10 Ways to Participate in the May Day Actions Without Leaving Your Home
Together We Will – San José urges you to attend the May Day march and rally on Tuesday, May 1, 4-7 p.m., at Roosevelt Park (901 E. Santa Clara St.)! This event is put together by the May Day Coalition. For the last 12 years, local unions, community-based organizations and immigrant rights groups have made the May Day March a Silicon Valley tradition. Now more than ever with the current presidential administration, we need to come together to reflect resistance and solidarity with other communities. Showing up is easy and matters — and it’s fun! Find the event information on Facebook along with the TWWSJ-specific meet-up.
If you can’t attend the march, here are some great ways to stand up for workers and immigrants.
1. JOIN one of the organizations endorsing or organizing the May Day march to learn more about issues facing workers and immigrants in the Bay Area. Here are a couple:
- Rise Up For Justice is organized out of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center
- SC County Wage Theft Coalition addresses the denial of wages or benefits to workers and meets about once a month
- STAND San José organizes people and families for justice in the South Bay
2. DONATE to defray expenses for the May Day march. Donations go towards permits, water, generators, portapotties, a sound system, etc. Please donate by check to the Collins Foundation, MEMO line: “May Day 2018” and mail to Collins Foundation, 48 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (information about the Collins Foundation)
3. SUPPORT WORKERS’ RIGHTS
A. READ about three current labor issues:
- #FightFor15: the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, which would address widening wage inequality and spur consumer spending. Read “The case for raising the minimum wage keeps getting stronger” (CNN). Want to know more? Follow the NorCal Fight for $15 on Facebook.
- #MeToo: the exclusion of farm workers and domestic workers (nannies, home health care aides, housekeepers, etc.) from federal sexual harassment protections. Read “Housekeepers and nannies have no protection from sexual harassment under federal law” (Vox). Want to know more? Follow the CA Domestic Workers Coalition on Facebook.
- Wage theft — the illegal practice of not paying workers for all their work. What is wage theft? Read about it via UCLA Labor Center. Note: this week the California Supreme Court is tackling this issue in Troester vs. Starbucks Inc., which raises the question of whether the California Labor Code requires employers to compensate workers for time they spend off the clock preparing for or wrapping up a shift of work. AND the Milpitas City Council, which recently adopted an ordinance to protect workers against wage theft, is voting on the Wage Theft Procurement Policy on Tuesday May 1. Want to know more about wage theft? Follow the SCC Wage Theft Coalition on Facebook.
B. CONTACT — write, call, email, or fax — your CA Assemblyperson (how to look them up) and tell her or him that you support AB 2314 — the Domestic Workers Rights Implementation Action. This bill would implement labor standards to protect (largely immigrant) domestic workers such as maids, babysitters and caretakers. It passed the Assembly Labor Committee in late April and will move to Appropriations. Read more:
C. LEARN about the Poor People’s Campaign. Did you know that 40.6 million Americans subsist below the poverty line and nearly half of the country’s population cannot afford a $400 emergency? Keep an eye out for the Poor People’s Campaign, which plans to launch 40 days of anti-poverty actions beginning on Mother’s Day, 5/12. An outgrowth of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, the Campaign will challenge public policies that bolster systemic racism, poverty, and the war economy. Read more:
Join or follow the movement at PoorPeoplesCampaign.org.
4. SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS
A. READ about current issues related to immigrants:
- The ongoing legal limbo of DACA recipients. Last week a federal judge ruled not only that the Trump administration must continue to allow Dreamers to apply for renewal but that it must also accept new applications. Read “Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Must Accept New DACA Applications” (Slate). Note, United We Dream has answers about this ruling on their Twitter account.
- The arrival in Tijuana of a large caravan of Central American migrants seeking asylum and the Trump administration’s announcement that they would not process any asylum applications. Read “Migrant caravan: No room for asylum seekers at border crossing, U.S. says” (USA Today).
- ICE’s brutal policy of separating asylum-seekers from their young children. Read “Why Does Trump Treat Immigrant Kids Cruelly? Because He Can” (New York Times). For more on the unconscionable treatment of immigrants detained by ICE, read “Do immigrants in ICE detention centers have any human rights at all?” (Slate). You can follow up by signing an ACLU petition opposing the separation of families.
- ICE’s targeting of immigrant activists — read “America should stop deporting peaceful immigrant advocates” (The Hill). And related to this, for more about the connections between reproductive rights and immigrant justice, read “Deportation Is A Reproductive Rights Issue” (Huffington Post). You can follow up by signing a Free Press petition demanding that ICE release undocumented journalist Manuel Durán, who has been covering protests on immigration policies.
B. CONTACT — write, call, email, or fax — your Members of Congress (how to look them up) and let them know that you oppose the current treatment of detained immigrants and that this abuse threatens the civil liberties of ALL OF US. Not sure what to talk about? Here are some examples of immigrant abuse:
- Forced labor: When Migrants Are Treated Like Slaves (New York Times)
- Family separation: To Curb Illegal Immigration, DHS Separating Families At The Border (NPR)
- Rape and sexual abuse: Detained, Then Violated (The Intercept)
- Wrongful arrests of American citizens: ICE held an American man in custody for 1,273 days. He’s not the only one who had to prove his citizenship (LA Times)
C. SIGN UP to be a Rapid Responder. The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County aims to protect immigrant families from deportation, and to provide them with moral and accompaniment support. The training is short and very worthwhile. The next scheduled on is May 10 at St. Paul’s UMC in San Jose (Facebook event). Find out more and sign up via PACT’s website.
D. LEARN about immigrant rights. Check out the ACLU’s guide for immigrants on what to do if stopped by the police or ICE (PDF; other languages available).
5. DONATE to foster more progressive leaders: The New Leaders Council (NLC) is a national organization committed to recruiting and training talented millennials who are up-and-coming leaders in politics, government, nonprofits, education, and business. With over 48 chapters and more than 6,000 alumni across the United States, NLC is building a bench of young progressives — including in the Silicon Valley. And TWWSJ member Ketzal Gomez is a 2018 Fellow (Congrats!!). Their annual fundraiser is June 8th and early bird tickets are $60. Buy a ticket for yourself, or, donate a ticket so that a young leader with limited funds can attend. You can also set up monthly giving for the amount you choose. Employer matching is welcomed!