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June 10, 2016

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Construction Company Convicted of “Manslaughter” sets “Historic Precedent” for Workplace Safety Regulations

Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the conviction of HARCO CONSTRUCTION LLC (“HARCO”) for “recklessly causing the death of a 22-year-old construction worker, Carlos Moncayo, by failing to heed and address unsafe work conditions at a construction site in the Meatpacking District, contributing to the collapse of an excavation pit and the death of the victim”. HARCO was convicted of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, as well as Criminally Negligent Homicide and Reckless Endangerment. The sentencing is expected to take place in July 13 2016.

Gonzalo Mercado, Executive Director of La Colmena in Staten Island NY issued the following statement:

"Today's decision sets a historic precedent in a city were too many workers have lost their lives in preventable constructions accidents. No more slaps on the wrist for bad employers that put profits over workers’ safety. Our hearts are with the Moncayo family and  all of those we've lost in past accidents"

Omar Henriquez Regional Organizer at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“The guilty verdict will not bring Carlos Moncayo back to life, but it puts contractors on notice: if one of your workers gets killed on the job, you are responsible and will face the consequences. No more free rides for irresponsible contractors.”

Cal Soto, Workers Rights Coordinator at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“We are encouraged by the DA’s successful efforts to bring justice to the family of Carlos Moncayo. Carlos Moncayo’s death and the trial of his murderers has shined a spotlight on the entirely avoidable fatal conditions that persist in worksites throughout the country due to weak and selectively enforced health and safety regulations.

“The workers that were present throughout the trial know these dangers firsthand, as they are often compelled to assume the risks taken by their employers for fear of retaliation. Together, we will continue to advocate for safe workplaces, employer accountability, and protection against retaliation for reporting health and safety violations."

Advocates from many organizations participated in a rally outside of the courtroom in support of Carlos Moncayo including, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and its member organizations, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Wind of the Spirit, Workers’ Justice Project and Workplace Project, La Colmena, El Centro del Immigrante and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, among others.

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June 9, 2016

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100+ Organizations Call for Independent Inquiry into Leaks about Immigration Raids

Los Angeles, CA -- On Thursday, over 100 organizations signed onto a letter to President Obama demanding an independent inquiry into government leaks about ICE raids targeting Central American refugees. The raids strategy has been widely criticized for sparking widespread terror in immigrant and refugee communities.  

The organizations, which included leading Central American groups such as CARECEN, Alianza Americas, and CISPES, called for an immediate investigation by the White House and DHS Inspector General into the leaks and their “source, purpose, content, and whether they were sanctioned by the White House.”

“When the U.S. government is using morally repugnant and legally questionable tactics to to instill fear in those fleeing violence, we must demand answers,” said NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado, himself a refugee from El Salvador. “We hope that a thorough investigation into these leaks will help clarify, and ultimately rectify, President Obama’s failed response to the humanitarian crisis in Central America. It’s time for relief, not raids.” 

The letter states, in part:

[T]hose who have leaked rumors of these raids must be held accountable for the unnecessary terror that they have inflicted among immigrant families and for the damage done to the rule of law… It is not clear whether these leaks are intentional or unintentional, but it is very clear they are unacceptable and unbefitting of a federal law enforcement agency.

Advocates pointed to the recent detention of Elmer Reynoso, a young Guatemalan father of a two-month old baby, to demonstrate the destructive impact of the President's policy.

On Wednesday, 26 U.S. Senators called on President Obama to end the strategy of immigration raids and instead to immediately offer Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to the population fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle. To see the full letter from the Senators click here

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 PLAINTIFFS FILE PETITION FOR REHEARING IN NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS IN PUENTE V. ARPAIO Arizona Migrant Group Seeks to Preserve Injunction Against Provisions of Two Arizona Statutes Used to Criminalize Immigrant Workers For Immediate ReleaseMay 17, 2016 Contacts: Carlos Garcia, Puente, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (520) 248-1697 Annie Lai, UC Irvine School of Law, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (914) 329-8412 Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (602) 773-6007 Phoenix, Arizona – Yesterday, Plaintiffs in Puente vs. Arpaio asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a May 2 decision which overturned a preliminary injunction issued last year barring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery from enforcing provisions of Arizona law that criminalize migrants for working to provide for their families. The Petition argues that the decision by a three-judge panel conflicts with other Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court cases, and should either be reconsidered by the panel or reheard by a larger number of judges. Carlos Garcia, Executive Director of Puente Arizona, a lead plaintiff in the case, said: “Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery must not be allowed to burden migrants with felony convictions for working to provide for their families. We have been politically scapegoated and dehumanized for long enough. These laws are cruel and unjust and we will not stop fighting until we know that our community is safe.” “Arizona’s effort to recast its identity theft laws as an immigration enforcement tool was unconstitutional from the start,” said Annie Lai of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “We are asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review its May 2 decision and restore the carefully considered order of the District Court from January 2015 that brought an end to the seven-year campaign of raids. Anything else would be a grave deviation from existing law and could compromise future litigants’ ability to turn to the courts for the protection of constitutional rights.” The case concerns provisions of two Arizona statutes passed in 2007 and 2008 as part of Arizona’s “attrition through enforcement” immigration platform designed to make life so miserable for migrants that they would self deport. In January 2015, District Court Judge David Campbell enjoined enforcement of the statutes during the pendency of the suit. The filing of yesterday’s petition means that the District Court’s injunction will remain in place until a decision can be made by…
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May 12th, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 NDLON responds to escalation of Immigration raids targeting Central American Mothers and Children Los Angeles, CA - In response to an “exclusive report” from Reuters regarding plans for a month-long series of deportation raids specifically targeting Central American Mothers and Children, the  following statement was issued by Olga Tomchin, Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network: "In the midst of an election rife with racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, President Obama is solidifying his legacy as Deporter-In-Chief by planning massive armed raids to round up refugee mothers and children for deportation to violence and potential death. Mothers fleeing murder must not be used as political pawns to appear "tough" on immigration." "While this administration continues daily attacks on immigrant communities, these plans appears to be an escalation of similar January raids. It is vilely immoral and a violation of U.S. human rights obligations to use mass roundups, imprisonment, and deportation to deter refugees from fleeing death. "We expect elected officials and candidates for office to denounce these raids and other attempts at deterring asylum seekers, which are no less grotesque than policy proposals by Donald Trump or Arizona's "self-deportation" tactics. We demand President Obama immediately stop sowing panic and cancel these planned human rights abuses."   ###
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May 5th, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Memorial Celebration Honors Fernando Pedraza, Day Laborer Tragically Killed During Minutemen Protest Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Today, on May 5th 2016, workers, local leaders, community members and the family of Jose Fernando Pedraza gathered to celebrate, remember his life. He is honored by those who continue to struggle for workers rights and immigrant rights. In 2007, during an anti-immigrant demonstration held by the Minutemen Project he was tragically killed by an automobile collision while he stood in the street corner where he searched for work on a daily basis. He was leader that inspired and motivated his fellow workers to get involved, participate and to collectively struggle for dignified work and fair wages. The event was attended by over fifty people from the community including a local politician, faculty and students from Pitzer College, members of the media, workers, activists and family members of Mr. Pedraza. During the event, those that knew him shared uplifting stories about his life, updates about victories in immigrant rights, spoken word and live music. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said: “The reason why workers can stand on a sidewalk to solicit employment in this city, is because of Don Fernando Pedraza. Don Fernando died during a Minutemen and KKK anti-migrant protest en el 5 de mayo in 2007. Because of the tension and distraction the Minutemen protest caused, a vehicle hit another vehicle and it veered towards Don Fernando Pedraza killing him instantly. We won the fight. And the workers are free to look for work.” Imelda Pedraza, Fernando’s daughter said: “José Fernando Pedraza [my father] is still alive in our hearts because the biggest tragedy in life isn’t death; the tragedy is to allow the beautiful feelings and moments that brighten up our lives to die and fade away. He struggled with a great vision and focus for his compañeros of Arrow and Grove in Rancho Cucamonga. So that they can receive better treatment and had a safe place to search for work. That is what made him a great leader who was able to see his vision become successful. Your family and friends remember you with love. Thank you.” Jose Zapata Calderon, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies at Pitzer College said: “Fernando Pedraza was a father, a grandfather, and a day laborer…
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 May 2, 2016
Contact: Francisca Porchas, Puente, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (606) 616-4311; Jessica Vosburgh, NDLON, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (203) 415-8368; Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (602) 773-6007 Puente v. Arpaio Press Statement from Plaintiffs Puente Vows to Keep Fighting Following Ninth Circuit Decision on Preliminary Injunction Appeal; Decision Leaves Open Possibility for Further Challenges Phoenix, Arizona - In response to the Ninth Circuit decision in Puente Arizona, et al. v. Arpaio et al., issued today, Plaintiffs provide the following statements: Francisca Porchas, Organizing Director of Puente Arizona, a lead plaintiff in the case, said: “We vow to keep fighting Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery and will not rest until they stop targeting our community. The laws on which the raids were based left many immigrants with felony convictions merely for working to provide for their families. The laws are cruel, unjust and degrading. We knew that it would be a long court battle, but after years of raids, and hundreds of immigrants arrested, we also know the importance of continuing the fight. In the meantime, we will also continue to open our doors to those in the community affected by the raids.” Jessica Vosburgh, an attorney at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), who argued the case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, said: “The raids are unconstitutional and we believe that we will ultimately prevail. We disagree with the Ninth Circuit panel decision’s today not to uphold the preliminary injunction. However, the decision leaves open the ability for Plaintiffs to challenge the way that Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery have been using the laws in Maricopa County. We are also considering options for seeking a rehearing of today’s decision by the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The preliminary injunction will stay in place at least until we’ve had a chance to make that decision.” Plaintiffs in the case include Puente, workers affected by the raids, and several faith leaders who reside in Maricopa County and object to the use of their tax dollars to finance the raids. The plaintiffs are represented by the University of California, Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, NDLON, the ACLU of Arizona, Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP, Quarles & Brady LLP and attorney Ray Ybarra Maldonado. The Ninth Circuit decision, and the United States’ amicus brief filed on March 18 is available, here. ###  
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 April 29, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 NDLON: The Most Anti-Immigrant Bill Signed into Law in Our Lifetime Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs and Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman introducing a resolution calling for a repeal of the 1996 laws criminalizing immigrants, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), released the following statement: “We welcome the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Asian Pacific American Caucus in calling for a repeal of the IIRIRA, twenty years since its passage, and demanding answers from both Democratic candidates about their support for it in 1996. That would be a start. And there is much more that can be done – outside of the dysfunctional Congress – to mitigate the disastrous effects of ’96. “Perhaps the most anti-immigrant law signed into law in our lifetime, no single law better represents efforts to consolidate a regime that exploits immigrant workers and criminalizes our presence in the U.S. Enacted the same year that then Senior Advisor to President Clinton, Rahm Emmanuel, recommended a record deportations, the law demonstrates the deep-seeded racism at the root of parties’ failed approach to immigration. The law fused mass incarceration and mass deportation, establishing the strategy of conflating immigration and criminal law, which twenty years later, President Obama’s “felons not families” rhetoric has put on steroids. The law made far more people deportable, including legal residents, and created the barriers to legalization that are partially responsible for the number of undocumented people in the U.S. today. “Going forward, any statutory reform will require repeal of much of IIRIRA, including the repugnant section 287(g) of the INA, which authorized ICE to deputize the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It’s no surprise that today one-third of 287(g) agreements are in three states—North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona—all of which have enacted openly anti-immigrant legislation. Democratic leadership, both federal and local, should take responsibility for the laws that made possible Arizona’s SB 1070 and led to record deportations in Maricopa County in Arizona, and Harris County in Texas. “But we won’t hold our breath. Instead of ending its complicity with states legislating hate, the White House and DHS leadership are preparing to re-affirm support for these and nearly two dozen others before the agreements end on June 30th. As always, we know that if we are…
RESOURCES for reporters covering SCOTUS review of U.S. v. TexasContact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n     NDLON STATEMENTSIn the Midst of the Battle for DAPAhttp://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1198-ndlon-in-the-midst-of-the-battle-for-dapa The Deporter-In-Chief v. 26 Nativist Governors & Attorneys-General (aka US v. Texas)http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1197-ndlon-the-deporter-in-chief-v-26-nativist-governors-attorneys-general-aka-us-v-texas Reaction to House Vote to Submit Brief in US v. Texashttp://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1191-ndlon-reaction-to-house-vote-on-us-v-texas  Reaction to Supreme Court Decisionhttp://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1178-ndlon-reaction-to-supreme-court-decision LEGAL RESOURCES NDLON's Si Se Puede Rule-Making Petition: A detailed explanation of the President's legal authority along with antecedent history in the campaign to persuade the President to take action to stop deportations http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/resources/rulemaking/  DHS Memo on DAPA & Expanded DACAhttp://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_deferred_action.pdf  DHS Memo on New Deportation Prioritieshttps://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_prosecutorial_discretion.pdf  ORAL ARGUMENTS Transcriptshttp://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/15-674_h3dj.pdf Audiohttp://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2015/15-674
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April 22, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018; Sierra Golden, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 206.686.2640   NDLON: New Report Reveals How Seattle’s Casa Latina is Fighting Poverty Amongst Day Laborers Seattle, WA: In the 1990s Day Laborers in Seattle had very few options when looking for work, they would wait on street corners hoping someone would come by and hire them. When Casa Latina opened its first hiring hall in Belltown, they finally had a more sustainable alternative. They could become members and participate a daily lottery, which attempts to distribute jobs more equitably. Since then, thousands have chosen to be Casa Latina members and while there has consistently been a community consensus on the positive impacts of the center, there has hardly been quantifiable proof.   Now, Casa Latina and it’s members are excited to announce a formal study that confirms that day laborers dispatched from Casa Latina face fewer hardships than workers that continue to wait on street corners. In 2012 and 2015, Nik Theodore, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, visited Seattle and surveyed workers at Casa Latina and at informal hiring sites on street corners. The study is the first of its kind and is proof that “Casa Latina has directly improved workers’ earnings by increasing their employment rates, maintaining wage standards, and reducing wage theft” as stated by Theodore himself. The report, funded by the Ford Foundationand published by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) provides a detailed explanation of the results of Casa Latina’s efforts.   In 2015, 9% of workers at Casa Latina experienced wage theft. At informal hiring sites, that number was 38%. Marcos Martinez, executive director of Casa Latina said: “It’s heartening that Theodore’s study illustrates in such graphic terms that our programs lead to overall improvements for day laborers. It’s a priceless tool for illustrating our approach and the importance of our work.” Wage theft, or the denial of earned wages, is a widespread concern among informal and contingent workers across the country.   The  study (which can be read in its entirety here) also reveals that in 2015, workers at Casa Latina had much higher daily employment rate over workers at informal hiring sites. Finally, depending on the type of work done, workers at Casa Latina were paid up to 25% more than workers who were not members. Hilary Stern, founder of Casa Latina said, “This…
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April 22, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Advisory: NDLON Joins University of California Undocumented Students in Chant Down the Walls Public Action ** NDLON will join University of California students in a march, rally, public testimonies and live performances as part of the Chant Down the Walls concert series ** Los Angeles, CA— The implementation of Secure Communities (SComm) and the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) under the Obama Administration have played a large role in the nearly 3 million deportations facing our community. Additionally, the recent wave of ICE raids targeting Central Americans and the refugee “unaccompanied minors” are particularly unsettling for students of the University of California. What: March to the Metropolitan Detention Center, followed by public testimonies, live performances and an open forum. When: Sunday, April 24th 2015 at 1:00 PM Where: From 4th and Figueroa to the Downtown LA Metropolitan Detention Center Why: Undocumented youth and their families are rallying in a call to action to end the ICE raids that disproportionately target refugees from Central America, toddlers forced to defend themselves in immigration courts, lack of access to education, mass incarceration of immigrants and the detention and deportation of people within the LGBTQ community. Who: Students of the University of California, Students of the California State University and Community College system, The ICE out of Los Angeles Coalition, undocumented youth, undocuqueer individuals, previously detained immigrants, families in deportation proceedings, community allies and supporters of immigrant rights, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). ###
For Immediate Release April 18, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018  NDLON: In the Midst of the Battle for DAPA Los Angeles, CA & Washington, DC—In the wake of oral argument before the Supreme Court this morning in the case of U.S. v. Texas, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) representatives, Jessica Karp Bansal and Salvador G. Sarmiento, made the following statements: Litigation Director, Jessica Karp Bansal "It's a sign of how bad the immigration debate has become that this morning lawyers for the Obama Administration—which is responsible for more deportations than any other—were forced to defend the President's use of "discretion" in immigration enforcement before the nation's highest court against an attack from the right. At stake in the case is whether the President will be permitted to publicly acknowledge the existence, humanity, and civil rights of one portion of the millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States by allowing them—at least temporarily—to come out of the shadows. "In many ways, the President has created this dilemma himself. Had he not spent most of his presidency deporting as many people as possible in an ill-advised attempt to win Republican support for immigration reform, he would not now be in a battle to determine whether he will go down in history as the Deporter-in-Chief or be remembered for a more nuanced record." National Campaign Coordinator, Salvador G. Sarmiento "Sadly, in the midst of this fight for DAPA, the White House is still hanging on to its failed efforts to trade ramped-up enforcement against some immigrants in return for protection of others. As the Administration defended DAPA in Court this morning, ICE continues its offensive, targeting Central American refugees, immigrants that have lived and worked in the U.S. for decades, and—through the PEP-COMM jail deportation program—collaborating with the very states that are suing to prevent DAPA. "As we call on the Justices to reject nativists' attempt to thwart progress on racial justice, we will continue to demand that the White House and DHS leadership come clean about their detention and deportation agenda, starting with its PEP-COMM jail deportation offensive and ending with taking ICE Out of every local jail in the U.S." ###
For Immediate Release April 15, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 951-966-6500 The Deporter-In-Chief v. 26 Nativist Governors & Attorneys-General (aka US v. Texas) Los Angeles, CA—In the lead up to oral arguments in the case of U.S. v. Texas, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) representatives, Pablo Alvarado and Jessica Karp Bansal, made the following statements: Litigation Director, Jessica Karp Bansal: "Next week all eyes will be on the Supreme Court as they decide which side of history they will stand on in U.S. v. Texas. The law is clear. And it has been clear for a long time. The President could have provided relief from deportation—and much more—in his first year in office. Instead, he chose to accelerate mass deportations. "It's outrageous that it has taken eight years to provide protection for parents of U.S. citizen and legal resident children. We hope the Justices will look through the political games that have dominated the immigration debate for the past decade, and affirm the President's authority, at minimum, to enact DAPA and DACA 2.0, which fall far short of protecting the 11 million individuals that deserve relief from deportation today." "U.S. v. Texas illustrates a simple truth, that the immigration battleground extends far beyond our dysfunctional Congress. The white supremacists enacting hate legislation in North Carolina and Arizona (yes, again) know this and are excited to use every avenue at their disposal to help ICE identify, detain, and deport more immigrants. This much should be clear by now: There are many ways to block or to advance immigration reforms. We only hope allies of immigrants will begin to show the same level of enthusiasm in advancing pro-immigrant strategies as hate groups have shown in excluding immigrants." Executive Director, Pablo Alvarado: "Millions of immigrants have no choice but to put their faith in the judicial system after having witnessed the failure of both Congress and the President to protect their basic rights. A case between the Deporter-in-Chief and 26 nativist governors and attorneys-general is not ideal, and we are grateful to Jane Does and MALDEF for intervening so that immigrant voices are at the table. It was immigrants, after all, who forced President Obama to take action after years of a shameful and hypocritical policy criminalizing immigrants and resulting in mass deportations. "Despite the narrow legal claims in the case, the central question before the Supreme Court is whether this country's legacy of…
Organization dedicated to improving the lives of day laborers in the United States LOS ANGELES (April 7, 2016) - The Norman Lear Center's Popular Music Project is proud to announce the National Day Laborer Organizing Network as its 2016-2017 Distinguished Artist in Residence. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) was officially founded in July 2001 in Northridge California at the first ever national gathering of day laborer organizations. It was formed as an alliance of 12 community-based organizations and worker centers dedicated to improving the lives of day laborers in the United States. NDLON works to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer, more humane environments for day laborers, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community. "The singular ways that NDLON has engaged music as a tool of organizing, protest, and mobilization is both inspiring and instructive," says PMP Director and USC Professor Josh Kun. "It will be an honor to learn with them and collaborate at USC." From Fall 2016 through Fall 2017, the Popular Music Project will focus on the cultural work practiced by NDLON in its efforts to encourage, record and celebrate the unique song-crafting and performing skills of day laborers, telling stories of their lives, histories, joys, sorrows and tales of work in corridos. In tandem with NDLON, PMP will coordinate two song-writing workshops followed by recording sessions to capture the finished songs and thus create a series of jornalero (day laborer) songbooks. "We know that projects in art and culture are powerful tools in telling stories, building community and are a vehicle for lifting the voices of the day laborer," says Xochi Flores, NDLON development associate and project coordinator. "We look forward to being facilitators, alongside PMP, of the creation of the jornalera/o songbook." The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy center that studies and shapes the impact of entertainment and media on society. From its base in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Lear Center builds bridges between faculty who study aspects of entertainment, media and culture. Beyond campus, it bridges the gap between entertainment industry and academia, and between them and the public. For more…
For Immediate ReleaseApril 1, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 RELEASE: Day Laborer Organizations host OSHA Health and Safety Training to Emphasize Spanish Language Certification and Worker Justice LOS ANGELES, CA--- In partnership with the United Steelworkers Union, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, with the support of The Labor Institute began the first national effort to certify organizers and worker leaders from across the country to deliver and issue the OSHA 10 training to the Day Laborer Community. On Monday March 28th, the first of two week-longtrainings that are required to become a certified OSHA Outreach Trainer in Construction was launched at the UCLA Labor Center. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is designed to create workplace standards that ensure the safety of workers in the United States. Day laborers are particularly susceptible to accidents and dangerous working conditions because they are usually hired informally, on a temporary basis, with low wages and are not given the proper health and safety tools and training to protect themselves. Additionally, the Day Laborer workforce is often comprised of immigrants that are not always fully aware of their rights as workers, or do not exercise their rights for fear of retaliation. Rodrigo Toscano, Project Director at the Labor Institute said: “This effort began about 5 years ago during Hurricane Sandy. After Sandy a lot of Immigrant workers participated in the cleanup, they went out and got hurt, and some got killed by improper use of power tools or were thrown into hazardous situations, many got injured and exposed to mold, toxic substances, lead. After that, we decided to work together to remedy the situation. We needed to create Spanish speaking OSHA instruction to reach the vast numbers of Day Laborers across the country. This is also a way for worker centers to organize people in the community on basic worker rights, how to inform them, and inspire them to assert their rights in the workplace.” In California alone, there was a rise in workplace related deaths among Latinos which was highlighted by the Worksafe.org 2015 annual report . The report states that 2013 witnessed 194 Latino work-related deaths which is an estimated 49% of all deaths in the state even though Latinos represent roughly 30% of the workforce. The report points out the consequences of health and safety hazards by stating that: “Undocumented immigrant workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and…
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 25, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 NDLON REACTION to Museum of Tolerance Partnership with ICE Los Angeles, CA—In response to the announcement by US immigration enforcement (ICE) about their new partnership with the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance (MOT), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) released the following statements: Olga Tomchin, Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney: "As a Jewish refugee and the descendent of Holocaust survivors in Belarus (where 90% of the Jewish population was killed), I am deeply shocked and disturbed that the MOT would describe ICE as 'inspiring' and working with them as 'a true partnership.' ICE is responsible for caging immigrants, many of whom are refugees fleeing genocide and persecution, in horrific conditions and deporting many people to death and violence. "Just two days ago, Human Rights Watch released a report on human rights abuses and torture by ICE against transgender women, most of whom are refugees. I am currently working on two separate cases where ICE handed transgender women refugees to for-profit prison companies who have detained them with men, putting them at great risk of rape. "ICE is the agency that locks up refugee mothers and young children in prison camps with high levels of sexual abuse. Moises Aguirre, a teenage asylum-seeker from El Salvador and the son of our friend Francisco, was so traumatized and terrified of ending up in their custody again that he chose to abandon his asylum case and return to El Salvador, resulting in his murder on February 2nd. "On March 23rd, over 20 faith leaders, including rabbis, were arrested in a protest against ICE's abusive practices. The legacy of the Holocaust and anti-Semitic persecution have strongly influenced my work fighting state violence by ICE, and I suggest the MOT stop distorting our historical trauma to provide PR for such a major violator of human rights." Veronica Federovsky, West Coast Coordinator: "It is sad that an institution established to keep alive the history of the trauma suffered by my family and trying to prevent such atrocities from happening again is partnering with an agency that would have deported my ancestors to their deaths. "As a Jewish Argentinian immigrant whose family was persecuted and murdered in the pogroms in Russia and whose survivors migrated to Argentina as refugees, I am saddened and angered. Our people experienced torture, forced disappearances, and exile merely for being Jewish,…
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