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MEDIA ADVISORY: Shoppers Demand Queens Center Mall Owner Transform the Poverty Wage- Center into a Responsible Development

April 23, 2010
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CONTACTS: Julissa Bisono ‐ 917-474-5591
Diane Krauthamer ‐ 732-208-0486

Movement for Living Wages, Community Space, and Organizing Rights Grows at Profitable Mall

What: Scores of community members and workers will be out in force, asking Queens Center Mall shoppers to sign pledge cards asking the owner of the mall, the Macerich Company, to give back to the community by transforming the publicly-subsidized mall from a poverty wage center into a responsible development. In exchange for the more than $100 million in tax breaks Macerich receives, the Queens Center Mall Campaign is pushing Macerich to require retailers to pay a living wage with benefits, respect workers' rights to organize a union without threat or intimidation, and provide space for community services.

Who: Queens Center Mall workers and community members.

When: Sunday, April 25, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Queens Center Mall main entrance, corner of 59th Ave./Woodhaven Blvd. and Queens Blvd. (R or V train to Woodhaven Blvd.), Elmhurst, Queens.

The Queens Center Mall Campaign has been endorsed by: Make the Road New York, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice, Chhaya CDC, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, UMC Community Voices Heard, Damayan Migrants Workers Association, Drum Desis Rising Up & Moving Up, Good Jobs New York, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jobs with Justice New York, Judson Memorial Church. Korean Community Services of Metropolitan NY (KCS), Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center (MCIF), Mothers on the Move, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), Queens Community House, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, South Asian Youth Action (Saya), Urban Justice Center, Working Families Party, YKASEC Empowering the Korean American Community