Friday, March 6, 2009

Defense Committee press conference today

Willets Point Defense Committee will hold a press conference Friday, March 6, 2009. The Committee, that represents the small businesses and workers of Willets Point, rejects La Guardia retraining courses that only give false expectation to the Willets Point workers.

The $2.5 million La Guardia Project to retrain covers the fact that Willets Point is already an industrial city in which small businesses and workers have enjoyed decent wages and have created their own economy, and they have also contributed to the local economy for the last 40 years. This is a community of skilled workers, so there is no need for the city to offer them classes in La Guardia College to learn new skills. Willets Point workers already have a proficiency in auto repair and manufacturing.

The Willets Point Defense Committee considers that the $2.5 million could be used for a new relocation. Because EDC has not given any concrete solution to the businesses and workers who are facing displacement, Willets Point Defense Committee rejects La Guardia courses that are mainly a source of propaganda that don’t address the real problems for business owners and workers.

La Guardia Community College is playing the Bloomberg's game for 2.5 million dollars for the UNREALISTIC training program for Willets Point.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2009

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City 11101

Via 7 Train: Get off at 33rd Street station. Walk two blocks westbound to Thomson Avenue and Van Dam Street.