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WJCNY Worker Poets to Present at PEN Global Festival in NYC

April 14th, 2014

WJCNY is partnering with the PEN American Center to provide farmworkers in the Hudson Valley with an opportunity to participate in creative writing courses and present their work at the 2014 World Voices Festival in New York City on May 3rd. PEN American Center is a human rights writers’ organization that works to ensure that people everywhere [...]

Dairy farmworkers seek support for farm safety inspections in New York

February 4th, 2014


Politicians look out for farmers, ignore dangers to farmworkers To the Editor: Recently I was part of a group that met with the editorial board of this newspaper. In the meeting we presented information, and my testimonial and that of another worker, so that the newspaper would be informed and would support the Local Emphasis [...]

Daily Record Article by WJCNY Board Chair Steve Cole

December 19th, 2013

I write during this holiday season to discuss and celebrate the work of the Worker Justice Center of New York, Inc., a statewide legal services organization with local roots and a strong local presence. Some readers may recognize the name Farmworker Legal Services of New York, based in Rochester, which serves the needs of farmworkers [...]

Latin American Festival Helps Unite Kingston

September 16th, 2013

By James Nani Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM – 09/16/13 KINGSTON — It was a day of inclusion, outreach and acknowledgement for Midtown’s diverse Latin American population Sunday, at a block party celebrating the city’s first Mexican and Central American Independence Day. Music blared and parents guided children through the crowd along a closed-off section [...]

Teach-in Calls for Immigration Reform

August 23rd, 2013

David Lee Columbia-Greene Media

By John Mason Columbia-Greene Media | Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 12:30 am        Speakers at a teach-in at Seventh Street Park in Hudson Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill, which is currently on hold in the House of Representatives. Master of Ceremonies Antonio Flores-Lobos said President Obama is [...]

Protesters Rally in Batavia for Immigration Reform

August 1st, 2013

Alondra Morales, 14; Maria Morales; Magaly Vazquez, 6, all of Sodus; and Alina Diaz of Marion attend an immigration reform rally at the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Batavia on Tuesday.

Gary McLendon, Democrat and Chronicle 3:13 AM, Jul. 31, 2013 Although some have lived and worked in this country for years, many undocumented immigrants live in fear. When not working in the fields and orchards, they usually keep a low profile. They don’t drive much. If they use laundromats or travel by bus or train, [...]

Dairy Workers Have Much At Stake In Immigration Bill

July 2nd, 2013

Weekend Edition Sunday by David Sommerstein June 30, 2013 8:00 AM In upstate New York, dairy workers are anxiously watching the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. Nearly two-thirds of them are undocumented. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: Now, for a closer look at immigration. More than two-thirds of the people who milk cows in this country are [...]

WJCNY Joins Statewide Press Conference on Senate Passage of Immigration Bill

July 1st, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage, Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235, E-mail: New York (Thursday, June 27, 2013) IMMIGRATION REFORM CLEARS THE SENATE New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform Responds to Bill’s Passage, Pledges to Keep Fighting for Immigrant Families and Border Communities as Attention Turns to House On Thursday, after decades of advocacy [...]

Kingston Rally Backs Immigration Reform

June 15th, 2013


By Jeremiah Horrigan Times Herald-Record June 15, 2013 – 2:00 AM KINGSTON — Friday was Flag Day, a nearly forgotten national holiday that organizers of a rally and march through Kingston used as the theme for a protest on behalf of immigration reform Friday evening. One of the more than 150 people who attended the [...]

Kingston rally calls for immigration reform

June 14th, 2013

By Paul Kirby Daily Freeman Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 KINGSTON, N.Y. — A call for reasonable and just immigration reform was in the air in the city’s Rondout district Friday evening as at least 80 people rallied for fair laws. The rally began at Cornell Park off Wurts Street and was headed to the [...]