Seeking Justice for Immigrants & Workers on May 1, 2010: Events in DC and Throughout North Carolina

last updated Apr 29, 2010, 4:50pm EST

People across North Carolina are planning events for Saturday, May 1, to stand in solidarity with immigrants and with workers, and to speak out for just and humane policies in our state and nationwide. Below is a partial listing of events in Washington, DC and throughout North Carolina in which you can participate. To submit an event, email

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Asheville, NC

What: May Day Immigrant Workers' Rights / SB 1070 Rally
When: May 1, 2010  -- Gathering at 2:45 PM (3-5 PM)
Where: Pack Square, Downtown Asheville, NC
Contact: Cristina Tiongson (Herman@s Orgullos@s en Las Americas - HOLA, 828-450-9022) or Josh Sykes (UNCA SDS)
Details: Join with local organizations to condemn recent actions taken against immigrant rights and promote legalization and immigration reform. This action is part of a nationally coordinated response, organized by the Network to Fight for Economic Justice (NFEJ), as a plea for justice in immigration reform.

Carrboro, NC

What: MayDay Celebration with International Workers of the World
When: May 1, 2010, 2:00-04:30pm
Where: Really, Really Free Market, Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St, Carrboro
Details: Get plugged into struggles around issues affecting workers in NC. Come out to remember labor struggles of the past and build a working class movement that will enable future victories. Download the flyer in English.

Charlotte, NC
What: Rally
When: May 1, 2010, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Mecklenberg County Jail 700 E. 4th St Charlotte, NC 28202
Contact: Ruben Campillo (704) 759-6503


Durham, NC
What: Candlelight Vigil/ Vigilia de Velas
When: May 1, 2010  -- 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: CCB Plaza, Downtown Durham/Centro de Durham
Contact: Julio Olmos or Maximiliano Hernandez (919) 687-4635, Gia Gillis (919) 475-2093,
Details: The theme of the vigil will be family unity.  Download the flyer in Spanish. Cosponsors include American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Durham Immigrant Solidaity Committee, El Centro Hispano (Durham), NC Justice Center, Reform Immigration for America, and Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

Greensboro, NC
What: Jobs with Justice workers' rights rally/memorial
When: May 1, 2010, 3:00-5:00pm
Where: Goverment Plaza in downtown Greensboro
Contact: Dustin Nettleton (336) 316-3425 or Sandra Koritz (336) 272-2758

Details: To recognize the 29 miners that lost their lives in the Massey Company mine on April 5, 2010. We will also be recognizing the many workers who have died in North Carolina on the job including farmworkers who have died in the fields of our state.

What: Immigration Reform Action- Line Elm in Silence for Immigration Reform
When: May 1, 2010, 6:00pm-7:15pm
Where: Meet in small park at the corner of McGee and Davie in downtown Greensboro
Contact: Ryan Nilsen, 336-379-0037 ext 1#

Details: Join us to line Elm St. in silence for a public display of our support of comprehensive immigration reform. We will stand for 30 minutes and hold signs that call for justice for immigrants.

Hendersonville, NC

What: Vigil and Meeting with Henderson County Commissioners
When: Monday, May 3, 2010  -- 4 PM
Where: In front of the old courthouse in Hendersonville, on Main St. 
Why: The Commissioners are the people who approve to finance and implement 287(g) and other policies in the county.  We want to tell them that the Latino community lives in fear and experiences daily injustices.  We are working hard and trying everything possible to remove this program from Henderson County.  Justice is only possible when we are free of the fear created by the 287(g) program.
Contact: El Centro/LAC in Hendersonville, (828) 693-1981 or 693-1477. Sponsored by Coalition of Immigrant Rights
Details: Vigil & Meeting with the Henderson County Commissioners to show our discontent with the 287(g) program, which leads to criminalization, racial profiling and deportation of immigrants.  We will have testimonies of people who have been affected by this policy. Please come dressed in a white t-shirt and bring candles for our peaceful demonstration. We are providing transportation for those who would like to participate but do not have transport.

Kernersville, NC
What: Vigil for Fair Immigration Reform
When: May 1, 2010, 7:30-9:00pm
Where: Holy Cross Catholic Church, 616 S. Cherry St Kernersville NC 27284
Contact: Martin Mata, 336-996-5604, or Mario Rojas, 336-996-5604
Details: An informal vigil for immigration reform at Holy Cross Catholic Church.


 Washington, DC

Join the 2pm Rally in Lafayette Park May 1st (below), or start earlier with Trail of Dreams for these May 1st activities:

8:00 A.M. Meet early at Tenants and Workers United, 3801 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305, to be part of the Marshall team and help keep everyone safe for the March
8:30 - 9:00 A.M.
People converge at Tenant Workers United, 3801 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria VA 22305
9:30-9:45 A.M. We begin walking toward Memorial Bridge, across to DC, and meet up at Constitution Ave and 15 St
12:00-12:30 P.M. United We DREAM Pre-rally at Constitution Ave and 15 St as the New York Trail of DREAMs and Florida Trail of DREAMs converge with youth from 21 states nationwide!
1:00 -1:15 P.M. Walk from Constitution Ave and 15 St to Lafayette Park
2:00-3:00 P.M. Rally at Lafayette Park

What: Rally for Immigrant Rights
When: May 1, 2010, 2 pm
Where: Lafayette Park, in front of the White House
Contact: CASA of Maryland, 301-431-4185

Details: Join thousands from the DC area, as well as the Trail of DREAMs youth activists that will be culminating their 1,500 mile journey on foot from Florida, to demand that President Obama put an immediate end to deportations and raids, and work with Congress to pass a just immigration reform this year. Enough is enough, we can't wait any longer! President Obama and Congress must act now and take a stand for immigrant communities.