PRESS RELEASE: May Day March 2013 in Seattle

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 2, 2013

 

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

ph: 206.650.2106, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #M1SEA.

 

Thousands of Demonstrators take part in the 13th Annual May Day March & Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights.

March focus was to voice community concerns regarding the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill proposed by the “gang of eight.”

 

SEATTLE – Thousands demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 13th Annual May Day March & Rally for Workers and Immigrant Right. The events began at Judkins Park at 1:00 p.m., with a Rally that hosted speakers from the local faith-based organizations in the Seattle area. Speakers represented several denominations and faith communities, which then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:00 pm.

 

March participant, Alma Gutierrez noted, “we’re here for our families. It is a shame that our communities are divided by raids and repression with absolute impunity.” Others echoed similar concerns as yearly deportations have now exceeded more than 390,000 in recent years. Organizers noted that it is insulting that the most recent Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill is still nebulous on several details, save for the enforcement mechanisms.

 

According to Juan Jose Bocanegra, “It’s like the ‘good, the bad, and the ugly.’ We want to keep the good, we want to change the bad, and we want to get rid of the ugly.”

 

The procession was led by the Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dance Group that helped pace the march from 20th and Jackson Streets, to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle. The march ended with a program that included speakers from different segments of the community. They spoke on how current immigration law impacts youth, families, LGBTQ, women, workers, and others.

Carlos Padilla, an organizer with  the  Washington  DREAM Act  Coalition  mentioned, “I had to come out of the closet as undocumented…later, I came out of the closet   as gay. I am an undocuqueer youth. All our movements all our concerns are  one. We are a community that seeks justice for all.”

 

Bocanegra reflected on the day’s activities, “Our message has been clear throughout the day. I keep getting asked if there was anxiety  before the march. All we can do is prepare for what we need to do to ensure the march serves to demonstrate our unified message. Fact of the matter is that unfortunately, last years events are the central focus for many news agencies. Somehow, 15 minutes of property destruction at a separate event are deemed  more important than the human crisis we’ve seen over the last 26 years with families being separated, workers being exploited, and people being held in the most inhumane  conditions at private, unregulated Detention Centers.”

 
In spite of adverse media reporting the march went off without a hitch. Demonstrators came from Auburn, Tacoma, Bellingham, and some as far as Yakima. The march also benefited from a strong youth presence with one contingent organized by local high school students, and another arriving from the local colleges and universities. As legislation is debated locally as well as nationally, participants made it clear that there is a need to continue the pressure for humane reform, and the right of all members of the community to live and work without fear. 

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #M1SEA.

  MEDIA ADVISORY   For Immediate Release: Wednesday,

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

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

ph: 206.650.2106, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #M1SEA.

 

Thousands to take to the streets in Seattle for the 13th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights on Wednesday, May 1st 2013.

March to call for a community voice in the immigration reform debate, as well as an immediate cease of the E-Verify and S-Comm programs, and moratorium on all deportations.

 

SEATTLE – Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Seattle on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 for the 13th 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: 13th 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 labor, social justice, and faith based communities.

When: Wednesday May 1st, 2013. Program will begin at 1:00 p.m with a rally. The march will depart from the starting point at 3:30 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 Building in downtown Seattle.

 

Background

The theme of the 2013 march will center on justice for all workers and a community-based framework for dialogue on Immigration Reform. The action on May 1st is calling for an immediate end to the E-verify and S-Comm programs, as well as a moratorium on all deportations. Nationally, immigration has returned to the fore as politicians debate several proposals for addressing a matter that has been neglected since 2009.  Congress, through inaction, has 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.Under the current administration, up to 390,000 undocumented immigrants are deported each year, with 2011 bringing the most deportations to date, according to recent statistics.  This is not the progress we envisioned when we sought to defeat xenophobic congressional legislation seven years ago.  As such, we 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, work, and are granted 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 Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #M1SEA.

 
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NROC/LIUNA, Aerospace Machinists Lodge 751, AFT Local 1789, Allyship, American Friends Service Committee, Anakbayan Seattle, Bayan USA Pacific Northwest, CAGJ, CARW, Casa Latina, Eddie Rye, El Centro de la Raza, Got Green, Indonesian Lutheran Fellowship, Laborers 242, LELO, Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council, MEChA – University of Washington, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, OPEIU Local 8, Pride Foundation, PSE/SEIU Local 1948, PUSO, Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council, Seattle CISPES, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Healthcare 775NW, SEIU Local 49, SEIU Local 6, SEIU Local 925, SEIU State Council, Social Justice Fund NW, Socialist Workers Party, St. Mary’s Church, Teamsters Local 117, UAW 4121, UFCW 21, UNITE HERE Local 8, Washington CAN, Washington New Sanctuary Movement, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, Washington State Labor Council, WFSE 304, WFSE Council 28,

May Day March Co-sponsoring Organizations

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May Day March Co-sponsoring Organizations

El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition would like to thank and acknowledge all the organizations that have contributed financial and organizational resources to help organize the 2013 May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights. This march would not be as impactful if not for the help of our allies in the greater Seattle Social Justice Community.

 

NROC/LIUNA
Aerospace Machinists Lodge 751
AFT Local 1789
Allyship
American Friends Service Committee
Anakbayan Seattle
APALA
Bayan USA Pacific Northwest
CAGJ
CARW
Casa Latina
Childrens Alliance
Eddie Rye
El Centro de la Raza
Got Green
ILWU Local 19
ILWU Puget Sound District Council
Indonesian Lutheran Fellowship
Laborers 242
LELO
Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council
MEChA – University of Washington
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
OneAmerica
OPEIU Local 8
Pride Foundation
PSE/SEIU Local 1948
PUSO
Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council
Seattle CISPES
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Healthcare 775NW
SEIU Local 49
SEIU Local 6
SEIU Local 925
SEIU State Council
Social Justice Fund NW
Socialist Workers Party
St. Mary’s Church
Teamsters Local 117
UAW 4121
UFCW 21
UNITE HERE Local 8
Washington CAN
Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council
Washington State Labor Council
WFSE 304
WFSE Council 28

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!


contact: Leah Grupp-Williams, lgruppw@gmail.com,

May 1st March and Rally: In celebration of International Worker’s Day AND in support of a Just and Humane Immigration Reform
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013: 1PM
Rally at St Mary’s Church (611 20th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98114). March to the Federal Building (915 2nd Ave).
@May1stAC on Twitter
On Facebook: May 1st Action Coalition

Peacekeepers
We need 200 volunteers for this year’s march, which we are expecting to be huge. Peacekeepers are the eyes and ears of the march. You are part of this big day of action, walking with marchers, keeping people safe, and reporting any concerns to your team captain. Minimum age: 16.
Recruit your friends! You can form a peacekeeping team (6-12 people) by asking friends, family, or coworkers to join you. Team captains must attend a training on Saturday, April 27th, from 10am-12pm.

Day of: Arrive to Judkins Park by 1pm to sign in and be assigned to a team. You are done when we arrive at the Federal Building. We will need about 20 people to stay and help with stage security – please let me know if you are willing.

Ushers
We need about 50 volunteers who will be responsible for orienting people as they arrive at Judkins Park. This will involve greeting people and helping them find the rally. When the rally is over, you will help gather people and move them onto Lynn Street to begin the march.

Day of: Arrive to Judkins Park by 12:15pm to sign in and pick up a T-shirt. You are done when the march leaves the park.

Bucket Brigade
Bucket Brigade volunteers collect donations from participants during the march. This is a great job for youth wanting to volunteer.

Day of: Arrive to Judkins Park by 1pm to sign in and begin gathering donations in big paint buckets. The bucket brigade will then set up on Jackson Street for the march to pass through. You are done once the march has passed through the bucket brigade and we have loaded the buckets into the truck.

Bike Brigade
We need 2 more volunteers to join the bike brigade. Members will be provided with bicycles and will be an addition to our communications and peacekeeping teams. Your job will be to ride up and down the length of the march, communicating with your team captain and peacekeeping team captains. You may be asked to ride ahead or stay behind. The goal is to have another set of eyes and ears, and another means to move information. Minimum age: 16.

Day of: Arrive at Judkins Park by 1pm to sign-in and meet with the rest of the bike brigade. You are done when we reach the Federal Building.

Other Volunteer Opportunities
- Photographers/videographers: we need some folks to help document the march!

- Sign and banner making prior to the march: more details to come!

- Parade float: Help move the stagecoach float from Judkin’s Park to the Federal Building!

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

 

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition,
ph: 
206.650.2106 em:  info@elcomitewa.org Twitter Tag: #SeattleMay1st2013

 

Immigrant Rights Activists to hold a Rally for Humane Immigration Reform on April 10, 2013 at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building.

 

SEATTLE –  El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition will hold a rally to demand a just and humane Immigration Reform at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Downtown Seattle on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013. . Event details:

 

What: Rally to Demand a Just and Humane Immigration Reform.

Who: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, and other members of Seattle’s Social Justice community.

When: 3:00 -6:00 p.m., Wednesday April 10th, 2013.

Where: The Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Downtown Seattle (915 2nd Ave)

 

Background

Over the last several weeks, Immigration Reform has once again become a central concern nationally and has led to talks in congress about finally addressing the issue. Noticeably absent in the proposals and talking points pushed forth in the Senate and House of Representatives, is a community-oriented discourse. As politicians debate the topic, the immigrant community continues bearing the brunt of institutional neglect locally and nationally with mass deportations, police harassment, violation of basic human rights, and perpetuation of xenophobia by opportunistic politicians. This rally hopes to continue to vocalize the concerns the local communities have with regard to this matter and to help build for the annual May Day March on May 1st in Seattle.

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition,206.650.2106  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #SeattleMay1st2013

 

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