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2016 Worker's Memorial Day

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International Workers Memorial Day is fast-approaching. Worker centers and faith groups in the Interfaith Worker Justice network will be organizing events across the country as workers are honored and remembered around the world.

Here are some of the events in the IWJ network that you can attend:

FLORIDA -- On Thursday, April 28th join South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice and allies at 1:30 pm at the Consulate General of Mexico, 1399 SW 1st Avenue, third floor, Miami, FL 33130 for the release of a report regarding Florida worker fatalities and the signing of a coalition agreement to protect vulnerable workers. More information from South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice.

KANSAS -- On Thursday, April 28th at 6:00 PM, working families, faith leaders and local officials will gather at the Machinist Hall, 3830 S. Meridian in Wichita, for a dinner to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or illness on the job, and call on Congress to create safe jobs for all working people. More information from Kansas Interfaith Worker Justice.

MASSACHUSETTS -- Honor workers who were killed, injured or suffered from illness on the job. Press for strong workplace health and safety protections for all workers. We encourage families to bring enlarged photos of your loved one or send a photo to us and we will enlarge it. Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:15 PM | In front of the State House | 24 Beacon Street, Boston. More information from MassCOSH.

NEW JERSEY (April 24) -- Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs. RESPECT means SAFE WORK and a LIVING WAGE! We need to make sure that worker health and safety rights are guaranteed to all, in all workplaces! Remember the dead; fight for the living! On April 24, we will march for worker health and safety rights; hear testimonials from injured workers and families that have lost loved ones in workplace accidents; fight to improve health and safety conditions on our jobs. More information from New Labor

NEW YORK -- Join the Workers’ Center of Central New York for a day of outreach in the streets of Syracuse and farms nearby to bring the message that we all deserve safe jobs. Call us at 315-217-5708 if you would like to be part of the outreach team. More information from Workers’ Center of Central New York.

NEW YORK (April 29) -- Annual Workers’ Memorial Day Unity Breakfast At the breakfast, we’ll honor the 35 workers who’ve died in this area since January, 2015, and present the following awards. Among the honorees are Crispin Hernandez and Saul Pinto, members of the WCCNY who bravely resisted intimidation at Marks Farms! Pensabene’s Casa Grande | 135 State Fair Blvd. (between W. Genesee & Hiawatha Blvd.) $25 per person. More information from Workers’ Center of Central New York.

NEW YORK (May 1) -- On May Day, we we will be uniting our voices and building worker power in New York City. We will began the day with powerful workers' assembly and united we will join the May Day march. More information from Workers Justice Project - Proyecto Justicia Laboral.

NEW YORK (May 3) -- Screening of the documentary “A Day’s Work” | 6pm to 8pm at Legal Services of CNY office | 221 S. Warren St., Syracuse, NY 13202. More information from Workers’ Center of Central New York.

NEW YORK (May 14) -- Temp Workers Appreciation Day at the Workers’ Center of CNY. 5pm at the Workers’ Center of CNY | 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210. More information from Workers’ Center of Central New York.

TENNESSEE -- Join Interfaith Worker Justice of East Tennessee and allies for the East Tennessee Tennessee Premier of the award-winning documentary “A Day’s Work” –April 28, 6:00 PM, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue. More information from Interfaith Worker Justice of East Tennessee.

TENNESSEE (April 30) -- Workers’ Memorial Day observance in Knoxville that honors Tennessee workers killed on the job. Saturday, April 30, 12:00 noon, Knoxville-Oak Ridge Area Central Labor Council, 1522 Bill Williams Avenue, Knoxville.

TEXAS -- In Austin, Workers Defense Project, in partnership with AFL-CIO, OSHA, and the Mexican Consulate will be holding a vigil on April 28th at 6PM at Plaza Saltillo for Worker Memorial Day. More information from Workers Defense Project.

TEXAS -- In Dallas, Workers Defense Project in partnership with AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice, and OSHA will hold a press conference to commemorate fallen construction workers. More information from Workers Defense Project.

TEXAS -- In Houston, Join Fe Y Justicia for a Workers' Memorial Day event on Thursday, April 28, 2016. We hope that you, your friends, and family members can join us on this special occasion to honor all workers who have been injured or died on the job. The event will take place at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 716 (2nd Floor). 1475 N Loop W. Fwy, Houston, TX 77008.

WISCONSIN -- Danger and death in the workplace is a grievous injustice, of which ICWJ hopes to see the end. A time of testimony and remembrance will be held at the South Central Federation of Labor. ICWJ Organizer Sarah Smoot will offer the closing prayer. Thursday, Apr. 28, 11:00am | South Central Federation of Labor, Room 201-A | 1602 S. Park St. Madison. More information from Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of Southern Wisconsin.


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