United Worker's “How the Harbor Stole Christmas,” a community play and action.

United Worker's “How the Harbor Stole Christmas,” a community play and action.

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Join Harbor Workers in Staging “How the Harbor Stole Christmas”!

In a twist on Dr. Seuss’s classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” low-wage workers and community allies will tell the story of rampant wage-theft, poverty wages, and other human rights abuses taking place at the Cheesecake Factory, Hooter’s, and other vendors on Thursday, December 16th. While harbor developers and vendors make huge profits from the holiday shopping season, workers face another reality, one in which they struggle to meet their basic needs.

What: “How the Harbor Stole Christmas,” a community play and action.

When: Thursday, December 16th 11 AM-1 PM

Where: Gather at Panera Bread at Pratt St. and Market Pl. (across from the ESPN Zone)

“At Cheesecake, they would “clock us out” two or three hours before we finished our shift. In the three months that I worked there, they stole approximately $1,286.73 of my wages by doing this,” explains Raquel Rojas, former cook at the Cheesecake Factory, “These injustices are taking place across the harbor, not just the Cheesecake Factory. That’s why we are exposing these human rights abuses, educating consumers and connecting the community in demanding Fair Development.”

This play will not only shed light on the problem of poverty-zone development, but on the solution that workers have been calling for from Inner Harbor developers, GGP and Cordish. Despite requests to meet face-to-face, the developers have not come to the table.

In our play, the developer Grinch steals workers human rights and sits high above workers on his mountain looking down. It is only the sound of workers, consumers, and community allies singing in unity and solidarity that can make the developers heart grow. Join us this Thursday in raising the voices of low-wage workers in calling for Fair Development at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor!