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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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

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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

 

PRESS RELEASE: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social addresses rumors about action on May 1st.

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Sunday April 29, 2012

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, 206.650.2106info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #SeattleMayDayMarch2012

El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social addresses rumors about action on May 1st.

The May Day March and its participants wish to clarify any misinformation being circulated by fringe groups and officials within the Seattle Police Department.

 

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social wishes to reiterate and reaffirm that we in no way encourage the dissemination of any information that encourages our participants to engage in reckless, poorly thought out activities that place our participants and their families in any danger.  Contrary to reports that have been disseminated in the media, the vast majority of participants in May 1st activities do not have the intent of placing participants in danger. Our annual march is set with the intent of engaging the general population in bridging the barriers that divide our worker and social justice communities. True to the spirit of May Day, this march will make every effort to ensure that all are able to participate and connect with one another to progress a vision of community that seeks social justice for all, regardless of immigrant status, race, gender, nationality, ability, and sexual orientation.

On Tuesday, there will be two events; an Occupy Seattle sponsored program at Westlake during the day, and our annual march from St. Mary’s Church, in the evening. We are working with members of Occupy Seattle to make each of our events both safe and effective. Over the course of the last 12 years, we have encountered many challenges with threats of violence from right-wing extremists and white supremacists that have arisen from the work we do. Each and every year we and our allies have worked diligently to overcome such difficulties, to ensure that those who are on the economic and social margins have a space to voice their grievances in the midst of repeated attacks on our labor and immigrant communities. It is in unity that we find power, and it is in peaceful demonstration that we show our greatest strength. This march has, and always will be an event for the people. We will not take any threats of violence lightly and we will ensure that this event, like others past, is also a peaceful procession.

In closing, we ask any individual or entity to immediately cease any 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 which they emphasized in their struggle in Longview, that we as 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 events for the self-interest of narcissist, self-anointed “activists” who use intimidation and political terrorism to satiate their own egotistical needs. 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.  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #SeattleMayDayMarch2012

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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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