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Center Column Archives
Tue Jul 18 2006 Racists Attack Counter-Protesters in Fremont
video taken at the event, a member of the EBCBS shoved and punched two of the anti-racist counter-protesters. This came after another violent altercation with a young Latino man.
Wed Jun 28 2006 (Updated 06/30/06) Save Our State Protest
Wed Jun 14 2006 (Updated 06/19/06) Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss Speak in SF and Sacramento
Tuesday, June 20th, at the Friends' AFSC Hall in SF, 65 Ninth St. (between Mission and Market Streets).
Sat Jun 10 2006 (Updated 06/19/06) People United For a General and Unconditional Amnesty
rally in the Bayview District demanded amnesty for all immigrants.
Wednesday May 24th at 11:30am, at Si Senor Taqueria, 53 Stevenson St (one block down from Market and 2nd towards Mission, then left on Stevenson).
Sonia Cano and Carlos Barrancos are the couple whose story Indybay covered this winter: Carlos was taken into ICE custody and sent out of state when Sonia was 9 months pregnant with their first child.
Sonia first started working with Young Workers United in June 2004 after she filed a claim against Si Señor, the restaurant where she had worked, with the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement, which is the agency that enforces the minimum wage of $8.82 for San Francisco. Right before Sonia filed her claim, she told her employer she was three months pregnant. Two days later she was suddenly fired for “indiscipline.” The employer often spoke against pregnant workers, and used racial slurs denigrating workers’ Mayan heritage.
In the following months, YWU, Sonia and Carlos worked to bring together other Si Señor workers to file minimum wage claims and demand respect from the owners. Workers stood up to the owner, demanding a stop to the racial harassment. Seeing the presence of workers organized with YWU, the racial harassment stopped and workers filed minimum wage claims. In direct retaliation for Sonia fighting for her rights and organizing her co-workers, the owners sent an anonymous letter making false and defamatory accusations against the family to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE acted immediately without any investigation, and on December 16th they raided Sonia and Carlos’ home and took Carlos into custody. He was held in Arizona for five weeks. Immediately Carlos began organizing his fellow detainees. He told them not to sign the voluntary deportation forms and to call YWU.
Sonia Cano won the minimum wage case, and this month she settled a claim with Si Señor for charges of discrimination, defamation, and retaliation with firing and sending ICE. Cano stated: "Don’t remain silent. Stand up for your rights and look for support from the community because we all deserve our rights at work."
Young Workers United | Photos and Report from YWU from 5/17 | Women's Employment Rights Clinic