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March 2, 2012

AF3IRM NY Celebrates the Working Woman

March 8, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
International Women’s Day
Madame X, 94 West Houston, New York
Please contact AF3IRM NY to rsvp for the event. 

Feminists and allies are invited to join the New York chapter of AF3IRM to celebrate women’s work and working women at a cash bar mixer. 

Take a load off your feet, says AF3IRM NY, and let us talk economics for the evening. 

“On this day, we must think of how women through the centuries do the work that enables all work to be done,” said Leilani Montes, chapter coordinator. “This means recognizing the value of the unheralded and the mundane tasks women do, from the home to the office to the factory and fields.”

The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization and Marginalization (AF3IRM) marks the launch of the organization’s new national campaign against sub-contracting, de-unionization and labor trafficking through the guest worker program of the United States. 

“Outsourcing has come home to roost. We are seeing entire corporate departments 
sub-contracted to outside companies, which in turn bring in migrant workers under trafficked conditions.” 

The message of Pres. Barack Obama in his State of the Union address, regarding preventing the export of jobs through outsourcing and bringing back exported jobs, 
is slightly out of date.

“The steady increase of subcontracted corporate operations within the US destroys unions, transforms regular work into casual hire and encourages labor trafficking.  
The guest worker program’s inadequate provisions make the latter even easier.” 

AF3IRM and its allied organizations have been instrumental in securing 24 T-visas 
for trafficked workers in the past two years. 

Corporate and public operations, where women are the majority workers, continue to be subcontracted and are increasing US poverty. Already 15 million US children either live in poverty or are at risk of living in poverty, as their parents lose jobs. 

AF3IRM is focusing on the working woman, to underscore the dire economic truth that women remain the poorest of the poor, both in the US and globally. 

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