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.
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
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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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!