2016 May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights to draw Thousands of participants, commemorate the 10 year Anniversary of the 2006 Mega-Marches for Immigrant Rights.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 25, 2016
Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,

ph: 206.465.5511, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.


2016 May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights to draw Thousands of participants, commemorate the 10 year Anniversary of the 2006 Mega-Marches for Immigrant Rights
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The struggle for dignity and human rights continues, despite institutional neglect and bipartisan cowardice.

SEATTLE – Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Seattle on Sunday, May 1, 2016 for the Annual May Day March and Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights. In the spirit of unity and solidarity with communities across the country, organizers in Seattle will continue with the central theme of justice for immigrant workers, unconditional documentation for all, as well as justice for social and economically marginalized communities at the local, national, and international levels. Event details are as follows:

 

What: 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: Sunday May 1st, 2016. A preliminary program will begin at Judkins Park at 1:00 p.m. 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 the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Seattle (700 Stewart St., Seattle, WA 98101)

 

Background

The 2016 march will mark the 10 year anniversary of the 2006 mega-marches, which were organized to counter what seemed to be the imminent implementation of the draconian H.R. 4437 legislation.  The massive mobilization which brought millions to the streets across the country, effectively killed the bill. The subsequent demobilization of the movement in favor of electoral “victories,” instead led to the continuation of many Bush-era policies as the promise of immigration reform never came to pass, and right-wing discourse aided in the criminalization and dehumanization of undocumented immigrants. As a result, despite bipartisan cowardice in addressing a very real humanitarian issue, we continue to fight to ensure that our community members are treated with dignity and respect. As workers, as community members, we invite all our sisters and brothers in labor, faith, and social justice to join us once again this year. May 1st is our holiday in which we celebrate the workers and the members of our communities on the social and economic margins that struggle every day for a more dignified existence.

 

 

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.465.5511, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

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Marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo atraerá a miles de manifestantes, conmemora el décimo aniversario de las Mega-marchas del 2006.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

Para publicación inmediata: Lunes, 25 de Abril 2016

Contacto: El Comité y La Coalición de Acción Primero de Mayo, tel: 206.465.5511, em: info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

Marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo atraerá a miles de manifestantes, conmemora el décimo aniversario de las Mega-marchas del 2006.

 La lucha por la dignidad e derechos humanos continua, a pesar de la negligencia institucional e cobardía bipartidista.

SEATTLE – Miles de manifestantes tomaran las calles de Seattle el  Domingo, 1º de Mayo del 2016 para la marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo. En el espíritu de unidad e solidaridad con comunidades a través del país, organizadores en Seattle continuaran con el tema central de justicia para los trabajadores inmigrantes, papeles para todos sin condiciones, no a los muros, paro a las deportaciones, no al racismo, e justicia para todas comunidades que luchan en contra de la marginalización económica e social, al nivel local, nacional, e internacional. Detalles del evento:

Que: Marcha Anual del Primero de Mayo.

 

Quien: Miles de trabajadores y partidarios de los derechos de los inmigrantes. Vamos escuchar testimonios de miembros de la comunidad, e aliados del movimiento laboral, representantes de la comunidad religiosa, e miembros de la comunidad que trabajan para la justicia social.

 

Cuándo: Domingo 1º de Mayo del 2016 a la 1:00 p.m. Habrá mitin en el Parque Judkins comenzando a la 1:00 p.m. La marcha comenzara a las 3:00 p.m.

 

Dónde: La marcha comenzara en la Iglesia Santa María (611 20th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144) y finalizaremos con una manifestación afuera de la Corte Federal del Centro de la Ciudad de Seattle (700 Stewart St., Seattle, WA 98101).

 

Antecedentes:

La marcha conmemora el Décimo aniversario de las mega-marchas del 2006, que fueron organizadas en contra de la posible implementación inminente de la legislación H.R. 4437. La movilización masiva que trajo a millones de manifestantes a las calles, fue efectiva en parar la legislación. La subsiguiente desmovilización del movimiento a favor de “victorias” electorales, en vez, dio a llevar la continuación de muchas de las políticas de la presidencia del Expresidente Bush, mientras la promesa de la reforma migratoria nunca se cumplió. Mientras tanto, el discurso derechista ayudo con la criminalización e deshumanización de los inmigrantes indocumentados. Como resultado, a pesar de la cobardía bipartidista en abordar este asunto humanitario, continuaremos la lucha para asegurar que los miembros de nuestra comunidad sean tratados con respeto e dignidad. Como trabajadores, como miembros de la comunidad, invitamos a todos nuestros hermanos e hermanas que luchan para la justicia social a que se unan con nosotros otra vez este año. El Primero de Mayo es nuestro día festivo en que celebramos a los trabajadores e los miembros de nuestra comunidad que se encuentran en los márgenes sociales e económicos, que luchan cada día por una existencia más digna.

 

EDUCAR, ORGANIZAR, MOBILIZAR

 

Para información adicional, por favor contáctese con: El Comité y La Coalición de Acción Primero de Mayo, tel: 206.465.5511, em: info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Labor Day Rally at Westlake Plaza on Monday, September 1, 2014.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,
ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org,

Labor Day Rally at Westlake Plaza to be held on Monday September 1 2014.

SEATTLE – El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, and social justice advocates will hold a rally in support of the 11 million plus undocumented workers in the United States as well as the various workers across the country that are struggling for dignity and respect in the workplace. Event details are as follows:

 

What: Labor Day Rally at Westlake Plaza.
Who: Endorsing Organizations include: El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, Communities for a Public Health Coalition, CASA Latina.
When: Monday September 1, 2014. The event will begin at 11:00 am, and will end at 1:00 pm.
Where: The rally will be held at Westlake Plaza, at 4th Avenue and Pike Street, downtown Seattle.

 

Background
The rally at Westlake Plaza will focus on two key political demands:
1) That Obama Administration take action in deferring the deportations of the 11+ million undocumented workers and their families as well as the unaccompanied youth, some of whom have been reported to have been killed after being returned “home”.
2) An end to the cuts to the public health department. The proposed cuts will devastate services to many minority, low income, native and immigrant communities in Auburn, the Muckleshoot reservation, Federal Way, White Center, Northgate, Vashon Island and will severely limit services at Columbia City clinic.
After the rally we are planning to join the MLK Jr County Labor Council’s annual Bbq. Please join us.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org.

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PRESS RELEASE: Rally in Support of Unaccompanied Youth to be held on Monday July 28 2014.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Sunday, July 27, 2014

 

Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,
ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org.

 

Rally in Support of Unaccompanied Youth to be held on Monday July 28 2014.

 

SEATTLE – El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, and social justice advocates will hold a rally in support of the unaccompanied youth arriving to the U.S. as refugees. Event details are as follows:

What: Rally in Support of Unaccompanied Youth.
Who: El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, and social justice advocates.
When: Monday July 28th, 2014. The event will begin at 3:00 pm, and will end at 7:00 pm.
Where: The rally will be held in front of the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Marion Street, downtown Seattle.

Background
The rally and demonstration was called for as a means of showing support for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied youth that have arrived in the U.S. over the last year. Given the desperate conditions, including threats of imminent violence, poverty, and the absence of opportunities, that force these young people to flee their places of origin, we urge the Obama administration to issue an Executive Order to allow the young people to stay in the U.S. as refugees, and to defer action on Deportations for the 11+ Million undocumented people and their families.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org.

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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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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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