Fw: URGENT: Support Indian Guestworkers in their historic hunger strike
Many of you know about this courageous group of workers, who have won incredible victories already for guest-workers and gained the support of labor, immigrant rights, and civil rights communities as well of a number of elected officials. Your contribution would go a long way in sustaining their hunger strike, now in its third week, as they build pressure on US federal authorities and the Indian government. You can make a secure contribution at
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URGENT: Support Indian Guest-Workers in their historic hunger strike
HUNGER STRIKE IN THIRD WEEK AS PRESSURE MOUNTS IN DC,
We are the Indian guest-workers who were trafficked to the post-Katrina
After Hurricane Katrina, a
Signal held us in forced labor. We lived like animals, 24 men to a small room. We faced constant threats and humiliation. When we started to organize in March 2007, Signal sent armed guards to the labor camps dawn. They pulled our terrified organizers out of bed, imprisoned them on company grounds, and attempted to deport them. 300 of us went on strike that day to free our captive organizers.
One year later, our struggle for dignity continues. In March this year we escaped from the labor camps into freedom in the
What do we want now? The Department of Justice must allow us to participate safely in a criminal trafficking investigation of Signal. Congress must hold hearings on guest-worker exploitation. And no future worker should face the humiliation that we have faced: modern-day slavery in the world’s richest nation.
We are now on Day 22 of our hunger strike. Success is at hand. We have the support of key members of Congress. Grassroots supporters have written nearly 9,000 letters to Congress on our behalf. And the Indian government, because of our pressure, has launched criminal proceedings against the recruiters in
But the costs of our campaign are staggering. Our resolve is unlimited – but our collective savings are not. We can’t work in the
Please make a secure contribution today at: www.neworleansworkerjustice.org/contribute.htm. You can also write a check payable to our fiscal sponsor, the
Indian Workers’ Congress/Alliance of Guestworkers for Dignity
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