About the Invisible Labor Project
This site was created to raise the visibility of under-recognized workers. The project highlights some workers, but unfortunately cannot capture all the great stories out there or the contributions that many workers make to the city of New York. I hope others will feel free to pick up where this site leaves off.
To cover this topic from a couple of angles, this multimedia project includes videos, photos, a print article, and a resources page. The videos profile workers in New York City, the photo slideshow displays New Yorkers acknowledging the strangers who work make their day easier, and the print article reports on unions and nonprofit organizations working to bring dignity to workers. Meanwhile, the resource page aggregates stories by other writers around the web that have addressed this topic. For information about labor organizations, please see the bookmarks section in the sidebar. On occasion, I’ll post additional information on the blog about statistics, labor related events or conferences, rallies, personal stories, and a behind the scenes look of the making of this site. Enjoy, and thank a stranger today for their work!
About the Site Producer
The Invisible Labor Project was conceived, designed, and reported by Tara Bracco. For over 15 years, Bracco has worked as a writer and producer, focusing on social change, economics and the arts. Her op-eds and non-fiction writing have appeared in local and national publications including The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, American Theatre, The Brooklyn Rail, Clamor and BUST. As the founder of Poetic People Power, a project she created in 2003, she has commissioned new poems and produced political poetry shows in venues throughout New York City. She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; Time Out New York; and The Huffington Post for her visionary leadership of Poetic People Power and the unique way it combines poetry and social change. In 2009, Tara cofounded The Project Solution with long-time friend Joe Gonzalez in an effort to fund infrastructure projects, like water taps and bathroom facilities, in developing countries. In five years, The Project Solution has funded 22 projects in 11 countries, serving 12,000 people worldwide.
In the spirit of acknowledging people’s work, I want to thank the following people who offered support, advice, and connections to sources during the early stages of this site: Emily Coppel, Lilia Epstein-Katz, Kirsti Itameri, Sandeep Junnarkar, Harrison Magee, Darren Molovinsky, Aine Pennello, Dana Roc, Tobias Salinger, and Malik Singleton.