SUPPORT NYC FEDERAL WORKERS: SOLIDARITY RALLY

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Raised by 36 people in 6 months
Created January 19, 2019
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on behalf of Marlon Gonzales
With no end in sight, the government shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal employees to scramble for support and information. We are organizing a Federal Employee Solidarity Event and are looking for donations to provide food and beverage to those attending; any additional funds will go to support our union coalition  to fight for Federal worker rights.  

The event will take place on Friday, January 25 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at DCTV Studios at 87 Lafayette, Manhattan ( http://www.dctvny.org)

Join IFPTE Local 98, AFGE Local 3911, our fellow Federal workers, and supporters in the labor movement and the broader community for urgently needed resources organized in one place and a badly needed morale boost that only comes from solidarity!  We plan to rally for an end to the shutdown, to gather to build morale, and to organize for what may be a long struggle ahead.

Information about legal, financial and other resources to provide relief and guidance for impacted workers will be on offer.

Bring your friends, family and homemade signs!

*We’re seeking support from local businesses, other unions, and private citizens. To offer professional services, food, messages of solidarity or other help, please send us a message.

You can RSVP for the event at our Facebook page.

More information is at the NYC Federal Workers United event page.

Funds will be transferred to a union coalition bank account managed by the AFGE Local 3911 treasurer, Marlon Gonzales.
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Thank you so much in your generous support for the Support NYC Federal Workers Solidarity Rally. We received $1460 from our GoFundMe campaign, plus an additional $611 from donations at the door. Union locals pitched in and contributed over $1000 in addition to the event space rental fee.

We also received very delicious and impressive food donations from a number of restaurants, including Tribeca Kitchen, Corte Cafe, Arome Cafe, La Belezza, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Hank's Juicy Beef, Pret a Manager, and Maxwells. We fed the couple of hundred people who attended, and all leftovers were donated to New York City Rescue Mission after the event.

I wish to give a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make this event a success. Without your efforts none of this would have been possible.

An hour prior to the event, we received the news that the shutdown is over, at least for now, in part due to Federal employees speaking up about the effects of the shutdown. While this is a positive development, we are not out of the woods and will see what happens in the upcoming weeks. However, while we go back to work our efforts to make our work be recognized and serving the American public continues. We are now stronger because we have found a common voice among Federal union locals in New York City and we will be more organized for future challenges and have funds to respond to the next crisis from day 1.

Finally, we received plenty of press coverage from yesterday's event:

Metro NY, Jan 24
'Fed up' federal workers to rally in NYC on Friday as shutdown continues

https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/new-york/fed-up-federal-workers-rally-nyc-government-shutdown

CBS New York, Jan 25
President Trump Signs Bill Ending Longest Government Shutdown In U.S. History

includes interviews with Franco as well as Anthony Tseng and Sharon Hartzell. members of AFGE Local 3911)

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/01/25/trump-short-term-plan-shutdown/

The Guardian, Jan. 26
End of shutdown: workers left with debts, bad credit and shattered trust

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/26/end-of-shutdown-federal-workers-debts-credit-shattered-trust

New York Labor Press
Heading Back To Work, Furloughed Federal Workers Remain Cautious About The Future

http://laborpress.org/heading-back-to-work-furloughed-federal-workers-remain-cautious-about-the-future/

Here is link to TV Eyes, a media reporting service. It shows stories on NY 1, which ran 30+ times yesterday and today. Also a couple of preview stories from Friday on TV 1 and WNYC

http://mms.tveyes.com/NetReport.aspx?ReportHash=8fc7ae6f2414a851e4dcb50b676e64ab

Thank you so much for all of your support!!

Alexi Remnek
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