May Day March and Rally

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY RALLY AND MARCH FOR

“PEOPLE OVER PROFIT.”

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.

Contacts:

Greg Margolis…olismarg@aol.com…503-285-6603 or 503-806-9164 [cell]

Marco Mejia…mejiayep@yahoo.com…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