Newark, NJ - This Monday in Newark, to demonstrate that the country depends on the labor of immigrants and working class people of color, marchers will assemble at 2pm in Lincoln Park for a rally and march on the federal building. Following the rally there will be a 5:30pm Justice Walk to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where a conversation about social justice will be held with the state’s gubernatorial candidates.
The events are part of a nationwide “day without immigrants” strike. Hundreds of thousands of workers have pledged to strike in what organizers expect to be the largest national strike since 2006’s Megamarches.
“May 1st is the first step in a series of strikes and boycotts that will change the conversation on immigration in the United States,” said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a spokesperson from Movimiento Cosecha. “We believe that when the country recognizes it depends on immigrant labor to function, we will win permanent protection from deportation for the 11 million undocumented immigrants; the right to travel freely to visit our loved ones abroad, and the right to be treated with dignity and respect. After years of broken promises, raids, driving in fear of being pulled over, not being able to bury our loved ones, Trump is just the final straw. As we saw during the spontaneous strikes on February 16th, our people are ready.”
Following Donald Trump’s punitive ICE raids and threats against immigrants area businesses are suffering, as members of our community live in fear. Mayor Baraka has declared Newark a sanctuary city, but New Jersey must take further action and:
- Declare itself a sanctuary state
- Pass a $15/hour minimum wage
- Protect the right to unionize
- Allow Driver’s licenses for all
- Have a statewide No Ban, No Wall policy
“On May Day we have the opportunity to stand up for undocumented workers and those in our community who have been targeted by the hate, racism and xenophobia from the Trump administration,” said prominent Immigrant Rights Activist, Erika Andiola. “This is the day we can unite our voices and make it loud and clear that our communities deserve respect, protection and dignity. We are ready to strike, and it's just the beginning.”
The Food Chain Workers Alliance has also announced that thousands of workers across the food system, from farm workers to restaurant workers will be striking on May 1st. “We are a workforce made up mostly of immigrants, women, African Americans, and indigenous people,” Jose Oliva of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. “Without workers, who does Trump think will harvest the crops, craft the food, transport it to market, stock the shelves, cook in kitchens, and serve the meals?”
Sponsors: Cosecha, Rutgers AAUP-AFT, NJ State Industrial Union Council (NJ IUC) , HPAE Local 5094, Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council, NJ Clergy Coalition, People's Organization for Progress, First Friends, Pax Christi, Esperanza Aztec, Democratic Socialists of America, Rutgers Undocu, NJIT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, (SHPE), 15 Now NJ, Socialist Alternative, Haiti Solidarity Network, NJ Forum for Human Rights, NJ Socialist Party, Saint Joseph Social Services, Justice Alliance Network, Lazos AU, Saint Peter's University Students for Peace and Justice, NJ Red Party, Food Not Bombs Jersey City, Food & Water Watch, Movement for Socialism, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, New Caucus, NJ Peace Action, Salvation and Social Justice , Rutgers Muslim Student Association