BENEFITING: El Comite
We're so thankful to everyone who donated to the march! We had a very successful march and rallies and we couldn't have done it without each and every one of you!
Although May 1st has come and gone, there are still bills to pay! Here is what it took to make this past May day a successful march for immigrants and workers' rights in Seattle:
-Sound System $14,000
-Trade Printery $5,000
-Union Print Shop (T-shirts) $4,100
-Audio/Radio Equipment $3,000
-Honey Buckets $2,500
-Liability Insurance $2,500
-Misc. Hardware $3,900
We appreciate any donations for the march and we look forward to working hard over the coming months to make our demands a realization in Seattle and beyond.
May 1st Action Coalition
As May 1st rolls in again we are challenged by the most aggressive anti- immigrant and anti-worker administration in living memory. Claiming to emulate stratagems used in Canada and Australia, this new gang of would be autocrats have outlined an immigration policy that is more in line with the old apartheid system of white-ruled South Africa. Attacks on organized labor, including “right-to-work” and “open shop” legislation, are also in the pipeline. Fear is the weapon of choice for this administration, and workers both organized and unorganized, “documented” and undocumented, are fearful. Yet we are also determined to resist. And we are not alone (can we say fortunately?). As the multitudes that marched to protest Trump’s inauguration demonstrated, a groundswell of grassroots opposition is emerging. Ongoing struggles, such as the Standing Rock resistance, Black Lives Matter movement and the recent Women’s National mobilization take on a new urgency. Rollbacks of environmental regulations have energized thousands more to join the fray, while hard won victories of virtually every sector (e.g. LGBTQ protections, women’s rights) are now at risk.
The May 1st Action Coalition calls on all workers to take to the streets this May 1st to celebrate international workers day with others around the world. Let this also be a call to action for Immigrant and undocumented workers fighting for justice and a “just” immigration reform that will allow workers to live in peace and provide for the well being of their families. This year’s March and Rally will include all sectors from the faith community, labor, social services, women, Blacks, Natives, Asians, LGBT, businesses, local governments, Latinos and immigrant/undocumented workers under one umbrella to defend our national health and well being!
Given the current political climate, we anticipate one of the largest crowds in the nearly two decades of the march. It takes a lot of time, effort, and financial effort to make the march successful. With your donation, we will be able to:
- Cover printing costs for posters
- Purchase materials for signs and posters for the march and rally
- Rent a sound system for the rally
- Provide Honey Buckets (including accessible units)
- Pay for permits and liability insurance