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Once struggling, United Farm Workers gains new clout in California, wants to use it

Officially, the three-week pilgrimage is aimed at pressuring Gov. Gavin Newsom into signing a bill that would allow farmworkers a choice, including vote-by-mail, in how elections are held in unionization drives. But the purpose is broader: to signify that United Farm Workers is emboldened despite decades of diminishing membership. 

The new law is crucial for protecting farmworkers, who are often undocumented and at risk of not just being fired but also deported if they displease their bosses by trying to join a union. The law is also deeply symbolic: It will show that California has the will to protect all its workers, even its most vulnerable. 

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SikhCoalition: Joint Statement from Eight Indianapolis-Area Gurdwaras Following Fedex Facility Shooting

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Contact: media@sikhcoalition.org

Joint Statement from Eight Indianapolis-Area Gurdwaras Following Fed-ex Facility Shooting

“April 17, 2021 (Indianapolis, IN) — The following statement was released by representatives of eight Indianapolis-area gurdwaras, or Sikh houses of worship, including Gurdwara Gur Nanak Darbar (Plainfield), Gurdwara Guru Nanak Sikh Society (Raymond), Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib (Greenwood), Gurdwara Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis (Acton), Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar (Fishers), Gurdwara Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society (McCordsville), Darbar Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Indianapolis), and Sikh Society of Indianapolis…”

Tenant Worker Center

Today, the Tenant Worker Center (TWC) educates and organizes low-wage immigrant workers to improve their working conditions and achieve economic justice. In addition, TWC provides strategic services, and advocates for immigrants and working families. Some of these services and programs include wage clinic and the Hospitality and Vocational Training (HVT) program. Workers who have questions about their workers rights can call and request a confidential consultation, free of charge by calling (415) 391-6986 x132.

Visit the Tenant Worker Center website here

 

Video – What is Wage Theft?

What is Wage Theft? ABOUT 50 BILLION in wages are STOLEN from workers nationwide every year. Wage theft occurs when workers do not receive the wages they were legally or contractually promised. Learn more about the different forms of wage theft, and how to take action to fight for workers rights in the workplace! View the video here or watch it down below.

 

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COVID-19 Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community in Greater Boston is being hit hard. Many are immigrants who work in food, hospitality, home care and child care sectors that have been closed. Consequently, these workers have lost their incomes. Because of language barriers and immigration status, not everyone can access public benefits like unemployment and the new stimulus dollars.  These families are in jeopardy of not having enough money to buy basic necessities and pay for housing. To top it off, our community is also facing rising anti-Asian sentiments.

The Chinese Progressive Association along with other anchor organizations of APIsCAN! ( Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network) Asian Community Development Corporation, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Asian American Resource Workshop, and Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services is launching the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund for our community. The fund will provide immediate and direct financial support to people in our communities who have lost work and are having trouble meeting their basic needs, and may not be eligible for other public benefits.

Visit their website for more information

 

Cultural Work Roundup August 2020

The meaning of success can vary across time, space, and bodies; however, success is the common goal and enemy for our innermost and collective selves. How can we draw success in a shape that allows us to heal and grow? Is strategizing pear-shaped? An endless wave? An octagon with two circles in it? Below is a list of BIPOC makers, radical thinkers, and doers who can guide and ground us, featuring recommendations by Cultural Work Intern Lillyanne Pham at lillyanne@apano.org and APANO’s Arts & Media Project (AMP) members.

Read the Cultural Work Roundup here

 

Building Power & Safety Through Solidarity Campaign

As our communities of working-class immigrant and undocumented workers and families grapple with the impacts of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, which will continue to grow into a social, health, and economic crisis, DRUM in New York City has launched the “Building Power & Safety Through Solidarity” Campaign. This campaign provides a practical, accessible, and participatory program for building community power while also meeting the material needs of our frontline communities.

Read more about their community tools and resources at https://www.drumnyc.org/powerandsafety/

EMPLOYMENT

  1. If you are currently unemployed:

HOUSING

  1. Landlords don’t have to make mortgage payments for 3 months
    • If you are a landlord, call your bank to make arrangements for your mortgage
  2. There are no evictions for at least 3 months
  3. This means that if you don’t have a lot of money, you should save your money for essential things like food, and not for rent
    • Talk to the other tenants and make agreements to not pay rent
    • Many tenants are organizing rent strikes
  4. People are working on passing a law to cancel the rent
  5. If your landlord is also poor, and depends on the rental income for survival or has to pay for utilities, work out an agreement with them for partial payment or a payment plan
  6. Rent Strike Toolkit: https://t.co/ChKHyTvluO

FOOD

HEALTH

  1. Testing for coronavirus is hard to find, but it is free
  2. Right now, there is no coverage of the costs for treatment
  3. If you need to get tested, you can find testing locations here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/resources/covid-testing.page
  4. If you need access to general healthcare and are undocumented: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/immigrant/

IMMIGRATION

  1. As of March 18th, USCIS has suspended routine in person services (Court dates, check-ins, biometric appointments etc.)
  2. If you have renewal biometrics appointments (ex. DACA) during this time, USCIS will use previous biometrics.
  3. ICE is continuing to do raids. We don’t know if they are more, or less, or same as before, but they are happening.

SCHOOLS

  1. NYC schools are closed for the rest of the school year.
  2. Remote Leaning is in effect until the rest of the school year
  3. Students in need electronic equipment to access remote learning can request an iPad device at coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

GOVERNMENT STIMULUS

  1. The federal government passed a 2 trillion dollar package on March 27
  2. Most of the money went for large corporations

MENTAL HEALTH

  1. This is a time of great stress for many people, and it will likely get worse
  2. Make sure to make some time everyday to do things that relax you or calm you
  3. Find people you can talk to regularly to relieve the stress
  4. If you need more help coping contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline http://NYC.gov/nycwell

FUNERALS

  1. A guide to funeral and burial option in New York: https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Guide-Funeral-Burial-Options-in-NY-ENGLISH.pdf
  2. HRA can provide up to $900 in funeral expenses: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page

CASH ASSISTANCE

  1.  For Undocumented Youth & Families: NYSYLC will be providing $250 or $500 funds. you can requests funds at https://www.nysylc.org/undocufunds
  2. Jamaica Muslim Center providing COVID impacted muslim families with $100 cash assistance call 718-739-3182

 

The COVID-19 Crisis is Affecting Low-Income Workers

“The COVID-19 Crisis Is Affecting Low-Income Workers” by CAROLINE DANIELSON

“As California responds to COVID-19, its low-income workers face particularly urgent difficulties. These Californians are not necessarily at high risk of health complications from COVID-19, but they will be deeply affected by the economic consequences of the steps being taken by cities, counties, and regions to contain the outbreak and protect public health.”

Read the rest of the article here: https://www.ppic.org/blog/the-covid-19-crisis-is-affecting-low-income-workers/

 

 

Dismantling Anti-Black Bias in Democratic Workplaces: A Toolkit

DISMANTLING ANTI-BLACK BIAS IN DEMOCRATIC WORKPLACES: A TOOLKIT

Resource provided from AORTA: ANTI-OPPRESSION RESOURCE AND TRAINING ALLIANCE

When we participate in a democratic workplace or collective, we take on the incredible responsibility of shaping an institution — and we therefore have incredible power to resist the harmful cultures, practices, and policies that reinforce anti-Black racism in mainstream institutions. But the persistent messages that we receive about anti-Blackness can just as easily infiltrate our workplaces if we’re not dedicated to building a shared vision for collective liberation that centers Black liberation and self-determination.

Our goal in creating this packet is to equip democratic workplaces with tools to see and address anti-Black racism when it happens, as well as creating systems and practices that undermine anti-Black racism.

It is critical that we both welcome those new to understanding and resisting anti-Black racism, and honor the struggle of those who have been working toward Black liberation for generations

Access the packet here

HOW TO USE THIS PACKET

This packet is a learning guide that includes activities, resources, writings, and prompts for further reflection and growth. We invite you to use the various components in this packet for individual learning and development, as well as in your organizations, study groups, co-ops and workplaces. Tailoring activities and learnings to your specific group always helps ensure that you are engaged in the most relevant and effective work.

 

COVID-19 Community Needs Request & Volunteer Form

EmergenSEA Corps is a small rapid response pod of young (healthy!) community members who are ready to help! We understand things can change at any time and want to assess and meet the needs and requests that come in. We are volunteer-led so please be patient with requests.

Fill out the form here

To be efficient and effective with our response, we are only able to assist the following.

COMMUNITIES:
-Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and surrounding Twin Cities metro area within 10 mile radius.
-Southeast Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islanders who are refugees, immigrants, displaced, and/or vulnerable communities (elderly, immunocompromised, medically fragile, and frontline medical workers).

SEAD’s current resources that are provided from our team for free:
-Masks: Reusable hand sewn cloth masks
-Sanitizer: Mini spray bottles for travel only
-Saturday May Meals: Saturdays only for month of May (individually prepared meals, up to 6 meals per household)
-Essentials Transporters: Pick or drop off for essentials such as groceries, medications, etc
-Telehealth Line: General medical help via phone/video call by licensed nurse and physician assistant (currently English or Lao only)
-Care package [PENDING]: Limited digital + physical care packages in-language for Southeast Asian communities.

TIMELINE:
As a first rule of thumb, check in with your neighbors and loved ones if they already have resources to help. We try to respond within 24 hours of receiving each request and fulfill them within 2-7 days. If we don’t have the resource, we will direct you to the appropriate organizations and individuals who are able to help.

This is currently a growing community-led group hosted by The SEAD Project. If you have any questions, email emergensea@theseadproject.org or call 612-987-7313.