May Day Coalition in Los Angeles Wants You to Know: “Together We Fight Back”

04/12/2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Contacts: Gabriella Landeros, gabriella@thelafed.org, (323) 406-3270
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, jmcabrera@chirla.org, (562) 243-5559

May 1st march and rally demands protection for all workers, calls on ICE to stop family separations and raids, and urges all Angelenos to get involved.

Los Angeles, CA – The May Day Coalition of Los Angeles held a press conference Thursday, April 12, 2018 to announce details for this year’s May 1st march and rally. “Together We Fight Back,” is an invitation for all Angelenos to take to the streets on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 starting at 12 noon from the corner of 6th Street and S. Olive Street.

The May Day Coalition of Los Angeles will promote three main issues throughout the one mile route: 1) Defend, protect, and respect worker rights, 2) fight against the anti-immigrant agenda and stop the cruel separation of families by ICE, and, 3) underline the importance of civic engagement in this year’s mid-term elections.

The march will commence in front of the Immigration Family Court building located on 6th and S. Olive Street preceded by a rally. It will then wind down 6th Street, turn left on S. Main Street, and finally, turn right on E. Temple Street. A short rally at the Edward Roybal Federal Building – Molecule Man artwork – marks the conclusion of the march.

More than 50 organizations including labor unions, immigrant rights, faith communities, youth groups, and other social justice advocacy organizations have been meeting to coordinate the traditional march and rally held on what is commonly known as May Day or International Workers’ Day.

The following are statements by members of the Los Angeles May Day coalition:

“We are living at a crucial moment in our nation’s history when inaction is unacceptable. Our families, values, and rights are under siege by an Administration with a small heart, large ego, and enormous cruelty. On May Day we do honor the struggle of workers and families who this Administration ignores and refuse to be silent and invisible,” said Angelica Salas, Executive Director with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).

“Whether it is workers in the public or private sector, mixed-status families speaking out against cruel and unjust raids, or communities exercising their right to vote, we stand united in protecting the contributions of working families and fighting this Administration’s far-right, racist, xenophobic, and anti-immigrant agenda,” said Rusty Hicks, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

“The tragedy in Parkland has sparked a level of awareness in this country among young people that is inspiring to the whole community. Civic engagement is essential on every level to making positive changes in our communities, not only through voting, but through community organizing and volunteering. We can be leaders today,” said Sage Moloney, student organizer of the March for Our Lives in Los Angeles.

“It is critical to also include and organize to protect sex workers and LGBTQ undocumented immigrants today and every day. Our voices, experiences, and issues must also be part of the conversation and work,” said Jennicet Gutierrez, member of the May Day Trans Queer Contingent.

“Local 36 stands with all workers in our communities against the attacks by president Trump and his extreme anti-democratic administration. Our strength as workers rests in our unity and struggle. As workers we will not be divided by falsities. We demand full legalization for all workers. We support the California Labor Federation’s democratic demand for voting rights in local elections for non-citizen residents. We are committed to whatever is needed to defend our Union and our community from all attacks,” said Norberto Gutierrez, member of Roofers & Waterproofers Local 36.

“Nowhere in my Scriptures are working families seen as a burden to the community or to God. In fact, there is a moral obligation to uplift and advocate for those whose rights are in jeopardy,” said Reverend Dr. Frances Rosenau.

“We must confront the reality that the world as we have known it is being torn asunder. This requires getting out of our comfort zones and not allowing our differences to stand in the way of rising together in an unprecedented, unrelenting mass struggle to confront the danger of a Trump/Pence fascist America,” said Michelle Xai of Refuse Fascism.

“I became a citizen in 1986, and I have voted in every election. I encourage all my 3 American born children to vote. I have a rule in my house, that when it’s Election Day they have to send me a picture that they have voted, because I know voting equals power,” said Martha Santamaria, Executive Vice President of UNITE HERE Local 11.

“We are determined to safeguard our communities from hatred and acts of xenophobia. Together, we can and will reach justice for our immigrant communities and every community that has been unfairly targeted by this administration. Temporary Protected Status recipients alone — over 400,000 — will be stripped of their legal working permits and other humanitarian protections without reason. We must continue to band together in the fight of our generation. We are determined to protect our communities and to fight for justice,” said Martha Arevalo, Executive Director of CARECEN

“Unions are the primary reason for the middle class and the backbone of America. This administration is doing everything possible to allow Corporations to strip away worker’s rights and protections that have been gained by Unions throughout the years in hard fought battles,” said Alex Sanchez of Teamsters Local 896.

The list of participating organizations includes (as of date): Teamsters 896, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Promesa Boyle Heights, Morena, UFCW 770, Democratic Social Association of Los Angeles, Workers United, ANSWER Coalition, Roofers Union, Fight For 15, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, CLUE, Santa Monica Unitarian Universalist Church, UNITE HERE Local 11, AFM local 47, MCF, Teamsters 396, LA LGBT Center, AAAJ-LA, SEIU 1000, DSA-LA, ACLU SoCal, LAANE, Communist Party USA, Refuse Fascism, May Day Trans Queer Contingent, AFT 1521, SEIU 2015, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles (CAIR-LA), IATSE, USW Local 675, SCOPE, UU Santa Monica Peace and Justice Team, CFA/SEIU 1987, Teamster 630, SEIU 121RN, CLUE, SEIU-USWW

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