On Sunday, July 12th, NICE workers traveled to New Rochelle, NY to attend the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) regional meeting. Worker centers from NYC, Long Island, and Westchester county came together to set priorities for the organizing work ahead. NDLON staff also presented a recent history of immigration reform in the US and updated attendees on the recent work to stop deportations and end local anti-immigrant policies.
NICE members also enjoyed worker presentations about the work that the other centers in attendance are doing. They took note of the different ways they were working to educate workers on their rights, build their capacities with trainings and classes, manage wage theft and other employment issues, organize their paradas and communities, and provide other community services. Workers from NICE and several other centers expressed enthusiasm for working together to address wage theft and for uniting to advocate for more municipal support for day laborer centers.
NICE workers were especially excited to share and learn about best practices, and look forward to bringing these back to Jackson Heights to strengthen their approaches to programming and organizing and to explore new innovative ways to bring social justice to our community.
On Wednesday, July 8th, friends, allies, and partners came together to bid farewell to our executive director, Valeria Treves, and celebrate her incredible accomplishments over the past nine years.
Thanks to all who attended and donated in Valeria’s honor, NICE raised over $3,000 at the lively and moving event!
Although the event is over, we are still accepting contributions in Valeria’s honor. Click here to donate. Every dollar raised will support the exciting work that NICE will continue after Valeria’s departure.
As part of our continuing effort to send Valeria off in style, we encourage you to submit your favorite memory of Valeria or a farewell message in a tweet with the hashtag #FarewellValeria. You can see the touching messages we’ve already collected here.
Check out the photos from Valeria’s Farewell Party here!
NICE, along with coalition partners Workers Justice Project, Staten Island Community Job Center, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, succeeded in securing funding for the DLWI for Fiscal Year 2016. Receiving funding from the New York City Council was a huge victory for NICE, as it was our first-ever budget initiative! NICE will use its allocation to relaunch the NICE Worker Center, which will increase the services we provide to community members and expand our member base.
Click here to find out more about the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative.