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.
NYC FREEDOM CITIES MAY DAY + 7th ANNUAL IWJ TOUR 2018
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On May Day, join the Freedom Cities Movement as we carry on the legacy of the Immigrant Worker Justice Tour in our struggle for freedom and liberation!
Freedom Cities is about making entire cities, towns, and communities safe for immigrants, Black people, Muslims, Queer+Trans folks, workers, and all oppressed communities. Our liberation is inherently tied together, it’s all of us or none of us!
We all deserve to live with dignity and have the opportunity thrive without fear of physical or economic violence at the hands of the corporations, vigilantes or government.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28| 1:00pm | Steps of City Hall
Last month, a veteran black car driver, Doug Schifter, shot himself in front of City Hall after facing financial ruin. Two livery drivers killed themselves in the previous months, one of whom, Danilo Castillo, wrote his suicide note on the back of a Taxi and Limousine Commission summons.
We must stop treating the devastation of people’s lives as inevitable. Our city has the power to act. And we demand that they act now by capping the number of vehicles on our streets and by making the regulated yellow and green cab fare the minimum fare for all for-hire vehicles.
We cannot allow Uber to continue to destroy lives for a business model that hasn’t even been proven sustainable. We must come together now and demand protections for ALL drivers and for rational regulations that level the playing field.
On Saturday Feb 24th The New York Worker Center Federation welcomed it’s 3rd cohort of worker-leaders, embarking on a four month journey of leadership development and solidarity building as part of the Delfino Leadership Institute (DLI). This year’s cohort will focus both on enhancing organizing skills while also focusing on the importance of intersectional movement building.
The DLI space is unique in that it brings together worker leaders from almost ten different worker centers, representing different industries and various communities. The space is multicultural, multiracial, and multilingual with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Bangla, and Nepali (The NYWCF remains committed to language justice and is actively expanding language accessibility of our trainings). With each training, participants are actively breaking down the barriers that divide our communities and building cross-cultural solidarities.
The inaugural training of 2018, began with a grounding in political education, as the cohort honored and reflected on the movements that have come before and recognizing the contributions they are making towards the future. Participants were introduced to the basics of base building and outreach, two focus areas of this year’s cohort. In order for organizations to run successful campaigns that propel our movements forward, having a strong and powerful base is key. Enlace recognizes the important role the base plays in winning campaigns, which is why it is a critical component of our Integrated Organizing Approach (IOA), the methodology we use to win campaigns and strengthen our movements.
Overall, the energy in the room was electric! With almost 30 worker-leaders present, new energies and excitement flooded into the space. Folks were courageous in sharing both personal stories as well as personal commitments they made to themselves and each other. They expressed commitments of learning from each other and taking action together. They plan to meet both within the training space and out in the streets!
The next training will take place on March 24th.
Unity is Power!
*The Delfino Leadership Institute is dedicated to the memory of Delfino Velazquez. We will continue to honor his legacy and his family’s struggle for justice.
**The New York Worker Center Federation is a collaboration amongst leading worker centers in New York City, convened and coordinated by Enlace