The Big Food Question
Why Are Undocumented Workers On Hunger Strike?
Undocumented and formerly incarcerated Americans have been left out of federal pandemic relief payments. New York is home to about half a million undocumented residents, many of whom are essential workers. One year in, they’re going on a hunger strike.
On Tuesday, March 16th protestors gathered at St. John The Divine in Manhattan on the first day of the "Fast for the Forgotten''. Demonstrators are calling for government relief for New Yorkers passed over by federal pandemic relief. Jessica Fu published a story for The Counter after visiting the strike and speaking with participants and organizers. In this episode, she and HRN’s Hannah Fordin discuss the strike, its implications, and what New York State is doing to support these excluded workers.
To read Jessica Fu’s coverage of the strike for The Counter, click here.
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