Miami, FL – A multiracial coalition of immigrant organizations, faith leaders, labor unions, local activists and artists brought together more than 500 people of all ages to march through Downtown Miami on International Worker’s Day. Thousands across the country joined them in May Day rallies from New York City to Los Angeles.
“We want to stand together as a unified voice so our message can be heard loud and clear: we do not believe in hatred or building discriminatory walls; we do not accept attacks against women; we do not exploit migrant workers and then say they are criminals; we do not disrespect people with disabilities; we do not vilify black lives; we do not accept racism, hate and Islamophobia,” said Tomas Kennedy, lead organizer for Miami May Day Rally and March. “Racism and xenophobia have taken over the media and silenced our voices. It's time to stand up against the current threats to democracy, freedom, human rights, equality, and the welfare of our country and all our people. It’s time to say we stand for peace and justice.”
The march was organized by dozens of organizations (see full list below) on a historically recognized day of action for both workers and immigrants. This May Day, multiple issues were brought to the forefront, including climate change, the Black Lives Matter movement, attacks on women’s reproductive health, discrimination against the LGBTQ community, and the fight for a higher minimum wage.
The following are statements from groups and community members participating in the march:
“The immigrant voice can no longer be silenced. Immigrants contribute to this country in countless ways, including taxes. We need to stand up on May 1st as one voice against anti-immigrant hate.” — Katie Soto from Homestead, who planned to attend the march with her family.
“We are suffering from a lot of discrimination, especially from politicians who accuse us of being bad people. It is very important to unite, raise our voices, and show these politicians that Latinos are powerful and we want the breakup of our families to end.” — Miguel Bernal of WeCount!
Full List of Organizations
ACLAA, American Fraternity USA, AMAVEX, American Friends Service Committee, Caminos de la Esperanza, Centro Immigrante Ecuatoriano de Florida, DREAMers' MOMS, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida New Majority, Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees, Interfaith Workers Justice, Madre Tierra Collective, Miami Workers Center, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Organizacion Hondureňa Francisco Morazán, Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade, SEIU Florida, Students Working For Equal Rights, United Families, United We Dream, WeCount!, Women Working Together USA