The Trump administration’s criminalization of immigrants is not only an assault on the civil rights of communities of color but a dangerous path that is already having dramatic consequences in communities across the country as hate crimes against immigrants and those perceived to be foreigners continue to spread.
IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY, AS AMERICANS, TO UPHOLD THE VALUES THAT WE SHARE:
- The right to fight for our families.
- The right to worship as we please.
- The rights of workers.
- The right to a free and fair election.
- The right to fight discrimination and hate where we see it.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
- We do so by condemning these discriminatory laws and using our voice and the power of our vote to elect representatives that truly embody our belief in equality and humanity.
- We do so by holding Congress accountable. Our legislative branch bears the responsibility to check on executive power and make sure our laws reflect our values of inclusion and respect for diversity and due process.
The action on May 1st will be lifting up a giant that embodies the power that working people hold in their hands, with their voices, and with their presence. Join us May 1 in a city near you.
WHAT WE WANT
1. WE want individuals to support immigrant workers by staying home from work, closing down shops and participating in our action on Monday, May 1st, 2017.
2. WE want the business community to support immigrants and workers by allowing them to have a day off on May 1st without retaliation. Immigrants strengthen our economy by creating millions of jobs every year, running almost a fifth of the small businesses across America.
3. WE want leaders from across the political spectrum and organizations throughout the country to stand strong against bigotry and hate. Scapegoating immigrants is not the answer to a more prosperous country. It sows the seeds of division and rancor among community members.
4. WE want Congress to stop funding the Trump administration’s mass deportation forces. Congress shouldn’t give the Trump administration any money for additional ICE agents, border patrol agents, detention beds, or a border wall. Congress must not give the Trump administration more resources to terrorize immigrant families and hurt the economy for all working people.
5. WE want Immigration reform. – Our economy would be stronger and our nation would be a better place to live in every way if undocumented immigrants could come out of the shadows and join the formal economy. Commonsense immigration reform would reduce the exploitation of immigrant workers and reduce employers’ incentive to hire undocumented workers.