Sign the Petition: Stop the Racist Extell Development

Sign the Petition: Stop the Racist Extell Development

Dear Mayor De Blasio,

We are concerned about the displacement of low-income working families and small businesses from the Lower East Side and Chinatown. The ultra-luxury Extell development on the former Pathmart site (227 Cherry Street) is racist and will devastate our low-income community of color. It should not be built. We do not need a “poor door”. We need real affordable housing for low-income families. We demand that you:

Continue Reading

Please Give to Help STOP Wage Theft

A few weeks ago, we launched the Workers Enforcement Fundraising Project to support workers who are organizing for just, enforceable labor laws in New York State. We’ve raised several thousand so far, but we need your help to reach out goal of $25,000! Help us continue to build this movement by visiting the fundraising campaignContinue Reading

NYS Judiciary Committee Approves SWEAT Bill

Earlier this week, the SWEAT bill passed its first hurdle in the New York State Legislature. The Judiciary Committee voted to approve it, and the bill has now been referred to the Codes Committee, on its way to reaching the floor of the Assembly for a full vote. We are calling on members and supporters toContinue Reading

Welcome Our New Board Member

Join us in welcoming a new member to the NMASS Board of Directors! Domingo Teofilo is a restaurant workers who lives in Washington Heights, NY. He’s been a member of NMASS since 2009. Domingo, an immigrant from Mexico, has organized co-workers at two restaurants to stand up to sweatshop conditions; and participates in our labor-law enforcement work.Continue Reading

Tenants Speak Out vs. Eviction by Slumlord,  Urge Mayor to Take Steps to Prevent Further Displacement in  Chinatown/LES

Tenants Speak Out vs. Eviction by Slumlord, Urge Mayor to Take Steps to Prevent Further Displacement in Chinatown/LES

On May 18, 27 families of 83 and 85 Bowery protested with dozens of other residents, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side, the office of Public Advocate Leticia James and District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar to condemn their slumlord Joseph Betesh, owner of the Dr. Jay’s hip hop clothing chain store. Since BeteshContinue Reading

Lower East Side Says Hell No to Extell’s Racist Skyscraper, Demands Mayor de Blasio take Action

Over the past month, hundreds of residents in the Lower East Side and Chinatown have taken to the streets to send a message to Mayor de Blasio: Stop the displacement along the Lower East Side and Chinatown. On April 28, over 200 residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown came out to protest againstContinue Reading

Nail Salon, Restaurant, Day Laborer Workers and Advocates Urge Cuomo To Do More for Enforcement

Nail Salon, Restaurant, Day Laborer Workers and Advocates Urge Cuomo To Do More for Enforcement

Yesterday NMASS members were joined by other Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase partners to hold a press conference to acknowledge Gov. Cuomo’s recent recognition that the lack of labor law enforcement is a problem and to urge him to do more. For almost two years, the Coalition has been highlighting the problems ofContinue Reading

New York Times: When It Comes to Wage Abuses, It’s Not Just Nail Salons

by Jim Dwyer for the New York Times: “…As of the end of 2013, at least $125 million in unpaid judgments and orders for wage reimbursements had piled up over the previous 10 years, according to a study released in March, “Empty Judgments: The Wage Collection Crisis in New York.” The laws are clear on minimumContinue Reading

NYC Council & Leticia James Resolve to Stop Wage Theft!

NYC Council & Leticia James Resolve to Stop Wage Theft!

The organizing work of NMASS and the Justice Will Be Served! Campaign inspired the Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to introduce a resolution approved by the City Council to support the SWEAT (SecuringWages Earned Against Theft) that we helped to realize. This bill will help stop wage theft by making theContinue Reading

Tues, 4/28, 11am: LES and Chinatown Rally to STOP Extell’s Racist Luxury Development

The Extell tower is being built on a former publicly-owned lot (the Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area) that housed a Pathmark on 227 Cherry St., the only affordable supermarket serving the surrounding low-income community. Since the Pathmark was closed in 2012, residents have struggled to find quality affordable groceries. Furthermore, the Extell tower will beContinue Reading

Thank you 5 year pledgers!

Kiran Chaudhuri

Jubencio Diaz

Marco Lino

Anne Kochman

Paul Ahn

Yolanda Donato

Fernilda Navarro

Angel Hernandez

learn more >>

National Mobilization Against Sweatshops

Lower East Side Workers Center

345 Grand Street, NY, NY, 10003

Tel: (212) 358-0295  Email: nmass@yahoo.com