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!
You 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.
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 email@example.com . Light refreshments will be provided.
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.