We've already made it more than clear that we are Ready for Reform: We expect President Obama to issue an executive order ending mass detention, deportation, and family separation: Not 1 More. We Demand a Vote from the House of Representatives to establish a pathway to citizenship for 11 million+ aspiring Americans right away: Time is Now. And we support all those who seek to return to their families in the US, after they were deported, or felt as though they had no choice but to self-deport: Bring Them Home.
We are a coalition of diverse communities, workers, faiths, and families, working in tandem to change the status quo and fix the broken system it maintains.
Thousands upon thousands of us will meet under the Chinatown Dragon Gates (Broadway & Cesar Chavez) in Downtown Los Angeles at 10 AM, on May 1, 2014 - International Workers Day - and march to the Federal Detention Center (535 N Alameda). We take to the streets calling not only for relief to keep families together, but for justice for low wage workers as well.
Safe living and working spaces, access to affordable quality care, as well as educational and capital resources; a reliable income - not a poverty wage that perpetuates the plague of income inequality: These are rights, not privileges.
It's Time: If we do nothing, the majority of Americans, from fast food workers and home health aides, to childcare workers and adjunct professors, will continue to rely on safety nets and prayers to get by. Whether aimed at citizen or non-citizen, any effort to deny these rights is detrimental to every one of us. It's not only immigrants who disproportionately work long hours for long wages, but members of communities of color, and especially women who make up 2/3 or more of the ten largest professions paying under $10.10 an hour.
May Day for All: Thursday, May 1, 10 AM, we march in solidarity with undocumented and mixed-status families, as well as those the millions more trapped in the paperwork processing logjam that delays family reunification for decades. From the Chinatown Dragon Gates to the Federal Detention Center, we march for an equitable economy driven by employment opportunities that pay men and women from every background living wages that keep pace with productivity and increases in the cost of living.
We march for quality jobs, quality care, and quality of life: We march for dignity.