Community integration is an opportunity for the Freeport Trailer to cultivate positive perceptions of day laborers in the community. We encourage the men to get involved in community organizing to foster the development of leadership skills, seek to impart social change, and build power in the Latino and immigrant community. Civic participation allows the men to advocate for themselves on policies and issues that directly impact their lives.
Many thanks to the kids at Temple Ohav Shalom who put together over 80 snack bags with inspirational drawings and messages for our workers. The goodies were definitely enjoyed but their show of solidarity with our immigrant neighbors is truly a beautiful thing!!
Over the school break young members of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth (pictured above) spent a morning at the trailer. Not only did they learn about our programs & careers in the not for profit sector but also got a first hand account from one of our guys on his incredible story of survival & his migration experience. Hopefully... he will be the author of a best selling book in the future!
We are pleased to work in partnership with organizations such as: La Fuente, Long Island Jobs for Justice, Long Island Immigrant Alliance, Make the Road New York, Long Island Civic Engagement Table, and The Long Island Federation of Labor to form strong coalitions that support institutional change.
We believe that it's so important to give back to the community. On November 21, 2013 seven of our workers volunteered and spent the entire day constructing a community garden for a youth program at the Zion Cathedral Church in Freeport.
In August of 2013, CoLoKi Inc. co-sponsored an event in Massapequa welcoming back Congressman Peter King to his district, thanking him for his continued leadership on immigration reform and supporting a pathway to citizenship. The "thank you" rally was followed by a fun, drum-led march to Brady Park for a cultural festival.
We attended a peaceful rally in Freeport on May Day to show solidarity an d support for immigration reform to ensure family unity, paths to citizenship, and protection for the rights of all workers. We also marched to demonstrate our gratitude to the new Freeport mayor, Robert T. Kennedy, for allowing us to continue operating the trailer, which provides vital services to the day laborers in the Freeport community. Below is a photo from the 2013 May Day rally.
Below is a video clip from a recent immigration reform rally that we attended in Garden City: