***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR APRIL 5, 2017***
Nora Cay Ryan Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich Sophie Vodvarka B Loewe
Chicago Federation of Labor SEIU Local 1 ICIRR Mijente
Large-Scale Protests To Resist Racism and Rebuild Community Planned for May Day
A Historically Broad Coalition to Announce Plans for Citywide Resistance
(CHICAGO)- In anticipation of International Workers’ Day on Monday, May 1, a broad array of organizations are uniting to plan citywide actions to stop criminalization, defend our rights, and create truly safe and healthy communities.
WHAT: Social justice and labor organizations along with environmental groups and community allies will announce coordinated activities for May Day, including job actions, marches and rallies.
WHO: Jorge Ramirez, Chicago Federation of Labor
Jesse Sharkey, Chicago Teachers Union
Gabriela Marquez-Benitez, Organized Communities Against Deportation
Hatem Abudayyeh, Arab American Action Network
Cosette Hampton, Black Youth Project 100
Jack Darin, Sierra Club Illinois
Jose Artemio Arreola, Casa Michoacan/Hometown Associations
Ana Romero, Raise the Floor Alliance
Liz Radford, Women’s March on Chicago
WHEN: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Sierra Club Illinois, 70 E. Lake Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60601
WHY: May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is celebrated around the world following the tragic events of Chicago’s Haymarket Affair in May 1886. This year it will be a national day of action in the United States with large marches expected around the country in reaction to the policies of the Trump administration. In Illinois, this has been compounded by the anti-worker agenda of the Rauner administration.
In response a wide variety of immigrant and racial justice, labor, women’s, environmental and community organizations from throughout the Chicago area have united to resist racism and rebuild community and are planning walk-outs and other workplace actions, marches and rallies that are expected to draw large crowds to downtown Chicago on Monday, May 1. The protest will also push city and state leaders to do more to protect Chicagoans from Trump’s attacks and promote real safety and economic opportunity in the Chicago area
Following the scheduled press conference, additional interviews will be available from the following:
- Lawrence Benito, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Todd St. Hill, Black Youth Project
- Oliwia Pac, O’Hare Airport Worker
- Alicia Feliciano, Warehouse Workers for Justice
- Jorge Mujica, Arise Chicago