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MPP Jagmeet Singh Asks Question on Remittance Fees to the Minister of Consumer Services in Ontario, Canada.

 

 

New concrete fence and concertina wire in Dharavi after 10 meters of slums were cleared on each side of sewer pipes.

 

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New ACORN Recycling Center

 

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Our World.

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ACORN India's Mission

 

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One of our recyclers doing a rap about Dharavi for a crew from Panamanian TV -- Telemetro.

 

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Recyclers

 

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Signs at our office.

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More recycling.

 

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The ACORN football (soccer) team shirts for our 70 players.

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ACORN's English Class draws a crowd.

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Corporate Social Responsibility project with us got a wall painted at St. Xavier's.

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Vinod Shetty consults with Laxsma and other Dharavi leaders.

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ACORN Dharavi Rocks band practices once a week.

 

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Hot drummer on the plastic drum.

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Dharavi Rocks sings together.

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All of our instruments are recycled plastic or glass items.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore)  Here are some pictures of the work of ACORN India and organizer Suresh Kadashan in organizing retial workers in Bengaluru who have to fight against displacement of vendor space and for union recognition. 

Organizing on the city buses . . .

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Market plans being discussed with Suresh and the K. R. Puram Santhe Maidane Market Association Secretary

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Farmers' Market

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Some of the street vendors with organizer Suresh Kadashan.

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The third-generation president of the K. R. Puram Santhe Maidane Market Association working with ACORN talks of the next action that is slated to protest displacement and developer plans as a rally where at the end they give blood and donate their eyes to charity, since, yes, the city is taking their very lifeblood and future vision away.

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Suresh & the Streetvendor President's Wife

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Member selling coconuts.

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Spices from our traders.

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Goat and her kid frolicking in the streets.

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Four kinds of chilli.

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Puja Spices

 

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Trading spices with four kinds of vermillion.

 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore):  As a way to reach informal workers we are organizing into a union, ACORN organizer Suresh Kadashan set up a “health camp” in the construction workers squatting settlement on disputed land between a private holder and the railway. A doctor volunteered and provided health screenings for diabetes, heart, and blood pressure and then out of his pocket provided some simple medicines, the diabetes strips, and referrals if needed to area hospitals. Over 4 or 5 hours we provided 99 screenings without the doctor and his equally volunteering nurse taking a break.  37 of the 99 tested positive for diabetes across all age groups, which was startling. The culprit seems to be diet and the fact that most the cooking oils are not refined making them amazingly dangerous.

 

Settlement where workers live is more strongly built by the informal construction workers we organize. 

 

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Pitching the tent for the health camp depends on helpers both tall and small. 

 

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Doctor and nurse set up as Suresh Kadashan lends a hand with checking for ear mites. 

 

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Screenings begin . . . 

 

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Crowds growing . . .

 
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The men await their turn last.

 
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Medications are issued.

 

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Across the flyover or expressway from our oldest site and part of the ITO slum dislocation, is Akshardham Temple and Metro Site #4.  This homeless shelter managed by ACORN India is at the juncture of the Akshardham Metro stop, the railway line (on whose property it is located), a city water station and washing station for the poor, and an easy parking and resting place for auto rickshaw drivers. ACORN India's 4 centers are among about 85 that are supported by the Urban Board of the Delhi Government.

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Pictures of the railroad, the organizing staff with Dharmendra and Wade, the Temple and the Metro.

 

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