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after the price our report says there is looking at the growing divide between rich and poor in new york city stay tuned for that after a short break michael okwu will have more headlines for you at the top of the hour until then as always our web site at state every dot com you can follow us and stay up to date on social media as well where data news i'm rebecca races in the end thanks for watching. i think is everything challenging 1st on how to make a muslim. school much different culture between here and there challenging for everything. from business i think it was worth it for me to come to germany.
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got my license to work as a swimming instructor to share knowledge to children nothing to do it's just robust discussion. what's your story take part share it on in full migrants caught. new york a global metropolis brimming with culture energy life and of course money but behind the glitz and glamour there's a different story. one in 5 new yorkers is living through the pandemic in poverty. last year 6 early on barrio lost her jobs and one of her sons now she ekes out a living collecting. models. bridget
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harris wants to help she collects food donations for people in need because the things wealthy new yorkers throw away are desperately needed by the city's poor. it's payday for 6 tilly on barrio she has an entire week's worth of work in these bags and every cent counts. that there are $144.00 cans and here each one's worth $0.06 what or that's a $0.16 each bag. for that one i get $0.14 and i have 5 of those it should be $230.00 total. some of us the entire bank. 60 has lived in new york city for 34 years
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she immigrated illegally from mexico her husband left the family and 6 there raised 5 children all by herself. before the pandemic 6 they had 4 cleaning jobs now she only has one in order to pay the $600.00 rent for her room she collects bottles every day. but i meant that 8 am i am no one and i'm not really a morning or at night after dark since the pandemic lots of people collect bottles even the men can at the supermarket cuts full of bottles yet it wasn't like that before but now with the pandemic it's the only way we can survive we don't get help otherwise there must be a bit but. we're not the number one graduate or. put another one on top thank you thank god. there is
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cycling contractor that buys 6 does bottles is waiting a few blocks away. across the east river in manhattan because it harris and her team of volunteers are also collecting not bottles but cookies to give to new yorkers in need. these cookies are among the most popular in the city chocolate and peanut butter chocolate chip and walnut $7.00 apiece and the boxes are full. today cookies these are pieces of loaf it looks like a lemon loaf it's almost always there cookie is a lot of leftover cookies muffins whatever they don't sell from the the night before we take them and it's a pretty good stuff it's not stale or anything if the team didn't take these baked goods they'd be thrown away like so much food in the city. or that's going to
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be really heavy. this person is going to get that i think so yeah the whole we can stop if we need better bridget's main job is delivering meals by bicycle for a delivery app but on the side she collects food donations all over new york city for the nonprofit rescuing leftover cuisine her family's originally from liberia for her fighting hunger is personal but when i was there i was going through a civil war and starvation so ever since then i have hated the sea the amount of food that gets wasted and then just seeing people on the streets hungry right here in america it really hurts to know that people are wasting food when this hungry people out there. today they drop off the donations at the bowery mission in southern manhattan. it's the oldest christian relief mission in the city . it all gets carefully weighed.
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it was a total of $182.00 pounds of our pick up today. very good. here are you trying to find oh yeah i know i knew it was going to be over 150 i just didn't know it was going to hit 200 but this is still pretty good. the barry mission has been helping the city's poor for 140 years even in the days of the spanish flu it provided food and a place to sleep and today thanks to bridget and her team there's a delicious cookie for dessert 2. back in brooklyn 60 has arrived at the collection point she has fewer employees than usual that's because she's been on a hunger strike together with 14 others she's been calling on the state to finally
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help immigrants like her because they're undocumented they're not eligible for most government aid. you remember. i took part because there needs to finally be justice yet there are so many immigrants hired and most of us pay taxes yet but why because we thought that was the only way we would eventually get a residency permit by paying taxes on the support of my family out of the belly of the family but. the protest was an act of desperation she says eventually she no longer felt hunger that i now what i what we were given coconut water to drink and a vitamin powder to keep the body telling them i lost 61 days if. i want them i go on to say the. it was a success new york state is now promised $2100000000.00 to help people like 16
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she's one of more than half a 1000000 undocumented immigrants living in new york city the success of the hunger strike has given them courage. set them on the ground it was a very very happy because we didn't have one it's great for us but everything is going to get a much better nice country where the money will come don't help us i think people even get residents. living out of. the money from the state is not yet here and neither are other documents but at least there is cycling contractor has arrived 6 tickets a little less than she hoped for but she still happy. oh. yeah i got he gave me a 193 down as he got. back
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at the bowery mission i should put on he is making sure everything is ready for lunch soon the clients will be arriving. we're going to start packing up at about 11 o'clock. so in about 5 minutes. they distribute 2 to 300 meals every day impossible without the help of volunteers. so whatever we have out now we can probably just wrap them up and start fantasizing and getting ready to pack up ok thanks guys. you guys are all the time back there so how about this let's start bringing back the crates of living cookies and i'll show you where you can put. the fork over the people ate in the dining hall but now it's all takeout for you very very. most of the people here are regulars. here
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a 3 year old from. my kidney also comes here on a regular basis. see there's watermelon. looks like a beef stew. with some cabochon rice. and some bread. mike is a trained x. ray technician he lost his job and home before the pandemic it's a difficult time to find new work and get back on his feet he appreciates any help he can get. those good love watermelon save the rest for later. because so many people are homeless during the pandemic the city has temporarily put them up in hotels my friends some of them are in homeless shelters so they move them to a whole tells motels and then they lost their they can pay for their phone bills they lost their jobs unemployment took a long time. so i lost contact with
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a lot of people that i consider friends and our mission found me a lot lot of the people that work there just sitting and talking to them for like 45 minutes. just got me out of the deep space you know space and became. optimistic instead of pester mr. he never thought he'd be in this position relying on help from others. cheung 1000000 waving. but it's humbled me because i did have a good paying job and relying on someone i've never been used to that i don't like relying on people. but until he finds work he has no choice last year has taken its toll for a while there i was really not. doing anything i was just depressed
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gave up on the city was like dad i mean i was just laying in bed doing nothing and just get even more depressed mike wants to leave new york as soon as he can to go somewhere where life is easier and cheaper. 6 is also getting a snack the pandemic hasn't just made life more difficult it also took away her youngest son unemployment alcohol depression he was only 30 years old. let the world bank you hear my new i went into the bathroom and within 5 minutes i was downstairs and i was going to get the car and take him to coney island and that's when my other son said no mom are quick my brother isn't responding he's asleep i run like crazy up the steps. but by then
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he was dead. my son is dead. bad gonna make it all you. have been here for 34 days until the moment i don't want to be here but i want to go back to my brother ok through this year and then i'll go back to mexico i go to a longer term and i'm not going to be normal that they are going to get rid of me that. i made it. for me new york is a city of dreams with people like 6 of the pandemic has turned it into a nightmare a nightmare she wants to escape from as soon as possible.
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