Issues: Immigration

NY Times: For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection

By: Russ Buettner

In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care.

Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted.

That appears likely to change soon.

June 10, 2010
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Daily News: Government Must OK New Domestic Worker Rights

by: Albor Ruiz

Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.

"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."

June 10, 2010
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NYT Editorial: Domestic Worker's Rights

New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.

June 10, 2010
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Senator Jose Peralta , The Working Families Party and Make the Road New York Call on Mets to Boycott of 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona – Deliver Petitions Before Subway Series

Jose Peralta, The Working Families Party and Make the Road New York were at Citi Field, on Friday for the Yankees and Mets urging both teams to boycott the 2011 All-Star Game in protest of Arizona's harsh new immigration law.

10,000 of New Yorkers , and hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country, have signed a petition urging baseball teams to take a stand against un-American extremism, profiling and harassment by boycotting the Arizona All-Star Game.

May 22, 2010
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Senator Bonacic Discussing Immigration Resolution - May 4, 2010

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) discussing a resolution passed by the New York State Senate on May 4, 2010 regarding the recent immigration law passed in Arizona and the failure of the Federal government to address immigration issues.

May 5, 2010
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Resolution Denouncing Arizona Law Passes State Senate

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May 4, 2010
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Lawmakers Slam Arizona Immigration Law

April 28, 2010 5:58 pm

Posted by Michael Johnson

With the budget talks at a stalemate, several Senate and Assembly Democrats took time to weigh in on the biggest national story – the Arizona Legislature’s controversial immigration enforcement bill. Senators Jose Peralta and Jose Serrano publicly denounced the new plan today. They say it would promote racial profiling. And Senator Peralta went a step further, calling the decision to sign the bill by the Arizona Governor a slap in the face of the federal government.

April 29, 2010
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Serrano, Other Electeds, and Advocates Fight for the Civil Rights of Immigrants

Senator Serrano joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Council Members, other state legislators, and a number of immigrant and civil rights advocates in front of New York City Hall to denounce Arizona’s SB1070, which would require police to check the immigration status of those they believe are under suspicion of being in the country illegally.

April 29, 2010
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Arizona's Immigration Law Threatens Us All

Last week Arizona passed a State law which poses a serious threat to the safety and prosperity of all Americans, calling attention to the great need for national immigration reform.

Arizona’s new law puts many Americans’ basic freedoms at risk by promoting the use of racial profiling as a method for determining reasonable cause. Such policies will not only lead to unnecessary harassment based on skin color but will also erode the trust between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve.

April 29, 2010
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Rev. Al threatens to fight Arizona's new immigration law

The Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday threatened to fight Arizona's tough new immigration law with civil disobedience -- and welcomed the prospect of getting arrested in the process.

Sharpton compared himself to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s, who rode interstate buses in mixed-race groups to protest racial segregation, saying he and his allies would become "Freedom Walkers," striding through the streets of Arizona without identification to show their opposition to the law.

"We will walk down the streets with no identification and submit ourselves to arrest,"

April 28, 2010
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