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March, rally & celebration for Immigrant and Worker Rights

When: Saturday, May 1, 2010, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Chelsea, East Boston, Everett

This event is endorsed by UJP.    Print and distribute the flyer attached below.

12pm Everett City Hall to Chelsea
1pm Chelsea City Hall to East Boston
2pm Lopresti Park, East Boston

We are people. We are workers. We are change

May 1st Coalition
(Chelsea, East Boston, Everett)
Coalition’s Message and Political Platform
“We are people. We are workers. We are change” Is the unified message of the May 1st Coalition led by the Chelsea Collaborative, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, La Comunidad Inc., Centro Presente, and City Life/Vida Urbana, and our community partners and allies across the Greater Boston area.
May 1st is a historic day marking workers’ struggles around the world. Originated in the United States to commemorate the struggle for the eight-hour work day, it has become a forum that immigrant communities have adopted across this nation to demand rights and dignity for all workers.
As a diverse group of organizers and co-sponsors supporting the May 1st Coalition’s event, including non-profit community based organizations, labor unions, small business owners, elected officials, faith based organizations, and other allies; we continue to fight for:
·         Family Unification and Reunification, and support passage of the Gutierrez H.R. 4321 bill
·         Equal Labor Rights for all workers, and support passage of the Employee Free Choice Act
·         Equal Access to Higher Education, and support passage of the DREAM Act and In-State Tuition bills
·         Equal Civil Rights and Due Process for all
·         Public spending for jobs and the social well being, not for corporate bailouts or war
As part of nation-wide and state-wide efforts, we are also mobilizing to demand:
·        Ending ICE workplace and residential raids
·        Ending cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement (287g agreements)
·        Ending “smart enforcement” against workers by using E-verify, I-9 Audits, and No Match Letters
·        Ending abuses within the detention and deportation system
·        Ending border militarization and the construction of border walls
·        Ending corporate bailouts, stopping foreclosures and evictions and budget cuts that provide for basic public services
We will NOT support any proposal that:
·        Further criminalizes immigrant workers
·        Aims to disenfranchise and take away rights from workers
·        Further creates divisions between US native born workers and immigrant workers
May 1st highlights the dignity of immigrant labor and our contributions to this nation. We seek the same goals of equality, opportunity and prosperity that all working people in the United States have historically fought to achieve. We need to make sure that immigrant workers are heard and that just and humane immigration reform finally becomes a reality.



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