Adhikaar’s Newsletter: July to October
Organization-wide Programs: Youth, Healthcare and English For Empowerment
On September 24th we officially launched our “Strategic Alignment Plan 2021-2031” during Adhikaar’s member meeting – the first org-wide meeting since the pandemic. The SAP will help guide and further Adhikaar’s vision. During the event, we also shared crucial information on Adhikaar’s Domestic Worker, Nail Salon, Immigration (TPS), Healthcare, Casework, and Youth programs along with campaign updates.
English For Empowerment (EFE)
In July, we had an in-person industry-based English For Empowerment orientation for new students. The curriculum provides a language literacy foundation as well as strategies for our Domestic Worker and Nail Salon worker members to effectively communicate with their employers about their rights and their job readiness skills.
The EFE course covers interview prep, and role play to improve their language skills which will help them in their day-to-day work.
In the last quarter, our youth members attended the Adhikaar Political Education orientation for members, a pilot project to strengthen the leadership development of current member leaders through an understanding of movement history, government structure, and the basics of strategy.
We successfully completed a 12-month project with NYC CARE and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The project focuses on undocumented people who receive a membership card to access health care services and can choose their primary care doctor and get affordable medications through NYC Health and Hospital.
We exceeded our goals by reaching 7,358 individuals and enrolling 379 members.
- NBC News, “Nail technicians demand safer working conditions and steadier pay as Covid aggravates risks”
- AAJA Voices, “Exploited Esthetics: How Asian American Beauty Workers are Organizing”
- WSKG, “Nail salon workers face unhealthy conditions, wage theft and unstable hours. Some are speaking up”
- NY magazine: I Felt Like We Are All Chinese — We Can Take Care of Each Other’ Nannies open up about the Asian class divide.
- Business Standards, “Bill providing Green Card to 8 million people introduced in US Congress”
- LiveMint, “For H-1B visa holders, US new bill seeks a quicker route to citizenship”
- TrackIn, “Immigrants Living In The US For 7 Years Can Get Automatic Green Card? A New Bill Proposed By Democrats”
- Insurance News Net, “The New York Community Trust Awards $11.4 Million In Grants To 66 Nonprofits”
- Americano Newspaper, “Labor protection in NJ”
- Patch, “NJ Domestic Workers Demand More Workplace Rights, Bill Advances”
- Documented, “Nail Salon Workers Say Proper Ventilation Can Protect Their Reproductive Health”
- Pod Save the People podcast (44:00 min timestamp)
- Next City
- Nepali Times
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