A group of jornaleros (day laborers) in Chelsea, who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide shutdown, have come together to support first responders and help undocumented families in Chelsea weather the financial crisis. The jornaleros are sewing proper masks to protect Chelsea's first responders from the spread of the virus. Masks are being sold for $10 each and the proceeds are going to support undocumented families who are not eligible for unemployment benefits. 300 masks have already been sewn and distributed with more on the way.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, as part of our economic justice work, the Chelsea Collaborative was supporting a group of jornaleros to launch a worker-owned tailoring cooperative in Chelsea for entrepreneurial immigrants in search of economic opportunity. Members who are highly skilled in sewing, tailoring, and embroidery have been offering classes in these trades to other community members. The co-op members offer their services to local residents and sell their crafts at local fairs. With the COVID-19 pandemic, they saw an opportunity to meet a critical need for more protective masks, and to earn money that will help sustain some of the most vulnerable families in our community through this crisis.
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