On August 3, the New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Staten Island Jobs Center, the Workers Justice Project, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agency, along with dozens of day laborers joined Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Chair of the Committee on Finance, and Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chair on the Committee on Immigration to celebrate a funding victory of $500,000 dollars for day laborer centers in New York City. Speaking at the Bay Community Center, one of the city’s first and oldest day laborer centers, the Speaker and the Council Member joined community groups to announce this historic victory for day laborers and worker centers in New York City.
For the 2016 fiscal year, half a million dollars was allocated through the Day Laborer Initiative, which will be used for the expansion and development of day laborer centers. Services will include dignified physical space for day laborers to meet, referrals to job or support services, legal services to address issues such as wage theft, as well as workforce training and development.
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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!