Invisible Women Rise Up in Albany


Early this morning, about 100 domestic workers and supporters got on buses headed for Albany to urge senators one last time to vote YES for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights during today’s session. With truth on our side, we educated thousands of Albany residents and legislative workers about the conditions faced by domestic workers and the urgency of basic rights and protections. We hit senate offices to remind them about the vote, to address any last-minute concerns, and to urge them to vote in favor of the bill.

After two hours of deliberation, filled with impassioned and moving speeches by members of the Democratic conference recalling the struggles of their mothers and grandmothers who had been domestic workers, desiring to reclaim New York’s pioneering leadership in workers’ rights, and highlighting the moral significance of this bill, the New York State Senate finally came down on the right side of history. Tonight, the New York State Senate voted 33-28 to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

We have come so far, since we first set out on this journey. We have gotten everyone to learn about the domestic workers’ plight and the history of exclusion. We have built and deepened strong alliances with many different sectors of our society. Everyone has been touched and moved in some way. We could not have accomplished all that we have without your support and without you standing alongside us in this struggle.

We ask you to stay with us, as we enter the last phase of our campaign for justice. Now we must get the Assembly and Senate bills reconciled and for all three chambers of our government to decide on one bill, which should include benefits and key protections, that will then be signed into law.


UPCOMING EVENTS

DWU “ROAD TO DETROIT” FUNDRAISER
Celebrate how far we’ve come and help DWU raise funds to send a delegation to the US Social Forum in Detroit to keep building the movement for justice.
Thursday, June 3, 7PM-10PM
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson)
-Head one flight down to the Gallery Bar-
Trains: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to West 4th Street (walk 3 blocks east)
$10 Admission
Music + Door prizes + Light fare

On June 1, domestic workers and supporters head to Albany for the Senate vote on the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the first legislation of its kind in the US to recognize domestic workers as real workers. Join us back in NYC later this week to celebrate how far we've come in the struggle for dignity, respect, and rights. Help us to also raise funds to send a delegation of domestic workers to the US Social Forum, where DWU helped to co-found the National Domestic Workers Alliance in 2007. On June 22-26, domestic workers from around the country are convening in Detroit to build upon our victories coast to coast and to keep strengthening the national movement for justice. Hear briefly from members of the delegation about our exciting plans in Detroit!

**BONUS**
Karaoke Extravaganza – Sing your heart out for $1 per song!!
Silent Auction – Bid on several items, including DWU memorabilia!

DON’T MISS THE CELEBRATION!!

Please RSVP at dwuinfo@domesticworkersunited.org or call (212) 481-5747.

"We have a dream that one day all work will be valued equally."

 

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