Re-posted from the May 1st Coalition
May 1st Coalition 2019 Statement
May 1st, 2019 immigrants and workers fight together
against economic and social injustice and celebrate International Workers Day
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State Legislature’s leadership and Governor has refused to fix the state’s education foundation budget and end local law enforcement collusion with the Trump deportation machinery. In the last session, the state legislature refused to fix the “Janus” Supreme Court decision whose political motive is to eviscerate public sector unions.
At the federal level Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is being phased out while Trump and the Congress negotiate billions for a border Apartheid wall.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is under the firm control of extreme right-wing, anti-union, misogynist, and anti-immigrant justices. Important labor, immigrant, and social rights cases will be decided by SCOTUS in the current term.
Workplace protections and inspections have dramatically decreased causing a tremendous increase in debilitating injures and deaths. Those very federal agencies whose employees’ responsibilities are to protect the common good have been furloughed by the administration.
Yet Massachusetts educators, students, parents, and community-based organizations are taking dramatic collective action to fix the education foundation budget by May 1st. Unions, labor advocates, and faith-based organizations are demanding that the state legislature and the Governor enact laws against wage theft.
Both TPS and DACA recipients are marching in state capitals and Washington DC for Lawful Permanent Residency. Immigrant communities and their allies are demanding and end to local police collusion with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The May 1st Coalition member organizations are calling upon all workers fighting in many sectors to come together to demonstrate our collective strength and to show the powers that be that we will not, and can cannot be divided. Our unity will not only defeat the corporate agenda and white supremacy but build community intersectional power across movements.