Migrant Workers and Refugees Rise Up!

by on April 30, 2017
International Migrants Association

01 May 2017

Antonio Arizaga, International Migrants Alliance (IMA) Vice Chairperson
Terry Valen, IMA International Coordinating Body U.S. Representative
Email: ima.usa2011@gmail.com

Migrant Workers and Refugees Rise Up!

Build solidarity with workers and oppressed and exploited peoples of the world!

The International Migrants Alliance-USA Chapter (IMA-USA) stands with all the workers of the world on May 1st, International Workers’ Day.

Ironically, it was in the United States where International Workers’ Day was initiated. Workers in Chicago started a general strike on May 1, 1886 to demand an 8-hour work day. A few days later, some workers were killed by state forces, prompting the bombing at the Haymarket Square, also known as the Haymarket Massacre. Around the world, International Workers’ Day has been commemorated on May 1, except for North America — the United States and Canada.

In recent years, the workers and migrants rights movement in the United States has reclaimed May 1 as International Workers’ Day. In December 2005, the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act, also known as H.R. 4437 or Sensenbrenner Bill, was proposed in the 109th United States Congress criminalizing working-class undocumented migrants and those who would be found helping them. This prompted the mobilization of millions of migrant workers into the streets in different parts of the country on May 1, 2006.

As the United States of America enters a new period under the Trump administration in 2017 — a brazenly fascist, racist and anti-im/migrant president — within his first 100 days in office, we have seen his administration attack immigrants, migrant workers, and working-class people of color through his proposed Executive Orders.

Banning of Muslims, heightened raids in communities, profiling people of color in different parts of the country, continuous deportation of migrants and his plans of building the wall at the Mexican border are only the beginning of his open anti-im/migrant attacks. Trump has also made clear in his pronouncements that refugees are not welcome to the United States.

As migrant workers and refugees, we have long been forcibly displaced victims of the ravages of U.S. Imperialism. With its huge demand for cheap labor to sustain its capitalist needs, to the imperialist and proxy wars that the U.S. has been waging all over the world, displacing peoples from their home countries and resulting in forced migration and the current refugee crisis, Trump has only intensified the U.S. imperialist crises in different global regions. We can expect Trump to continue the horrendous legacy of past U.S. presidents, but we predict he will only worsen these problems, including the climate crisis as a professed climate change denier.

In this light, we call on all migrant workers and refugees to stand up against this new face of U.S. imperialism, still the most powerful among the world super-powers. Trump has pitted the U.S. working class against migrant workers and refugees, and so we must strive to create bridges, not bans or walls, to connect our struggles together.

We must build the broadest alliances and mass movements with the working-class peoples and the most oppressed and exploited communities around the world, forging strong international solidarity to resist the neoliberal policies advanced by U.S. imperialism and its representatives across the globe.

This May Day 2017, just like when it was called for in 1886, we support the calls for a general strike and to shut down businesses who do not support the struggles of the working-class, whether migrants, people of color and/or U.S.-born.

A tyrant can only be defeated by the people’s collective voices, efforts and power.  Let us march together as IMA-USA and advance people’s movements and struggles to greater heights!

Migrant workers, refugees, and workers of the world unite!

No to deportations! No bans! No walls! No to U.S. imperialist wars!



NY and NJ Groups Call for May Day Strike

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New York and New Jersey Community-Based Groups Call for a Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees and All Workers on May 1

The May Day Union Square Coalition


CONTACTS: Michael Bellamy (216) 571-4517

EN ESPANOL: Daniel Vila (718) 414-9558

Email: bellamymichaeld@gmail.com vila4000@hotmail.com

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May Day 2017

New York, NY — On May 1,2017, the International Workers Day, organizations all over New York City and New Jersey are calling to shut it down and strike to defend migrants, refugees and all workers. These groups, ranging from immigrants rights groups, workers groups and progressive labor unions to anti-imperialist organizations, and community based organizations, are calling for a mobilization on May 1, 2017 at Union Square at 12PM, with a teach-in at 2:30PM, and a march at 5PM.

Attacks against migrants and workers have increased in the fascist climate of Trump’s regime.  From the ban against refugees and migrants from 7 Muslim countries, the increasing raids and deportations of immigrants, and criminalization of black and brown bodies, the Trump administration has openly espoused the violence of the U.S. state against marginalized communities that previous administrations have also perpetuated.

US wars are directly responsible for thousands of civilian deaths and the creation of millions of refugees. In March 2017, more Syrian civilians were killed by US-led coalitions than ISIS or Russian-led forces combined. Since the Syrian war broke out in 2011, almost 5 million Syrians have become refugees fleeing their home country to escape the horrors of this imperialist war. The destruction of an entire country following US intervention is nothing new to us. We have seen this pattern in examples such as Iraq under President Bush and Libya under President Obama. These wars that force people from their homes are waged in the name of profit of the U.S.

The U.S. further profits from migrants and refugees that come to the U.S.  Throughout the history of the US, the massive wealth of this nation has been built on Black slave labor and exploitation of cheap immigrant labor.

Convenors and endorsers of the mobilization at Union Square stands against the attacks of the Trump administration on migrants, refugees and all workers. We say:


Current speakers include International League of Peoples’ Struggle, International Migrants Alliance, Somos Los Otros, NY, Workers World Party, Frente Unido de Inmigrantes Ecuatorianos, Frente Hispano, Asociacion de Troncalenos  residentes en el exterior, New York State Youth Leadership Council, CUNY Student Walk-Out, Workers Justice Project, South Asian Fund for Education,Scholarship and Training (SAFEST), Postal Defenders, Sisa Pakari Cultural & Labor Center, Domestic Workers United, People’s Power Assembly, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Justice Committee, mother of Ramarley Graham, mother of Mohammed Bahs, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, BAYAN, Nodutdol, Labor for Palestine, Green Party, Sane Energy Project, Students for Justice in Palestine, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW Local 232, Queens Solidarity Coalition, Serve the People Awaken Revolutionary Consciousness (SPARC), MACC, Audre Lorde Project, Defend Democracy in Brazil, Nation2Nation Organizers, Split Rock, International Working Women’s Coalition, CAAAV, Equality for Flatbush, Laundry Workers Center, Cosecha, Hoods4Justice, International Action Center.


For more information on the conveners and endorsers of the May 1st Union Square mobilization, please visit our facebook event page: tinyurl.com/unionsq2017

ICE_free NYC

by on April 27, 2017

SHUT IT DOWN! Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees, and All Workers!
May Day at Union Square – Monday, May 1st 2017
#hastalahuelga #shutitdown #maydaystrike2017

Since 2005, people’s organizations have been organizing at Union Square for all workers. May Day, or International Workers Day, is a day of great significance to the workers and the oppressed masses across the world.

Our main call this year is SHUT IT DOWN! Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees, and All Workers! We have seen an attack on our people from President Trump’s Executive Orders to ban Muslims and refugees. There have already been over 1,000 civilian deaths in March 2017 by U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, an increase of 5,000 Border Patrol officers and 10,000 ICE agents, and a proposed addition of $54 Billion USD to the national military budget. We cannot allow this to continue.

The organizations that are putting together May Day @ Union Square 2017 are not only resisting Trump but holding the whole corrupt system accountable. We are groups coming together representing Black, Brown, People of Color, Trans, LGBTQGNC, Migrant, Muslim, People with Criminal Convictions, and Indigenous communities who are uniting to defend our people!

We would like to enlist your support for this call to show the people on May 1st, 2017that New York City has had enough. We are going to show the world that the people are ready for a mass movement that will lead to revolutionary change.

Would you like to volunteer for May Day at Union Square?
Here are some key dates coming up:

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Prod Work Session
12 to 6 PM at Solidarity Center (147 W 24th St, 2nd floor)

Sunday, April 30, 2017: Security Briefing + Training
3 PM at Solidarity Center (147 W 24th St, 2nd floor)

We are still recruiting for volunteers. We are asking convening organizations to offer at least 2 security marshals/volunteers – Google form! 


Finally, there is a YouCaring fundraiser to fundraise for May Day! As grassroots groups, we need to collectively pitch in to make May Day happen! Recommended donation from convening organizations is $30 to $50 dollars!


ICE-Free NYC is an endorser of the May Day rally at Union Square 2017.

May Day greetings from Mexico’s SME

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saludos del SME
May Day greetings from Mexico’s SME

Published on Apr 27, 2017

José Humberto Montes de Oca, Secretario del Exterior del Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas envía saludos por el Primero de Mayo.

May Day Greetings of solidarity from José Humberto Montes de Oca, Exterior Secretary of the Mexican Electricians Union

Petition to Shut Down CUNY for May Day

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Petition to Shut Down CUNY for May Day

Next Monday, in solidarity with May Day and the 11 million undocumented workers calling to shut down business as usual for“A Day Without Immigrants,” students & faculty across the country will WALK OUT! Join us & share w/ friends and colleagues.

Sign Petition to Shut Down CUNY for May Day Moratorium!
The increase in immigrant raids, bans & forced deportations urged immigrant activists to call a strike for this year’s May Day, demonstrating “A Day Without Immigrants.” Since the Haymarket affair in Chicago, 1886, May 1st has been a day for working-class protest and workplace actions. Coalitions across the country ask workers, in honor of immigrants, to strike this May Day and protest U.S. exploitation of labor, especially the 11 million undocumented.

Students and faculty, including Judith Butler, Cornell West, Etienne Balibar and GC Professor, David Harvey, call for a moratorium on all normal university operations across the U.S., including cancelling classes, closing offices, and postponing maintenance to participate in teach-ins, demonstrations, marches and protests.

We are asking CUNY to close all operations on May 1st as part of the May Day Moratorium and say with one voice that we stand with workers, especially the 11 undocumented. It is essential that we take this stand as a University, rather than as individuals. We are stronger as a collective!

Please sign your name here if you support closing CUNY on May 1 and the National May Day Call to Action.