Andres Garcia, Worker Rights’ Organizer, breaks down how workers learn about their rights and get involved with protests and campaigns across the city.
The Tour gathers at the intersection of 37th Avenue and 77th Street, where participants learn about the Historic Coop District with its private gardens, in the context of public green space campaigns.
Participants circle near Julio Rivera Corner, where they remember the 29-year old gay bartender who was violently murdered in the PS 69 playground. The march to declare the murder as a hate crime evolved into the annual Queens Pride Parade.
The International Express 7 train zooms in the background as participants approach Elmhurst Hospital which serves populations speaking over 130 languages. Adhikaar’s Language Access Campaign is geared towards making low-incidence languages such as Nepali more available to patients.
Participants take note of the signage for legal, immigration, employment and cash checking services, along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, mainly targeted toward new immigrants.
Khen, who lives in Queens with his family, is part of the growing Tibetan community who arrived in the U.S. in the past decade.
A shop owner discusses the challenges of staying open while her business has been impacted by new traffic routes and the 37th Road Pedestrian Plaza.
Group gathers in the hub of “Little South Asia”, where Indian and Pakistani business owners open shop to growing Bangladeshi, Nepali and Tibetan tea, kabab and dumpling shops.
Amy Paul, Tour Guide, discusses some of the complexities of living in a neighborhood with over 130 languages and mixed income, where affordable housing and public green space can mean different things to different people.
Luna Ranjit explains Adhikaar’s Nail Salon Campaign, where many immigrant women workers find themselves in jobs with low pay, long hours, few breaks, and toxic conditions.
At Adhikaar’s Community Center, Luna Ranjit explains how many Nepali-speaking workers leave middle class professions, because political instability at home. Because their degrees are often not valued, they find work as domestic workers, nail salon workers, restaurant workers and taxi workers.
The Tour takes a stop at the New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) office for a demo session on how NICE organizes day laborer population, mostly who are Ecuadoran and Mexican.
Nepali employee explains how the store sells printing services, groceries such as the popular noodle Wei Wei and religious and cultural items. Many immigrant business owners opt for multi-service approach to withstand the risks of business.
Seema Agnani of Chaaya CDC describes how tenants in a mostly Bangladeshi-building on 69th Street organized to demand repairs from the landlord.
Rain or shine, the Walk goes on!
Praba Adhikary, ESL Teacher and Steering Committee Chair, speaks about Adhikaar’s English for Empowerment classes.
“We are all immigrants with the same struggles and challenges,” states a Jackson Heights resident who recalls being beaten up on Northern Boulevard for being “mistaken” as Arab.
Helena Wong of Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence describes gentrification patterns in her organizing work in Chinatown.
Tour participant discusses how predatory services under the 7 train on Roosevelt Avenue is very different than the street scape and services under the N train in Astoria.
Valeria Treves, Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) explains the difference between”undocumented” and “illegal”, as the treatment of immigration as a civil versus criminal issue.
The Peoples Walking Tour Organizers pose with Adhikaar Team