The New York Worker Center Federation is an autonomous multiracial movement of workers and immigrants organizing across sectors and issues to build the power of the people whose labor fuels this city. Through Freedom Cities, the WCF aims to center directly impacted communities in the fight against the Trump administration, leading the movement to create safe communities where everyone can thrive. Join the #FreedomCities Movement!
The New York Workers Center Federation (WCF) began with a series of training sessions where the stories of individual workers and organizations began to tell the narrative of a powerful emerging movement. During the second training, workers voted to create a space for leadership development and joint campaign work. On October 14, 2014 marked the official founding of the New York Workers Center Federation.
The WCF consists of Street Vendor Project, El Centro del Inmigrante, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, Cidadao Global, Laundry Workers Center, DRUM, ROC NY, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Retail Action Project, and Enlace.
Check out this video (click here) on how New Yorkers are fighting for a city without fear — a Freedom City! #FreedomCities
We have been working with the Freedom Cities movement because we know that none of us are free until ALL of us are free!
We demand #FreedomCities because economic injustice and criminalization march hand in hand. Check out this video on how New Yorkers are organizing and building power for a Freedom City! #FreedomCities
May 1, 2017 — Workers and allies from the Freedom Cities movement will be marching on May Day, a day for global labor activism, to demand Freedom Cities: cities without fear, where communities control the resources they need to thrive.
Freedom Cities is an intersectional movement that seeks to redefine safety, making entire cities, towns, and communities safe for immigrants, Black people, workers, Muslims, trans and gender nonconforming people, and all oppressed communities. The movement was born from the vision of New York’s essential workers — the restaurant workers, retail workers, taxi drivers, day laborers, street vendors and others whose work is undervalued and whose existence is often criminalized.
Via Alternet | By Don Hazen
According to organizers, the goal [of Freedom Cities] is “to live in cities without fear, where communities control the resources they need to thrive. Freedom Cities is an intersectional movement that seeks to redefine safety, making entire cities, towns, and communities safe for immigrants, black people, workers, Muslims, trans and gender nonconforming people, and all oppressed communities.”
“I am going out on May Day for all of us workers,” says Lydia Tomlin, member of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the New York Worker Center Federation. She continued, “We are immigrants, women, LGBTQ, people of color, and we work in industries across the city. Without our labor, who will serve New Yorkers their coffee, stock their shelves, clean their houses, construct their buildings? Who will make NYC run?”
Marchers from Freedom Cities, including the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Black Youth Project 100, Million Hoodies, Beyond the Moment, New York Worker Center Federation, and other allies will join the 6th Annual Immigrant Worker Justice Tour, which highlights the struggles of over a dozen social justice campaigns across NYC and elsewhere, with stops throughout downtown Manhattan calling out police and corporate abuse.
On Monday May 1, International Workers Day and “Un día sin inmigrantes”, hundreds of B&H Photo workers will go on strike, fighting B&H Photo’s union-busting attempt to move 330 worker jobs to New Jersey. They strike in solidarity with hundreds of thousands withholding their labor all over the country. #May1Strike
Striking B&H warehouse workers and community members are gathering at 9:30am outside B&H Photo. Will you be there to stand with them?
9:30am on Monday, May 1, 2016
B&H Photo store @ 34th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan.
Join with B&H Photo warehouse workers, Laundry Workers Center, and community/labor groups including Immigrant Worker Justice, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, New York Work Center Federation, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Democratic Socialists of America NYC.
B&H Photo workers are striking in solidarity with hundreds of thousands withholding their labor around the country, fighting for a world where the most marginalized working families live with dignity, safety, and power. #May1Strike
Via The Cornell Worker Institute
Addressing Root Causes of Violence and Poverty: Introducing #FreedomCities
The New York Worker Center Federation (WCF) includes worker centers organizing street vendors, domestic workers, laundry workers, and other sectors to build frontline worker leadership through a training institute. Last year the WCF leadership institute discussed the roots of violence and poverty.
The result was frontline leaders creating #FreedomCities, which among its demands includes a just economy and safety beyond policing & incarceration. Through the Freedom Cities Movement, the WCF is leading the charge to redefine safety and to demand investment in people and the planet. Safety is ending police/ICE brutality and creating a just economy through reinvestment and reparations.