Street Vendors and Allies Demand Justice for Muslim Vendor Victim of a Hate Crime

New York City Council and Mayor de Blasio Must Protect Vendors; the NYPD Must Bring the Perpetrator of the Hate Crime to Justice

WHAT: Street Vendors and Allies Hold a Press Conference for Justice for Hassan Elbaz

WHO: The Street Vendor Project (project of Urban Justice Center), Council on

 American-Islamic Relations and allies

WHEN: Thursday, July 19th at 11 AM

WHERE: Outside of 636 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

BACKGROUND:  On July 12th, 2018, Hassane Elbaz, a Egyptian food vendor working at a coffee cart in lower Manhattan was attacked by an Islamophobic stranger. The assailant snuck up behind Elbaz’s cart, attacked and injured both Elbaz and his colleague, leaving them with black eyes and bruises. The attacker shouted “I’m going to f–k you up, terrorist m———-r! Arab, go back to your country!” The suspect, seen by witnesses, fled before the NYPD arrived. According to media reports, the NYPD has not yet classified the assault as a hate crime.

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Congratulations, 2018 DLI!

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2018 DLI Cohort at the annual retreat in Hampton Bays, NY

After months of gaining critical organizing skills, building deep solidarities, and growing their personal leadership, the Delfino Leadership Institute (DLI) graduated it’s 3rd cohort of worker leaders!

This year’s cohort included members from the following organizations: Desis’s Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), New York Communities for Change (NYCC), The Street Vendor Project (SVP), Adhikaar, Restaurant Opportunity Center-NY (ROC-NY) and Domestic Workers United.

In keeping with tradition, our final training took place May 19-20 in Long Island, NY where the cohort spent the weekend sharing their personal stories, performing theatre of the oppressed skits, learning about each other’s cultures through music and dance, enjoying delicious home-cooked meals– all while building a truly beautiful and long lasting community.

This year’s graduates have grown by leaps and bounds since they first embarked on their collective leadership journey in February. Meeting on a monthly basis, the cohort engaged in trainings covering organizing essentials like base-building, recruitment, action planning, and more.  Upon completing the program, participants walked away with solidified outreach skills which they can use to advance their organizations’ capacity through base-building. They learned the Enlace outreach RAP framework as well as how to respond to push-back when outreaching. They also gained skills in how to conduct 1-on-1 meetings, how to grow the leadership of other members in their organization, and how to effectively plan an action.

Underlying the Delfino Leadership Institute is the importance of movement building. Since it’s initial formation, DLI has worked towards the goal of creating a space where solidarity can flourish across communities. This year’s cohort was emblematic of those founding principles as we saw how powerful connections are able to transcend language, nationality, sector, and gender. Both within the training space and through taking collective action together, the bonds formed within DLI will be long-lasting. And while DLI may have officially ended for the year, cohort members are committed to staying connected and taking action together.

Congratulations to all the graduates! Unity is Power!

Laundromat Report Launch

lwc reportYou are cordially invited to the launch of our new report, “Workplace Issues and Socio-Economic Conditions of Laundromat Workers in New York City”. Based on 3 years of participatory research at hundreds of laundromats throughout New York City, the report by Laundry Workers Center sheds light on the violations and hazards that laundromat workers face. With over two thousand licensed laundromats in New York City, the need for worker and community power is significant.

Please Join Us:
When: Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Where: The Worker Institute at Cornell University
ILR School Conference Center, 6th Floor (16 East 34th St, New York, NY 10016)

The event, co-sponsored by the Worker Institute at Cornell University, will feature a panel of laundromat workers and organizers to discuss the findings of the report and how we are taking a stand. This is a free event, but space is limited and we ask you to please register by RSVPing to Anna Rivera at ar2249@cornell.edu . Light refreshments will be provided.

Building a Freedom & Liberation Movement, Building #FreedomCities

 Yesterday, the Freedom Cities Movement took over the streets of lower Manhattan. Along the way we stopped in front of corporations, financial institutions and civic offices that are the root causes of worker exploitation, immigrant detention, police brutality and gentrification.
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