PRESS RELEASE: Marchers take to streets of Seattle in defense of communities for 18th Annual May Day March.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 1, 2017

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

ph: 206.465.5511, em:  bocajj1@comcast.com, Twitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.


Marchers take to the streets of Seattle in defense of community members for the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. 

SEATTLE – An estimated ten thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. The events began at Judkins Park at 11:00 a.m., with a brief program that included music, speeches, and logistical announcements for the procession. Participants then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:15 p.m. Native Northwestern Hand Drummers joined the Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dance group in setting the cadence and leading the march to toward its destination.

Early weather conditions impacted today’s turnout, but rain notwithstanding, the march was the largest May Day Procession in Seattle since 2010, when the introduction of the now infamous SB 1070 law was codified as state-sanctioned discrimination in Arizona. Marchers came out in support of various causes and under different banners, but united as one community seeking dignity, above all. Many participants acknowledged that many of the issues presented aren’t independent of each other, but rather, intersect with each other.

The march swelled as feeder marches and action stations provided additional marchers along the way. The first feeder march arrived by way of the Veteran’s Anti-War Formation, which marched in the morning and arrived at Judkins Park. Organized labor also provided a sizable contingent along 16th Avenue and Jackson Street, and a Women and Families contingent joined the march on route through downtown. Additionally, separate action stations provided additional participants as well. The first action station was based at the King County Juvenile Detention Center, followed by an action station at Seattle University, another outside of Swedish Medical Center, and the final action station, in front of Amazon Corporate Headquarters.

The march route ended at the Fisher Green at Seattle Center with a program initiated by members of the Duwamish Tribe who welcomed the procession onto their ancestral lands. The concluding program was organized with the thought in mind that our communities need to heal in light of increased incidences of racism and xenophobia. Juan Jose Bocanegra, a representative of the May 1st Action Coalition noted, “We need to continue engaging each other and supporting each other’s struggles. Make no mistake, this administration will continue ramping up attacks against labor, against immigrants, against women, and against our Muslim brothers and sisters. Resistance is our way of saying that we will not comply, we will not allow our communities to be oppressed.”

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.465.5511, em:  bocajj1@comcast.com, Twitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.

 

Know Your Rights Resources

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While we expect a large turnout and a great march, it’s still a good idea to know our rights as demonstrators and participants in a major march. We have listed a few PDF files below. We’d like to thank the ACLU of Washington for pointing us toward these resources.
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“Tienes el Derecho a Permanecer en Silencio” (Spanish) Courtesy of the National Lawyers Guild
 
“Que hacer si me para un Policia” (Spanish) Courtesy of the ACLU
 
“Know your Protest and Demonstration Rights” (English) Courtesy of the ACLU
 
“Know your Rights when Stopped by Police” (English) Courtesy of the ACLU
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PRESS RELEASE: Community Members and Activists will march in both Seattle and Yakima to defend Immigrant Rights at Annual May Day Marches.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Contact: El Comité, May 1st Action Coalition, and May First Coalition-Yakima Valley. | ph: (Seattle) 206.465.5511(Yakima) 509.225.9634 | em: (Seattle) bocajj1@comcast.net (Yakima) May1stcoalitionyakimavalley@gmail.comTwitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.


Community Members and Activists will march in both Seattle and Yakima to defend Immigrant Rights at Annual May Day Marches
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SEATTLE – Activists are expecting a large turnout in the Seattle Metropolitan and Yakima Valley areas for Monday May 1st, 2017 (International Workers Day). In Seattle, El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition are calling for a General Strike in conjunction with the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. Organizers in Yakima, Washington are also responding to community concerns and are organizing the Annual March for Immigrants, the 11th consecutive march that has been organized in Central Washington. The marches in Seattle and Yakima are among some of the events planned nationally on May 1st 2017 in support of Immigrant Rights. Other cities holding marches include Chicago, New York, Houston, Atlanta, as well as Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego, along the West Coast. Event details are as follows:


SEATTLE

18TH Annual May Day March for Workers & Immigrant Rights.

  • Monday, May 1st 2017.
  • Rally Begins at 11:00 a.m. at Judkins Park and March will depart at 1:00 p.m.
  • Cultural performances are also planned at Fisher Green in Seattle Center upon march arrival at approximately 3:30 p.m.
    Program will conclude at 6:00 p.m.


YAKIMA

Annual March for Immigrants.

  • Monday, May 1st 2017
  • March begins at 12:00 p.m. at Miller Park and will go through downtown Yakima before return to beginning point.
  • There will be a program with speakers at Miller Park and the event will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Background:

Many members of the immigrant community presently find themselves in a state of emergency with the resulting ascendance of the Trump Administration and the proliferation of “Trumpism” as a renewed anti-immigrant effort to curtail the rights of people on the social and economic margins of our society. This is illustrated in Washington State with threats against Sanctuary Cities like Seattle, and travel bans and extralegal confinement of travelers at SeaTac International Airport and at the border crossing with Canada. Likewise, the administration also poses a threat to immigrant workers and their families in Yakima and other cities in Eastern Washington with attempts to unravel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the wide use of racial profiling with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions that terrorize neighborhoods and create a chilling effect on peoples’ constitutional rights. On May 1st, immigrants, our friends, allies, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students will collectively send a resounding message that we will not be intimidated and that we will fight to defend our rights as a community. May Day will provide us the opportunity to also join efforts with other communities that are negatively impacted by the current administration. In unity there is strength, and in strength we will find a way to strive for a dignified existence for all, regardless of age, race, class, gender, documented status, national origin, and sexual orientation.

 

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité, May 1st Action Coalition, and May First Coalition-Yakima Valley | ph: (Seattle) 206.465.5511 (Yakima) 509.225.9634 | em: (Seattle) bocajj1@comcast.net (Yakima) May1stcoalitionyakimavalley@gmail.com | Twitter Tag: #MayDaySea #MayDayWa.

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List of Organizations Endorsing the 2017 May Day March in Seattle.

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We would like to acknowledge the following groups for offering logistical and financial support in organizing the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights.
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Aerospace Machinists Lodge #751

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition-Seattle

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

American Federation of Teacher Local 1789

American Federation of Teachers-Washington, AFL-CIO

API Chaya

Asian Counseling and Referral Services

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO (APALA-Seattle)

BAYAN PNW

Bayan USA

Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30

Casa Latina

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites

Community Alliance for Global Justice

Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s Office

El Centro de La Raza

EL Comité

Entre Hermanos

Freedom Socialist Party

Front and Centered

GABRIELA

Got Green

Green Party of Washington State

Greenpeace USA

Hod Carriers & General Laborers Local 242

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46

Indonesian Lutheran Fellowship

Industrial Workers of the World

Latin Americans United for Education

Legacy of Equality, Leadership, and Organizing (LELO-Seattle)

Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council

Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) Resistance

Northwest Regional Organizing Coalition for Laborers

Office and Professional Employees International Union

OneAmerica

Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (O.W.L.S)

Party for Socialism and Liberation-Seattle

People’s Climate Movement

Philippine U.S. Solidarity Organization (PUSO)

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)

Queen Anne Community

Radical Women

Real Change

Refuse Fascism Northwest

Retired Public Employees Council

Restaurant Opportunities Center-Seattle

Sawat Solidarity Fund

SAFE

SeaMar Clinics

Seattle Democratic Socialists of America

Seattle Solidarity Network (SeaSol)

Service Employees International Union Local 6

Service Employees International Union Local 775

Service Employees International Union 1199 NW

Sierra Club

Socialist Alternative

Socialist Students

Socialist Workers Party

Southwest Youth Family Services

Tacoma Migrant Justice Project

Teamsters Local 117

Transit Riders Union

United Auto Workers Local 4121

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21

UNITE-HERE Local 8

Washington Fair Trade Coalition

Washington Federation of State Employees 304

Washington State Labor Council

Washington Veteran Action Network

Washington Won’t Discriminate Campaign

Workers World Party

Working Washington

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(List updated on April 30th, 2017)

If your organization would like to endorse the march, please send an e-mail to: oscarr@uw.edu.

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

Save the Date 2017 Final (English)

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