2 Days Left-MayDayPDX06!!!
Outline of facts from the coalitions that are organizing the May Day events in Portland on monday.
This outlines the efforts of the May day coaltion nationwide and the details of the day for Portland, Oregon.
Also following is an incredible essay written to encourage those who might not yet be excited to participate in the people's movement and also gives an opportunity to sign a national petition that will bring awareness to the current rascist/classist/nationalist infastructure this country is wrought with.
CELEBRATE MAY DAY!
International Workers Solidarity!
Respect workers' rights!
No human being is illegal!
STOP the INS raids!
- Legalization with a clear path to citizenship
- Restoration of civil rights and liberties, end the Patriot Act
- An end to free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA that benefit corporations at the expense of workers
Please Bring Food and Water
The Legal Defense Hotline number is 503-234-4518. People should call and report if they witness an arrest or any police misconduct. It is suggested that you write the number on your body because many times people lose the flyer with that number (which will be passed out at the rally) but also they can be taken or thrown away if you're arrested.
Place: Meet at the South Park Blocks (SW Park Ave and Mill)
Time: Monday May 1
9:30am - Music, dance, and a play
11am - Rally
Noon - March
3pm - more music & speeches
4pm - Rally
The Coalition that organized these events include the following groups:
American Friends Service Committee,
Center for Intercultural Organizing,
Freedom Socialist Party,
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee,
Portland Jobs with Justice,
VOZ:Worker's Rights Education Project,
and many more.
Portland Workers Celebrate May Day!!
Join the Great American Boycott of 2006
International Workers Solidarity Respect Workers' Rights
No Human Being is Illegal Stop the ICE Raids
Portland, Oregon (April 27, 2006) On Monday May 1st beginning at 10am, Portland immigrant rights, labor, environmental, religious, women's rights, indigenous rights, GLBTQ, and other community groups will gather at the South Park Blocks (SW Park and Mill) to celebrate International Workers' Day with music, theater, and speeches, culminating in a march which will begin at Noon.
May Day is recognized around the world as a working class holiday, a day of solidarity between workers of all nationalities.
The May Day events in Portland are being organized as part of the Great American Boycott of 2006/el Gran Paro Americano 2006. Nationwide, hundreds of thousands are expected to walk out of work and school in solidarity their fellow immigrant workers to demonstrate the invaluable contributions immigrants make to the economy of the United States and to demand an end to anti-immigrant legislation like the Sensenbrenner Bill (HR 4437). Criminalization is not the solution.
We call for immigration policy that includes the following: Legalization with a clear path to citizenship, family reunification, and the restoration of civil rights and liberties.
We ask each worker to access their situation and if at all possible join us that day. Certainly almost every one can join in economic solidarity and not buy anything that day.
Immigrants contribute $7 billion in social security per year;
Immigrants contribute $25 billion more to the U.S. economy than they receive in healthcare and other social services;
The Coalition that organized these events include the following groups: American Friends Service Committee, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Escuela Magdalena Mora, Freedom Socialist Party, Latino Network/La Red Latina, Portland Anti-Imperialists, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Portland IWW, Portland Jobs with Justice, Radical Women, VOZ:Worker's Rights Education Project, and many more.
Petition & Facts & Opinions:
For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!
In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?
We, white people who believe in justice and ending racism, have a responsibility and a historic opportunity to stand with immigrant communities and unite behind their demands. As white people, most of us with U.S. citizenship, we call out to our white communities to take to the streets for immigrant rights. We must demonstrate that the rightwing racists, from the Minutemen to in the Congress, do not represent us!
Anyone who has experienced this month's electrifying, grassroots explosion feels the power and excitement growing.
Working-class immigrants, with their crucial roles in the economy and culture of the U.S., have real power to reshape this country, as a vibrant part of broad multiracial movements for justice and equality. As anti-racist white people, we have a role to play in this struggle.
Immigrants are the direct targets of these policies, and we know enforcement will aim at immigrants of color. But we are all endangered by the accelerating drive of this country towards greater abuse of working people, more criminalization of poor/working-class people, and of all communities of color, particularly African-Americans. Our futures are tied together and now is the time to stand with immigrants fighting for their rights.
The ruling class in the United States has historically led anti-immigrant campaigns to divide working people, getting people to blame one another for stealing their jobs while corporations build their financial empires from all of our labor. Building from a foundation of enslaved African labor and mass land theft from indigenous nations, corporations used anti-immigrant campaigns against the Irish, Italian, Jews. Chinese, Japanese, Eastern Europeans and other immigrants, to deny them legal protections, attack unions and maintain cheap labor to under-cut better waged jobs. These campaigns intensified with the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1880's and as more and more European immigrants were assimilated into white society, immigrants of color from Asia and then Latin America were targeted to be a permanent low wage, legally unprotected, work force to drive wages down and corporate profits up.
White people have led and rallied behind anti-immigrant campaigns in the millions throughout the history of this country and today a new history for immigrant justice is being written and we have a responsibility to be part of it. We're fighting two racist agendas: big businesses need to retain a vulnerable pool of exploitable labor, and the blatant organized racists want to preserve white political dominance and agitate for mass deportations. This divided right wing unites to dehumanize immigrants of color, working to strip them of any rights or protections. The small handful of mostly white billionaires backing and benefiting from these strategies depends on our complicity. Instead, let's build upon the legacy of anti-racist white people who have refused to participate in divide and conquer strategies, where the ruling class historically uses race to pit
us against each other.
White people need to take responsibility for countering the attacks generated by white racists, from the border to the White House.
If you're a white person who stands for justice, we encourage you to step it up. How can you more actively support immigrants fighting for their rights, and encourage your families and friends to get more involved?
What local organizing by immigrants can you support with your time, money, and resources? On April 23rd in the Bay Area, and throughout the country on May 1st (International Workers' Day) immigrant communities around the country will again take the streets. Let's be there in greater numbers: on the streets beside our friends and neighbors,
raising our voices in the national debate, making a commitment to organizing
more white people to stand up against attacks on immigrants.
This letter comes to you from two Bay Area-based white anti-racist organizations, Catalyst Project and the Heads Up Collective. Heads Up is a member organization of the Deporten a La Migra Coalition, which is primarily composed of organizations based in working-class immigrant communities. We ask you to act in solidarity with the principles generated by the Deporten a La Migra Coalition, Immigrants Fighting For Our Rights.
The land is for those who work it!
No more displacement
The border is hypocritical
Unity makes us strong
Demand dignity and equality for all immigrants
In every neighborhood, organize!
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If you agree with these principles, we invite you to sign this letter and make your signature a commitment to putting them into action in your work and life.
> >>Catalyst Project and the Heads Up Collective
Catalyst Project and Heads Up Collective were inspired by the work of white anti-racists with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in New York City, and Italian Americans for Immigrant Rights in the Bay Area, who put out similiar open letters to move white people to stand for immigrant rights. By signing here, we are also joining with the thousands of white people participating in those and other efforts.
> >>Please sign on if you stand with the principles
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