“Ni Una Mas Deportacion”: Don Bosco Workers, Inc., United Community Center of Westchester, Inc., and Obreros Unidos of Yonkers Call To End Deportations, June 10 – 14, 2013
As part of a national action organized by the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), DBW, Inc., United Community Center of Westchester, Inc. and Obreros Unidos of Yonkers of Catholic Charities of New York, will sponsor a week-long campaign to educate and advocate to end deportations of undocumented immigrants until the new Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill (CIR) has been passed. Leaders of the action will also participate in a weeklong hunger strike in sympathy with the struggle for justice for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Once passed, the new law offers qualifying immigrants a status as a Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) that places them on a 13-year path to citizenship. (See DBW, Inc. Blog on CIR Legislation)
Events include meetings with the press, information sessions on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) for the public, advocacy with local religious leaders and a march on City Hall. All programs are open to the public and will take place at 360 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York.
Don Bosco Workers Support Employment Agency Reform
On March 21, 2013, Don Bosco Workers, Inc. joined a new coalition to reform predatory employment practices for low-income workers by employment agencies. The reform will focus on immigrant education on fraudulent hiring practices and advocate for new preventative legislation. The New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) will lead the two-year campaign.
Don Bosco Speaks At “Talking Points” Meeting On Immigration Reform Bill
On March 10, 2012, Don Bosco Workers, Inc. along with other groups that are part of the National Day Labor Organizing Network and the National Domestic Alliance met with Senator Schumer’s staff (chief architect of the Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill). Don Bosco leader, Gonzalo Cruz, spoke on the work of his center to advocate for wage theft reform. Four policy initiatives were proposed for inclusion in the new legislation including an inclusive path to citizenship that minimizes roadblocks such as fines, fees, etc., an end to inhumane deportation practices, protection of worker’s civil rights, and inclusion of future immigrants.
Don Bosco Workers Join Clean Up After Hurricane Sandy
On October 10, 2012, The New York Times reported the hundreds of day laborers organized as first-responders to post-disaster clean up following Hurricane Sandy. Don Bosco Workers, Inc. were deployed to hardest hit areas in Brooklyn and Staten Island. A proposal to institutionalize a day laborer first responder unit for future natural disasters is in development.