Andrew Friedman is executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. (Via Queens Latino)

A ‘Progressive Vision’ of Immigrant Advocacy

Labor, Politics July 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

The lawyer and community organizer Andrew Friedman, co-founder of Make the Road New York and the Center for Popular Democracy, discusses his approach to immigrant advocacy, at the national and New York City levels, with Queens Latino.

Prerna Lal is a third year law student at The George Washington University Law School. (Via New American Media)

Voices in Focus: Advice for Undocumented Immigrants

Food, Labor, Opinion July 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Today we found some great stories from the ethnic and community press, including an advice column for undocumented immigrants; a new report on promoting good jobs and good food for people of color; on op-ed on the difference between “undocumented” and “illegal”; and a profile of an “American Idol” finalist.

(Photo from Thomas Hawk/Flickr, via Women's eNews)

Middle-Class Brazilian Immigrants Turn to Exotic Dancing

Labor, South American July 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

A Brazilian professor has written a book that explores why some middle class Brazilian women immigrants work as exotic dancers in New York, and argues that they find they work less demeaning than domestic labor. Women’s eNews ran an excerpt of “Transnational Desires: Brazilian Erotic Dancers in New York” by Suzana Maia.

Anju said she has had difficulty finding an employer that treats her fairly. (Photo by Kamana Shrestha/Women's eNews)

Profile: Raising Others’ Children, a Nanny Misses Her Own

Labor, South Asian June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Women’s eNews put a human face on the plight of the 1.8 million domestic workers who make $20,000 or less per year, with a profile of a Nepalese nanny who lives in Queens. “Anju” described employers who ranged from inhumane to abusive — as well as the pain of being away from her own daughter.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is spearheading a campaign to unionize at a Bed Bath and Beyond distribution center.(Photo via Labor Notes)

Union Election at Bed Bath and Beyond Seen as Milestone

Labor June 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

A union vote at a distribution center for Bed Bath and Beyond in New Jersey could be a “shot in the arm” for warehouse workers nationwide, reported Labor Notes, a publication that advocates for union organizing. Of the center’s 800 employees, 90 percent are Latino.

Cleaner Pins Hopes on N.J.’s Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Labor May 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

With legislation to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.50 making its way through the state legislature, Women’s eNews told the story of Rosalina Miranda, a 50-year-old Salvadorian New Jersey resident who cleans several office buildings and private houses for $7.25 an hour.

María Pichardo said she would like an increase in the minimum wage so she can send her son, Jhojandy, to a better school. (Photo by Jose Acosta/El Diario)

For a Bronx Single Mother, Minimum Wage Debate is More Than Just Politics

In the News, Labor, Politics May 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

With a bill to increase the minimum wage stalled in the state legislature, one single mother in the Bronx told El Diario La Prensa about her struggles to make ends meet.

(Photo by Kerry O'Shea/Irish Central)

Celebrating Irish Builders, From the Empire State to the W.T.C.

History, Labor May 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

In an editorial for Irish Central, the reporter Kerry O’Shea lauds the work of Irish and Irish Americans in rebuilding at the World Trade Center site — including her 22-year-old brother and her father.

A group shot of Workplace Project members in happier days (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Workplace Project Board Fights Back

In the News, Labor May 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

There’s a new twist in the ongoing leadership crisis at the Workplace Project, a group that advocates for Long Island day laborers. The deposed board members — who were ousted late last month — have asked the director to resign and declared themselves reinstated.

A juice vendor in the Bronx says that May is good for sales. (Photo by Zaira Cortés/EDLP)

Immigrant Workers Look Forward to Long Summer Days — of Labor

Economy, Labor May 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

For immigrants who rely on hands-on work, summer is no time to sit back and relax. For many, this year’s early warm weather meant more opportunities for outdoor jobs — bringing welcome income in a still-depressed economy. El Diario/La Prensa talked to a painter, a day laborer and several street vendors.

A group shot of Workplace Project members in happier days (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

More Turmoil at Workplace Project: Day Laborer Group Dismisses Board

Labor, Long Island May 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

The dramatics at the Workplace Project continued last week when the organization, which advocates for day laborers on Long Island, unexpectedly deposed its elected board of directors and replaced them with an interim board, La Tribuna Hispana reports.

Car Wash workers in Jamaica, Queens, demanded better treatment and wages. (Photo by EDLP / Gloria Medina)

Voices in Focus: Obama Scores With Jewish and Indian-American Voters

Labor, Politics May 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Some good news for President Obama from two ethnic communities; South-Asian supporters of the Rutgers student accused of anti-gay bullying plan a rally; car wash workers in Queens protest their work conditions; and a record-breaking fundraiser by an Irish-American charity organization.

Pasiana Rodríguez is the only female mechanic in Willets Point, Queens, a world dominated by men. (Photo by Silvina Sterin Pensel/EDLP)

Running the Shop With a Mechanic’s Expertise and a Woman’s Touch

Labor, Queens May 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Meet Pasiana Rodríguez, of Dacar Auto Radiator in Queens. Some customers who walk into the shop take one look at her and ask for the mechanic. Others try to woo her. But with a bit of patience, the strong-willed Dominican has established herself as the queen of radiators, auto repair and oil changes.

This green olive tapenade is the product of a co-operative effort by Israelis and Palestinians. (Photo by Leah Koenig)

Voices in Focus: Tapenade, Tamales, Jerk Chicken and Wage Theft

Food, Labor May 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

We found plenty of food stories from the ethnic and community press this Wednesday: a postscript to the Park Slope Food Co-op’s Israel boycott battle; an award for NYC’s “Queen of Tamales”; a Jamaican jerk destination in upper Manhattan; and a chef apprenticeship gone sour in the Lower East Side.

A banner from the Workplace Project. (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Update: Reaction to ‘Crisis’ at Workplace Project

In the News, Labor, Opinion April 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

La Tribuna Hispana responds to sharp feedback it received to its earlier article on a “crisis” within an organization that advocates for day laborers and immigrants in Hempstead, NY.