A Community that Rebuilds Together, Grows Together:
Reconstruction Works is a clearing house to connect homeowners and storm-damaged communities with first responders in recovery efforts, day laborers, and to provide information and materials to ensure that reconstruction workers are safe and respected while rebuilding our communities.
Throughout New York and New Jersey, communities were devastated as Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy hit their shores in the final days of October. Entire cities and their communities suffered enormous damage and losses, now estimated to be in the billions. Businesses, homes and public building (schools, hospitals, etc.) were severely flooded and trees brought down by powerful winds scattered the roads. Although it was a month ago, there is still a massive amount of recovery work left to do.
In New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, day laborers were integral to the recovery of the city but went under appreciated as they were often exposed to wage, health, and anti-immigrant abuses. In New York, reconstruction workers are dedicated to learning the lessons from previous rebuilding efforts to better serve the community and to establish the lasting institutions required to effectively respond to and anticipate disasters.
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
NDLON improves the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer more humane environments for day laborers, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.
Visit their website: http://ndlon.org
Worker Justice Project
Workers Justice Project is collectively formed by members of a unique day laborer center model in Bay parkway and from the only established female day laborer street corner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Workers Justice Project has become the direct response to addresses the racial and economic disparity that low-wage workers face by building economic empowerment and workers’ rights justice.
Visit their website: http://workersjustice.org
El Centro del Inmigrante
Formed in 1997, El Centro’s mission is to provide for the economic advancement and well being of immigrant workers and their families until all immigrants achieve full civic participation in the United States. El Centro serves Staten Island immigrant community and is located in downtown Port Richmond.
Visit their website: http://elcentronyc.org
Casa Freehold has been helping immigrants in the Freehold community for over six years. Our goal is to create a worker-led center where workers can be trained and educated, and where their families can come and take classes to learn English and other skills.
Visit their website: http://www.casafreehold.org