NICE workers protested for two hours outside home of Peter Cha.
On Sunday, October 6th, day laborers and allies protested outside the home of Peter Cha, a subcontractor from Well S Industrial Inc., for failing to pay wages to eight workers whom he employed for almost a year to do grueling excavation work. Since 2012, the workers have been battling the construction company, its owner, Bong Jun Park, and two subcontractors, Peter Cha, and Kyong Hong, to recover almost $94,000 in unpaid wages and damages for work they performed at various sites in NYC and Long Island between October of 2010 and August of 2011.
The group protested for two hours outside the Bayside, Queens home. Within 30 minutes, the employer came out to quiet the crowd, offering to call the workers’ lawyer to arrange a settlement during the week. While this was welcome news to the workers, past experience has taught workers to be cautious. Protestors informed him that they would continue to protest outside his home and worksite until their wages were fully paid.
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March and vigil
On Sat July 27th and Sunday July 28th, NICE member leaders and allies participated in a range of educational, cultural and protest activities in the two day Fast for Human Dignity. As part of the #Not1More national campaign led by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), we joined the national call for an end to deportations. With over 1.7 million people removed since Obama took office, including 400,000 deported in the last year alone; deportations are a continuing crisis in our community. Personalizing this crisis with the clarion call of “Not One More Deportation,” NICE members made front page news! Check front page articles in El Diario and el Diario de Mexico.
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This weekend, NICE members and other immigrant workers, families and allies will fast and take part in a series of activities that will call on Congress and President Obama to put a moratorium on deportations. Over 1.7 million people have been removed from the U.S. since Obama took office. Over 400,000 were deported last year alone. These are individuals — mothers, fathers, daughters, sons — who could have benefited from immigration reform and now never will.
The two day event, which starts Saturday morning at Judson Church, will include multiple workshops open to the public to raise awareness of the issues at stake with current immigration reform proposals. With the clarion call of “Not One More Deportation,” the event will make the case for the thousands who are torn away from their families and communities every month and call for more inclusive and humane immigration reform policies.
The two days will culminate on Sunday with a march to the Varick Street Detention Center in Manhattan, where a vigil will be held to remember all those whom we have lost due to deportations and all those who are currently detained and continue their fight to live a life of dignity in the U.S.
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