International Human Rights Day, December holidays, offer an opportunity to reflect on the plight of immigrants in the United States.

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International Human Rights Day, December holidays, offer an opportunity to reflect on the plight of immigrants in the United States.

 

 

As this year nears its end, we reflect upon the happenings that have transpired over the course of the last year. In the month of December two dates stand out for us culturally and symbolically, those of International Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10, International Day of the Migrant, on December 18, and the December Holidays, including Las Posadas, celebrated in Latin America and by U.S.-based Latino Immigrants. What make these days especially pertinent, are the larger themes of peace, inclusion, and the offering of shelter for those who seek peace, tranquility, and a dignified existence.

 

It is in this season, and with the aforementioned themes in mind, that we support, and stand in solidarity with those who flee violence and systemic negligence abroad, and continue to work at home to fight for social justice in our immigrant communities. Though there are many factors at play globally, which impact migration away from one’s place of origin and draws someone to a distant land in search of a better existence, we also wish to acknowledge the factors at work domestically, which place many families in a state of distress. These factors, which include, but are not limited to; rampant xenophobia, racism, anti-immigrant legislation, classism, denial of basic civil and human rights, and due process in the legal system, have worked to systematically dehumanize our immigrant sisters and brothers.

 

One prominent example is with the institutional xenophobia as practiced in the State of Texas. In lieu of omnibus legislation to reform immigration, the Obama Administration issued an executive order, establishing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, as a way to offer relief from deportation to undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children (the order also expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “DACA” program). Within a month of the November 2014 unveiling of the DAPA program, the State of Texas and several other states with Republican Governors, filed a suit in the District Court for the Southern District of Texas, to block the implementation of the order.

 

A year since the suit, the executive order lies dormant as legal challenges ensue. Court injunctions aside, the State of Texas has also used its agents to deny birth certificates to the U.S. citizen children of immigrant parents. Likewise, the aforementioned action seems to also be in line with the right wing’s rhetoric and continued insistence on denying these children the protections afforded to them by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In essence, the act of denying birth certificates, in turn leaves the children in legal limbo, as they are treated as second class citizens.

 

This year on International Human Rights Day, as well as on International Day of the Migrant, we reaffirm and reiterate our previous stance in support of our communities that are socially and economically marginalized. We side with the downtrodden, those who are denied the opportunity to better their social condition. It is with this thinking in mind that we also support the struggles of our sisters and brothers in other communities of color who also fight against police brutality, economic inequality, and other maladies that come as a result of institutional neglect. We also invite all others of like mind to stand with us in the struggle for civil, human, and worker rights for all, regardless of place of origin. An injury to one, is an injury to all.

 

 

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

 

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Thousands take to the streets of Seattle for the 14th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 2, 2014

 

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

ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

Thousands take to the streets of Seattle for the 14th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights.

Participants voiced the need for a livable wage for all workers and a cease to indiscriminate deportations that tear families apart.

 

SEATTLE – An estimated 7 to 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 14th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Right. The events began at Judkins Park at 2:00 p.m., with a brief program that included music, speeches, and logistical announcements for the march. Participants then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:00 pm. At around 3:30, the march departed from St. Mary’s Church, with Danza Ce Atl Tonalli, setting the tone.

 

Despite a detour from the regular march path of years past, due to construction on the western portion of Jackson Street, the march still drew a larger attendance than last year. The march swelled, with contingents of groups joining along the way on Jackson Street and 20th Avenue, along Boren Avenue, as well as on several street corners along First Hill, and Downtown Seattle. Included among these groups, were contingents for organized labor and for a coalition of activist youth groups from the Seattle area.

 

The march concluded at Westlake Park, as thousands streamed in from 4th Avenue. Dr. Reverend Leslie D. Braxton addressed the crowd, speaking on the need to join as a larger social justice community. “We have the power, and the tools to work for what is right! When we join our immigrant brothers and sisters. When we join our brothers and sisters in labor. When we join our brothers and sisters struggling for a dignified wage. When we join our brothers and sisters in the Black community. In the Latino Community. In the Native community. In the Asian community. We will see a better, more just society.”

 

Councilmember Kshama Sawant also offered remarks on the struggle for worker justice. “It is your presence, your continued push, that has forced the city to acknowledge the need for a livable minimum wage. You made a profound statement. That we are not playing around, we are not playing around with peoples’ lives. Workers deserve more, and we say no, to deduction in wages for tips, and we say no to deducting health care from workers’ hourly wage. We don’t have time to wait while many workers live in poverty.”

 

Other speakers at the rally also addressed larger regional issues, with updates on the ongoing campaign by immigrants that are detained at the Northwest Detention Center. One speaker detailed the conditions in the Tacoma-based center, which include inadequate medical care, poor nutrition that is provided, unreasonable charges for communicating with family via telephone, and mistreatment and neglect by center staff in general. These grievances were what lead to a hunger strike in late February. The campaign for better conditions is ongoing.

 

There was also a call to continue the Boycott of Sakuma Farms products by members of the organization Familias Unidas por la Justicia in Skagit County. Workers have been in a labor dispute over work conditions and wage theft over the last year. They will hold a march for Farmworker Dignity on Sunday, May 4th in Bellingham.

 

The rally was also aided by the musical duo, Latin Rose and Jack Mozie, who performed at the beginning and conclusion of the event.  Jack noted, “I’ve been fighting for Social Justice since the marriage equality campaign with Social Outreach Seattle. Together we worked on a music video for an immigration anthem I wrote that calls for comprehensive immigration reform that is inclusive of the LGBT community.”

 

“This for me was such an honor and privilege that I cried when Juan Bocanegra called me and asked if I could sing for May Day,” said Ruth Alfaro, who goes by the stage name, Latin Rose. “When I saw all my people marching and chanting for the same cause… It made my soul sing! When I started singing the song that I made for the Latin and LGBTQ community called Vive La Vida I got such a rush, this moment is what I was born for!…No more deportations, no more discrimination, freedom and justice for all!

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

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Endorsing Organizations for the 2014 May Day March

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NROC/Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)

SEIU 6

SEIU Healthcare 775NW

SEIU WA State Council

Aerospace Machinists Lodge 751

Social Justice Fund NW

PUSO

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites

Socialist Workers Party

AFT Local 1789

Community Alliance for Global Justice

El Centro de la Raza

BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest

Casa Latina

Teamsters Local 117

UNITE HERE Local 8

American Friends Service Committee

Washington New Sanctuary Movement

St. Mary’s Church

Washington State Labor Council

WFSE 304

UAW Local 4121

Martin Luther King County Labor Council

One America

AFT Local 1789

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action

Seattle Youth Coalition – Anakbayan, Seattle Young People’s Project, API Chaya, Youth Speaks, MEChA de UW, Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR), Poets with a Purpose, Revolutionary Minds

Entre Hermanos

Solid Ground

Eat for Equity

15 Now!

Seattle ILWU Pensioners Club

Working Washington

Ce Atl Tonalli

Seattle NOW

Laborers Local 242

Laborers Local 440

Faith Action Network

 Got Green

SEIU Local 49

SEIU Local 925

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

SEIU 1948 Public School Employees of WA

LELO

ACLU of Washington

OPEIU Local 8

Orgullo P’urhepecha

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Miles tomaran las calles de Seattle para la Decimocuarta Marcha-Manifestación Anual por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Trabajadores

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

Para publicación inmediata: Lunes, 21 de Abril 2014

Contacto: El Comité y La Coalición de Acción Primero de Mayo,206.650.2106 | 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea

Miles tomaran las calles de Seattle para la Decimocuarta Marcha-Manifestación Anual por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Trabajadores, el primero de mayo del 2014.

SEATTLE – En espera que miles de manifestantes tomen las calles de Seattle este Jueves 1º  de Mayo, para la Decimocuarta Marcha en Manifestación por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Trabajadores entre otros. Con el espíritu de unidad y solidaridad en las comunidades de todo el país migrante y trabajadora.

Los organizadores en Seattle se centrarán en un tema universal: La Unidad con todos los trabajadores, sin distinción de raza, clase social, género, afiliación religiosa, identidad sexual, habilidad o estatus migratorio.

Detalles del evento e información:

¿Qué? La Decimocuarta Marcha Manifestación Anual por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Trabajadores, Primero de Mayo 2014

¿Quiénes? Miles de trabajadores y partidarios pro de los derechos del inmigrante.
Vamos a escuchar los testimonios de miembros de la comunidad, acompañados por                  los aliados de la comunidad sindical, justicia social así como de las comunidades de Fe.

¿Cuándo? La marcha comenzará del punto de inicio a las 3:00 p.m. el Jueves, 1 de mayo del 2014.

¿Dónde? La Marcha comenzará en la Iglesia Sta. María (611 20th AVE, Seattle, WA 98144) y concluirá con una manifestación en el Parque Westlake (401 Pine ST).

Referencia:
El tema de la marcha del 2014 se centrará en la búsqueda de la justicia para todos los trabajadores, dentro de un esquema basado por la comunidad para el diálogo sobre los derechos de los trabajadores e inmigrantes, con funcionarios políticos bipartidistas, por la inacción y negligencia que han sido estos cómplices en el uso de tácticas duras en la aplicación de la ley como;
* Las redadas coordinadas entre las diferentes agencias del gobierno,
* El perfil racial de los inmigrantes y el uso discriminatorio de programas de verificación de empleo.
* La reciente propuesta de ley que ha sido aprobada en el Senado (S.B. 744) son un ejemplo de implementar aún más la de mano dura, ignorando los derechos humanos y civiles universales e internacionales que ellos tienen.

Como comunidad, estamos exigiendo una orden ejecutiva que cese toda deportación de detenidos no-violentos y que conceda una expansión de la acción diferida para todos los miembros de la comunidad indocumentada, mientras se trabaja en una reforma migratoria adecuada que respete las garantías de los inmigrantes.

Continuaremos organizando al nivel de base comunitaria para asegurarnos que nuestras familias no sean separadas más de manera forzada, y  asegurarnos que nuestras comunidades tengan la oportunidad de vivir, de trabajar sin temor de la privación de los derechos humanos básicos.

EDUCAR, ORGANIZAR, MOBILIZAR
EL COMITE

●       Para información adicional, por favor contáctese con: El Comité y La Coalición de Acción Primero de Mayo, 206.650.2106 | 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea

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Thousands expected for 14th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 

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

ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

 

Thousands expected to take to the streets of Seattle for 14th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights.

 

 

SEATTLE – Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Seattle on Thursday, May 1, 2014 for the 14th 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: 14th 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 the labor, social justice, and faith based communities.

When: Thursday May 1st, 2014. The march will depart from the starting point at 3:00 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 Westlake Park.

 

Background

The theme of the 2014 march will center on justice for all workers and a community-based framework for dialogue on Workers and Immigrants Rights. Politicians of both stripes, through inaction and neglect, have 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. Recent legislation introduced (e.g. SB 744) has only attempted to further codify enforcement-first policies, while leaving humanitarian concerns discarded by the wayside.  As a community, we are demanding an executive order to cease all deportation of non-violent detainees, and grant an expansion of deferred action to all community members, while adequate legislation is pending. We will 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 and work without fear and deprivation of basic human rights.

 

 

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

 

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

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Save the Date: May 1st 2014/Guarde el Dia: 1o de Mayo 2014

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