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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El Comite is a social justice organization based in Seattle, Washington.

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