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Employee Earned Sick Time in Westchester



Does this sound familiar?  You’re in line at a coffee shop waiting for your order and the sever working behind the counter is coughing and wiping a runny nose and you think to yourself “Great, now I’m going to get sick, why doesn’t this person just stay home”.    Well, it’s likely, because they are one of the 36% of Westchester workers that don’t have employer paid sick leave.  

When so many workers in Westchester don’t have paid sick leave they: come to work sick, send their children to school sick, and ultimately increase the chances of getting us all sick.   In 2018, we can change that by supporting a new law proposed by the Westchester County Legislators that provides Employee Earned Sick Time for workers.   New York City has already passed such a law and has seen many benefits to workers, employers and the community.

You’re invited to take part in a People’s Town Hall to learn, discuss and comment on the benefits and challenges in passing: Employee Earned sick Time in Westchester NY.    

Who: WESPAC & the Community/Labor Coalition for Employee Earned Sick Time

What:   The People’s Town Hall – Subject Matter Experts, a Panel made up of Community, Labor, Education, Healthcare & Small Business, Elected Public Servants, & the Community.

Where: Yonkers Riverfront Library

When: Jan 16th Tuesday 2017, 5:30pm – 7:15pm

RSVP- Joe Mayhew cell 914-374-6848 email [email protected]

Supporters for the Westchester County Employee Earned Sick Time Law

Congregation B’nai Yisrael, CWA Local 1103, Encephalitis Global, Inc, Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, Irvington Activists, Local 1 IUEC, Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network, Mamaroneck High School Young Democrats, New York County Democratic Committee, New York State Nurses Assoc, Safe Energy Rights Group, Inc., Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, Transit Workers Union, WESPAC, Westchester for Change, Westchester National Organization for Women, Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body, Westchester-Putnam Working Families Party

WESPAC Holiday Appeal!

Thank you to all who have already responded to our holiday appeal.  You are helping us keep the lights on at WESPAC.  

Please let us know if you appreciate the role that WESPAC continues to play in our area and beyond.  Now more than ever, we need to keep WESPAC strong as we promote peace and justice for generations to come.  

Secure online contributions can be made here:

Checks made payable to WESPAC can be mailed to: WESPAC, 77 Tarrytown Rd, Ste 2W, White Plains, NY 10607

Thank you!

Forward and onward we march.

Holiday Shopping with a Conscience!

WESPAC has exquisite hand embroidered items from the Sulafa Women’s Embroidery Cooperative in the Gaza Strip, including cushion covers, bag, shawl, ornaments. Please consider supporting these women who are the breadwinners of their families. We also have some Fair trade black and green tea, hand painted ceramic bowls and social justice calendars. I’m happy to ship items to you – please see attached:

Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival

All are welcome!

Passing of WESPAC member Mitch Berkowitz

Mitch Berkowitz, a devoted member of WESPAC for many years, died of cancer in September 2017. Born in 1927, he was proud to have reached the age of 90.
The son of immigrants from Romania, Mitch grew up in the Bronx. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. Inducted on VE day, May 8, 1945, he was among the many men being trained to support the anticipated invasion of mainland Japan. Instead, he was posted to the naval hospital in Brooklyn, where he attended to ill and dying dependents of service members.
As he looked for a suitable job as a civilian, a friend suggested offset printing. Mitch was eager to learn the trade, but he also wanted to bring the printing plant into the union–Lithographers Local 1. After several false starts, he achieved both goals but was promptly fired for his union activities. Eventually he was hired at a shop that was already unionized, where he worked for several decades.
He retired at age 61 and found this last chapter of his life the best occupation of all. He loved to read, classics and contemporary novels, nonfiction, and political journals that enhanced his understanding of such issues as the inequities between the wealthy and the poor, the determination of capitalism to thwart socialism, the conflict between the drive for war and the desire for peace. He participated in antiwar marches in New York City and Washington, throughout the administrations of Nixon, Reagan, and Bush I and II. It was with great pride, and plenty of hope, that we watched Barack Obama’s first and second inaugurations (by this time. neither of us had the stamina to make the trip to DC). 
Mitch much enjoyed doing volunteer work for Wespac, and taking part in the annual picnics on the Lamont estate. One of the memories I have of assisting with Mitch at the Wespac office was talking to Phyllis, whose son had lost his life in one of the World Trade towers. 
Mitch will be remembered for his humor, idealism, generosity, devotion to causes he believed in, and all-around decency.
Submitted by Susan C. Joseph

Made in Palestine – Evening of Comedy, Dance and Music

Online Tickets Available Here for Purchase:

Palestinian – what images come to your mind…

A hilarious comic who has been the headliner at shows at both New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and has performed around the country and internationally to sold-out audiences?

Do you think of  young boys and girls, dressed in elaborate costumes, swirling in precision as they perform the classic Palestinian folk dance of Dabke?

Or maybe, the beautifully intricate and delicate traditional embroidery that has long graced the clothes of Palestinians and has recently become the inspiration for couture and hip fashion alike?

No, this isn’t what immediately pops into your thoughts. We understand. Unfortunately, the long and rich cultural history of Palestine has long been overshadowed by other images portrayed in the media.

We aim to change that and we need your help!

MADE IN PALESTINE, a one- night event planned for Sunday, Nov. 19th at the Tarrytown Music Hall, will showcase the beautiful and light-hearted side of Palestine.

WESPAC Foundation, a leading force for progressive social change in Westchester since 1974, has long advocated for a just and lasting peace to the Israel/Palestine conflict. We are aware that many Americans know little of the multi-faceted cultural heritage of Palestine – the music, the food, the art and the struggle to have their narrative understood. We will highlight aspects of this rich culture and, we hope, leave you hungry to learn more.

We are so excited that comedian and author Amer Zahr will headline MADE IN PALESTINE. Palestinian American Performance Poet Remi Kenazi and a NJ Palestinian folkloric dabke dance troupe will open the show.  Authentic food will be served and fair-trade artisan gifts and products from Palestine will be available for purchase.

We are seeking financial support from the Social Justice and the Arab-Palestinian community and others to underwrite this exciting opportunity.  We hope that you will support this event by choosing one of the sponsorship options listed below. I will call you in a few days to discuss this invitation and share more details about the show and how you might like to become involved.

We hope you will join us in what will surely be a fun and  entertaining evening with important, long-lasting effects.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Benefactor                       $1000

6 VIP tickets and listing in program

Sponsor                            $  500

4 VIP tickets and listing in program

Friend                             $  250

2 VIP tickets and listing in program

Supporter                         $ 100

Listing in Program


Front inside cover            $ 750

Back outside cover          $ 750

Back inside cover             $ 300

Full-page                            $ 150

Half-page                           $ 100

Quarter-page                   $   75

Business card                   $   50

Name as you would like it to appear in listing:

Please send Black and White Graphic for Ad by November 3rd, 2017

TO:   WESPAC Foundation

     77 Tarrytown Road, 2W

     White Plains, NY 10607

For more information, call the WESPAC office at 914.449.6515 or email [email protected]

Report Back from Annual NACOLE Conference

Nada will be presenting a report on Thursday, September 28th at 7pm at WESPAC regarding her participation at the Annual NACOLE Conference on behalf of WCPR.  

On September 10th, hundreds of members of law enforcement, community leaders, elected officials, journalists, academics, students and oversight professionals will gather in Spokane, Washington, for the annual four day NACOLE conference (National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement): .

Conference attendees will be able to choose from 31 different concurrent and plenary sessions on a wide range of topics including Building Community Trust, Trauma Informed Policing, Auditing for Accountability, Evaluating Police Use of Force and much more.  Attendees will be part of a learning and networking event that will provide inspiration, ideas and practical knowledge as we work for a vision of implementing best practices and enhanced police legitimacy in our local communities and around the nation.  

WESPAC Community Yoga

Social Justice Tour of Buenos Aires

“Buenos Aires: Its People and History 
from a Social Justice Lens“ 
Spring 2018
9 Day Justice Tour with Delia Marx

Participate in this delegation to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the Spring of 2018 that will:

  • Tour recovered factories cooperatively owned and managed by their workers. Talk with the protagonists of the struggle.
  • Learn about the Abuelas Del Plaza de Mayo, women who continue to search for their grandchildren who were kidnapped during the military dictatorship.
  • Meet with representatives of La Vaca, a cooperative of journalists.
  • Meet with an economist to discuss the impact of the several financial crises in the country and with other experts to explore how progressive alternatives could help meet the actual needs of the people.
  • Meet with leaders of progressive human-rights and environmental organizations.
  • Explore the beautiful and rich culture of Buenos Aires with the music and dance of tango.
  • Extend your stay in Argentina and visit magnificent tourist destinations, like the world famous Iguazu Water Falls on the Argentine/Brazil border. 

Price includes: Accommodations, two meals per day, translation, transportation to and from all programmed activities, and program fees.
Price does NOT include: International airfare, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance and personal expenditures. 

Cost:  $2,500 (double occupancy) from Buenos Aires (add $360 if you would like to book single occupancy rooms).

Please email Delia Marx if you are interested in attending an October information session about this trip at [email protected]

WESPAC Open House!

All are welcome!

WESPAC Open House!

All are welcome to the WESPAC Open House! Come and see our new space in White Plains/Greenburgh, meet old and new friends and hear about plans for this coming year. Wednesday, September 6th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at 77 Tarrytown Road, Suite 2W in White Plains/Greenburgh, NY 10607. Plenty of free parking on site; drive all the way up to the top parking level behind the building. We look forward to welcoming you then! Light refreshments will be served. Call 914.449.6514 for more information.