2017 May Day Poster (English)

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2017 May Day Poster (Spanish version)

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DECLARATION OF GENERAL STRIKE

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DECLARATION OF GENERAL STRIKE

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

 

Friends and Allies,

We are workers, you and I. We work partly out of necessity, but also because it is through work that the conditions for life are created.  We want to live and work with dignity!  Now we find that even this simple desire is under threat.  On May first, International Workers Day, you and I are called to testify that all workers need to be protected, regardless of their age, gender identity, social class or immigration status.

The May 1st Action Coalition is calling for a General Strike on May 1st, 2017 (International Workers’ Day).  We are responding to a nationwide call for a strike on that day, as well as to many in our community who have asked for a strong response to attacks by the new administration on labor in general, and immigrant workers in particular.

We also recognize that we are not just workers.  We have families, friends and myriad ties to our various communities.  The White House conspires to fund a massive increase in military spending while cutting virtually everything else.  Our people deserve and expect more:

  • Affordable housing.

 

  • Living wage jobs.

 

  • Universal health care.

 

  • Fully funded education.

 

  • Freedom to organize and maintain unions.

 

  • Equal pay for equal work.

 

  • Clean water, clean air, respect and care for mother earth.

 

  • Fair trade with other nations.

 

  • Respect for the Treaty Rights of our indigenous Nations.

 

  • Community-based solutions to safety that don’t rely on police, prisons, and immigration enforcement/ICE

Most importantly, we strike against the climate of fear spreading into every corner of our communities.  While the Administration rails against “foreign” terrorists, it has unleashed its own terrorist organization, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).  ICE agents kidnap their victims, at work or home, without warning or warrants.  They separate children from parents and wives from husbands.  They deport or incarcerate without any pretense of due process.  The very purpose of ICE is to spread terror – to serve as a warning to all of us of what we could face if we resist.

We want to rebuild our society from one that legislates hate to one that promotes peace and respect. We want the wars to stop and we want to stop the repression and continued “illegality” of our compatriots and their families!  We know that we workers can obtain those things. With all this in mind, we are asking you to join us in the streets on May 1st – to walk with us in solidarity as fellow workers to show the powers-that-be we will not be silenced.

We won’t stand for border walls, indefinite detention without charge or trial, mass deportations and separation of families.  We also oppose the apparent bias of these actions that disproportionately targets non-whites, Muslims or other minorities.  

In addition, we are asking you to call the city council, the mayor’s office, the county council, the county Executive and our Governor to declare May 1st a holiday (as it is around the world), to ensure that government workers can join us!

We are asking all businesses to honor their workers request for the day off so they can also join us.

This is not an action against businesses. This is an action against national governance and policy that is inhumane, repressive, unwarranted, counterproductive and fiscally destructive.

We have been fighting separately for too long and this negligence and separation must cease.  It can for at least one day: May Day! 

 

In Solidarity,

El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition

May 1st Rally and March

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Location: Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St. Seattle

Time: rally starts @ 11:00 AM; march at 1:00PM
Contact us: 206 650 2106 or 465-5511-

Email: info@elcomitewa.org

Twitter Tag: #MayDaySea

 

Marchers Celebrate the 10 year Anniversary of the 2006 Mega-Marches for Immigrant Rights, hold upbeat procession

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,

ph: 206.465.5511, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.


Marchers Celebrate the 10 year Anniversary of the 2006 Mega-Marches for Immigrant Rights, hold upbeat procession to the U.S. District Courthouse.

SEATTLE – Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 2016 May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Right. The events began at Judkins Park at 1:00 p.m., with a brief program that included music, speeches, and logistical announcements for the march. Participants then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 2:15 p.m. At around 2:45 p.m., the march departed from St. Mary’s Church, with Danza Ce Atl Tonalli, setting the tone.

 

The march swelled, with contingents joining along the way on Jackson Street and 20th Avenue, along Boren Avenue, as well as on several street corners along First Hill, and Capitol Hill. Included among these groups, were contingents for organized labor as well as participants who opted to join the march as it made its way through the middle of the city. In all, several dozen organizations and community groups endorsed the 2015 march and provided the resources to mobilize their own members, in addition to others in the community.

 

The march ended at the U.S. District Courthouse in Downtown Seattle. The selection of the site was very deliberate, as organizers made note to demonstrate in opposition to the U.S. District 5 Court’s challenge to the DACA/DAPA program, which if implemented by the Obama administration, would have provided relief and a temporary deferral of deportation for many undocumented students and their parents.  Likewise, also of note in this year’s March was the focus on protesting against police brutality, with the recent shooting of Che Taylor in Seattle and Jackie Salyers in Tacoma. “All lives matter,” noted Andre Taylor, brother of Che Taylor and a speaker at the event. “All lives have equal value, but we need to ensure that police understand that. If I suffer, you suffer, and if you suffer I suffer…It is through unity that we assure that all lives have equal value.”

 

The 2016 march also focused on the theme of providing documentation for all, an end to racism in political discourse, and ceasing the deportation and detention of immigrants. Juan Jose Bocanegra, a representative of the May 1st Action Coalition proclaimed, “We need to end these racist attacks against our community. We need to stop Trump’s fascist racism!”

 

Councilmember Kshama Sawant also spoke about the historical implications of the day. “Ten years ago, the immigrant community rose up and organized against oppression.”  In the ten years since the historic marches of 2006 the movement has waxed and waned. According to Jorge Quiroga, “the reason we are still here is because we are still organizing for justice.” “Our brothers and sisters in the faith, labor, and social justice communities have been there throughout the years. This is true solidarity, this is what community is all about.”

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.465.5511, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

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3 Special Metro Transit Buses Available for May Day Marchers

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Articulated King County Metro Bus (Image courtesy of Associated Press/Anonymous)

 

King County Metro Transit has provided 3 Articulated buses to assist with shuttling May Day marchers from the rally at the Federal Courthouse (Stewart St and 7th Ave), back to Judkins Park.

Once the Marchers arrive at the courthouse, special articulated shuttle buses will be called and will be made available for when after the ceremonies are concluded. These buses will return the marchers back to area near Judkins Park (S. Jackson St and 20th Ave in the Central District).

Additional information will be provided as public address announcements at the rallies on May 1st.

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.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 25, 2016
Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,

ph: 206.465.5511, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.


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
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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)

 

Background

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.

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.465.5511, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

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Marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo atraerá a miles de manifestantes, conmemora el décimo aniversario de las Mega-marchas del 2006.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

Para publicación inmediata: Lunes, 25 de Abril 2016

Contacto: El Comité y La Coalición de Acción Primero de Mayo, tel: 206.465.5511, em: info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

Marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo atraerá a miles de manifestantes, conmemora el décimo aniversario de las Mega-marchas del 2006.

 La lucha por la dignidad e derechos humanos continua, a pesar de la negligencia institucional e cobardía bipartidista.

SEATTLE – Miles de manifestantes tomaran las calles de Seattle el  Domingo, 1º de Mayo del 2016 para la marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo. En el espíritu de unidad e solidaridad con comunidades a través del país, organizadores en Seattle continuaran con el tema central de justicia para los trabajadores inmigrantes, papeles para todos sin condiciones, no a los muros, paro a las deportaciones, no al racismo, e justicia para todas comunidades que luchan en contra de la marginalización económica e social, al nivel local, nacional, e internacional. Detalles del evento:

Que: Marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo.

 

Quien: Miles de trabajadores y partidarios de los derechos de los inmigrantes. Vamos escuchar testimonios de miembros de la comunidad, e aliados del movimiento laboral, representantes de la comunidad religiosa, e miembros de la comunidad que trabajan para la justicia social.

 

Cuándo: Domingo 1º de Mayo del 2016 a la 1:00 p.m. Habrá mitin en el Parque Judkins comenzando a la 1:00 p.m. La marcha comenzara a las 3:00 p.m.

 

Dónde: La marcha comenzara en la Iglesia Santa María (611 20th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144) y finalizaremos con una manifestación afuera de la Corte Federal del Centro de la Ciudad de Seattle (700 Stewart St., Seattle, WA 98101).

 

Antecedentes:

La marcha conmemora el Décimo aniversario de las mega-marchas del 2006, que fueron organizadas en contra de la posible implementación inminente de la legislación H.R. 4437. La movilización masiva que trajo a millones de manifestantes a las calles, fue efectiva en parar la legislación. La subsiguiente desmovilización del movimiento a favor de “victorias” electorales, en vez, dio a llevar la continuación de muchas de las políticas de la presidencia del Expresidente Bush, mientras la promesa de la reforma migratoria nunca se cumplió. Mientras tanto, el discurso derechista ayudo con la criminalización e deshumanización de los inmigrantes indocumentados. Como resultado, a pesar de la cobardía bipartidista en abordar este asunto humanitario, continuaremos la lucha para asegurar que los miembros de nuestra comunidad sean tratados con respeto e dignidad. Como trabajadores, como miembros de la comunidad, invitamos a todos nuestros hermanos e hermanas que luchan para la justicia social a que se unan con nosotros otra vez este año. El Primero de Mayo es nuestro día festivo en que celebramos a los trabajadores e los miembros de nuestra comunidad que se encuentran en los márgenes sociales e económicos, que luchan cada día por una existencia más digna.

 

EDUCAR, ORGANIZAR, MOBILIZAR

 

Para información adicional, por favor contáctese con: El Comité y La Coalición de Acción Primero de Mayo, tel: 206.465.5511, em: info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

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