Court Judgment: Indus Valley owes workers $700,000 Who’s enforcing the law?

from the Justice Will Be Served! Campaign…


We are workers of Indus Valley, Earthen Oven and Amla, restaurants owned by Puhman Singh and Lakhvir Singh. We worked hard—some more than 60 hours per week. But we were paid as little as $3 an hour and no overtime pay. The employers were nasty. They would scream at us: “Stupid,” “f___ you,” “animal.” They would make anti-Muslim remarks about the Muslim workers. They even shoved and kicked some workers while they worked. Several were injured or developed health problems from these abusive conditions. They fired several of the workers who were organizing. Six groups of workers have sued the Singhs!


From The Ain’t I A Woman?! Campaign & Chinese Staff and Workers Assoc.

 CPC forces home attendants to work 24 hours! Workers call on 1199 SEIU to stand with them, clean up their act!

Lai Yee Chan, a home attendant for Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), helped her patients day and night for over 15 years. During the day, she bathed and fed her patients. At night, she helped them get out of bed and go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. She could not leave her patient for even a second of her 24-hour shift. One day her daughter was locked out of her house, but Lai Yee was not allowed to go downstairs to give her daughter the key. Adding insult to injury, Lai Yee has not seen a pay increase in 8 years, is not paid for the 12 hours of work at night, except for a small fee, and is never paid overtime. Ultimately, workers like Lai Yee are paid about $5/hour, way less than the minimum wage. (more…)

The Villager: New Extell building is wrecking the hood, in many ways

YANNIC RACK for the Villager:

Lower East Siders gathered near the Manhattan Bridge on South St. once again this week to protest against the 80-story apartment tower — dubbed the “Building from Hell” — that is currently rising there, and whose construction they say is damaging neighboring buildings.

“This is not about gentrification, this is about extermination,” said Maggie Martinez, who lives nearby at 55 Rutgers Slip. “We need to make sure that the structures of these buildings have not been compromised.”

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WNYC: Despite New Laws, Delivery Cyclists Continue to Take Risks and Get Hurt

Check out NMASS and delivery workers Carlos Rodriguez-Herrera, interviewed on WNYC

Jack D’Isidoro for WNYC:

In a city that’s always moving, working as a food delivery cyclist in New York is not only demanding, but incredibly risky: they are four to seven times more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle collision than non-commercial cyclists, according to a paper by researchers at Bellevue Hospital who have studied their behavior. And that’s even given the fact working bicyclists tend to ride more than commuters or recreation cyclists. >>

Fox 5: Neighbors Protest Manhattan Skyscraper

Watch the video here!

Jessica Formoso, for Fox News: Two years ago the supermarket Pathmark closed down. Last year the development company Extell came in and is constructing what will be an 80-story luxury skyscraper at a site in Lower Manhattan. Now residents are outraged and are telling the city to stop the construction because they soon will be displaced.

Holding up signs, people living near the site are complaining about health problems, cracked walls in their apartments, and a sinking street, which they say are being caused by the construction.

The community feels they are being ignored. The department of buildings website shows the site was issued a partial stop work order and has two violations.

Daily News: Protestors Slam de Blasio Rezoning Proposal

The people’s mayor is quickly losing the people’s support on the Lower East Side.

That was the message delivered to Mayor de Blasio at Gracie Mansion on Wednesday by a group of more than 100 angry, sign-wielding people protesting proposed neighborhood rezoning.

The predominately Asian, Latino and black demonstrators organized by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side carried signs that read “No more poor doors!” and “Mayor, we elected you!” (more…)

NMASS People First Fundraising Campaign

Our People First Campaign is uniting community members, workers and community groups across the Lower East Side, Chinatown and around the city to stop the displacement of our low-income community of color. Now, as our anti-displacement organizing takes off around the city, NMASS members, friends and allies have launched the NMASS People First Fundraising Campaign. We’re raising funds to pay for:

  • Meeting space on the Lower East Side.
  • Printing of fliers, newsletters, posters and other educational materials.
  • Permits for public rallies and marches.
  • The NMASS Organizers Training Program, which offers a small stipend to a community member who commits to learning and organizing through the People First Campaign.

Thanks to the generous efforts of our crowdfunding campaign leaders, including Anne Kochman, Kiran Chaudhuri, Tosh Anderson, Victoria Londin, Patrick Ammerman, Jack Hospedales, Tom Powers and Hoon Kim, the NMASS People First Fundraising Campaign has already raised close to $3,000!  With your help, we can reach out goal of $25,000 in 20 days. Please visit our fundraising website, check out the campaign video made by NMASS member Beini Huang, and make a donation today.


NMASS Members Fighting Displacement

Our People First Campaign has been growing city-wide. On December 5th, 700 community members gathered at a historic town hall meeting at the Seward Park High School on Grand Street. They were joined by District Leader Jennifer Rajkumar and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. Mayor de Blasio sent a representative to ask the community to “compromise” on our rezoning plan, a request that was met with outrage–“how can we compromise on equality?”, exclaimed one community member.
Hot on the heels of the town hall meeting, NMASS, together with other Coalition toProtect Chinatown and the Lower East Side members reached out to communities and organizations around the city who are mobilizing against Mayor de Blasio’s plans torezone and destroy communities throughout NYC. Together, we held a city-wide rally against displacement at Gracie Mansion on December 16th. Afterwards, community groups from around the city were inspired to join the fight against displacement and for community controlled rezoning and we’ve been holding regular pickets at Gracie Mansion–last week’s was hosted by the South Bronx Community Congress.