Strike Update Day 45 – (4/4/2008)

Day 45 – The candle light vigil was a very beautiful event, the union and the community have joined as one to remember the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and also the struggle that each and every one of these workers are facing because of just one greedy person. Helen you can see that everyone is here supporting all the workers and there is nobody here that is showing support for you, don’t you think that is a huge message? We had the community, elected officials, clergy, the press and of course the union members themselves all standing here in a silent protest of the wrong that you are perpetrating on these workers.

 

The vigil was a very well carried out event that was peaceful and really showed how many people can come together as one. I will have a video of the event as soon as I can get it edited and published to the web. In the meantime here are some photos of the event. You can see all photos of the vigil in the gallery here.

 

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All the union members before the event gathered together to join the vigil.

 

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The kick off began at Giles Place and Cannon Place.

 

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We all marched silently down Cannon Place to the front of the nursing home and then back up to the corral where we all joined together.

 

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The line of people was so long that it stretched back down Cannon on the nursing home side.

 

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We all filled the corral on the top of Cannon.

 

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In the corral the vigil was lead by Karen Argenti, we all listened to a prayer and then several short quotes were read and then everyone joined in singing “We Shall Overcome”, “We Shall Not Be Moved”, We Want Our Freedom Now” and the union members added their own songs afterward.

 

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Even four legged members of the community showed support by wearing a light.

 

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After the vigil was over a bus came to pickup the union members from other areas that came to support the local 1199 SEIU members.

 

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All in all the vigil was a very good show of support. I would like to thank the union for supplying Coffee, Tea & Hot Chocolate to all who attended. The weather was very gracious towards us as well, the temperature was warm and the rain held off for the entire vigil.

 

It seems that the vigil was interesting for someone in the nursing home, peeking through the window to see what was going on.

 

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Once again thank you to the union, the elected officials who attended, the press, the community members and of course the striking members who are out there 24 hours a day. This battle has been going on for sometime now but with persistence this will be won!

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

 

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12 responses to “Strike Update Day 45 – (4/4/2008)”

  1. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    PHIL,KAREN,LYNN,JUDY,JEFF DINOWITZ,COSA,FIPNA,1199SEIU, ALL THE STRIKERS AND MINDY, THE NYPD COMMUNITY AFFAIRS OFFICER………………….. .YOU ROCK…………..THAT’S WHAT COMMUNITY IS ALL ABOUT…..NEIGHBORS WORKING TOGETHER…THE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL LOOKED AWESOME….A JOB WELL DONE…..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND YOU SHALL PREVAIL……..MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAS LOOKING DOWN AND SMILING, SAYING THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT…….EVEN GOD DRIED HIS TEARS FOR YOU…………… RIGHT IS MIGHT…

  2. Karen Argenti

    Congratulations and thanks to all. We were never worried about the rain, we thought it would stop between 7-9 pm, but it stopped much sooner, so the floor was dry. I was just wondering where all the people came from. This morning I sent out this email to our friends.

     

    Re: I woke with a song in my head.
    I say na, na, na, na, na, na, na na, na, na, na, na, na,
    We want our contract now! Karen /FIPNA

     

    THEN I HEARD FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND LABOR FRIENDS VIA EMAIL.

     

    Great job organizing the event and someone was looking out because the weather was perfect! Tony (Anthony Perez Cassino) /North Bronx Democratic Association

     

    Not only you me too, and my kids are still singing it. I think last night was great… Phil/FIPNA

     

    All reports I received were dignified, meaningful, fun (always important). I was there in spirit and phone calls. We are so blessed we fell into this community. United we stand, labor and community can not be defeated. When does the movie come out? Solidarity, Pearl/1199

     

    I will be working on the video today and hopefully tonight it will be on http://www.youtube.com, I will let you know. You can always check out daily updates at http://www.fipna.org, I will be putting up some pictures shortly. I agree with Pearl, United we stand as one and we will not be defeated! Regards, Phil FIPNA

     

    This was one of the most wonderful and meaningful events I have been part of in a very long time. I would love to be able to get a copy of the video. Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz /Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club

     

    The energy and spirit of the community and union members were truly inspiring. I got goose bumps. James Mumm /Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition

     

    More to come . . . .

     

  3. Rosa Martinez

    Absolutely awesome.

  4. FIPNA MEMBER since 1980

    It was so good to see the community come out for the candlelight vigil.There should have been more people from all the buildings and houses, but I guess people get lazy. We have to show our support,it is very important. I’ve lived here for a long time and it’s good that the neighborhood association got involved. I’m glad that Philip and Karen have taken over where their Moms left off. Long live FIPNA.United we stand, divided we fall.

  5. Joe Santiago

    I too was a little disappointed that there were not that many people from my building, I saw the notice in the lobby so I decided to show my support. I think the overall vigil was great. I couldn’t hear the speeches too well but I sure did here the singing. I salute you the community leaders for pulling together and supporting the unionn workers.

  6. Vivian DeJesus

    I was glad to have been able to participate in the vigil together with my mother. The vigil was very moving and meaningful. The unity of the workers, community, and elected officials was very inspiring. I too was dissappointed not see more cooperators from my building. We will continue to work together to achieve a common goal. There is power in numbers – and Helen stands alone!

  7. Karen Argenti

    Vivian and Joe . . . we will work on getting together a brief . . . news on one page to keep your building and the other building . . .up to date. The homeowners, are for the most part, on email, so it is easier. We appreciate seeing you on Friday. Thanks.

  8. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    Hey now that was terrific. It was so nice to see all the different people come together as one. People we are part of a great community.I wouldn’t live anywhere else.Everyone should get involved,it doesn”t cost anything and the rewards are great.

  9. Friend

    I was reading some of the earlier posts and entries and there were questions regarding whether the Department of health is monitoring Kingsbridge. I know for a fact they are. It is in their protocol. Whenever nursing home workers go on strike, they are required to monitor the facility. Just a tip, Please be careful with calling every single person leaving the facility a scab, they might be DOH workers. By doing so, you are alienating them, and in turn it makes them more lax with their enforcement of certain rules.

  10. Phil

    Friend:
    I cannot believe that you said that if I call a DOH worker/inspector a “scab” they will not do their job? Are you kidding me?!?! What does me or anyone for that matter yelling names at people have to do with a job that needs to be done? There are guidelines that are supposed to be followed and if the inspector is being lax about them then that inspector should promptly be fired! End of subject… These are elderly people that are inside this nursing home that should be getting the best care possible.

  11. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    DEAR’FRIEND’ IF YOU KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS MONITORING KHRCC, WHY DON’T YOU SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY??????\A LOT OF THINGS ARE IN PROTOCOL BUT THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN IT’S GETTING DONE.HOW DO YOU KNOW ALL THIS INFORMATION?? ARE YOU TIPPING YOUR HAT AND STATING THAT YOU MAY BE FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AND THAT IF THE STRIKERS KEEP CALLING YOU NAMES WHEN YOU EXIT THE FACILITY,YOU WILL THEN NOT DO YOUR JOB???…HOW VERY INTERESTING…..I’M SURE THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THIS INSUBORDINATION

  12. Karen

    Well, it may be that someone is doing monitoring but the community is not aware of anything of the sort. We are informed by other sources who advocate for the families that DOH has only been to visit TWICE. If that is true, it concerns us. If it is not true, then we would like to know that from a reliable source. So if you Dear Friend, know someone who knows what is going on, please have them contact us. They do not have to go on the blog,there is a CONTACT form, which will be directed to the neighborhood association. And one more point, we are the neighborhood, not the union, not the strikers. We are not yelling anything on the picket line. Thank you for commenting.

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