May Day Marches in Washington State

Some Information Courtesy of May Day United []

If you know of other May Day Marches and you’d like them featured on this blog, please e-mail the information and image of the flyer to El Comite’s In-House Blog-ista at:

Mt. Vernon
Location: 2405 East College Way
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Description: 24th Annual Farm Worker Solidarity March – farm workers and their supporters will march for the right to organize.
10:30am- Rally in Maiben Park, Burlington, WA
March for approximately 7 miles to Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, WAThe Northwest’s longest running farm worker rights march; Community will march to strengthen the Farm Worker and Immigrant Rights Movement on May 1, 2011
Web Site:
More Info: Please call 360-941-1509

Location: 611 20th Ave S
Time: 1:00 PM
Description: Starting point: Judkins Park (next to St. Mary’s Church)
611 20th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Ending point: Memorial Stadium, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98109
Web Site:
More Info: 206-356-3500

Location: Corner of North 3rd ST and East E ST
Time: 3:30 PM
Description: Starting point: Miller Park in Yakima
Web Site: N/A
More Info: Contact Rogelio Montes, 509-728-6679

Organizational Sponsors for the 11th Annual May Day March in Seattle

Current Roster of Organizational Sponsors as of April 25th, 2011/Lista Actual de Patrocinadores para la Marcha Primero de Mayo a partir del 25 de Abril, 2011

  • El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social,
  • May 1st Action Coalition,
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 304,
  • American Federation of Teachers Seattle,
  • Allyship,
  • Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites,
  • Casa Latina
  • Catholic Community Services,
  • Community Alliance for Global Justice,
  • Community Coalition for Contracts and Jobs
  • El Centro de la Raza,
  • El Comité Salvadoreño de Washington,
  • Frank’s Landing Indian Community,
  • Highline Education Association
  • Latin American Council for Labor Advancement,
  • Martin Luther King County Labor Council,
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan de Seattle U.,
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan de U. of Washington,
  • Northwest Regional Organizing Coalition for Laborers International Union,
  • NW Staging,
  • One America,
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8,
  • Orgullo P’urhepecha,
  • Pacific Northwest American Friends Service Committee,
  • Pride At Work,
  • Rise Up Productions,
  • SEAMAR Community Health Centers
  • Seattle Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador,
  • Seattle Gay News,
  • Seattle Honduran Solidarity Committee,
  • Service Employees International Union Local 1199,
  • Service Employees International Union Local 6,
  • Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War,
  • Socialist Workers Party,
  • St. Mary’s Parish,
  • Teamsters Local 117,
  • UNITE HERE Local 8,
  • Washington Community Action Network,
  • Washington Fair Trade Coalition,
  • Washington State Jobs With Justice,
  • Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation,
  • Witness for Peace, Pacific Northwest Region,

May Day March Keynote Speaker Bio: Carlos Arango

Carlos Arango was a participant in the popular student movement in Mexico City in 1968. Soon after, he immigrated to Los Angeles, California where he served as Director of Political Education for the Center for Autonomous Social Action-General Brotherhood of Workers (CASA-HGT, by its Spanish acronym), and organization of Mexican immigrants founded by famed Labor Leader, Bert Corona.

[More on the History of CASA HGT can be found at this link: ]

Carlos went to Chicago, Illinois in 1975 to organize with the local chapter of CASA-HGT where he helped develop educational and organizational work in the region. He also helped co-found the Midwest Coalition in Defense of Immigrants. He also participated in the International Conference for the Rights of Undocumented Workers and their Families, hosted in Mexico City.

In 1985 he helped found the National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), and as part of the network in 1986, participated in the campaign for unconditional amnesty for all undocumented people and reject the section of the law that would force employers to require immigration documentation for workers. In 1989, he also directed an educational program to help people attain their permanent resident status by studying English, History and the U.S. Constitution.

In 1994 he actively fought against Proposition 187 in California and in 1996 was part of the organizing committee of the Coordinadora 96 and organization of the Latino March on October 12th 2006.

In 1994 he was named Executive Director of the Casa Aztlán, a community center in Chicago, a position he still currently holds.

In 1983, Carlos also participated in the movement to elect the first African American Mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington and worked to help obtain Latino representation within city politics and within the popular electoral process.

Since the 1990s he’s been involved in the struggle for Mexican voting rights abroad during Mexican election cycles as well as the fight to obtain political representation for migrant Mexicans in the Mexican House of Representatives and Senate.

In addition, Carlos has also participated in coordinating the March 10th Movement in Chicago which drew a few hundred thousand demonstrators who took to the streets of Chicago on March 10 2006 to protest the proposed Sensenbrenner Bill (H.R. 4437) and to advocate the legalization of all immigrants. In recent year he has participated in the Movimiento Nacional por la Esperanza and the United Front for Immigrants, to defend the rights of the undocumented people.

[Link to May Day March Organizing Efforts in Chicago: ]

Carlos has received multiple awards for his activist work and writes and contributes to various newspapers in the city of Chicago.


Carlos Arango fue participante del movimiento estudiantil  popular de 1968 en la ciudad de México. Inmigro a Los Ángeles California donde fue director de educación política de Centro de Acción Social Autónoma Hermandad General de Trabajadores (CASA-HGT) una organización de inmigrantes mexicanos fundada por el líder histórico Bert Corona.

Carlos  FUE A Chicago Illinois en 1975 para organizar con el Comité local de Casa Hermandad de Trabajadores,  le toca desarrollar trabajos organizativos y de educación en 1980 le toca  se co-fundador de la Coalición del Medioeste en defensa del Inmigrante, Participa en la Conferencia Internacional por los Derechos de los trabajadores indocumentados y sus familias en la Ciudad de México

En 1985 ayuda a fundar la Red Nacional Por los Derechos de los inmigrantes y Refugiados,  En 1986 participa en la campaña por la Amnistía Incondicional para  todos los indocumentados y para rechazar la sección de la ley migratoria que busca poner sanciones a las compañías que empleen trabajadores sin documentos. En 1989 dirige un programa de educación para que las personas  puedan lograr su residencia permanente estudiando Ingles y Historia  de Estados Unidos y la constitución.

En 1994 activamente lucha contra  la proposición 187 de California y en 1996 Es parte del comité organizador de La Coordinadora 96 y la organización de la Marcha Latina del  12 de Octubre del 2006.

En 1994 es nombrado director Ejecutivo de Casa Aztlán un centro comunitario en la comunidad de Chicago, actividad que desarrolla hasta la fecha.

En 1983 Carlos participa en el movimiento para elegir al primer alcalde afroamericano en Chicago Harold Washington y para  obtener representación Latina en los órganos de elección popular.

Desde los años noventa se incorpora en la lucha para obtener el voto de los mexicanos en el exterior para cargos de elección popular en México, así como la lucha para obtener representación política de los migrantes en la Cámara de Diputados y el Senado.

Carlos participa en la dirección del movimiento 10 de marzo en Chicago en  que marcharon ciento de miles de personas que se oponían a la  ley Sensenbrenner y por una legalización plena. Desde esta fecha ha participado en  el Movimiento Nacional por la Esperanza, El  Frente Unido de Inmigrantes   para defender la  causa de los indocumentados.

Carlos ha recibido múltiples reconocimientos y escribe y colabora para varios periódicos en esta ciudad de Chicago.


SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2011: Salvadoran Committee, Seattle CISPES and the May 1st Action Coalition are hosting a fundraiser for May 1st @ Autonomia (near 24th & Lane) @ 7pm

TUESDAY APRIL 26, 2011: Security Training will be on @ 6PM at M&M Cafe at St. Mary’s Church.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 2011: Last May 1st Action Coalition Meeting @ 6pm, M&M Cafe at St. Mary’s Church. Followed by a banner making session and work party. 

FRIDAY APRIL 29: Mock Rally will go down for all coordinators & volunteers (especially security) folks in Judkins Park on Friday, April 29th @ 6pm. Followed by work party.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Organizers Anticipate Larger Turnout for Annual March Scheduled for Sunday, May 1st 2011.


For Immediate Release: Tuesday April 19, 2011

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.

Organizers Anticipate Larger Turnout for Annual March Scheduled for Sunday, May 1st 2011.

Cuts in Public Services, Attacks on Organized Labor, and the recently proposed Drivers’ License bill that would have denied undocumented immigrants, among major issues in mobilization.


SEATTLE – This year, as in the past, El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition will host their annual May 1st March, scheduled to begin at Judkins Park in Seattle on Sunday, May 1st 2011, in what many anticipate will be one of the largest marches yet. This is scheduled to be yet another major event in what has been a very active year. Protests have erupted throughout the country in response to adverse economic conditions as well as congressional inactivity in addressing immigration reform in a humane, non-racially biased way.

The recent wave in demonstrations both locally and nationally have illustrated popular discontent with the direction in which law makers in Olympia and Washington D.C. have taken budgetary discourse. Cuts in public services in many states have drawn scores of demonstrators in opposition. Likewise, labor disputes centered on the right to organize collectively have sparked a groundswell of support for workers in many states along the Eastern United States, most notably in states like Wisconsin, New Jersey and Michigan, among others.

Similarly, in the State of Washington, one of the most controversially contested bills was SB 5407, which would prohibit anyone who is undocumented to obtain a drivers license. Though not as far-reaching and constitutionally questionable as Arizona SB 1070, the bill’s sponsor led legislative hearings around SB 5407 that were fraught with xenophobic grandstanding under the guise of transportation safety. In the end, the bill was defeated, as even Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island) cast a vote against the bill that she herself sponsored.

According to Juan Jose Bocanegra, an organizer with El Comité, “these issues are all interconnected. Many who bear the brunt of this economic downturn are also the ones who are blamed by corporate and right wing interests. Workers are divided by barriers in national status, income, and ability. When it comes down to it, we all see the same attacks. It’s important to acknowledge each other and work together for all our common interests.”

The 2011 March route will go downhill from the Judkins Park and curve northbound on way to Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center. A two hour program is slated for attendees and will include musical performances, speeches by local labor and social justice leaders, and a special keynote from longtime, Chicago-based activist, Carlos Arango, formerly a student leader at the time of the Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico City in 1968 and presently Executive Director of the Casa Aztlan community center in Chicago.

The May 1st Action Coalition is an entity comprised of labor and social justice organizations in the greater Seattle area that has come together in recent years to organize alongside El Comité for the Annual May 1st March. El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social has been in existence since April of 2000. This event will mark the 11th year that this march has been organized and sponsored by El Comité and other social justice groups.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, 206.324.6044.




The Annual May Day March would not be possible without the help of numerous organizers and volunteers who donate their time and energy to the cause of workers, civil and human rights to make the largest Immigrant Rights March in the Pacific Northwest. This year, as in others past, we continue to witness attacks against workers via budget cuts and against the basic right to organize collectively, the most visible of these attacks occurring in Wisconsin and along the Midwest. Likewise, ICE officials and state legislatures across the country continue an onslaught against undocumented workers and communities with absolute impunity. One such example with the recent

drivers’ license bill in Olympia that was halted momentarily in early March.


Entering the 11th year of the May Day March, the coalition is in need of volunteers to help put the program together and ensure things run smoothly on May 1st.

We are in need of 300 volunteers to help with the march and 30 ushers to help at Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center

To volunteer contact our volunteer coordinator at:

Noche de Cultura: Fundraiser for May 1st March and Rally

Noche de Cultura: Fundraiser for May 1st March and Rally

WHEN: Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Union Cultural Center (954 E. Union ST., Seattle, WA 98122)

Featuring Performances by:

TLS (Chicano Hip Hop)

Capoeira Angola

Seattle Fandango Project

Food and Drink

$10 Suggested Donation (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Sponsored by the May 1st Action Coalition & El Comite Pro-Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social