Sunday, April 30, 2017

AAPI organizations rise up, uniting for May 1 march

Demonstrators against Trump policies marched in March

IN A WAY, Donald Trump was right when he said he would unite the country. In his first 100 days in office, opposition to his policies and his attempt to turn back the clock when power and influence in America was totally Euro-centric and opposed to science, education and the Golden Rule.

On May 1, in commemoration of May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, a consortiium of AAPI organizations of will gather an Asian American and Pacific Islander contingent in Washington DC to take in part in the International Workers Day march and rally.

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) are joining together to demand justice for immigrants, refugees, and Muslims; to protect the right to collectively bargain and organize a union; to fight against mass deportations, a Muslim ban, and the criminalization of people of color; and to defend the Earth and its resources. 

APALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana stated: “We are keeping true on our commitment to resisting, organizing, and fighting back. Just in the past 100 days of the administration, attacks on our communities have instilled fear and anxiety to new levels, and we refuse to make this racist and xenophobic agenda the new norm for our country." 

Organizers are asking AAPI participants will gather at McPherson Square at 2 p.m. 

A short program will include leaders who will speak on the contributions of AAPI working people and the important role AAPI communities have in fighting for a better world for all working families. At the conclusion of the program, event participants will march together to the White House to join the thousands of working people at the #RiseUP March & Rally to oppose the hateful rhetoric, policies and actions of the current administration.

 “The movement for reproductive justice is stronger and more powerful when we acknowledge and elevate how our different identities shape the rights and agency of AAPIs and all workers," said Sung Yeon Choimorrow, NAPAWF Interim Executive Director. "We are committed to a social and political transformation that ensures gender and racial equality each member of the AAPI community and other communities of color—and that means resisting anti-immigrant policies and economic inequity.”

Join APALA, NAPAWF, and NAKASEC to show the world that we will not be afraid to rise in solidarity with working people across the globe! Join us and tell the world that we are #NotYourModelMinority. RSVP before or join us on May 1. 

WHAT:          May Day/International Workers’ Day AAPI Contingent Meet Up
WHO:           The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO
                     The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)          
                     The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

WHEN:          May 1, 2017, 2:00-3:00PM

WHERE:       McPherson Square, 15th St. NW & K St. NW 
                     (for an event near you, click here.)


ALL DAY — Beyond The Moment: May Day – National Day Of Action
Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day (BTM) is a national campaign intended to expand and strengthen multi-racial, multi-sector and local long-term organizing capacity around the fight for justice, freedom and the right to live fully, with dignity and respect for all people. From small vigils to mass mobilizations we will take collective and cross-movement. Our aim is to build a mighty movement of all people dedicated to freedom. That means we don’t deny our differences, we embrace them and build a movement bold, broad and big enough to include our many realities. Join Beyond The Moment. Find a May Day Action in your city at: Click here to learn more
ALL DAY — National Day of Action for Immigrants
On May 1st, immigrants and allies all over the country will rise up in resistance to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrants in America. On May 1st in cities, towns and communities across the country immigrant leaders of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will Rise Up! in resistance to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrant communities in America. 

They will partner with organizations to lead marches, rallies, protests and town halls that resist Trump’s deportation machine, oppose the current administration’s scapegoating of immigrant communities and build a united front to support a vibrant and diverse future for our country. 

The #RiseUP movement is growing by the hour, 42 organizations with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will be leading in cities with marches, rallies, and community events to shut down the hate in our communities! Find a May Day Action in your city at: Click here to learn more
ALL DAY — A Day Without ImmigrantsOn May 1st, we will not go to work, we will not go to school and we will not buy. We are going to make it clear that this country cannot function without immigrants. This is only the beginning of our fight toward permanent protection, dignity and respect. Find a May Day Action in your city at: Click here to learn more

"This fight is a shared struggle uniting our diverse AAPI community and people of color more broadly to the struggles of all working people and families in the United States and across the globe. Sustainable jobs with fair wages; access to healthcare; living and working in places with dignity and free from fear, discrimination, or criminalization – these are the basic tenets driving us together.” said Cendana