For Immediate Release: Monday, April 25, 2016
Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,
2016 May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights to draw Thousands of participants, commemorate the 10 year Anniversary of the 2006 Mega-Marches for Immigrant Rights.
The struggle for dignity and human rights continues, despite institutional neglect and bipartisan cowardice.
SEATTLE – Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Seattle on Sunday, May 1, 2016 for the Annual May Day March and Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights. In the spirit of unity and solidarity with communities across the country, organizers in Seattle will continue with the central theme of justice for immigrant workers, unconditional documentation for all, as well as justice for social and economically marginalized communities at the local, national, and international levels. Event details are as follows:
What: Annual May Day March and Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights
Who: Thousands of workers and immigrant rights supporters. We’ll hear testimonials from community members, and will be joined by allies from the labor, social justice, and faith based communities.
When: Sunday May 1st, 2016. A preliminary program will begin at Judkins Park at 1:00 p.m. The march will depart from the starting point at 3:00 p.m.
Where: The march will begin at St. Mary’s Church (611 20th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144) and will end with a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Seattle (700 Stewart St., Seattle, WA 98101)
The 2016 march will mark the 10 year anniversary of the 2006 mega-marches, which were organized to counter what seemed to be the imminent implementation of the draconian H.R. 4437 legislation. The massive mobilization which brought millions to the streets across the country, effectively killed the bill. The subsequent demobilization of the movement in favor of electoral “victories,” instead led to the continuation of many Bush-era policies as the promise of immigration reform never came to pass, and right-wing discourse aided in the criminalization and dehumanization of undocumented immigrants. As a result, despite bipartisan cowardice in addressing a very real humanitarian issue, we continue to fight to ensure that our community members are treated with dignity and respect. As workers, as community members, we invite all our sisters and brothers in labor, faith, and social justice to join us once again this year. May 1st is our holiday in which we celebrate the workers and the members of our communities on the social and economic margins that struggle every day for a more dignified existence.
EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.