Thousands expected for 14th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 

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

ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

 

Thousands expected to take to the streets of Seattle for 14th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights.

 

 

SEATTLE – Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Seattle on Thursday, May 1, 2014 for the 14th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. In the spirit of unity and solidarity with communities across the country, organizers in Seattle will focus on a universal theme: standing together with all workers regardless of race, class, gender, religious affiliation, sexual identity, ability, and documented status. Event details are as follows:

 

What: 14th 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: Thursday May 1st, 2014. 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 Westlake Park.

 

Background

The theme of the 2014 march will center on justice for all workers and a community-based framework for dialogue on Workers and Immigrants Rights. Politicians of both stripes, through inaction and neglect, have been complicit in the use of enforcement-heavy tactics such as dragnet raids, racial profiling of immigrants, and the use of discriminatory employee verification programs. Recent legislation introduced (e.g. SB 744) has only attempted to further codify enforcement-first policies, while leaving humanitarian concerns discarded by the wayside.  As a community, we are demanding an executive order to cease all deportation of non-violent detainees, and grant an expansion of deferred action to all community members, while adequate legislation is pending. We will continue to organize at the grassroots level to ensure that families are not forcibly separated and to ensure that our communities are able to live and work without fear and deprivation of basic human rights.

 

 

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

 

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

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Marcha en Solidaridad con La Huelga de Hambre/March in Solidarity with the Hunger Strike.

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Marcha en Solidaridad con La Huelga de Hambre/March in Solidarity with the Hunger Strike.

Sábado 5 de Abril a las 12-pm/Saturday April 5th at 12-pm.

1201 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402 (enfrente de Wells Fargo-Bank)

 

El Comité convoca a sus aliados y a la comunidad en  general a una Marcha en solidaridad con los Immigrantes detenidos en Huelga de Hambre. Comenzaremos La Marcha en 1201 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402 (enfrente de Wells Fargo Bank) y Marcharemos hasta El Centro de Detención de Inmigración (1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA 98421)

El Comité invites its allies and the greater community to march in solidarity with arrested immigrants that are currently Hunger Striking. The march will begin at 1201 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402 (across from Wells Fargo Bank) and will end at The Immigration Detention Center (1623 EJ St, Tacoma, WA 98421).

 

¡NO ESTÁN SOLOS!

 

PRESS RELEASE: El Comite and Allies from the Seattle Community to hold a Press Conference on Thursday March 27, 2014.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 24, 2014

Contact: El Comité, ph. 206.650.2106, em: info@elcomitewa.org.

El Comité and Allies from the Seattle Community will hold a Press Conference to address the surpassing of 2 Million Deportees under the Obama Administration.

SEATTLE – El Comité and Allies from the Seattle Community will hold a joint press conference on Thursday, March 27th, 2014, to address concerns over the recent eclipse of over 2 Million Deportees under the Obama Administration. As congress continues to drag its feet on the matter of a humane immigration reform, communities across the country continue bear the brunt of their inaction as families are separated and community members live in fear. Event details:

What: Press Conference to address the surpassing of 2 Million Deportees under the Obama Administration.

Who: El Comité and Allies from the Seattle Community

Eddie Rye, Urban Forum Northwest Radio Program (emcee)
Father Tony Haycock, St. Mary’s Church (welcome)
Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Braxton
Estela Ortega, El Centro de La Raza
Dr. Sheley Secrest, NAACP
Diakonda Gurning, Indonesian Lutheran Fellowship
Sandy Restrepo, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Michael Ramos, Church Council of Greater Seattle
Representative from El Comité.

When: Thursday March 27th, 2014. Press Conference will begin at 10:00 a.m., and will end at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Fr. Tony Haycock Parish Center (2021 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA 98144).

Background
Under the current administration, up to 390,000 undocumented immigrants are deported each year. As of last week, the administration has attained the dubious distinction of having deported over 2 Million Immigrants. This is not the progress we envisioned when we sought to defeat xenophobic congressional legislation eight years ago. The administration is on par with the notorious Mexican Repatriation Program of the 1930s, and has now surpassed “Operation Wetback” of the 1950s in numbers of immigrants deported. The recent hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma is one of many actions that call for immediate action to remedy this matter, as inactivity continues taking a toll on our communities. As we have done for over a decade, we will continue to organize to ensure that all are able to live, work, and have the opportunity to normalize their documented status, without fear and deprivation of basic human rights.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité, ph. 206.650.2106, em: info@elcomitewa.org

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Save the Date: May 1st 2014/Guarde el Dia: 1o de Mayo 2014

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Foro Comunitario (11/17/2013)

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El Comité WA State

Foro Comunitario
Domingo  17 de Noviembre 2013-11-13
2021 S Weller St.
Seattle WA

Despues de S 744, Que Hacer!

Programa

I.                    Bienvenida

II.                  Razon de la Session

III.                Historia de la legislación S 744

IV.                Es Posible parar las deportaciones?

V.                  Propuesta Nacional “Extension de Accion Deferida” para 11 millones!

PRESS RELEASE: Immigrants Rights Activists will hold a Rally on Labor Day

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 23, 2013

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org.

Immigrant Rights Activists Will Hold A Rally for a Just Immigration Reform at Westlake Park on Monday September 2nd, 2013.

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social will hold a rally at Westlake Park, on Monday September 2nd, 2013. The purpose of the rally is to draw attention to the plight of the immigrant community in wake of the passage of Senate Bill 744 in the U.S. Senate. Details for the event are below:

WHO: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social.

WHAT: Labor Day Rally for a Humane and Just Immigration Reform.

WHERE: Westlake Park (400 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101)

WHEN: Monday September 2nd, 2013, 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Background

SB 744, which is currently stalling in the U.S. House of Representatives, is legislation that will benefit only a select portion of the estimated 11 Million undocumented residents in the United States, while simultaneously pumping more capital into an already bloated Border Enforcement Mechanism. The 13 year process, which makes documentation hinge on the ability to maintain continuous employment, places many immigrants in a tenuous position where they are at their employer’s will, making for an atmosphere that can lead to workplace abuses. The clear winner in this proposal are the Arms and Private Detention Center Industries which benefits from unprecedented spending allocated toward policing the border and detaining undocumented immigrants. We join our peers in the southern borderlands in opposing this proposal. The bill is short-sighted, lacks protections for immigrant workers, and further works at corroding the fabric of our communities. As workers who are essential to the U.S. economy we deserve better! We will continue to voice our concerns and push for a just immigration reform that respects the human, civil and labor rights of all.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org

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PRESS RELEASE: Response to Senate Bill 744

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 23, 2013

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org.

Immigrant Rights Activists Respond to Senate Bill 744

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 ignores the reality of contemporary migration and immigrant labor.

SEATTLE – The recent passage of Senate Bill 744 is the latest attempt to overhaul the United States’ immigration system since the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility” (IIRIRA) Act of 1996. This action in congress is a pro-active measure at addressing a concern that has been the central preoccupation of various families and communities directly impacted by the issue. In reaching bi-partisan support, congress has drafted and voted through, a measure that will allow for a drawn out 13 year path to citizenship for some, while simultaneously militarizing a southern border that is already heavily fortified.

On Sunday, August 4th 2013, we held a gathering to hear community concerns about the bill and craft our official response to SB 744. El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, reaffirms its stance that any legislation that is entertained through both the House of Representatives and the Senate, MUST secure the rights of immigrant workers, families, and communities. As a matter of principle, it is important to address the humanitarian needs of our communities first and foremost. All are deserving of a dignified existence, free of intimidation, workplace abuse, police harassment, violence, and forced family separation. It is with this in mind, that we vociferously oppose the enforcement heavy amendments and provisions codified within S 744.

From preliminary discussion, it appears likely that S 744 will be scrapped by the U.S. House of Representatives in favor of house-initiated legislation that promises to be even more divisive and restrictive. As social justice proponents, this is not what we had in mind when we took to the streets to demand drastic change to the immigration infrastructure. We saw draconian legislation over seven year ago, and see more of the same as the emphasis on “enforcement-first” points to the fact that conservative politicians, of both stripes, have a tenuous grasp of reality and are still utilizing an ineffective, outdated model that has proved useless in meeting our present day challenges.

The only major beneficiaries are the representatives of the Military Industrial Complex and the politicians working on their behalf. While immigrants are forced to pass through a 13 year labyrinth which will inevitably weed many out of the path to citizenship, the arms industry will line its pockets with lucrative contracts that pump more money into an already bloated border defense apparatus. As such, we join human rights proponents, social justice advocates, and our peers along the southern border, in opposing the legislation as is.

The first action that we will take in verbalizing this position will be with a demonstration at Westlake Park on Labor Day. Details to follow in the coming days. As a community, we believe that addressing the humanitarian crisis should take precedence. We’ve spent too much time watching the situation deteriorate. We need a just immigration reform, and we need it now!

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org

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