LOCAL IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, LABOR AND BUSINESSES GROUPS TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR MAY DAY PROTEST IN NATION’S CAPITAL

Posted March 17, 2017 /

Hundreds of Thousands to March in Cities Nationwide for Largest Immigrant Mobilization since Election

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2017) – At 11:00 AM on Monday, leaders representing local businesses, labor and immigrant rights groups will gather together to announce their May Day plans for the largest mobilization of immigrants and supporters since the Trump election, to call for an end to the Trump administration mass deportation strategy. Channeling momentum from recent “day without an immigrant” events, hundreds of thousands of diverse groups of supporters are expected to hold echo events in cities nationwide, while local groups march to the White House.

Attendees available for interviews will include: CASA’s Gustavo Torres, Martine Moukam, an African day laborer, 32BJ SEIU’s Jaime Contreras, and Drink Company CEO, Angie Fetherston.

On May 1, many local businesses will close their doors and join CASA, 32BJ of the Service Employee International Union, UCFW Local 400, the D.C. Central Labor Council, CARECEN, clergy and community groups for a rally and march to the White House. The event aims to: 1. hold President Trump accountable for the suffering he is unleashing on the nation’s immigrants. 2. Hold Congress accountable as a check on executive power by ensuring immigration laws exemplify American values of inclusion, respect for diversity and due process. 3. The groups will urge Congress not to appropriate any additional funding for ICE agents, border patrol agents, detention beds and a border wall.

The Trump administration’s deportation forces have terrorized immigrant families, hurt the economy for all working people and threaten the safety of all communities. Local law collaboration with federal immigration enforcement causes immigrants to be wary of reporting crime which leaves us all less safe. Taxpayers already spend more money on immigration enforcement than enforcing on all other laws combined. Immigrants strengthen our economy by creating millions of jobs every year, running almost a fifth of the small businesses across America. They do the work that our families need and that drives our economy, like caring for our children, the sick and the elderly, and securing and cleaning our offices and airports.

CASA is a Latino and immigrant organization and a national leader in building power and improving the quality of life in low-income Latino and immigrant communities. Its vision is for a future in which diverse and thriving communities live free from discrimination and fear, and work together with mutual respect to achieve full human rights for all. Over its 30-year history CASA has established itself as a strong national leader in innovations for Latino and immigrant-focused services, and backbone organization for collective impact involving community-based, government and private partners.

With 163,000 members in 11 states, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country. 32BJ members hail from 64 different countries and speak 28 different languages. The overwhelming majority of 32BJ’s 18,000 members in the D.C. Metropolitan Area and Baltimore are immigrants from Central and South America.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES:
CONTACT FERNANDA DURAND, CASA
fdurand@wearecasa.org
Cel.  240.706.2624
JULIE KARANT, 32BJ SEIU
jkarant@seiu32bj.org
Cel. 646-584-9001

WHEN: 11:00 AM on Monday, March 20, 2017
WHERE: In Front of the White House
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CASA is a Latino and immigrant organization and a national leader in building power and improving the quality of life in low-income Latino and immigrant communities. Its vision is for a future in which diverse and thriving communities live free from discrimination and fear, and work together with mutual respect to achieve full human rights for all. Over its 30-year history CASA has established itself as a strong national leader in innovations for Latino and immigrant-focused services, and backbone organization for collective impact involving community-based, government and private partners.