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Dear Labor leaders and union activists,
The leaders of four national unions have signed a statement in support of "A Day Without Immigrants." (It's copied below.)
Click here now if you would like to add your name and union affiliation to their statement.
As Our Revolution board chair Larry Cohen says, "The real answer to Trump is fighting for our jobs and our living standards -- united as working women and men. On May 1, we can demonstrate the potential of that unity when we take action together -- whether born in the U. S. or an immigrant."
Labor for Our Revolution will release the broad list of supporters to the news media in the days before May 1.
Below are some useful links to learn more about "A Day Without Immigrants" and find events near you.
Movimiento Cosecha website for May Day: (English) (Spanish)
List of events convened by Cosecha on May Day
To learn more about actions in your area, join a rapid response network, and how to grow the movement, visit the May Day Strike page.
List for Formal Partners for May Day
Rand Wilson (for Labor for Our Revolution)
Labor for Our Revolution statement in Support of "A Day Without Immigrants"
Millions of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, who lead hard working and productive lives, are also union members.
Donald Trump launched his political campaign in 2015 with a racist attack on Mexican immigrants, painting them as rapists and murderers. He made attacks on our Muslim sisters and brothers his political trademark -- even going so far as to propose a religious test for immigration. This kind of race baiting and immigrant bashing has a long history in our country – a consistent attempt by business elites to divide working class people in order to advance their pro-corporate agenda.
As leaders of the unions who supported Bernie Sanders for president, we refuse to go down that road of hatred, resentment and divisiveness. We will march and stand with our sister and brother immigrant workers against the terror tactics of the Trump administration.
We are a nation of immigrants. Every generation and every race and ethnic group has seen attempts to divide the working class based on race and ethnic origin. Together we say NO to the politics of division! We call on Trump and his supporters to end the attacks on immigrant workers!
On May 1, 2017 millions of immigrant workers will engage in public resistance to the Trump administration. In some places that resistance will include labor strikes and boycotts. Millions will march in cities and towns all across the country. We pledge to support these protests and will urge our organizations' leaders and members to participate in whatever way we can.
Workers united, will never be defeated!
Larry Hanley, President, Amalgamated Transit Union;
Chris Shelton, President, Communications Workers of America;
RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United; and
Peter Knowlton, General President, United Electrical Workers.