MEDIA ADVISORY: Workers and immigrants rights groups to march for raises, rights and legalization

WHAT: May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights
WHEN:  Thursday, May 1, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Opening rally at Old Wake County Courthouse, 316 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh

RALEIGH (April 28, 2014)—Workers, union members, immigrant rights groups and community activists will gather at the Old Wake County Courthouse to rally for a May Day March for Workers and Immigrants Rights on Thursday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m.
The march and rally will highlight important issues for workers and immigrants and will be demanding the following:

  •     A $15 Minimum Wage. Everyone deserves a living wage.
  •     Legalization for All, Not 1 More Deportation or Detention
  •     Defend the Right to Protest. Drop the Charges Against All Moral Monday Arrestee.
  •     A people’s budget, that includes full funding for public sector jobs and services. Housing, Healthcare, Education and Jobs for All.
  •     Fair pay and an end to workplace discrimination for women and LGBTQ people
  •     Make the corporations and the wealthiest few pay their fair share of taxes to end cuts on the backs of poor and working people
  •     The right to join a union & organize for all workers and the right to collective bargaining
  •     International Solidarity: No to Trans-pacific partnership
  •     End Police Brutality & Racial Profiling - Stop Racist War on Black Community and All People of Color (POC)
  •     End U.S. Wars, Bring the Troops Home
  •     End Religious Discrimination
  •     Environmental Justice Now

The opening rally will be at the Wake County Courthouse.  At approximately 6:30 p.m., a march will step off to the N.C. Budget Office at 116 West Jones Street to protest policies by Governor McCrory's Budget Director Art Pope that have created a low wage economy and corporate money in politics. The march will then head to Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly for the closing rally.

Other May Day railies will take place throughout the Southern United States in Tampa, San Antonio, Charleston, and Knoxville.

This event is organized by the Southern Workers Assembly. It is endorsed by the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, NC Raise Up, UE150 N.C. Public Service Workers Union, N.C. Justice Center, Pitt County Coalition Against Racism, Youth Organizing Institute, Black Workers for Justice, NC HEAT, Beloved Community Center and El Pueblo, Inc.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Zaina Alsous, 919.757.1031.