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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