May Day 2013
MAY 1ST COALITION ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MAY DAY AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN FRONT OF SENATOR SCHUMER’S OFFICE
IMMIGRANT, LABOR AND PROGRESSIVE GROUPS SAY: “WE WILL MARCH ON MAY DAY FOR LEGALIZATION, JOBS, & EDUCATION, NOT MONEY FOR BORDER MILITARIZATION”
IMMIGRANT GROUPS EXPRESS CONCERN AND DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE GANG OF 8 PROPOSAL ON IMMIGRATION REFORM
A number of immigrant, labor and progressive organizations joined the May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights to announce their plans for May Day 2013. Groups will gather beginning at 12:00 noon at Union Square, to be joined at 4 pm with the Labor & Immigrant Alliance as well as the Occupy Wall Street Movement in a united citywide demonstration.
Speakers at the conference included:
Denise Romero of the Migrant Power Alliance said “I am a Dream Activist. I can get legalization through the Gang of 8 legislation. But I will not accept it as long as my brother or parents cannot.”
Denise brought everyone to tears with her words as she explained that the current legislation is not what everyone has been fighting for all these years.
Margarito Lopez of Laundry Workers Center said “I did not come here risking my life unless I had to. We are not criminals, all we want is to look after and take care of our families. We are not asking for legalization, we are demanding it.”
Margarito is also a worker at Hot & Crusty where workers waged a heroic and successful struggle for recognition of their union.
Joshua Duah also of Laundry Workers Center, from Guyana, is a worker at the restaurant Dishes where a campaign is also being fought.
Fahad Ahmed of DRUM described why they are marching on May Day and emphasized that everybody except immigrants were at the table in writing up the current legislation. He said his coalition, ICA, is planning to bring about 1,000 people to Union Square on May Day.
Chris Silvera of Teamsters Local 808 called on all unions to fight for legalization. City workers do not have contracts right now and stated that the May Day rally will be ending at City Hall to demand contracts.
Chuck Kaufman, visiting here from Arizona, represented the Tucson May 1st Coalition and said the current legislation means billions more money for militarization of the border which only means more deaths.
Larry Holmes from the Peoples Power Assembly & the IAC solidified his organization with the call for legalization and workers’ rights. He invited everyone to Baltimore on May 11 for a Poor Peoples March where all these issues will be addressed and a national fightback will be launched.
The press conference was co-chaired by Teresa Gutierrez of the May 1st Coalition and Chris Hilo, a Filipina activist also with May 1st coalition.
For more info call Teresa Gutierrez at 917.328.6470 or visit www.may1.info