May Day March Posters: Yakima, WA

Posters for the May 1st March in Yakima, Washington. Courtesy of our friends and allies at the May 1st Coalition, Yakima Valley. Come out and support the march if you find yourself East of the Cascade Mountains.
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Additional Information for the March in Yakima may be found in the following Facebook Event Page:

“Keeping Families Together March, Manteniendo alas Familias Unida”

https://www.facebook.com/events/170543500271032/

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PRESS RELEASE: Marchers take to streets of Seattle in defense of communities for 18th Annual May Day March.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 1, 2017

Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,

ph: 206.465.5511, em:  bocajj1@comcast.com, Twitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.


Marchers take to the streets of Seattle in defense of community members for the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. 

SEATTLE – An estimated ten thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. The events began at Judkins Park at 11:00 a.m., with a brief program that included music, speeches, and logistical announcements for the procession. Participants then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:15 p.m. Native Northwestern Hand Drummers joined the Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dance group in setting the cadence and leading the march to toward its destination.

Early weather conditions impacted today’s turnout, but rain notwithstanding, the march was the largest May Day Procession in Seattle since 2010, when the introduction of the now infamous SB 1070 law was codified as state-sanctioned discrimination in Arizona. Marchers came out in support of various causes and under different banners, but united as one community seeking dignity, above all. Many participants acknowledged that many of the issues presented aren’t independent of each other, but rather, intersect with each other.

The march swelled as feeder marches and action stations provided additional marchers along the way. The first feeder march arrived by way of the Veteran’s Anti-War Formation, which marched in the morning and arrived at Judkins Park. Organized labor also provided a sizable contingent along 16th Avenue and Jackson Street, and a Women and Families contingent joined the march on route through downtown. Additionally, separate action stations provided additional participants as well. The first action station was based at the King County Juvenile Detention Center, followed by an action station at Seattle University, another outside of Swedish Medical Center, and the final action station, in front of Amazon Corporate Headquarters.

The march route ended at the Fisher Green at Seattle Center with a program initiated by members of the Duwamish Tribe who welcomed the procession onto their ancestral lands. The concluding program was organized with the thought in mind that our communities need to heal in light of increased incidences of racism and xenophobia. Juan Jose Bocanegra, a representative of the May 1st Action Coalition noted, “We need to continue engaging each other and supporting each other’s struggles. Make no mistake, this administration will continue ramping up attacks against labor, against immigrants, against women, and against our Muslim brothers and sisters. Resistance is our way of saying that we will not comply, we will not allow our communities to be oppressed.”

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.465.5511, em:  bocajj1@comcast.com, Twitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.

 

Know Your Rights Resources

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While we expect a large turnout and a great march, it’s still a good idea to know our rights as demonstrators and participants in a major march. We have listed a few PDF files below. We’d like to thank the ACLU of Washington for pointing us toward these resources.
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“Tienes el Derecho a Permanecer en Silencio” (Spanish) Courtesy of the National Lawyers Guild
 
“Que hacer si me para un Policia” (Spanish) Courtesy of the ACLU
 
“Know your Protest and Demonstration Rights” (English) Courtesy of the ACLU
 
“Know your Rights when Stopped by Police” (English) Courtesy of the ACLU
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PRESS RELEASE: Community Members and Activists will march in both Seattle and Yakima to defend Immigrant Rights at Annual May Day Marches.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Contact: El Comité, May 1st Action Coalition, and May First Coalition-Yakima Valley. | ph: (Seattle) 206.465.5511(Yakima) 509.225.9634 | em: (Seattle) bocajj1@comcast.net (Yakima) May1stcoalitionyakimavalley@gmail.comTwitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.


Community Members and Activists will march in both Seattle and Yakima to defend Immigrant Rights at Annual May Day Marches
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SEATTLE – Activists are expecting a large turnout in the Seattle Metropolitan and Yakima Valley areas for Monday May 1st, 2017 (International Workers Day). In Seattle, El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition are calling for a General Strike in conjunction with the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. Organizers in Yakima, Washington are also responding to community concerns and are organizing the Annual March for Immigrants, the 11th consecutive march that has been organized in Central Washington. The marches in Seattle and Yakima are among some of the events planned nationally on May 1st 2017 in support of Immigrant Rights. Other cities holding marches include Chicago, New York, Houston, Atlanta, as well as Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego, along the West Coast. Event details are as follows:


SEATTLE

18TH Annual May Day March for Workers & Immigrant Rights.

  • Monday, May 1st 2017.
  • Rally Begins at 11:00 a.m. at Judkins Park and March will depart at 1:00 p.m.
  • Cultural performances are also planned at Fisher Green in Seattle Center upon march arrival at approximately 3:30 p.m.
    Program will conclude at 6:00 p.m.


YAKIMA

Annual March for Immigrants.

  • Monday, May 1st 2017
  • March begins at 12:00 p.m. at Miller Park and will go through downtown Yakima before return to beginning point.
  • There will be a program with speakers at Miller Park and the event will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Background:

Many members of the immigrant community presently find themselves in a state of emergency with the resulting ascendance of the Trump Administration and the proliferation of “Trumpism” as a renewed anti-immigrant effort to curtail the rights of people on the social and economic margins of our society. This is illustrated in Washington State with threats against Sanctuary Cities like Seattle, and travel bans and extralegal confinement of travelers at SeaTac International Airport and at the border crossing with Canada. Likewise, the administration also poses a threat to immigrant workers and their families in Yakima and other cities in Eastern Washington with attempts to unravel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the wide use of racial profiling with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions that terrorize neighborhoods and create a chilling effect on peoples’ constitutional rights. On May 1st, immigrants, our friends, allies, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students will collectively send a resounding message that we will not be intimidated and that we will fight to defend our rights as a community. May Day will provide us the opportunity to also join efforts with other communities that are negatively impacted by the current administration. In unity there is strength, and in strength we will find a way to strive for a dignified existence for all, regardless of age, race, class, gender, documented status, national origin, and sexual orientation.

 

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité, May 1st Action Coalition, and May First Coalition-Yakima Valley | ph: (Seattle) 206.465.5511 (Yakima) 509.225.9634 | em: (Seattle) bocajj1@comcast.net (Yakima) May1stcoalitionyakimavalley@gmail.com | Twitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.

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List of Organizations Endorsing the 2017 May Day March in Seattle.

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We would like to acknowledge the following groups for offering logistical and financial support in organizing the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights.
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Aerospace Machinists Lodge #751

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition-Seattle

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

American Federation of Teacher Local 1789

American Federation of Teachers-Washington, AFL-CIO

API Chaya

Asian Counseling and Referral Services

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO (APALA-Seattle)

BAYAN PNW

Bayan USA

Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30

Casa Latina

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites

Community Alliance for Global Justice

Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s Office

El Centro de La Raza

EL Comité

Entre Hermanos

Freedom Socialist Party

Front and Centered

GABRIELA

Got Green

Green Party of Washington State

Greenpeace USA

Hod Carriers & General Laborers Local 242

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46

Indonesian Lutheran Fellowship

Industrial Workers of the World

Latin Americans United for Education

Legacy of Equality, Leadership, and Organizing (LELO-Seattle)

Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council

Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) Resistance

Northwest Regional Organizing Coalition for Laborers

Office and Professional Employees International Union

OneAmerica

Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (O.W.L.S)

Party for Socialism and Liberation-Seattle

People’s Climate Movement

Philippine U.S. Solidarity Organization (PUSO)

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)

Queen Anne Community

Radical Women

Real Change

Refuse Fascism Northwest

Retired Public Employees Council

Restaurant Opportunities Center-Seattle

Sawat Solidarity Fund

SAFE

SeaMar Clinics

Seattle Democratic Socialists of America

Seattle Solidarity Network (SeaSol)

Service Employees International Union Local 6

Service Employees International Union Local 775

Service Employees International Union 1199 NW

Sierra Club

Socialist Alternative

Socialist Students

Socialist Workers Party

Southwest Youth Family Services

Tacoma Migrant Justice Project

Teamsters Local 117

Transit Riders Union

United Auto Workers Local 4121

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21

UNITE-HERE Local 8

Washington Fair Trade Coalition

Washington Federation of State Employees 304

Washington State Labor Council

Washington Veteran Action Network

Washington Won’t Discriminate Campaign

Workers World Party

Working Washington

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(List updated on April 30th, 2017)

If your organization would like to endorse the march, please send an e-mail to: oscarr@uw.edu.