COALITION FOR HUMANE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS OF LOS ANGELES
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2016
Urgency to Keep Families Together and Commitment to Vote Underscore 2016 "Our Power, Our Voice" May Day
Largest and diverse coalition in Los Angeles urges workers and families to fight back and defeat right-wing forces with civic engagement and votes
Los Angeles -- The May Day Coalition of Los Angeles, one of the city's oldest and most diverse coalitions consisting of labor, ethnic community organizations, education, students, workers, faith, immigrant, and civil rights leaders, announced Wednesday more details to the International Worker's May Day march and rally for May 1, 2016 to start at 12 noon at LA Live on W. 11th Street and S. Figueroa St. downtown Los Angeles.
"It is urgent that all Angelenos come out on May Day to demonstrate our power and send a direct, unequivocal message to those who seek to exclude us from their version of America, that we are prepared to stand up and stop hate on its track, because this is our America too," stated Angelica Salas, CHIRLA Executive Director.
The May Day Coalition's march begins gathering at 12 noon at the corner of W. 11th Street and S. Figueroa St. A rally and a speaker line up along with entertainment will get things moving and participants begin marching at 1:30 p.m. headed Southeast on 11th towards S. Los Angeles St. through the famous "Callejones," LA's oldest shopping area. Marchers will head north on Los Angeles Street, turn right (East) on Temple through Little Tokyo, turn Left (North) on S. Alameda Street, and finally turn left on Aliso Street to old Olvera Street Plaza.
"The Executive Action case being decided by the Supreme Court right now, which will impact millions of lives, is political, square and simple. The hand we have been dealt with is wretched and we must stand up when we are attacked," added Ms. Salas.
"We are calling on families to fight back, to speak up, march with their feet and at the polls. We know how powerful the forces against our community can be but we also know how much more powerful our voice is when we stand together, when we vote, when we say not on my watch," stated Apolonio Morales, CHIRLA Political Director.
The march will stop briefly three times on 7th and S. Los Angeles St., E. 3rd St. and S. Los Angeles St., and on E. Aliso St. and N. Alameda St. The third stop, right in front of the ICE Regional Detention Center, includes testimonies by immigrants impacted by immigration laws.
"Sunday is family and community day and we urge everyone to join as a united front for part of the march or the full 2.7 miles," added Mr. Morales.
WHAT: International Worker's May Day march and rally organized by the May Day Coalition of Los Angeles.
WHEN: May 1, 2016, Sunday, 12 noon
WHERE: Start, corner of W. 11th St. and S. Figueroa St. Noon.
Rally starts at 1:00 p.m.
Marching begins at 1:30 pm, heading East on 11th St. towards S. Los Angeles St.
Marchers turn left/North on S. Los Angeles St. towards Temple St.
March holds brief stop on 7th Street and Los Angeles St.
March holds brief stop on E. 3rd and Los Angeles St.
March turns right/East on Temple Street towards S. Alameda St.
March holds brief stop in front of ICE Detention Center on S. Alameda St.
March turns East on E. Aliso St.
March ends at Olvera Street Plaza
WHO: May Day Coalition of Los Angeles: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles, CLEAN Carwash Campaign, CLUE, Youth Justice Coalition, Party of Communists USA, Pacific District, USW Local 675, Center for Community Change, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, LAANE, Southeast Asian Community Alliance, KIWA, Miguel Contreras Foundation, IDEAS at UCLA, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, CHIRLA Action Fund, Puerto Rican Alliance, Roofers & Waterproofers Local 36, Coalition for Community Control Over the Police, MeCha de UCLA, Black Lives Matter SoCal, Notre Dame Americorps, Unite Here Local 11, and others.