On January 20, 2016 the NY Workers Center Federation (WCF) launched our Freedom Cities campaign! NYC workers and immigrants from diverse backgrounds and working sectors came together to show community power in NYC and DC to stand up against Trump’s racist, sexist, xenophobic promises.
We took over the street outside of Trump Tower and held a press conference and speak out while another delegation headed to DC. NYC workers and members of the WCF spoke out about the struggles they face every day from police harassment, unfair working conditions, unjust policies but above all the need to be united especially at this time. They redefined what safety and belonging means to them and what this should look like in our home, NYC.
In contrast to the imposed vision of safety as policing, borders, deportations, and incarceration, we envision safety as equal access to decent work (economic security), education, affordable housing, and healthcare. In reimagining safety and belonging, those who are oppressed for being people of color, immigrants, women, muslim, LGBTQ, workers, youth, having disabilities, and undocumented will build power from the bottom up to create a world of justice, liberation, dignity, and safety.
- Worker Rights
- Safety Beyond Policing
- Hate Free Zones
- Community Control
- Invest in Humanity
- Political Power
Through Freedom Cities we aim to fight back against the Trump administration by centering impacted communities so that they are visible and leading the movement to create safe communities where everyone can thrive. The idea of a Freedom City goes beyond a sanctuary city in which we seek protection for and defined by all: immigrants—documented or undocumented, people with criminal convictions, workers, gender nonconforming folks, the poor, and all people of color. We will not allow others to tell or to define for us the meaning of our safety and survival.
All the speakers were amazing! Check out the pictures, speakers and amazing poem written by Jack Harrop (video shows full poem) who is a current member of the Retail Action Project, member of the WCF.
…We’re here to fight for worker’s rights
But now we have a problem
Where Discrimination Is at it’s peak
Where black people is being shot by the Police
Honestly, It’s Hypocrisy
Like were back in 2001, A space Odyssey
Now some people may say
I’m being Stereotypical
Rapping up here for you
But Rap to me is Spiritual
Something like this should be Biblical
Embracing Your Talents and Beliefs
What makes this Hate Free Zone Complete
What makes america great
In Our Hearts, There’s Fate
Were Immigrants, Women and POC
We stand here to the best of our ability
That this is a Freedom City
So Stop This Inauguration
This is so Basic
It’s only gonna hurt the next generation
-Poem Written by JACK HARROP