• “Comida pa’ los pobres en Puerto Rico”: Yo apoyo a Giovanni Roberto y sus reclamos contra el hambre
    https://youtu.be/3ptlv2kxi8g El jueves 30 de abril, motivadas por las cientos de historias que hemos escuchado de hambre y de las necesidades que están pasando las personas en Puerto Rico, Comedores Sociales de PR organizó un manifestación llamada Caravana por la Vida y en medio de la actividad nuestro compañero Giovanni Roberto fue arrestado ilegalmente. Giovanni y nosotras, que pertenecemos a la organización Comedores Sociales, llevamos semanas entregando compras solidarias a cientos de personas en el área de Caguas en Puerto Rico, que están pasando hambre y necesidad. A 45 días del inicio de un toque de queda extremo en Puerto Rico por la crisis del COVID-19, no han llegado las ayudas sociales básicas - desempleo, PAN, y el dinero prometido - a miles de personas que están pasando hambre, lo que nos ha confirmado que nos toca a nosotras defender nuestras vidas en medio de esta pandemia. Hacemos un llamado a todas las personas que se han indignado con su arresto, a unirse a nosotras y reclamar hoy: ---> Pruebas y Rastreo – para controlar la pandemia. ---> Aprobación automática de las solicitudes del PAN – para toda persona que ya solicitó ---> Reapertura de todos los comedores escolares en los 78 municipios de PR bajo la modalidad de servi carro. ---> Desempleo y/o para toda aquellas familias con ingresos menores a $50 mil. ---> Establecer una Línea 24/7 en el Departamento del Trabajo – para atender más rápidamente a las personas que están solicitando desempleo. ---> Congelación de Precios para los productos de alimentación y esenciales a la pandemia - Porque nuestro pueblo sin dinero ahora tiene que pagar las cosas más cara que nunca. ---> Otorgación de los $1,200 sin esperar la aprobación de protocolo federal. Dinero tiene nuestro gobierno en Puerto Rico y podría haber hecho los depósitos ya, hace semanas. ---> Defensa de las pensiones porque son esenciales: Las pensiones garantizan la seguridad económica de nuestra población más vulnerable y les permite que puedan quedarse en sus hogares apoyando a sus familiares. Hay dinero en Puerto Rico para cumplirle a nuestra gente. El gobierno de Puerto Rico tiene 8 mil millones de dólares en el fondo general para el pago de la deuda. Este dinero debe ser destinado en su totalidad para garantizar la salud de las personas y la prioridad del gobierno debe ser la implementación de las medidas de prevención necesarias e inmediatas para la protección contra el coronavirus y la seguridad social mediante las ayudas. La pobreza y el hambre no son de ahora. Son el resultado de las políticas públicas adoptadas por todos los gobiernos anteriores, incluida las decisiones promovidas por la Junta de Control Fiscal, y los políticos que hoy usan el hambre y la pobreza para adelantar de manera mezquina sus interés económicos y electorales. Estas políticas son: la austeridad, la privatización, los recortes de servicios, los cierre de escuelas. Estas son las decisiones de política pública que nos trajeron hoy a manifestarnos. Este gobierno, al igual que los gobiernos anteriores, no escuchan a la gente. Solo lo hacen cuando la gente protesta, cuando se mueven cientos o miles, cuando esas protestas no son de una sola vez, sino que el pueblo insiste e insiste por todos los medios hasta que los obliga. Hoy más que nunca necesitamos de un buen gobierno: humano, enfocado en lo social, económicamente adaptado para el bienestar de la gente. Firma y comparte esta solicitud para unirte a los reclamos y crecer la lucha por la alimentación y una vida digna para toda nuestra gente. ----- Translated to english by No Border News here: https://nobordersnews.org/2020/05/04/peoples-kitchens-of-puerto-rico-feed-the-people-not-the-debt/
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  • #TODOSMPLS: Minneapolis residents left behind need at least 3.5 to 5 million dollars!
    For this fund to reach the needed communities, it requires prioritization for those who have not been able to access federal and state social safety networks for any reason; as little bureaucracy as possible; and community-based outreach in partnership with community organizations. Our communities are clear: this is the time to be bold, brave and powerful together. We are calling in Minneapolis to invest NOW in the community that represents the backbone of our local economies.
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  • Metro Nashville Public Schools: STOP Wage Theft!
    Between August 2018 and May 2019, Armando Arzate and his fellow workers at RSA Concrete put long hours of skilled labor into McMurray Middle School’s renovation, pouring concrete for new sidewalks, ramps, and other projects. Metro Nashville Public Schools contracted with Orion Building Corporation, their frequent construction partner, to oversee the project. Orion Building Corporation then subcontracted with Joe Haas Construction Company for cement work, and Joe Haas Construction hired Armando and his team (RSA Concrete). Despite having finished the job in May of 2019, Armando and his team are still seeking $43,000 they say they are owed for their work. Armando and the other workers, with the support of community members, MNPS parents, and Vanderbilt Divinity School students, have repeatedly requested that Joe Haas Construction and Orion Building Corporation do the morally right thing. This is not the first time that Orion’s subcontractor Joe Haas Construction has shafted workers. In July and August of this year, Armando and his team negotiated with Orion for $66,000 in unpaid work they performed at Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School. It became clear to all parties that Joe Haas was not paying the workers, and worse, that Joe Haas Construction did not use basic standards of entering into written contracts with their subcontractor. Finally, at the urging of the Vanderbilt University community, Orion paid the workers the full $66,000. We feel that this payment represents Orion’s acknowledgment of their responsibility for the mess they caused by their decision to contract with an unscrupulous subcontractor. But we still have a mess. Armando and his team are still seeking $43,000 for their work at McMurray Middle School. Representatives of Joe Haas have demonstrated to be dishonest and irresponsible. Why won’t Orion step up and take moral responsibility, even if they profited while some workers were not paid? Metro Nashville Public Schools needs to step in. We ask that MNPS superintendent Dr. Adrienne Battle and the MNPS School Board ensure that our children's learning environments are built justly and fairly. We must set an example for our children. We ask that MNPS: 1) Make sure all construction workers and subcontractors on MNPS projects be fully paid for their labor 2) Hold general contractor Orion Building Corporation morally responsible for all laborers on their projects with MNPS. 3) Only enter into contracts with general contractors that use Surety Bonds or similar mechanisms that guarantee that everyone who works to improve our schools are fully paid. This should never have happened, and can be avoided in the future with this simple action.
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  • STOP Wage Theft at Vanderbilt Divinity School Renovation
    Between May 2018 and June 2019, Armando Arzate and his fellow workers put long hours of skilled labor into Vanderbilt Divinity School’s expansion. Vanderbilt University contracted with Orion Building Corporation, their frequent construction partner, to oversee the project. Orion Building Corporation then subcontracted with Joe Haas Construction Company for cement work, and Joe Haas Construction hired Armando and his team. Even when Joe Haas started withholding wages, the workers continued and completed the work with pride and skill, determined to stay true to their word. At this time, Armando and his team are awaiting $66,000 in claimed wages. Armando and the other workers, with the support of VDS student and alumni volunteers, have repeatedly requested of both Joe Haas and Orion that their wages be paid, only to be met with threats and indifference. This week, over a month after we initially reached out to them, members of the administrations of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Divinity School met with us and heard our concerns. They listened as Armando once again described how he and his crew has been mistreated, and they expressed their intention to investigate and seek a resolution. However, they did not commit to a schedule for payment, and meanwhile Armando and his team continue to experience economic hardship. Until they are paid we will not relent in ensuring that the administration faces the urgency and the weight of this situation. It is shameful that Vanderbilt University would allow the buildings and infrastructure that provide opportunities to its students to be built with exploited labor. It is all the more a moral travesty that Vanderbilt Divinity School, which professes to be committed to justice and liberation, will be celebrating the grand opening on August 23 of a new addition built by workers who continue to suffer. Guests will mingle and admire floor tiles declaring “JUSTICE” and “LOVE,” but the declarations will be hollow and ironic. Vanderbilt University has the opportunity to redeem this situation by doing all in their power to influence Orion to make their subcontractor, Joe Haas, pay their workers the $66,000 in claimed wages, or if necessary to take responsibility and correct the deficit themselves. It is also incumbent upon Vanderbilt University to publicly cease business with Orion until Orion commits to using high road contractors that treat their workers fairly, and that quickly address any violations. Armando and his fellow workers are suffering because of the greed of Vanderbilt University and its contractors, and we must join together to correct this injustice immediately. ________________________________________________________________________________________ PETICIÓN: Alto al Robo de Salario en la Renovación de la Escuela de Teología de Vanderbilt! Nosotros quienes firmamos abajo pedimos que la Universidad de Vanderbilt asegurar el pago completo e inmediato de todos los trabajadores quienes han trabajado en el proyecto de expansión y renovación de la Escuela de Teología de Vanderbilt. Entre Mayo de 2018 y Junio de 2019, Armando Arzate y sus compañeros de trabajo pusieron horas largas y trabajo especializado para expandir las instalaciones de la Escuela de Teología de Vanderbilt. La Universidad Vanderbilt contrató con el Orion Building Corporation, su contratista frecuente, para manejar el proyecto. Orion luego subcontrató con Joe Haas Construction Company para trabajo de concreto, y Joe Haas Construction contrató a Armando y su equipo. Aun cuando Joe Haas Construction empezaba a retener sus pagos, los trabajadores siguieron y terminaron el trabajo con orgullo y habilidad, comprometidos a comprobar su palabra. En este momento, Armando y su equipo siguen esperando $66,000 en sueldos no pagados. Armando y los demás trabajadores, con apoyo de estudiantes y graduados voluntarios de Vanderbilt, han pedido varias veces que Joe Haas y Orion paguen la cantidad debida, y respondieron con indiferencia y luego amenazas. Esta semana, más que un mes después de que los contactamos, administradores de Vanderbilt y la Escuela de Teología se reunieron con nosotros y nos escucharon. Escucharon mientras Armando otra vez les contaba cómo el y su equipo habían sido maltratados, y expresaron su intención de investigar y buscar una resolución. Sin embargo, no comprometieron a una fecha de completar el pago, mientras que Armando y su equipo siguen en condiciones de dificultad económica. Mientras no han recibido su pago completo no paramos de asegurar que la administración se enfrenta con la urgencia y peso de esta situación. Es una vergüenza que Vanderbilt permita que sus edificios y infraestructura, que proveen oportunidades a sus estudiantes, sean construidos con labor explotado. Es un escándalo moral que la Escuela de Teología de Vanderbilt, lo cual expone un compromiso a la justicia y la liberación, celebrará la apertura de la adición construida por trabajadores quienes siguen sufriendo. Los visitantes se festejarán y admirarán la loseta declarando “JUSTICIA” y “AMOR,” pero estas declaraciones serán vacías y hipócritas. Vanderbilt tiene la oportunidad de redimir la situación, usando su poder sobre Orion para asegurar que la contratista Joe Haas pague sus trabajadores los $66,000 en pagos reclamados, o si se necesaria tomar la responsabilidad de pagar lo que falta ellos mismos. Vanderbilt debe de dejar de pasar contratos a Orion hasta que Orion se compromete a usar solamente contratistas quienes tratan correctamente a sus trabajadores, y arreglar inmediatamante cualquier irregularidad. Armando y sus compañeros de trabajao están sufriendo por la avaricia de Vanderbilt y sus contratistas, y tenemos que corregir esta injusticia inmediatamente.
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  • Tell Arlington Board: No Amazon in VA!
    Arlington County, Virginia is set to vote on the HQ2 bid on March 16th. Amazon HQ2 is bad news for the people of Arlington and Virginia. -HQ2 will add to increased living costs and displacement for our families -Amazon supports Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, selling technology to ICE that enables family separation and deportations -A taxpayer-funded giveaway to the richest billionaire on the planet is theft of public money that should go to schools, housing, healthcare and benefits #ForUsNotAmazon New Yorkers already recognized the true impacts that Amazon HQ2 would have on them, and they organized and won. If enough of us come together to oppose this, we can run Amazon out of our town too. #NoAmazonInVA #ForUsNotAmazon
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  • #CleanUpABMS: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT, DON'T THROW AWAY WORKERS!
    SUPPORT ABMS-INC WORKERS FIRED AFTER DEFENDING THEIR RIGHTS! We are calling on you to support a group of South Suburban workers fighting back against discrimination and wage theft. On February 22nd, seven strong and united Latinx workers who worked many years to keep South Holland School District 151 schools clean were unjustly terminated by Alpha Building Maintenance Services Inc. When these workers organized and defended their rights and the rights of their colleagues, they were terminated by the company. ABMS-Inc. didn’t think twice about firing these hard-working employees. Over the past five years, these workers have organized against ongoing labor abuses, including wage theft. The company has robbed workers of their salaries by missing entire pay checks, expecting them to work through their unpaid breaks, not compensating them for working at additional sites (such as Pace buses), and more. Recently, these workers were discriminated against and harassed to fill out forms long after the statutory mandate to fill one out had passed. Only Latinx workers were targeted by their employer to sign these forms. Their non-Latinx colleagues were not intimidated in this way. // APOYA A EX-TRABAJADORES DE ABMS-INC DEFENDIENDO SUS DERECHOS! El 22 de febrero, siete trabajadores Latinos fuertes y unidos que trabajaron durante muchos años para mantener limpias las escuelas del Distrito Escolar 151 de South Holland, fueron despedidos injustamente por Alpha Building Maintenance Services Inc. Cuando estos trabajadores organizaron y defendieron sus derechos y los derechos de sus colegas, fueron despedidos por la empresa. ABMS-Inc. no pensó dos veces en despedir a estos trabajadores. En los últimos cinco años, estos trabajadores se han organizado en contra de los abusos laborales, incluyendo el robo de salario. La compañía les ha robado a los trabajadores sus salarios al perder cheques completos de pago, poniéndolos a trabajar durante sus breaks no pagados, no compensándolos por trabajar en sitios adicionales (como los camiones Pace), y más. Recientemente, estos trabajadores fueron discriminados y hostigados para llenar aplicaciones del trabajo mucho después de que el mandato legal para completar uno hubiera pasado. Sólo los trabajadores Latinos fueron seleccionados por su empleador para firmar estos formularios. Sus colegas no Latinos no fueron intimidados de esta manera.
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  • Pay Sergio What You Owe / Páguele a Sergio lo que le debe
    Sergio has invoices, photos, emails and text messages with Curt from Magnum Fine Homes that show he and his co-workers painted at least three homes for them in 2016, and he says he still hasn't been paid. We won't let employers in our community treat immigrant workers this way. // Sergio tiene facturas, fotos, correos electrónicos y mensajes de texto con Curt de Magnum Fine Homes que muestran que él y sus compañeros de trabajo les pintaron al menos tres casas en 2016, y él dice que todavía no le han pagado. No permitiremos que los empleadores de nuestra comunidad traten a los trabajadores inmigrantes de esta manera.
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  • Stop The Evictions, Community Control of Denver Meadows Mobile Home Park Now!
    83 families and about 400 latinx, immigrant and low-income residents, over half of them children of the Denver Meadows Home Park in Aurora, Colorado are facing imminent eviction by the park’s owner Shawnn Lustigman. Lustigman has told the residents they must leave by June 2018 so he can close the property and sell it for millions of dollars of profit and pave the way for the gentrification of the Ward 1 District in Aurora - home to thousands of immigrant and refugee families. If the owner closes the park all of the families will be displaced without any guaranteed compensation and many will have to abandon their homes and everything they have invested in it. But we can ensure a better ending! With your support we can stop this displacement AND support the residents of Denver Meadows to purchase the property and collectively own the land! Context: The residents of Denver Meadows have been organizing collectively since 2016 to stop the rezoning of their community and the gentrification of Aurora through community education, direct action and securing financing from Resident Owned Communities (ROC) USA to make a ‘market-rate’ offer to Lustigman to purchase the property as a collective and ensure that all of their families can stay. Over the last 2 years Lustigman has retaliated with eviction notices, rent increases and targeting resident leaders. Recently, after significant community pressure, Lustigman turned down an offer of $20.5 million for the property and is moving ahead to close the mobile home park and carry out mass evictions of hundreds of latinx residents from Aurora! The city of Aurora already has an approximately 12,000 deficit in affordable housing units, and many families would end up homeless if the park were to close. Mobile Homes are one of the only permanent and long-term affordable options for families - yet when park closures happen they not only leave families homeless, but often strip families of generations of wealth and savings. In reality ‘mobile’ homes aren’t mobile - it costs between $6,000 - $20,000 to move to a new park, and with very little other housing available, demolition of the park would mean permanent displacement for most of the Denver Meadows families. For  many  families  this  would  mean  changing jobs, transitioning to new schools, longer commutes, the destruction of community fabric, more barriers to healthcare, affordable childcare, and food access. Support Denver Meadows With Legal Fees: Despite continuing to face retaliation, residents of Denver Meadows have pledged to continue to fight and need support from allies to keep fighting. Residents have found an attorney to help stop the retaliation and evictions against leaders but need funding to make this a reality. Contribute to the Denver Meadows Anti-Displacement Fund Here! https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/denvermeadows
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  • Tell Teespring to stop stealing Lalo Alcaraz' work
    Artists deserve to be compensated for their work, especially when proceeds from that work are meant to help uplift a member of our community. Please sign the petition and tell Teespring to take stop the sale of copyrighted work .
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  • Gov. Cuomo: Fix and Fund the Subway!
    The shortchanging of New York's MTA has made this the #SummerOfHell for any subway rider. The over-crowded trains, long waits on the platforms, and escapes from broken-down cars isn't the way the subway is supposed to operate. It's fixable. But that would require Governor Cuomo to invest in the improvements the system needs, not in pet projects and vanity decorations. We love our city. But we haven't been loving what's been happening to the subway. Cuomo already announced that the MTA is in a "state of emergency" but he hasn't taken moves to actually fix it. Add your name and tell him it's about time.
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  • #DeleteUber: Boycott the Company Because the CEO is Collaborating with Trump
    On Inauguration Day, protesters stood in front of Uber's San Francisco office holding a sign that read: "Uber collaborates with Trump." Now news is breaking of internal memos from the CEO saying he'll "partner with anyone..." He explains, "Just as we worked with the Obama administration, we'll work with the Trump administration, too." But the Trump regime has spent its first days in an all-out attack on the environment, on migrant rights, women's bodies, Muslims, and more. While the majority of the country is reeling from the illegitimate President's actions, UBER's CEO looks like he's ready to strike a deal with him and that's enough for riders to sign off of Uber and sign on somewhere else.
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  • Amazon: Paren Su Apoyo A La Migra!
    Una nueva investigación muestra que Amazon está ayudando en gran medida a la agencia de inmigración ICE a rastrear, detener, y deportar a los inmigrantes. Ya sabíamos que los servidores digitales de Amazon mantienen a Palantir, la compañía que proporciona a ICE "servicios de misión crítica" como su software de administración de casos, y hemos presionado a Amazon deje de trabajar con Palantir. Pero resulta que el papel de Amazon en la maquinaria de deportación va más allá de eso. A través de un intenso cabildeo entre los legisladores y los funcionarios policiales, Amazon y Palantir se aseguraron un papel central en maquinaria de deportaciones y criminalización, lo que les permite obtener contratos gubernamentales multimillonarios en varias agencias policiales a todos niveles. Estos sistemas son nuevos y son peligrosos de nuevas maneras. Están acumulando cantidades de datos sin precedentes (desde escaneos faciales hasta el contenido de redes sociales) e intercambiando información entre los sistemas policiales de la ciudad, el estado y la región, así como algunos gobiernos extranjeros, con el fin de encontrar, deportar y detener a inmigrantes. DHS y muchas otras agencias federales están gastando miles de millones de dólares en estos sistemas de tecnología, y Amazon, Palantir y otras compañías de tecnologías los están presionando para ir aún más allá. Es hora de poner responsabilidad en Amazon por su enorme participación en la construcción de la maquinaria de deportación y exigir que paren de participar. No será fácil: Amazon gana miles de millones de dólares con estos contratos. Pero la empresa también depende de los consumidores, incluyendo millones de personas de Latinas, y tiene que preocuparse por proteger su imagen. Recientemente, la compañía se vio obligada a aumentar el salario mínimo de sus empleados a $15 por hora, lo que no habría ocurrido sin una campaña importante que lo exigiera. Podemos forzar a Amazon a que deje de ayudar a DHS e ICE a deportar y criminalizar inmigrantes si suficientes de nosotros los llamamos, nos mantenemos comprometidos, y mantenemos la presión.
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