Freedom Cities: May Day in NYC

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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

City of Portland takes big step to become a Freedom City

To avoid doing business with socially irresponsible corporations, the city is willing to lose investment income—about $4.5 million a year.
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Renato Quintero, a 50-year-old janitor in Portland, Oregon, has firsthand experience with private prison corporations. Originally from Sinaloa, Mexico, Quintero immigrated to the United States and eventually became a citizen. But his family hasn’t been as lucky. One of his cousins, who came to the United States as a child but never became a legal resident, was sent to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, after being stopped for a traffic violation. The center provides service to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, but is privately run by a firm called GEO Group. Quintero’s cousin was eventually deported back to Mexico, which put financial and emotional strain on the entire family.

During a city council meeting last December, Quintero was one of several Portland residents who testified in favor of the city divesting from two corporations, in particular: Wells Fargo, for its financing of the for-profit prison operators CoreCivic and GEO Group; and Caterpillar, the construction equipment maker that provides bulldozers to the Israeli government. President Trump has also said that he will rely on Caterpillar to build a border wall with Mexico.

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We Want Freedom: Workers and Immigrants Bolster Freedom Cities Movement

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.

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Push for #FreedomCities in NY

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.

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Hundreds of B&H Photo Warehouse Workers to Strike on May 1! #May1Strike

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

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Immigrants & Workers of Color Organize for #FreedomCities

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.

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