Monday, April 24, 2017
Media contact: Alex Montances
— Media Advisory —
May Day Long Beach March Demands Long Beach become a Sanctuary City for All.
A unified effort by 19 Long Beach community organizations to bring awareness about workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and black & brown unity
What: More than 400 Long Beach community members will march and rally in honor of International Workers’ Day and immigrant rights on May 1st, 2017. It will begin at 5 pm at MacArthur Park with a short program, followed by a march ending at Long Beach City Hall for a closing program. Speakers will address the following topics as part of the scheduled rally:
- The importance of Sanctuary City policy in Long Beach and protecting undocumented immigrants and all of our communities.
- Resisting attacks on Muslims/Palestinians, Immigrants, Women, LGBTQ, and the environment, etc. by the Trump administration and other groups.
- Building a mass movement of working class communities within Long Beach standing together for justice and equity.
Who: The May Day Long Beach Coalition and community members
Speakers will include: Immigrants, youth, hotel and warehouse workers, clergy, LGBTQ, victims of police brutality and other residents from Long Beach.
When: Monday, May 1st, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: MacArthur Park (1321 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813) to Long Beach City Hall (333 W Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802)
Why: Over 130 years ago, the first May Day honored organized labor and the long struggle to win an 8 hour workday and other fundamental workers’ rights. Today, workers and immigrants around the world are now fighting a larger enemy: the growing racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, and anti-people policies of the new Trump administration and other governments around the world. Millions commemorate International Workers’ Day as a sign of resistance and working towards dignity and justice for workers, immigrants, and families around the world.
The May Day Long Beach coalition invites all the Long Beach community to take part in this historic global day of action. We the May Day Long Beach Coalition demand all Long Beach city leaders make Long Beach a Sanctuary City and protect undocumented immigrants from ICE and deportation. We also call on the City of Long Beach to provide sanctuary and protection for all People of color, Muslims, Women, LGBTQ, and other communities under attack by the Trump administration and groups that promote hate and discrimination. This May Day Long Beach rally is an opportunity for Long Beach residents to stand together against hate, bigotry, and racism by building a movement to provide sanctuary and justice for all.
The May Day Long Beach Coalition is a coalition of 19 diverse community organizations that are united by a belief in the power of the people. May Day Long Beach is pro-immigrant, pro-workers, pro-human rights, pro-social justice, and pro-Black Lives Matter. For more information, visit our website, facebook, instagram*** spell out website; follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and read our manifesto – a living document on some of the most urgent issues of today, including workers’ rights, immigration, racism, and police brutality.