Posted on September 4, 2018
Ligia Guallpa and Yadira Sanchez
Every day, we encounter community leaders and organizers whose stories deserve to be shared and celebrated. The New York Foundation partnered with StoryCorps to craft a new lot of short-interview series featuring our trustees, grantees, and former grantees in conversations that get to the heart of what matters in their work.
Ligia Guallpa, founder and executive director, Worker’s Justice Project
Yadira Sanchez, lead organizer talk about starting the Worker’s Justice Project, which organizes day laborers in New York City.
Worker’s Justice Project was founded in 2010 to build the collective power of day laborers to win institutional change around economic and workplace justice. The group oversees the management of a day laborer hiring hall in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where contractors and day laborers, come together to create a unionized system that ensures livable wages, workplace safety, job training, and skills-building opportunities. It also organizes women day laborers who seek work in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at one of the only all-women corner hiring sites in the country.
Produced and recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. The interviews afford a raw encounter with the personal trials and triumphs of advocates, and an unmediated perspective on community-driven efforts in New York City.