buttons, mirrors, keychains, banners, etc. and prepare materials for our table at the Wescott Street Fair this September 23rd. Anyone with sewing skills would be especially helpful.

We will be holding 2 volunteer days for this:
September 14th
September 21st
Both days will be starting at 5:00pm

In Loving Memory of Selena Hidalgo Calderon/En Memoria de Selena Hidalgo Calderon

In Loving Memory of Selena Hidalgo Calderon.
Oct. 15, 1999 – May 17, 2018
Saturday June 9, 2018
Please join us for a Memorial Service

People close to Estela are asked to arrive at 5:30pm. Selena will be brought in at 5:30pm, and Estela and family/friends will walk in behind Selena.

6:00 PM – Viewing, prayer, singing and organ music

7:00 PM – Mass

7:30 PM – Reception

Park Central Presbyterian Church
504 E Fayette St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Donations: https://www.gofundme.com/support-estela-and-her-family
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En Memoria de Selena Hidalgo Calderon.
15 de Octubre 1999 – 17 de Mayo 2018
Sábado 9 de Junio 2018
Por favor unirse a nosotros para un servicio conmemorativo.

Relativos y amigos de Estela por favor llegar a las cinco y media. Selena será traída a las cinco y media y Estela, los relativos, y amigos caminarán detrás de Selena.

6:00PM – Ver, oraciones, cantar, y música de órgano

7:00PM – Misa

7:30PM – Recepción

La iglesia de Park Central Presbyterian
504 E Fayette St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Donaciones:https://www.gofundme.com/support-estela-and-her-family

Torneo de Fútbol/Soccer Tournament! 7/22

Sunday, July 22nd 8am-4pm – WCCNY’s 4th Annual Soccer Tournament Fundraiser
Where: Christian Brothers’ Academy – 6245 Randall Road Syracuse, NY 13214

We are very excited to be having our annual family friendly soccer tournament fundraiser.

We are still very much in need of more volunteers to help with set up, serving and selling food, childcare, staffing the welcome/info table (especially our bilingual friends!), clean up, etc.

We are asking volunteers to take one of the following shifts: 6am-9am, 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm. If these times don’t exactly fit your schedule, we can make modifications.

We are also asking for donations to help us purchase gifts that will be raffling throughout tournament and to purchase ingredients to help us cook the delicious homemade food we will be selling on Sunday.

If you would like to make a donation, you can come by our office. We certainly appreciate your donations whether that be your time or your financial contriubtions! Please email Kayla at kkelechian@workerscentercny.org or give her a call at 315-385-9874 to volunteer or to donate.Again, we truly appreciate your support!

Rally in Support and Solidarity with Arely! 5/16

***UPDATE: AT THE REQUEST OF ARELY WE ARE CANCELING THE RALLY. IF YOU ARE STILL GOING IN SUPPORT TO NOT CARRY SIGNS AND WAIT IN YOUR CARS. WE WILL UPDATE WITH INFORMATION AS WE GET IT ONCE ARELY HAS FINISHED HER APPOINTMENT. WE WILL BE RECONVENING WITH ARELY AT THE WORKERS’ CENTER AT 2:15. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT.***

Please continue to support Arely and her family by donating to their fundraiser https://www.youcaring.com/arelytomas-804962

We are with Arely and her Family!

Join us Wednesday May 16 at 12:45pm in front of ICE Syracuse offices, 401 South Salina St. for solidarity and accompaniment of our friend and member Arely Tomas.

Last week Arely’s lawyer was notified by ICE that they were cancelling her scheduled May 30th check-in and requesting her to present herself on May 16th instead so that they could attach an ankle monitor.

Her check-in with ICE is at 1pm. Her appointment is supposed to last an hour, we will wait outside until she comes out of the building. We want her to feel the support of the community and to know that we stand in solidarity. Estamos con Arely y su familia!

If you can please support the family with a donation here:https://www.youcaring.com/arelytomas-804962

Arely is the mother of three U.S citizen kids, she is a fierce advocate and community leader. Arely and her family live and work in Syracuse, while taking care of the rest of her family back in Guatemala. 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 check in and now her most recent check in will result in an ankle monitor.

Join us in showing our support for Arely, her family and all those forced to endured these injustices.

Link to the Facebook event here

Support Hector!!!

Meeting, this Wednesday 01/10 at 6:30pm so we can create an action plan for next steps in Hector’s campaign. 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.

Some of you have asked about the letters of support.  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
A205-021-464