El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social clarifies misinformation about events in Seattle for May 1st, 2012.

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Sunday January 29, 2012

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, 206.650.2106 or 206.850.0497, info@elcomitewa.org.

El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social clarifies misinformation about events in Seattle for May 1st, 2012.

Despite claims to the contrary, neither we nor any major  labor international have called for a general srtike on May 1st.

 

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social would like to clarify openly that contrary to the writings of fringe groups within Occupy Seattle, neither we, nor any any of the national leadership organizing May 1st actions throughout the U.S. has called for a general strike on May 1st 2012. There may be some groups calling for a general strike but they and their agents do not represent El Comité or are authorized to make any statements on our behalf and or misrepresent us in any capacity. We ask these participants to cease and desist immediately and respect our democratic organizational structure. As a community organization, we elect our board every year, including the spokespersons. Any claim that we support or call for actions, that are not made from our spokespersons, are completely false.

To be clear, we acknowledge the fact that these subgroups and fringe entities are not representative of Occupy Seattle as a whole and we do not intend to conflate their activities with Occupy Seattle’s work in vocalizing the excesses and abusive nature of our deregulated financial system that has led to mass unemployment, home foreclosures, economic speculation, attacks on workers’ right to organize, and left many of us mired in the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. As an organization that prides itself on being overtly pro-worker, especially with regard to many of our immigrant brothers and sisters who are socially and economically marginalized, we laud Occupy Seattle’s great work in helping bring these concerns into mainstream parlance.

We look forward to future collaboration with OS and welcome the energy they bring into this dialogue. However, given recent altercations between the OS fringe and long shore workers with regard to the December 12, 2011 “West Coast Port Shutdown,” we feel it necessary to, as the workers along the coast has already done, make it abundantly clear that no one speaks on our behalf but ourselves. And that we insist that any attempt to utilize our name without consent is in direct violation of our principles.

For more on the port action see the following links:

http://www.ilwu.org/?p=3296

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016994886_occupyport12m.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017000774_apwaoccupyportswashington5thldwritethru.html

As a community-based organization, we take our work very seriously as we directly experience the result of our organizational efforts. The program for the annual May 1st march, in existence since 2000, is the result of various open forums and immigrant worker assemblies organized by El Comité, which take place in Seattle, Tacoma, South MLK County, and other areas throughout the Puget Sound region. The theme of our March and organizational priorities for the entire year are decided in these community forums. In effect, it is our community that dictates what approach to take and what sequence of actions serve best as a whole. As of yet, there have not been any public meetings convened, and as such, we cannot claim to support, much less call for a general strike.


In closing, we wish to reiterate our point that we ask any individual or entity to immediately cease using our name and attempt to subvert and dismantle the work that we have undertaken for over 12 years. We welcome any and all who wish to work with us and offer support in solidarity. Likewise, we echo the long shore worker’s point that we as immigrant workers and community members are the only ones who can directly address the matters that afflict our communities. We respect the work that many other social justice organizations undertake. As such, we expect this same mutual respect in regard to our own internal workings and democratic structure. There is no need for petty tactics, misinformation, and infiltration of our communications infrastructure. Let us all join as one to ensure we all coexist in a dignified way as workers, community members, students, as human beings.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE!

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, 206.650.2106 or 206.850.0497, info@elcomitewa.org.

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30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March

30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March

"The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated."

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee announces the 30th annual region-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2012, beginning with Workshops (9:30am-11am), Rally (11am-12:30pm) and the March beginning at a new time of 12:30pm. This year’s theme is “30th Anniversary Celebration: Recapturing MLK Jr.’s Revolutionary Spirit!”

This year we will march from Garfield High School to the Federal Building via Union St. & Madison St. Please see the march route page for complete details. Lunch will be provided FREE following the march in Garfield’s Commons area. We look forward to seeing you for a wonderful meal.

Do you want to have a table at the MLK celebration? The opportunity to have a table is on a FIRST come, FIRST served basis. You must bring your own chairs and table to have a table in the hallway at Garfield. Doors open at 8am. No charge for having a table.

Get involved! The volunteer coordination committee is seeking volunteers! Contact Shomari Jones at sjones@seattleymca.org, if you have want to get involved.

Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in the U.S. We honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and economic justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism.

“The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.”

-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://www.mlkseattle.org/

Día Nacional de Acción contra la Industria Carcelaria Privada (Cárceles de “La Migra”).

Día Nacional de Acción contra la Industria Carcelaria Privada (Cárceles de “La Migra”).

El Grupo GEO y CCA son las dos más grandes corporaciones lucrativas que se benefician del encarcelamiento nuestra gente. Ellos son el poder y el cerebro detrás de las leyes anti-inmigrantes que están deteniendo a personas inofensivas en estados como Arizona, Georgia y Alabama.

Wells Fargo es accionista mayoritario en el Grupo GEO. Wells Fargo debería invertir en negocios que crean empleos, no en las empresas que toman dinero de nuestros impuestos para poner a gente vulnerable en las celdas de los centros de detención (cárceles).

El 24 de Enero, únase a las personas en diferentes ciudades de los EE.UU. Para decirle a Wells Fargo que saque las acciones de Geo Grup y CCA e inviertan en la humanidad.

Únete a nosotros Para una Manifestación.

Martes, 24 de enero de 4:00 a 6:00 PM

5245 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98408

Para más información: (253) 606 0350-Pepe

National Day of Action Against the Private Prison Industry.

The GEO Group and CCA the two largest are for-profit prison corporations profiting from imprisoning our communities. They are the power and brains behind the anti-immigrant laws that are incarcerating harmless people in states like Arizona, Georgia and Alabama. Wells Fargo is a major shareholder in The GEO Group.

Wells Fargo should invest in businesses that create jobs, not in businesses that take our tax dollars to put harmless people in cages.

On Jan 24th, join people in cities across the U.S. in telling Wells Fargo to dump the GEO Group and CCA prison stock and invest in humanity

Join Us For a Rally.

Tuesday, Jan 24th at 4:00 to 6:00 PM

5245 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98408

For more info please contact: (253) 592 3139-Alma

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