Community Organizations Launch a National Caravan to Support Grand Isle Shipyard Filipino Workers
Durham, North Carolina – Community organizations of National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and BAYAN-USA have organized a caravan from cities such as Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, and the New Jersey area to support the struggle of the Grand Isle Shipyard (GIS) Filipino Workers. The caravans are travelling to New Orleans, Louisiana throughout the week of February 19 to February 22 to participate in a National Fact-Finding and Solidarity Mission to bear witness to the conditions of Filipino shipyard workers who were trafficked and abused by Grand Isle Shipyard and DNR Offshore Crewing Services. Support their cause and help defend the Filipino workers who are now fighting for their dignity and rights. The Northeast caravan will be joined by the Chicago caravan including the Fellowship of Filipino MIgrants, NAFCON MIdwest, Anakbayan Chicago, and Lay Scalabrinian Missionaries.
BAYAN-USA Northeast and NAFCON-Northeast of the New York and New Jersey caravan will be conducting a press conference in an Exxon station at Raleigh Road in Chapel Hill of Durham, North Carolina on February 20, 2013 at 5PM. This press conference is in collaboration with the Durham Branch of Worker’s World, Southern Workers Assembly, and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), UNC CH Student Action with Workers. Jonna Baldres and Yves Nibungco of the National Alliance for FIlipino Concerns will talk about the struggle of the Grand Isle Shipyard Filipino workers and will also be joined by Justin Flores of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and Zaina Alsous of the Student Power Union Student Action With Workers.
There will also be a forum with Kasama at UNC CH at Murphey Hall 314 of Chapel Hill, North Campus of the University of North Carolina. The forum will discuss and tackle the conditions of the workers and updates in the ongoing campaign to obtain justice for the Grand Isle Shipyard Filipino Workers. These events are made possible by Anakbayan-USA, Kasama at UNC CH, Southern Workers Assembly, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), UNC CH Student Action with Workers, Durham Branch of Workers World Party, BAYAN USA, and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.
For more information about the “Justice for Grand Isle Shipyard Filipino Workers” Campaign go here: https://j4gisfilipinoworkers.wordpress.com/