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May Day March and Rally



What: May Day Rally and March

When: May 1, 2014: Gather at 2:00.. Rally at 3:00.. March at 4:00

Where: SW Park Blocks at SW Salmon St. and SW Park Ave.                       

PORTLAND, OREGON April 22,2014 – As we approach International Workers Day in 2014, we find ourselves facing unprecedented cuts to public services including education, street and park maintenance, social services, unemployment insurance and much more. As a result we are seeing a rapid increase in symptoms of poverty including houselessness and food insecurity. Along with all of this we continue to experience attacks on people of color, immigrants, working families, women, students and the right to organize.

Plans for the annual May Day march and rally in Portland are taking form as a broad range of community organizations and labor advocacy groups, including local unions, prepare to celebrate International Worker’s Day. “The gap between the haves and the have nots continues to widen as corporate control of the economy grows and government corruption increases,” said Ben Marston of Unite Here, a union representing low wage hotel workers. “Our members struggle to make ends meet and often have to rely on social services such as food stamps even though they work full time. Workers are starting to fight back as we have seen recently with unions like the Portland Association of Teachers, the city workers of DCTU and the Professors at PSU who all threatened to strike in order to force good faith negotiations and a fair contract.”

According to Romeo Sosa of the immigrant rights organization Voz, “The immigrant population has always played a major role in the May Day event. Despite a growing attack on undocumented workers and their families, the community is standing strong in saying ‘no more’ to deportations that are separating children and parents.” Sosa continues, “We have collaborated with unions and community groups like Jobs with Justice and the homeless advocacy group Right 2 Dream Too. We see that our struggle against this corrupt system connects us all and that through solidarity we will become strong enough to create a new and just world.”

People will begin to gather at the South Park Blocks at 2:00 PM and the rally begins at 3:00 PM with speakers and musicians who will communicate the challenge to the community to confront issues of poverty wages, homelessness, wage theft, foreclosures, unemployment, racial and gender inequality,  the need for a just and humane immigration reform, climate change and other affects of the systemic attack on working people.  At 4:00 PM a march will begin through downtown Portland and will end back at the South Park Blocks at about 5:30 PM when there will be a short wrap up rally with some entertainment and speakers.


Greg Margolis……503-285-6603 or 503-806-9164 [cell]

Marco Mejia……503-740-8035

Endorsed by:

*VOZ Workers Rights Education Project *Portland Jobs with Justice *United Auto Workers *Industrial Workers of the World – Portland *PSU American Association of University Professors *Oregon Fair Trade Campaign *Oregon Jericho *Dare to Struggle *Service Employees International Union – Local 503 *Portland Peaceful Response Coalition *Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals *Portland Anarchist Black Cross *Portland Central America Solidarity Committee *United Brotherhood of Carpenters – Local 156 *American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees *Oregon AFL-CIO *Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines *All-African People’s Revolutionary Party  *Portland Solidarity Network *American Friends Service Committee *Right to Survive *International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – Local Lodge 1005 *Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Portland *Right 2 Dream 2 *American Federation of Teachers – Oregon *National Association of Letter Carriers – Branch 82 *Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon *International Longshore and Warehouse Union *Hella 503 *Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice *Comite De Solidaridad Y Apoyo Mutuo

Voz and ACT Network Victorious in New ICE Holds Ruling

On April 16, 2014, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton joined other sheriffs from Clackamas and Washington countries by announcing that they would no longer comply with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s requests to keep undocumented immigrants in jail for deportation.  This came after a U.S. Districts Court judge ruled that Clackamas County had violated a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by keeping her jail longer than her two day sentence.  As a result of the decision of Sheriff Staton, other counties in Oregon have followed.

Immigration detainer or ICE holds are a routine request from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the Oregon sheriffs detain a person beyond the time the person would otherwise be released. As a result of these holds, hundreds of families were torn apart, immigrants were afraid to report crime minimizing community safety, and tax payers were subjugated to paying $168 per night for each inmate in jail. According to the Oregonian, from January 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012, ICE’s policies resulted in 1,465 holds in Multnomah County, all of which was due to sheriffs like Staton believing that ICE holds were mandatory when in fact they are not.

All of this changed on April 11, 2014, when Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart, U.S. Districts Court for the District of Oregon ruled that Clackamas County was liable for violating Maria Miranda-Olivares Constitutional rights. Ms. Miranda-Olivares filed her lawsuit in March 2012 after being unlawfully held in jail for two weeks. David Henretty, a former Voz Executive Board member and the attorney representing Maria stated that, “This case makes clear that if a county decides to hold a person beyond lawful custody on the charges, that extended incarceration must satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Amendment. The presence of a request from ICE to prolong the incarceration does not overcome this fundamental right.” Ms. Miranda-Olivares now awaits a trial to determine the amount of her damages.

Despite the influential court case, much of why Sheriff Staton changed his policy on ICE holds was thanks to Voz and their partner, Activists Coming Together for Justice and Dignity (the ACT Network) who have been working diligently over the past two years to put a stop to the unlawful holdings. Voz and the ACT Network have pressured Sheriff Staton to change his policies through the use of rallies, letter writing, and community forums that showcased the stories of brave undocumented community members impacted by ICE holds.

This ruling was the tipping point  after years of pressure and awareness by the ACT Network. As a result sheriffs across Oregon stepped up to put a stop to ICE holds stating they would no longer comply with ICE requests. Immediately following Sheriff Staton’s decision 50 immigration holds were lifted for jail inmates in the Portland area and is expected to affect hundreds of Multnomah County inmates within the next year. Given Sheriff Staton’s new policies, families will no longer have to fear being torn apart, communities will be safer, and tax payer’s money can go to more productive community activities.

April 5: National Day of Action Against Deportations!

Voz is joining the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and other organizations across the country as we say: Two Million Too Many! #Not1More! Stop the Deportations!

What: Community Teach-in Against Deportations

When: Saturday, April 5th at 1:00pm

Where: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 8623 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97266

Here’s the link to the Facebook event:

Flyer for April 5 event

Hear testimonies of experiences with the deportation system. Learn about ICE holds, private prisons, local struggles to stop individual deportations; and the power of the President to stop deportations NOW.

In the next few days the Obama administration, unless it reverses course, will have deported more than 2 million of our parents and loved ones, hard workers, and people who call the US home.

We say #Not1More! In 2013, 500 organizations, 30 Congresspeople and more than 15 direct actions that Shut Down ICE facilities across the country called on the President to halt deportations and stop the needless suffering.

2014 needs to see real action, we won’t let “Yes We Can” be answered with “No, I Can’t.” The President has the power in the stroke of a pen and it’s time for him to use it.