Category Archives: Grassroots

Syracuse Rapid Response Team Meeting 10/12

The Syracuse Rapid Response Team will be meeting at the Worker’s Center Thursday, October 12 at 6:30pm.

At the end of September, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted ruthless raids over the course of 4 days, which resulted in over 500 immigrants being rounded up. This specific raid–disgustingly called “Operation Safe Cities”– was specifically targeted towards sanctuary cities. The Trump Administration’s unrelenting attacks on immigrants demonstrates the importance of our Rapid Response Team. Please join us at the next meeting this Thursday. Becoming a member of the Syracuse Rapid Response team is a concrete way you can be in solidarity with immigrant members of our community. Come to the meeting and a bring a friend!

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 .

#NoMuslimBanEver Mobilization 10/17 – 10/18

FACEBOOK LINK HERE

The news of the lowest number of refugees since 1980 and the third muslim ban is just the latest attack on immigrants from this administration.

The NYIC is a National Sponsor and has committed mobilizing from across NYS to stand up and say No Ban EVER! On October 18th, the latest iteration of the ban goes into effect and we will be present in DC to raise our voices and stand up to these racist attacks! The program is inclusive of our entire fight for Immigrant Justice and will include speakers that are impacted by Muslim/ Refugee Ban, DACA, and TPS.

A Bus is leaving Syracuse/Buffalo on 10/17 at 5:00pm. Tickets are $15 each which include lodging, food on 10/18, and transportation there / back. We will return to Syracuse/Buffalo on 10/18 very late. This is an important moment for us to organize a strong, loud, mass mobilization that sends a clear message that IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, & MUSLIMS ARE WELCOME HERE.

We will not be silent while our communities are being targeted. The NYIC has directly impacted members of our community speaking from Western and Central New York on the program and we need to show up in big numbers to support them! For more information please contact: mzaldivar@nyic.org.

IF YOUR ORGANIZATION WANTS TO SPONSOR THE NATIONAL ACTION PLEASE SIGN UP HERE.

*If you are a member organization and want to organize a group please contact Meghan mzaldivar@nyic.org directly to make arrangements.

TO CONFIRM YOUR SEAT ON A BUS NEAR YOU PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENTBRITE HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nomuslimbanever-nyic-mobilization-to-dc-tickets-38090545848

WCCNY is hiring!!!

We are very excited to be growing our staff and capacity here at the WCCNY. We are looking to bring on a new part-time organizer to conduct outreach, support membership development, build organizational capacity, and develop and lead strategic campaigns for workplace and economic justice! Check out the full description and qualifications here. If you think you would be a great fit or know someone else who would be a great fit please send your cover letter and resume with “Organizer Position” as email subject to Gretchen Purser, chair of the board at gpurser@workerscentercny.org and Nikeeta Slade, organizer at nslade@workerscentercny.org. Please be sure to include the names and contact information of two people willing to serve as references. Application deadline is October 6, 2017.

Successful Rapid Response Team Outreach

Thanks to members of the Syracuse Rapid Response team, Dave, Sheila, and Janet for joining up with the Workers’ Center to get the word out about this important resource. The Rapid Response team responds to immigration enforcement emergencies in Syracuse (like if ICE shows up at your door or at your workplace or if you are being detained by Border Patrol). The number for the hotline is 315-552-1670. The rapid response team will be doing outreach again at 2pm on Monday. Call 315-218-5708 if you’re interested in joining the team.

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!