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Date Posted: 13:51:58 07/29/13 Mon
Author: Joe Rizoli (Mad as hell)
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Subject: Illegal Domestic Workers

I read Danielle Amedens article, "Celebration to Spotlight local Domestic Workers, MWDN, 7/29/2013, page one.

My curiosity is how many of these "domestic workers" are breaking FEDERAL LAW by being here in the country in the first place? Miss Ameden makes no mention of that in the article.

I see it a bit of hypocrisy that we have border patrol dying on the border to keep these people from coming into our country and taking jobs AMERICANS would take but our politicians such as Spilka, Eldridge and Sannicandro bless these LAWBREAKERS.
One person once remarked that our LAWMAKERS are siding with the LAWBREAKERS.
What hypocrisy.

Last point, I guess freedom of speech as to the PUBLIC commenting on this article has been shut off, I wonder WHY?
Is it because the public would be enraged that our politicians are behind this lawless act?

Of course the MWDN has to stop ANY discussion of that, the online comment section has been stopped.

Any time I see an article about topics dealing with the plight of Illegal Immigrants, the MWDN conveniently shuts off all discussion, shame on them.

Joe Rizoli

Framingham celebration to spotlight domestic workers Danielle Ameden/Daily News staff 07/29/2013 12:10 PM
House cleaners, nannies and other domestic workers will be in the limelight tonight as lawmakers and supporters celebrate their contribution to the stateís economy.

The celebration starts at 6 p.m. at the Framingham Public Library on Lexington Street. A photo exhibition will showcase Cambridge photojournalist Mario Quiroz-Servellonís classic, black-and-white portraits of local home workers.

"You donít see the stereotype," Quiroz-Servellon said, since the women in the photos arenít busy cleaning or holding babies that arenít theirs.

Theyíre smiling for their glam shots.

"The idea is to highlight, as human beings, we all can do more that what we think we can do and what is expected of us," Quiroz-Servellon said.

Framingham residents Angela Sena and Vanessa Desani, local domestic workers, are set to join MetroWest state Sens. Karen Spilka and Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Tom Sannicandro as speakers.

Sponsoring the event is the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, a group of nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering domestic workers.

The coalition said local politicians will have the chance to see the exhibition, learn about the lives of domestic workers and publically recognize them for their role.

"This is the beginning of a movement to support the domestic workers in Massachusetts," said Magalis Troncoso, director of the coalitionís Dominican Development Center.

Quiroz-Servellon said he photographed about 40 workers from Framingham, Somerville, Boston and other communities.

Sannicandro, D-Ashland, said the event will help draw attention to the plight that domestic workers sometimes face. He is now co-sponsoring legislation for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

The law would ensure "basic human rights," he said, such as, if you work 24 hours straight, you need eight hours off to sleep. The bill would also ensure workers receive 24 hours off in a seven-day calendar week.

"Many of these workers are not in a position of power and itís to make sure that their basic human rights are protected," Sannicandro said.

Danielle Ameden can be reached at 508-626-4416 or dameden@wickedlocal.com.


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