For First Time in Nearly a Decade, All May Day Marches Called for Unity

04/26/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Contacts: Gabriella Landeros, LA Fed/May Day Coalition, 213-446-8801, gabriella@thelafed.org
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, CHIRLA/May Day Coalition, 562-243-5559, jmcabrera@chirla.org
Raul Murillo, Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, 213-999-4701, raulmu@hermandad.com

At Least 100,000 Will Take the Streets of Los Angeles on May 1

Los Angeles, CA – Today, for the first time in nearly a decade, all marches happening on May Day (International Workers’ Day) announced unity among the groups. In light of President Trump’s cruel and racist policies that attack working people, immigrants, public education, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community, we all recognize that the time to resist is now. We are promoting our vibrant and diverse communities, and sending a message to the administration that we are united.

ABOUT THE GROUPS:

The May Day Coalition of Los Angeles is a network of over 100 labor and community organizations from throughout Southern California, including the ACLU of Southern CA and Women’s March LA Foundation.

The Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition is a coalition made up of pro-immigration Community Based Organizations, activists, and organizers.

LA Progressive, Unión del Barrio, and CA for Progress are part of the May Day General Strike Coalition, which is comprised of leftist organizations and parties that are calling for a general strike on May 1 against President Trump’s neo-fascist policies against the working class.

The California Latino Congreso is the state affiliate of the National Latino Congreso, a latino umbrella network of organizations addressing a multiplicity of issues important to Latino communities, especially fair and humane immigration reform and state immigration options.

Together, the May Day Unity Coalition of Los Angeles is expected to turnout at least 100,000 to march and rally on May 1, making it the largest May Day demonstration in history.

“These are unique times and many of our rights and freedoms are on the chopping block by the current administration. The only way to confront the threats we face is to join hands and say ‘enough.’ This May 1, we will show our nation what a strong, diverse, and resilient community Los Angeles has become,” said Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and on behalf of the May Day Coalition.

“President Donald Trump has failed to fix our broken immigration system. Instead, he’s chosen to fill with fear the hearts and minds of millions of working immigrant men and women who are afraid of the on-going immigration raids and deportations. On May 1, hundreds of thousands of students and workers will march and rally in downtown Los Angeles to demand immigration reform with a path to citizenship from the U.S. Congress,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, National Coordinator of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition.

“The policies of the Trump administration are motivated by cruelty and villainize black and brown people. We are resisting on May 1 to clearly state that these policies are wrong and that most Americans don’t support cruelty and racism,” said David Huerta, President of SEIU United Service Workers West and on behalf of the May Day Coalition.

“We’re gathering united on May 1 because we must not tolerate the abuse of children and the militarized, irresponsible, and gestapo-like forced separation of families. This attack by Trump against immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and black and brown people targeted by ICE and the police is part of a larger attack against all working people. On May Day, however, we’re going to show him and politicians on either side of the aisle that our solidarity is strong and we won’t tolerate a system that gives only austerity and terror,” said John Parker, member of the Workers World Party and on behalf of the May Day General Strike Coalition.

The May Day Coalition’s website http://weresist.la/ lists ways to participate, a route map, and flyer and other graphics for download. A Facebook event page you can share can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901568740127007/.

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