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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Worker Action: #BHexposed

lwc april9B&H Photo workers faced unconscionable working conditions in Brooklyn and Manhattan warehouses. They organized for over a year, fought and won a union against overwhelming odds.

Now B&H threatens to move almost 330 of their jobs 75 miles away to New Jersey.

Workers are calling on unions, the community, and B&H customers to stand with them and tell B&H Photo to stop running away—keep union jobs in New York!

Every Sunday from 3-5pm, B&H Photo workers will be flyering out of the retail store at 34th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan. Momentum is building, and we will win! VAMOS A GANAR!

Breaking: Uber CEO Kalanick subject to being deposed in federal wage theft suit

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Subject to Being Deposed in Federal Wage Theft Lawsuit
Judge denies Uber’s motion to dismiss CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber investor Bill Gurley as defendants
(New York, NY) – On Tuesday, April 4, Federal Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein for the US Southern District denied Uber’s motion to dismiss individual defendants, including Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber investor Bill Gurley, in a Federal Lawsuit filed by Uber drivers and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance against Uber under the Fair Labor Standard Act. The suit claims Kalanick and others misclassified Uber drivers as independent contractors to deprive them of their rights under labor law, including the right to minimum wage and overtime protections. The suit also claims Uber illegally deducted sales tax and an injured worker fund surcharge from workers’ pay.
Uber’s CEO along with Uber investor Bill Gurley will, for the first time, both be subject to giving depositions in a wage theft suit filed by Uber drivers. Several other Uber officials are also named as defendants in the suit as well as the company itself.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our members staring down their billionaire bosses in federal court,” said NYTWA Executive Director Bhairavi Desai. “We’re looking forward to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick having to face the court and be held accountable for stealing from hardworking drivers who have been pushed into poverty by his greedy and unlawful business practices.”
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