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From the Philippines to Libya to the streets of the U.S., people are rising up against injustice. In response to this, the forces of global capitalism and imperialism are working overtime to pit the masses of people on the planet against one another. Racist police murders continue while the victims are painted as criminals and thugs. Families are deported daily and immigrants are dehumanized and labeled as terrorists. Working families find it increasingly impossible to make ends meet in the U.S., while workers around the world are struggling to stay alive. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records.
All of these inhumane attacks are being bolstered by an organized attempt to bring anti-worker legislation to Oregon in 2016. This same legislation is currently operating in 26 states and there is clear evidence that the things we have worked so hard to eradicate — lower wages, no healthcare, and income disparities adversely impacting women, trans and gender variant folks, and people of color — are all things that are thriving within those states that have passed anti-worker measures. The anti-worker measures are being supported by anti-immigrant measures and anti-reproductive rights measures. All of these heinous acts are being financed by billionaires who don't even live in Oregon.
Clearly, we must commit to working together to stop these attacks against working people. The 2016 Portland May Day Coalition is planning a huge May Day 2016 rally in Downtown Portland that will serve as a vehicle to promote the themes of resistance to capitalism, international solidarity, and respect for workers and oppressed groups within this society and the world. We intend to create a culture of resistance against attacks on workers under capitalism by using May Day as a mass statement against the anti-working family measure.
Join us on May Day 2016! Unite with us in fighting divisiveness in our communities. Join organizations working for peace and justice, and take it a step further by engaging in actions that directly address issues faced by our families. Let us rise up and fight back against attacks to our communities! We will gather at Shemanski Park at 12:00 PM for celebration, fun, and entertainment. The Rally will begin at 2:00 PM with speakers and musicians addressing the issues mentioned above.
The people united will never be defeated!
El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tax-deductible donations are welcome and can be made on our Generosity Fundraiser Page: bit.ly/maydaypdx. Other forms of support are encouraged and interested individuals and organizations are invited to sign up through our Online Volunteer Sign-Up Form: http://bit.ly/maydayvolunteer.
The 2016 Portland May Day Coalition working on planning this year's Portland May Day rally are as follows. It's not too late to join us in planning - contact us at email@example.com.
Voz Workers' Rights Education Project
All African People's Revolutionary Party - Portland, Oregon
PortlandCHRP - Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Working Families Party
SURJ PDX - http://surjpdx.org/
Black Lives Matter Portland
Serve The People - Portland
Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Colectiva Migrante / Migrant Collective
The Willamette Chicano Alliance
National La Raza Unida Party-Oregon