May Day marches in LA stress unity in resistance to Trump
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All the marches being organized for May Day (International Workers’ Day) in Los Angeles will come together as one for the first time in nearly a decade. The unity is a response, they say, to Donald Trump’s agenda, a program they say leans on fear, racism, homophobia, and hate designed to pit working people against one another.

“In light of President Trump’s cruel and racist policies that attack working people, immigrants, public education, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community, we all recognize the time to resist is now… We are sending a message to the administration that we are united,” expressed a statement by the variety of coalitions coming together for May Day in Southern California.

The different groups will be leading a variety of marches Los Angeles May 1. Included is the May Day Coalition of Los Angeles, which is a network of over 100 labor and community organizations throughout Southern California, including the ACLU of Southern California, and Women’s March LA Foundation.

The Full Rights for Immigration Coalition, a coalition made up of pro-immigrant community based organizations, activists, and organizers, also joined the call for unity. Along with LA Progressive, Union del Barrio, and CA for Progress, they are part of the May Day General Strike Coalition, which has a prominent message of going “against President Trump’s neo-fascist policies against the working class.”

The California Latino Congreso, the state affiliate of the National Latino Congreso, a Latino umbrella network of organizations addressing issues affecting the Latino/a/x community, has also called for solidarity among the various marches.

Under the banner of “Resist,” the march organizers came together at a press conference on Wednesday to explain why the need for unity among their groups was important now more than ever.

“These are unique times and many of our rights and freedoms are on the chopping block by the current administration. The only way to confront the threats we face is to join hands and say ‘enough.’ This May Day we will show our nation what a strong, diverse, and resilient community Los Angeles has become,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), and representative for the May Day Coalition.

“President Donald Trump has failed to fix our broken immigration system. Instead, he’s chosen to fill with fear the hearts and minds of millions of working immigrant men and women who are afraid of the ongoing immigration raids and deportations,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, national coordinator of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition. “On May 1, hundreds of thousands of students and workers will march and rally in downtown Los Angeles to demand immigration reform with a path to citizenship from the U.S. Congress,” Gutierrez proclaimed.

“This attack by Trump against immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and black and brown peoples targeted by ICE and the police is part of a larger attack against all working people… We’re going to show him [Trump] and politicians on either side of the aisle that our solidarity is strong and we won’t tolerate a system that gives only austerity and terror,” said John Parker on behalf of the May Day General Strike Coalition.

David Huerta, President of SEIU United Service Workers West, described the underlying motivations of the Trump administration and the reason for Americans to combat it.  “The policies of the Trump administration are motivated by cruelty and villainize black and brown people. We are resisting on May 1 to clearly state that these policies are wrong and that most Americans don’t support cruelty and racism.”

The various marches are expected to turn out at least 100,000 supporters in the streets to rally on May 1.

For those looking for ways to get involved this upcoming May Day in Los Angeles, the May Day Coalition’s website http://weresist.la/ lists ways to participate, a route map, and graphics for download. They also encourage supporters to share the Facebook event page, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901568740127007/ .


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Chauncey K. Robinson
Chauncey K. Robinson

Chauncey K. Robinson believes that writing and media, in any capacity, should help to reflect the world around us, and be tools to help bring about progressive change. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, she has a strong belief in people power and strength. She is the Social Media Editor for People's World, along with being a journalist for the award winning publication. She’s a self professed geek and lover of pop culture. Chauncey seeks to make sure topics that affect working class people, peoples of color, and women are constantly in the spotlight and part of the discussion.

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