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Workers at a well-known Bronx restaurant are organizing with the Laundry Workers Center against wage theft, sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation and exploitation. Join them at this crucial campaign launch—show the boss that New York City’s labor community stands behind these courageous workers as they go public this Saturday!
We’ll meet at the Picture the Homeless office, near the B/D and 4 trains.
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.
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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.
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.
- 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
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