Workers to March on May Day To Unite, Defy Politics of Hate

WHAT: May Day March Marking National “Day Without Immigrants” and “Beyond the Moment” Movement
WHO: 1,000+ members of NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers, Stand with Dignity, Faith, Labor and Community Allies
WHEN: Monday, May 1, 2017, 1-4pm CT
WHERE: Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans, LA

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NEW ORLEANS—On Monday, May 1, 2017, over a thousand New Orleans workers—including members of NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers and Stand with Dignity—will march together with faith, labor, and community allies to demand an end to the politics of xenophobia, hate, and mass incarceration in Louisiana and nationwide.

Marchers will demand Louisiana legislators oppose a pair of anti-immigrant bills in the state legislature—HB 676 and HB 525—which seek to further criminalize immigrant reconstruction workers and family members for political gain, and that legislators support the original Justice Reinvestment Task Force criminal justice reform legislative package on May 2 to restore Louisiana’s dignity, public safety, and tax base.

The march is part of Monday’s national Day Without Immigrants and the Beyond the Moment May Day strike, which are expected to involve hundreds of thousands of people in public actions protesting the politics of racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, hatred, and mass incarceration.

New Orleans workers are not giving in to fear or tempering their movements for justice, in spite of a wave of terrifying workplace and community raids by the Trump administration—such as the series of ICE raids that ensnared local parents Yeimi Galindo Martin and Luis Rodriguez, leaving their 1- and 3-year-old U.S. citizen daughters alone—and local plans for a new jail building, estimated to cost $97 million on top of another $40 million city investment in surveillance and criminalization. Rather, they are uniting to expand upon New Orleans’ policies separating immigration enforcement from law enforcement. They are fighting for legislation to dismantle Louisiana’s mass incarceration and deportation systems, and are working with local clergy and community members to call for investments in human dignity and expanded sanctuary for all in New Orleans.

CONTACT: Audrey Stewart, 504-655-2092, astewart@nowcrj.org