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April 2014

  • Thu. 24

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    The Children’s Place has failed to pay a single penny to the families of the 1,138 workers who were killed and 2,500 who were injured in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. Meanwhile, the CEO of The Children’s Place, Jane Elfers, made $17 million last year, more than double what The Children’s Place owes to the victims, whose hard work contributed to the company’s profits.

    JOIN THE GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION: Thursday, April 24, 12-1PM
    Children’s Place store at Union Square
    36 Union Square East, New York, NY 10003

    Supported by: 99 Pickets, International Labor Rights Forum, New York City Central Labor Council, Remembering the Triangle Fire Coalition, United Students Against Sweatshops, and Workers United.

    www.orphansplace.com

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    6:00 pm @ Union Square, Manhattan
    8:00 pm @ Diversity Plaza (73rd Road), Jackson Heights

    Please join us on 24th April, on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, for a vigil at Union Square (14th Street). The vigil will be accompanied by a street photo exhibit of the disaster and its victims by 8 Bangladeshi photographers and by art-works by number of artists based in New York. We will gather at Union Square at 6:00 pm for about an hour ending with a short march from the square to the site of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire site (near Washington Square park). A contingent of the gathering (who ever is willing) will then travel to Jackson Heights to hold another vigil at the Diversity Plaza, starting at 8:00 p.m.

    Almost a year has passed since the horrific disaster at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh. One of the worst industrial disasters in history, the collapse of the building housing several Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories claimed more than 1100 lives. Many others have been injured, some maimed for life. The images of dead and live bodies trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building grabbed worldwide attention and caused even the most hardened of the hearts to tremble. However, after a year of 24-hour news cycle the disaster seems like a distant event, fading quickly from our over-worked and exhausted minds. We should not let it happen. We should actively remember the tragic and traumatic disaster and its victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to fight for justice for the victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to continue with the struggles to bring about the conditions in which such man-made and entirely preventable disasters never claim another human life.

    Our lives are connected. In a globalizing world these connections are becoming increasingly apparent. What happens to Bangladeshi garment workers matter to us! And, what we do matter for the lives and struggles of the people in Bangladesh! Over the past year many organizations and activists from around the globe have worked together to deliver justice for the victims and to ensure better working conditions for Bangladeshi workers. We will gather on the 24th as a part of and in solidarity with these struggles.

    So, please come out and join us. Bring a friend. Bring a sign, a picture, a poster, and/or a candle. Bring a song or a poem. Bring your sorrow and your anger. Bring your tears and your love.

    Partner Organizations:
    South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL), 99 Pickets, International Labor Rights Forum, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Bangladesh Environment Network, Drum, Bangladesh Progressive Forum, Bangladesh Garment Shamhoti, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute

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    6:00 pm @ Union Square, Manhattan
    8:00 pm @ Diversity Plaza (73rd Road), Jackson Heights

    Please join us on 24th April, on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, for a vigil at Union Square (14th Street). The vigil will be accompanied by a street photo exhibit of the disaster and its victims by 8 Bangladeshi photographers and by art-works by number of artists based in New York. We will gather at Union Square at 6:00 pm for about an hour ending with a short march from the square to the site of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire site (near Washington Square park). A contingent of the gathering (who ever is willing) will then travel to Jackson Heights to hold another vigil at the Diversity Plaza, starting at 8:00 p.m.

    Almost a year has passed since the horrific disaster at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh. One of the worst industrial disasters in history, the collapse of the building housing several Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories claimed more than 1100 lives. Many others have been injured, some maimed for life. The images of dead and live bodies trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building grabbed worldwide attention and caused even the most hardened of the hearts to tremble. However, after a year of 24-hour news cycle the disaster seems like a distant event, fading quickly from our over-worked and exhausted minds. We should not let it happen. We should actively remember the tragic and traumatic disaster and its victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to fight for justice for the victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to continue with the struggles to bring about the conditions in which such man-made and entirely preventable disasters never claim another human life.

    Our lives are connected. In a globalizing world these connections are becoming increasingly apparent. What happens to Bangladeshi garment workers matter to us! And, what we do matter for the lives and struggles of the people in Bangladesh! Over the past year many organizations and activists from around the globe have worked together to deliver justice for the victims and to ensure better working conditions for Bangladeshi workers. We will gather on the 24th as a part of and in solidarity with these struggles.

    So, please come out and join us. Bring a friend. Bring a sign, a picture, a poster, and/or a candle. Bring a song or a poem. Bring your sorrow and your anger. Bring your tears and your love.

    Partner Organizations:
    South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL), 99 Pickets, International Labor Rights Forum, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Bangladesh Environment Network, Drum, Bangladesh Progressive Forum, Bangladesh Garment Shamhoti, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute

May 2014

  • Thu. 1

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    Save the Date!

    It has been 8 years since 2006′s massive mobilizations of immigrants and workers against the repressive Sensenbrenner legislation that would criminalize immigrant workers. Since 2006, the May 1st Coalition for Workers and Immigrant Rights has been organizing and mobilizing for every May 1st bringing together immigrant groups, community organizations, workers groups, unions, LGBTQGNC organizations, and women’s organizations to raise the demands of people during the ongoing economic crisis.

  • Sat. 17

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    Some of those speaking will be Brian Jones, Carol Burris, Raging Grannies, Joe Rella and Ken Mitchel (local superintendents), representatives of parents groups and BATS. Others invited to speak include Diane Ravitch, Jonathon Kozol, Leticia James, Leonie Haimson, Zakiah Ansari (parent) and Stephanie Rivera (SUPE).

    The Vision: Create & sustain a public school system that provides a fully funded, equitable, community-based education for every child. This means that decisions about our children’s schooling are made democratically by families and professional educators, free of corporate and political intervention.

    The Mission: Educate teachers, parents, students and communities on the dangers of corporate-driven reform that lead to privatization, high stakes testing, mandated curriculum, unfair teacher evaluation practices, school closures, and a two tier school system where special needs students, English as a 2nd language learners, and children of color and poverty are hit hardest.

    The Goals:

    • Motivate people to act on behalf of children to receive a quality equitable education.
    • Bring various communities to work together in resisting national corporate reform policies.
    • Restore the joy of learning
    • Get media coverage of our point of view.
    • Have our voices heard on the main-steam media.
    • Involve mainstream and alternative media coverage of vision, mission, and goals
    • Let corporations know that we will resist their efforts to privatize and control public education
    • Assure authentic classroom-based assessment – end high stakes testing
    • Assure locally-developed curricula that honor languages, cultures, and communities – No mandating of common core standards and standards based testing
    • Ensure privacy of student data – end In-Bloom
    • Universal public (non charter) neighborhood preschools based in our neighborhood public schools
    • Wrap around services for every neighborhood public school: counselors, social workers, psychologists, health care
    • Strengthen neighborhood schools, assure high quality schools in every neighborhood – resist charter schools and vouchers
    • Value out of school multiple literacies and cultural pedagogy
    • Protect programs (art, music, phys. ed.) that are important to the overall development of our children and to their love of learning
    • Audience: Community activists (“voices of resistance”), families, students, civil rights advocates, voters, immigrant families, policymakers and legislators, union members, teachers, and faith leaders
    • Celebration. We celebrate the potential of all students and schools
  • Thu. 22

    Worker Power book club

    6:30-8:30pm at Think Coffee - Meat Packing District: 73 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10019
    by 99 Pickets

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    This is a 99 Pickets-organized, once a month meeting to discuss selected readings on topics of labor organizing, history, theory, and critique. We ask that all who attend have read some or all of the materials suggested, and come with questions of how these texts can help with our tactics and strategies for organizing in the here and now.

    May 22:  New Labor in New York: Precarious Worker Organizing and the Future of the Labor Movement / Edited by Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott

    Cornell University Press is offering 99 Pickets readers a 40 percent discount, which makes the book $14.97. Ships three days from Cornell to NYC. Email Jennifer A. Longley jal225@cornell.edu 607-277-2338 x254 and mention the 99P book club!

4/21 Out front Kenny bakery in #washheights w/ @lwc_united & allies, fighting against wage theft & abuse! pic.twitter.com/5slAtVmuMX 
4/21 Call Liberato manager Nelson 718-584-5000 NOW & demand NO RETALIATION agnst workers! #LWC #1U 99pickets.org pic.twitter.com/POtXs1WI3x 
4/19 After standing w/workers inside Liberato we are outside calling on the Bronx restaurant to end wage theft, harassment pic.twitter.com/Z8Y9NetfPl 
4/19 "No mas abuso verbal!!" Workers are fighting against sexual harassment, wage theft and disrespect pic.twitter.com/0sRJdj6aOl 
4/19 "Justicia!" 100 supporters & @RMOinNYC march into Liberato w/workers delivering letter to management. pic.twitter.com/anS1xLFkii 
4/19 A toast to workers rights, an end to sexual harassment, and respect at work!! Inside Liberato in the #Bronx pic.twitter.com/GeCOdAsKqS 
4/19 LWC Roseanna and a fierce pack of Hunter and CUNY students pic.twitter.com/xDVfnqu0hM 
4/19 Getting ready to go to the location. Recounting past wins, uniting for a new struggle. pic.twitter.com/Uxacg3E3fF 
4/19 Before a laundry worker center action in the Bronx pic.twitter.com/1hrbFh5QQw 
4/13 Talking to a neighbor of @childrenplace CEO Jane Elfers. Do you know your neighbor uses sweatshop labor? #PAYUP pic.twitter.com/DOya7yyOre 
4/13 See you around the neighborhood soon! @ChildrensPlace, #PAYUP fair comp. to #ranaplaza victims orphansplace.com pic.twitter.com/5JTPIdehRc 
4/12 There's someone home at the house of injustice! But shes not answering. #payup @childrensplace Orphansplace.com pic.twitter.com/PykY7DVEc3 
4/12 Back at the home of @childrensplace CEO Elfers. "Hey Jane, what's the deal? Imagine how those orphans feel!" #PAYUP pic.twitter.com/Wo43PNjaJn 
4/12 Rude Mechanical Orchestra laying it down on the way to another neighbor of CEO Elders. #ChildrensPlace #PAYUP! pic.twitter.com/u4KmCftm9Y 
4/12 Next house!! Everybody in the neighborhood is learning about @childrensplace lack of accountability. #ShameOnJane pic.twitter.com/TaqMyDj2Sq 

99 Pickets Monthly Meetings - 5 MINUTE SURVEY / 99 Pickets Reunión Mensual - ENCUESTA 5 MINUTOS

Since August 2013, 99 Pickets has hosted a monthly meeting for workers, organizers and activists across NYC, to share information about their campaigns and discuss important issues in worker organizing. We’ve had five meetings so far, and would love to get your feedback to improve the meetings.