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星期一, 5月 01, 2017

May Day action in Boston

BOSTON and CHELSEA – A diverse coalition of labor, social justice and community organizations will mobilize on Monday for May Day, International Workers’ Day, to advocate for immigrants and all workers’ rights and protest the Trump administration’s divisive and destructive policies against immigrants.
The rallies and marches are part of “A Day Without Immigrants” (“Un Día Sin Inmigrantes”), a nationwide day of action that brings together immigrants and their supporters to speak out against unjust policies and demand change.
Massachusetts is home to more than 1 million foreign-born people, more than half of whom are naturalized U.S. citizens. An estimated 180,000 undocumented immigrants live in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, often in mixed-status families, and often with U.S. citizen children.
One in five workers in Massachusetts is foreign-born, and immigrant households pay about $9.5 billion in taxes each year. Threats of deportation are often used to exploit immigrant workers, highlighting the close ties between immigrant rights and labor rights.
This year’s actions culminate in Chelsea to celebrate the city’s 10-year policy, adopted by the City Council, to respect all people irrespective of their race, ethnicity or immigration status. The policy also establishes that all Chelsea residents have the right to work without fear, receive fair wages, and access secure working conditions.
The May 1st Coalition brings together labor, immigrant rights and social justice groups across Chelsea, Everett and Boston. It includes the Chelsea Collaborative, La Comunidad, the Boston May Day Coalition, the Chinese Progressive Association, UFCW Local 1445, Fight for $15, American Friends Service Committee, MassCOSH, 32BJ SEIU, SEIU 509, LUMA, Answer Coalition, Jobs With Justice, Carpenters Union, and the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).