ACTION ALERT: Tell Governor Malloy to welcome refugee children

Selvin, 9 years old, recently fled Guatemala and arrived in New Haven, Connecticut
Selvin, 9 years old, recently fled Guatemala and arrived in New Haven, Connecticut

July 24, 2013 — Please make a call to Governor Malloy’s office today! Your call sends a message that turning our backs to refugee children is not in accord with the values of the Connecticut community.

Call 888-473-7735 and let Governor Malloy know that just as our neighbor states we should be welcoming and find shelter for these children.

For more information on why it’s important to call Governor Malloy, check out the recent news articles at http://ulanewhaven.org/child-migrantsWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Llame al Gobernador Malloy y déjele saber que darle la espalda a los niños refugiados está en conflicto con nuestros valores como estado. LLAMEN hoy al 888-473-7735 y dígale que tal y como nuestros estados vecinos Connecticut debería estar buscando alojamiento para estos niños. #niunamas

Child migrants arriving in Connecticut: How you can help

"No Child Is Illegal" rally
“No Child Is Illegal” rally

Nine year old Selvin will never forget his journey across the border. Riding through Mexico on top of the notorious train, La Bestia, he saw people fall and get crushed. But when his mother told US immigration authorities about the violence that they had fled in Guatemala, the authorities agreed that they might be eligible for asylum. Released from a Texas detention center, they came to New Haven, Connecticut, where they had a friend. 

ULA currently is assisting about 30 Guatemalan children, adolescents, women and men who, like Selvin, recently have fled Guatemala and arrived in New Haven’s immigrant neighborhood. We are connecting them with legal services to make sure that they have a fair hearing in court; enrolling them in school; helping them get treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, malnourishment and other urgent health needs; and providing them with a supportive community.

So how can you help?

Volunteer

No matter what your skills and talents, there are many ways to contribute. We especially need volunteers to take these recent arrivals to appointments at immigration court, the Guatemalan consulate, health centers and more.

To sign up, email megan@ulanewhaven.org

Donate

Monetary donations are needed for legal and court fees; transportation to immigration, consular, and other appointments; meetings with policy makers and human services agencies; and weekly activities that help these immigrants heal and build power.

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WNPR: Central American Migrant Children Arrive in Connecticut

New Haven Speaks blog: Governor Malloy’s Epic Fail

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New Haven Independent: Carlos Flees The Gangs

Feb. 26: Press Conference: Police arrest Gourmet Heaven owner for wage theft

12:30 PM AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS, 1 UNION AVENUE, 3RD FLOOR ATRIUM

Speakers will include:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Deli owner busted in labor fight

  • Chief of the New Haven Police Department
  • Jorge Perez, President of the Board of Alders
  • Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Julio Olivar, former Gourmet Heaven worker
  • Unidad Latina en Accion

Some news outlets have already broken the news (read it on the front page of the New Haven Register), but it’s important to show up to this press conference. This is the first time in ULA’s ten-year history that the police and Board of Alders are speaking publicly — and taking action — on wage theft.

Arrive 15 minutes early so that you have time to get inside and up to the 3rd floor!

Student newspaper urges Yale to evict Gourmet Heaven

Yale Daily News has published a strongly worded editorial urging the university to evict Gourmet Heaven if the deli does not respond to new allegations of retaliatory firings and continuing wage theft. Here’s an excerpt:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The law, in this case, seems feebly equipped to protect the people that are most vulnerable. The only remaining path to justice is through direct action on the part of our University, which serves as both Gourmet Heaven’s landlord and clientele.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

First, University Properties should pressure Cho to ameliorate employee conditions with the threat of eviction. University Properties is complicit in mistreatment at Gourmet Heaven. It has only been willing thus far to issue a vague statement, promising that it “will not renew the lease of any tenant not in complete compliance with the labor laws.” But we cannot wait until July 2016, when Gourmet Heaven’s lease expires, to address these violations.

Administrators must ensure that the many allegations against Gourmet Heaven — including workplace intimidation, cash payments and deplorable housing conditions  — are fully investigated. And should any allegations be substantiated, University Properties has the legal basis, and the moral obligation, to terminate the lease immediately.

Second, we call for a continued protest and boycott of Gourmet Heaven, both to pressure Cho as well as University Properties. For students to boycott a business on Yale’s property sends a clear message to administrators that we believe something is wrong. And as Gourmet Heaven is our only late-night food option, the boycott sends a message directly to Cho: It’s not that we prefer a different sandwich, but that we will not stomach his unjust labor practices.

The approach we take toward Gourmet Heaven matters beyond this specific case. We have little power to change wage theft on a national level, but we can set the precedent that our community will not tolerate open allegations of worker abuse going unchecked. We do not know the scope of labor injustice in New Haven, or even within University-owned properties. But acting on this one case, we can establish how the University should act when allegations of worker mistreatment arise in the future.

Read the whole editorial on Yale Daily News

NH Register: “Workers claim they were fired”

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“They told me straight up, ‘Cut the bull—-, you no longer work here,’” said a worker named Julio, who would not give his last name, at a noontime protest in front of the Broadway business. Julio is 26 and lives in New Haven.

More than 75 people rallied for the workers, carrying signs and chanting. Three of the four workers who allegedly were let go attended, filing into the store at one point to ask for their jobs back. They were rebuffed and the group left the store.

Read the whole article on New Haven Register

VIDEOS: Students & fired workers unite

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During Christmas break, while Yale students were away, the on-campus deli fired four workers in retaliation for their Department of Labor complaint. More than 75 students and community members showed up on January 15, 2014, to demand their jobs back, a living wage, and full payment of back wages owed. Check out the video from WTNH channel 8 above!

Check out the video from Fox News here.

Join us every Friday at 5:30 pm outside Gourmet Heaven on 15 Broadway!  Help us raise awareness. Show the workers they are not alone!

Trick or Treat or Boycott Gourmet Heaven

Friday, November 1, 2013 /// 5:30 pm /// 15 Broadway, New Haven

This week: something special. Day of the Dead puppets will parade outside Gourmet Heaven demanding fair wages for the workers.

For almost three months we have been picketing outside Gourmet Heaven to let customers know that this deli-grocery owes the workers thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

Join in the fun by wearing a costume on the picket line!