Category Archives: Human Rights

Marks Farms fined after fatality

Marks Farms in Lowville NY has been fined nearly $25,000 after a worker died there last November.

On December of 2017 we wrote an op ed to bring attention to the history of disregard for worker’s health and safety and violations of other workers rights at this farm.

The fine it’s in connection with the death of 32 year old Ryan Ouellette. He died while working on Marks Farms just outside Lowville.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, cited the farm for 3 serious violations involving the safe operation and guarding of farm machinery and fined it nearly $25,000.

We demand that Marks Farms is not given any chance to reduce the fines (a common practice known as the “OSHA discount”) and that immediately eliminate any dangerous conditions and provide training and workplace protections to all workers to prevent more fatalities and injustices. All workers deserve safe and healthy conditions to make sure they come back to their families after work.

Another tragedy at Marks Dairy Farm in Lowville, NY

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news04/marks-farms-worker-dies-from-injuries-suffered-in-farm-accident-20171120

Green Light NY Bill Launch in Albany

On April 18th the Green Light Coalition will be uniting from across the state to celebrate the introduction of the A10273 bill which will provide access to driver’s licenses for ALL New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.

We will meet at the Capitol building on the ‘Million Dollar Staircase’ on April 18th for a press conference and will hear from elected officials and directly affected community members from across the state. There will also be visits made to key legislators and we look forward to building with coalition members from across the state.

Interested in mobilizing from across the state? – Let us know!

Those living in the capital or who are within driving distance please join us on the Million Dollar Staircase to support the launch of the Green Light NY Bill!

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El 18 de abril, Green Light Coalition se unirá de todo el estado para celebrar la presentación del proyecto de ley A10273 que proporcionará acceso a licencias de conducir para TODOS los neoyorquinos, independientemente de su estado migratorio.

Nos reuniremos en el edificio del Capitolio en la “Escalera del Millón Dólares” el 18 de abril para la conferencia de prensa y escucharemos a funcionarios electos y miembros de la comunidad directamente afectados de todo el estado. También se realizarán visitas a los legisladores clave y esperamos construir con miembros de la coalición de todo el estado.

¿Interesado en movilizarse de todo el estado? – ¡Haznos saber!

Aquellos que viven en la capital o que están a poca distancia en automóvil, únanse a nosotros en Million Dollar Staircase para apoyar el lanzamiento de Green Light NY Bill.

Time: 10:00 am
Location: State Capitol Building – State St. and Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12224
#GreenLightNy #LuzVerdeNY #DriversLicensesNow

Link to the Facebook event HERE

Mobilization to Batavia Detention Center

MOBILIZATION TO BATAVIA DETENTION CENTER
“We Will Not Be Caged, Immigrant Women Speak Out!”

Please join the WCCNY and New York Immigration Coalition on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 am at 2013 E Genesee st. Syracuse ,  as we depart  to Batavia Detention Center in Upstate New York. This request to mobilize is URGENT!

Our Upstate brothers and sisters NEED YOU to come with us to support one of our community members who is being targeted for deportation! Please join us to support Arely, a member of our upstate community and a mother of three U.S citizen kids. 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 and now her most recent check in scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 28th at Batavia Detention Center.

Please stand with us to protect this fierce advocate and community leader and demand that the detention & deportation machine stop ripping families, mothers and children apart!
What: Rally Outside Batavia Federal Detention Center
Who:  NYIC, Worker Justice Center, and Worker Center CNY
Why:
Bring together our members from across the state to support & Highlight Women & Mothers facing deportation in Upstate NY.
Support a member of the Worker Center of CNY whose check-in was moved from Syracuse to Batavia on that day.
Call attention to the expansion of Batavia to now detain Women.

More information on the Facebook event page

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

Vigil and Rally For Dolores Press Release

 

Tell New York State Police STOP Enforcing Immigration!!

Hello friends,

We have written to you all previously about New York State Police enforcing immigration even they though are prohibited from doing so. We nvite you to join us in taking action for a resolution from State Troopers for violating the policy which has lead to immigrant members of ourour community being arrested and thrown into deportation proceedings.  Please take action and fill out the google form so we know you did. Please feel free to forward widely.

New York State Police: Stop Enforcing Immigration!
The Workers’ Center of CNY, Worker Justice Center and others are urging people of conscience to call the Superintendent of the New York State Police, George P. Beach II and Troop E Commander, Major Richard Allen regarding recent violations of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48) This EM states:  “As applied to vehicle passenger- Even when you stop a vehicle containing a passenger who you believe may be an illegal alien, you have no authority to request or demand identification documents from a passenger.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has gone even further to underscore this by issuing Executive Order 170 which prohibits state agencies and law enforcement officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual’s immigration status. Unfortunately recent incidents demonstrate that state troopers have in fact violated the EM and newly minted EO, and thus far, there have been no public denunciations of these egregious and flagrant breaches of the policy.

On the morning of June 29, 2017, a yet-unidentified trooper stopped a vehicle in Penn Yan in Canandaigua County, ostensibly because the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Although the officer was not ticketing the passenger, he asked him for identification, which he did not have with him. The trooper let the driver go on his way with a ticket but arrested two Latino passengers and took them to a State Police barracks in Dundee, and held them for immigration officers to assume custody. One passenger has already been deported and the other–a long time community member and father of two–is now facing deportation. This has truly devastated his children and the wider community.

The State government has opened an investigation into this incident. While we applaud them for opening this investigation, we are also demanding that the New York State Police in general, and Troop E in particular be transparent with the public in how they will ensure that the new EO will be enforced and also disclose how offending officers will be held accountable.

Call Details & Script:
Superintendent of New York State Police – George P. Beach
518-457-6721

Troop E Commander Major Richard Allen
585-398-4100

Script:
“Hi my name is ____________  and I am calling from __________________. I am deeply troubled and concerned by a state police officer from troop E’s violation of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48). This policy prohibits state police from asking for the identification from passengers they suspect are undocumented. Unfortunately on June 29th, the Troop E officer breached this policy by asking two Latino passengers for their ID’s and then turning them over to Border Patrol because they didn’t have identification. Now a father of two who’s also a long standing community member is facing deportation which has devastated his family and community. To date, the officer has not been held accountable. Governor Cuomo recently issued an executive order explicitly prohibiting law enforcement asking about immigration status. I’m calling because I want to know what concrete steps the leadership of Troop E will take going forward, to ensure the Executive Memorandum and the newly minted Executive Order will be enforced and how officers will be held accountable when they commit such egregious violations.”

For questions contact Nikeeta Slade from Workers’ Center of CNY at nslade@workerscentercny.org

Please record your results in the online google form.

Legal Observer Training 10/23 Buffalo

When: Monday, October 23 at 7 PM – 8 PM

Where: O’brian 107, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

Legal observers are important members of political events, who observe the event in order to prevent and note legal violations committed against participants by police. These individuals are an important part of the National Lawyers Guild. Come join us and learn how to become a legal observer yourself!

Link to Event Here

Didi Delgado is coming to the ‘Cuse! 11/3

When: Friday November 3 at 7pm

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 109 Waring Rd

Admission: $10-25 sliding scale. Please pay according to your means. No one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds go directly to DiDi.

Over the past year, we have worked to unpack and understand how the institution of whiteness has created a culture where Donald Trump can be elected president, while Black and Brown people are continually discriminated against, abused, murdered, disenfranchised, endangered, and criminalized with impunity. In a city with the highest concentrated poverty among Black and Hispanic people in the nation, and a county with some of the most segregated schools in the nation, this is not just a Trump problem, this is an old problem and a local problem.

As an organization predominantly composed of white people seeking to act in solidarity with the marginalized, it is urgently crucial we dedicate our whole selves to this work. That means listening to, and following the lead of the directly affected, and educating ourselves on how to operate in social justice spaces while doing the least possible harm to the communities we wish to act in solidarity with.

If fighting white supremacy is something that’s important to you, you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to hear Didi Delgado’s voice on Friday November 3, 7pm at First UU.

Suggested reading: Whites Only: SURJ And The Caucasian Invasion Of Racial Justice Spaces, by Didi Delgado

Link to Event Here

Dream Act Now: Action Report Back

Strong action yesterday in Syracuse! Members of the Workers’ Center of CNY, United We Dream, CNY Solidarity Coalition, community members, and allies delivered 500+ signatures to Congressman John Katko’s office in support of a Clean Dream Act, DACA, and Undocumented People everywhere. We ran into some opposition from security in the lobby of the Mackenzie Hughes Tower, where we were yelled at from the moment we walked through the door, threatened with police, reminded “the federal government is heavily armed,” and one of our group members was assaulted by building staff. In the end, the general manager escorted three members of our group, including a mother and child, to deliver our petition to Katko’s office.

The Precarity of Inclusion and (Be)longing: The Experiences of Incarcerated and Refugee/Asylum-Seeking Youth in Schools 10/19

Featuring Panelists: Valentina Migliarini, Aly Wane, and Janet B. Flores
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m.
Where: Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University

Urban schools are experiencing increasing numbers of students from immigrant & refugee backgrounds. Students of color, those with disabilities, and English language learners are all at an increased risk in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline. Academically these students are also at a disadvantage because of low teacher expectations, ability tracking, educational barriers, segregated educational placements, and anti-immigrant bias. This panel presentation will explore how schools can better support immigrant, refugee, & asylum seeking youth & their families.

Link to Event Here: