It’s May Day, so you know what that means!
Well, for most Americans in means just another day to meekly report to work and grovel for a paycheck (or a day to spend recovering from said groveling if you have Saturdays off).
But in the rest of the world, and yes, even for some Americans, May Day belongs to the People. And this being Portland, of course there will be a rally.
The May Day March and Rally: Jobs for All! Immigrants’ Rights Are Workers’ Rights takes place Saturday, May 1st. The Portland May Day Coalition is made up of grassroots community organizations, labor unions, faith communities, and individuals. Festivities begin at SW Park and Salmon downtown, with 11am entertainment and sign-making, a noon rally, and 1pm march.
Portland, OR– April 27, 2010 – With the recent passage of the racist anti-immigrant bill SB1070 in Arizona, which gives police the authority to stop anyone who looks undocumented, Portland labor, immigrants’ rights, and community groups will be gathering in solidarity with people all over the world facing economic crisis, discrimination, and police brutality.
Organizers aim to draw attention to alarming developments locally: Already programs aiming to use police as an arm of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) are underway, starting in Clackamas and threatening to spread across the metro region. Their role is largely unregulated and unchallenged, resulting in programs that lack transparency, accountability, and oversight.
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