‘600 Crosses’ Honor Immigrant Essential Workers Who Died During Pandemic

first_img Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News ‘600 Crosses’ Honor Immigrant Essential Workers Who Died During Pandemic National Day Laborers organization planted symbolic crosses, held art show and virtual music concert in Villa Parke Wednesday; Mayor Gordo in attendance By EDDIE RIVERA | Photography by JAMES CARBONE Published on Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 5:03 am 600 hand made crosses that are placed to represent the thousands of workers who have passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic during Workers Memorial Day event at Villa Parke in Pasadena, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The Pasadena-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) paused Wednesday to honor immigrant workers who have died during the pandemic.The group held a Workers Memorial Day Virtual Service and Concert at Villa Parke during which organizers called for immediate amnesty for the surviving family members of the deceased immigrant workers.  As part of the tribute, 600 hand-made pine crosses were installed along the park to represent the thousands of workers who have passed away during the health crisis.The concert took place without an in-person audience, but families of excluded workers that died during the pandemic were scheduled to speak, along with community and immigrant worker leaders. “The Workers Memorial Day Virtual Service and Concert and art installation will honor the many immigrants who have sacrificed so much to continue working and supporting our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” NDLON said in a statement before the event.In Los Angeles, County where 23,000 people have died of the virus, COVID-19 has killed Latino residents at a rate nearly three times that of white residents, according to the LA County Public Health Department.In addition to the placing of the crosses, NDLON planned to release a report  Thursday on the “Impacts of the Global COVID19 Pandemic on Immigrant Workers and People of Color in the United States.” The 10-page document details disparities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and makes recommendations for actions that President Biden can take without need for additional congressional approval, according to NDLON.In an accompanying statement entitled “600 Crosses,” NDLON co-executive directors Pablo Alvarado and Nadia Martin said Wednesday, “The virus has challenged the proposition that in this country, all workers—all people—are created equal. It was a test that we failed as a society. We did not always protect the ones who faced the greatest danger of sickness to keep the rest of us safe. We did not protect the vulnerable. We were unable to keep our elders safe.”“‘Essential workers” have died by the tens of thousands over the last year, at far greater rates than others, the statement added. “We all know this, but as the praise from politicians and on social media has subsided, not enough people are talking about it. And almost no one is doing anything about it.”“Black and Brown workers, who make up a disproportionate number of “essential workers,” have also died disproportionately,” said the statement. Alvarado and Martin called the crosses “a symbolic final resting place to bring together those who are gone with those who are grieving. The crosses, made of simple pine, will each be marked with a name, date of birth and death, and occupation of someone who died in the pandemic.”“The cross is the symbol of ultimate sacrifice, of suffering and death endured so that others may live,” the statement continued. “The rows of crosses will resemble a military cemetery, to evoke the vast scale of the loss and to also make an important connection. …We must no longer ignore and dismiss them.”NDLON said it planned to memorialize Gil Espinosa, a warehouse worker, age 44. Alfredo Manriquez, a gardener, age 54. Mónico Manríquez, a gardener, age 83. José Antonio Bernabe Lule, age 61, a day laborer, organizer and immigrant-rights leader. Garment workers Antonio Macías, 63, Enrique Garcia, 34, and Filiberto De la Cruz, 62. Day laborers Marina Villanueva, 60, Francisco Delgado López, 98. Godofredo Rivera Hernandez, 70, a day laborer, dry-cleaner worker and musician. Policarpo Chaj, age 49, a Mayan K’iche leader, organizer and court interpreter. Your email address will not be published. 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(Photo by James Carbone) Music is played in honor of day laborer Tony Beranbe who recently died of Covid-19 pandemic during Workers Memorial Day event at Villa Parke in Pasadena, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  A cutout of day laborer Tony Bernabe, of Los Angeles, who recently died from COVID-19, stands amongst 600 hand made crosses that are installed to represent the thousands of workers who have passed away during the pandemic, during Workers Memorial Day event at Villa Parke in Pasadena, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) A cutout of day laborer Tony Bernabe, of Los Angeles, who recently died of the Covid-19 disease, stand amongst 600 hand made crosses that are installed to represent the thousands of workers who have passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic, during the Workers Memorial Day event at Villa Parke in Pasadena, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) 600 hand made crosses that are installed to represent the thousands of workers who have passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic during Workers Memorial Day event at Villa Parke in Pasadena, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News 15 recommended16 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Some day laborers sit and listen to the music during Workers Memorial Day event at Villa Parke in Pasadena, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) The Mayor of Pasadena Victor M. Gordo, second from left, stands with local officials as they bow their heads in prayer during Workers Memorial Day event at Villa Parke in Pasadena, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by James Carbone) Community News More Cool Stufflast_img read more

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Kirwan, Coleman award certificates to 21 in 2015 Administrative Fellows Program

first_imgCalling the Administrative Fellows Program “a time-honored cornerstone of Harvard’s diversity efforts,” Leslie Kirwan, Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean for administration and finance, paid tribute to the 21 fellows who completed the program this year. Administered by the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, AFP offers a year of talent management experience and professional development to mid-career professionals, especially members of underrepresented groups. “With its emphasis on the development of academic administrators of color, the AFP represents a long-term commitment and investment in workplace diversity, inclusion, excellence, talent management, and succession planning,” she added.In her address to the class, fellow Angela Counts paid tribute to supervisor and coach, Letty Garcia, assistant director, Leadership Initiative, Harvard Business School, who “always encouraged me to keep the full picture in play, both sides of myself, artist and administrator.” Her mentorship, Counts said, “proved to be life changing.” To her classmates, Counts said, “We can measure our AFP year by the people we met, the relationships we formed, and what we learned. We can measure it by the program content, all of which was designed to give each of us a very special year in our lives to step outside ourselves and broaden our understanding, our capabilities, and our possibilities.”Kirwan and Lisa Coleman, chief diversity officer, presented the certificates of completion to the fellows at a ceremony in the Faculty Club.See the full list of 2015 fellows and photos of the class.last_img read more

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Ireland face Hong Kong in Twenty20 qualifer

first_imgIreland’s cricketers will be looking to bounce-back from the shock of Wednesday’s loss to Papua New Guinea when they resume their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying campaign this afternoon.John Bracewell’s side have re-located to Malahide for today’s game against Hong Kong, which gets underway at 2:15.last_img

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