Undocumented immigrants launch hunger strike over lack of ‘excluded worker’ funds
Undocumented immigrants from across the state who say they were shut out of pandemic relief funding are launching a hunger strike.
The weeklong action launched by activists in New York City calls for a $3.5 billion excluded worker fund. This week, the state Legislature released its budget that includes $2.1 billion.
Advocates say it’s not enough to ensure weekly payments on par with the unemployment benefits other workers have received.
Here are some of the groups who were planning attending:
Make the Road New York
New York Communities for Change
New York Immigration Coalition
Street Vendor Project
Desis Rising Up and Moving
Laundry Worker Center
Workers Justice Project
Red de Pueblos Transnacionales
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Don Bosco Community Center
United Community Center of Westchester
Yonkers Sanctuary Movement
Churches United for Fair Housing
New York Taxi Workers Alliance