Demanding justice and protesting safely
On Sunday, May3, 2020, members of the Boston May Day Coalition staged a demonstration in front of the Suffolk County Jail, demanding justice and rights for prisoners, immigrants and the poor in the United States. To read the statement presented at the demonstration click below.
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Defending our communities in the era of the Trump Epidemic. Our demands.
24/04/2020 - The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed on January 21st in Washington state. There is no good reason why the US became the epicenter of the world coronavirus pandemic. The colossal spread of the epidemic in the US is directly the result of policies of the Trump Administration. In May of 2018, Trump closed the White House pandemic office (National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense). On January 3, the director of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Robert Redfield, received a call from a counterpart in China describing a lethal respiratory illness that was sweeping Wuhan. The Trump administration was immediately notified.
Let's stop making migration a crime
We need an immigration policy based on human, civil and labor rights, which looks at the reasons why people come to the U.S., and how we can end the criminalization of their status and work. While proposals from Congress and the administration have started the debate over the need for change in our immigration policy, they are not only too limited and ignore the global nature of migration, but they will actually make the problem of criminalization much worse. We need a better alternative.
Plataforma del Partido Verde Sobre Inmigración Para la Elección Presidencial del 2012 – Ticket Stein / Honkala
El Partido Verde apoya firmemente la justicia social para todos los que viven en este país, independientemente de su estatus migratorio. Por encima de todo, la política y la ley deben ser humanitarias. Cualquier otra cosa sería incompatible con nuestros valores como verdes, y con los valores de nuestra nación.
2012 Green Party Platform On Immigration - Ticket Stein / Honkala
The Green Party stands firmly for social justice for all those living in this country regardless of their immigration status. Above all, policy and law must be humane. Anything less would be inconsistent with our Green Values, and with our nation's values.
Secure Communities Undermines All of Us
The decision, by President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to impose the Secure Communities Program on the State of Massachusetts in 2012, seriously undermines reasonable sovereignty claims of the states, encourages the practice racial profiling, and erodes individual rights to due process. Of course, it targets immigrants and specifically Latinos. But this is no aberration. Secure communities is cut from the same cloth as the National Defense Authorization Act providing for the indefinite worldwide detention of individuals, or the executive branch assertion that it has the right to kill anyone it deems to be a threat (regardless of their citizenship and without benefit of any judicial process), or the attempt via SOPA/PIPA and now CISPA to make either federal agencies or powerful companies the arbiters of internet content and property claims.
We need to attack the very idea of state
A talk given at the May Day noon rally in the City Hall Plaza in Boston on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by James Herod
Let Justice and Peace Occupy the Earth!
Message by Chuck Turner for the Boston May Day 2012 event
Boston City Council Declares December 18 as International Migrants Day in the City of Boston
Council Charles C. Yancey offered the resolution that urged "the United States Government to sign and ratify the 1990 International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and to similarly recognize December 18, 2011, and annually thereafter, as international Migrants Day".
December 18, 2011 - a Global Day of Action Against Racism and for the Rights of Refugees, Migrants and Displaced People
December 18 is International Migrants Day (IMD). In the U.S. the day has not become an important day for immigrant rights action. The Italian organizacion ARCI proposed at the World Social Forum on Migrations in Quito, last October 2010, that we make an effort internationally to become a real international movement. The BMDC has been calling for international unity in the struggle for migrant workers rights since the inception of our organization. We issued a Hemispheric Call to Mobilize Against the Exploitation and Persecution of Migrant Workers which unfortunately didn't get much support either here in the U.S. or internationally. We propose now to support this new attempt coming from Italy.
Lessons from the struggle to defeat racist anti-immigrant amendments to the Massachusetts State Budget for FY 2012
3-Jul-2011.- This year again the Massachusetts Budget was the field that anti-immigrant politicians chose to include their nasty venom. We had a similar experience last year that was met with fierce resistance by immigrant rights advocates lead by the young people of the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM). Just like last year most of the racist, anti-immigrants amendments were either withdrawn or rejected but some elements remained. Therefore the victories were significant but partial.
Stop Hateful Anti-Immigrant 2011 Budget Amendements in Massachusetts
24/06/2011 - 06-24-2011.- Again the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) is leading the way to oppose a set of amendments included in the budget of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that seek to deny basic human services to undocumented workers and students. SIM established a vigil camp outside the main entrance of the State House which started last monday June 20. At the same time they have galvanized support in a coalition called Mass Hope 2011. The coalition includes the National Lawyers Guild, Matahari Eye of the Day, Jobs with Justice, the New Sanctuary Movement, Arlington Street Church, Asian American Resource Workshop, MIRA, Unite Here Local 26, Dominical Development Center, Centro Presente, the Boston May Day Committee, Cambridge/Somerville for Change, PHENOM, International Action Center, Harvard SLAM, Mass. Coalition for Domestic Workers, SEIU Local 615, Brazilian Immigrant Center, Chinese Progressive Association, API Movement, Resist the Raids, Moise Kavod House, AFSC, and Projeto Nos Votamos. The coalition continues to grow and if your organization has not done so, it should do it in a hurry.
A call to an international strike on December 18, 2011!
29/10/2010 - ... we propose that the IV World Social Forum on Migrations launch and encourage a social mobilization and strike on December 18, 2011, which marks the anniversary of the day when the United Nations passed the Convention for the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Family. Likewise we propose that this action be also endorsed by the World Social Forum that will take place in Dakar in 2011.
Immigration Reform 2010: We Need a Better Alternative
March 22, 2010.- Oakland, California - Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced Thursday (3/18) their plan for immigration reform. Unfortunately, it is a retread, recycling the same bad ideas that led to the defeat of reform efforts over the last five years. In some ways, their proposal is even worse.
Discussing root causes of oppression as a strategy to build unity among U.S. born and migrant workers
05/02/2010 - A speech given by Camilo Viveiros, Exec. Dir of Rhode Island Jobs with Justice at the "Workers have no Borders" event organized by the Boston May Day Committee on February 4, 2010.
Boston May Day Committee (BMDC) condemns targeting of immigrant workers by ICE agents and Foxboro police department
BMDC calls for legalization of all undocumented workers now
Do Undocumented People Have Rights?
13/11/2009 - By David Bacon November 2009
Immigrant Detention Facilities in Massachusetts
There are many immigrant detention centers in Massachusetts, starting with the Boston Service Processing Center in Boston. Then there is a number of county facilities that contract with Homeland Security for the detention of immigration related prisoners such as the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston, Bristol County Correctional Facility in North Darmouth, Franklin County Correctional Facility in Greenfield, Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Plymouth, and the Norfolk County Correctional Facility in Dedham. In addition there is the Federal Medical Center in Ayer.
Amnesty International: Immigrants Jailed Without Justice
26/03/2009 - Migration is a fact of life. Some people move to new countries to improve their economic situation or to pursue their education. Others leave their countries to escape armed conflict or violations of their human rights, such as torture, persecution, or extreme poverty. Many move for a combination of reasons. Governments have the right to exercise authority over their borders; however, they also have obligations under international law to protect the human rights of migrants, no matter what prompted an individual to leave his or her home country.
A Hemispheric Call to Mobilize Against the Exploitation and Persecution of Migrant Workers
"Mobilizations by the large workers federations, women’s, students, and indigenous organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean and North America are key to a solution There is a tradition of solidarity in this region that is yet to be fully expressed. Global labor mobilizations will also help overcome any hesitancy on the part of US unions to fully recognize and support their migrant worker comrades.
Llamado hemisférico para movilizarse contra la explotación y persecución de los trabajadores migrantes
Las movilizaciones de las grandes federaciones de trabajadores, las organizaciones de mujeres, de estudiantes y de los pueblos indígenas en Latinoamérica, el Caribe y Norte América, son la clave para lograr una solución al problema. Existe una tradición de solidaridad en estas regiones que no se ha manifestado en toda su dimensión aun. Una movilización global de los sindicatos ayudará también a superar las dudas de parte de las uniones estadounidenses en reconocer y apoyar a sus hermanos y hermanas trabajadores migrantes.
The Boston May Day Coalition Reorganizes to Continue the Struggle
08/01/2009 - On November 12, 2008 the Boston May Day Coalition met and after a thorough discussion of the agenda items which included the Coalition, work and current situation, two major decisions were made that changed the Coalition status to a Committee and to close the petition demanding that Bush stop the ICE raids and deportations. Below are the decisions and brief descriptions.
Notas del taller "Estrategias Para Frenar la Represión de los Trabajadores Migrantes y Lograr Sus Derechos"
Este taller organizado por la Coalicion Primero de Mayo de Boston se llevó a cabo el día jueves 9 de octubre de 2008 en el marco del Foro Social de las Américas. Contó con la participación de cerca de 50 personas provenientes de Guatemala, Estados Unidos, El Salvador, Italia, Canadá, Alemania, Suiza, Costa Rica, y Mexico. El mayor grupo nacional en la audiencia fue de los EE.UU. y el segundo de Guatemala. La mayoría de los asistentes fueron jóvenes.
Barack Obama, the lesser evil for undocumented migrant workers... or not
09/06/2008 - To express an opinion about which of the two presidential candidates in the U.S. will be better for the more than 12 million undocumented migrant workers and their families first we have place the question within the right context. The context is a presidential contest in a country whose democracy is determined by a two-party system destined to preserve, promote and expand capitalism. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party are therefore two variations on the same theme. Likewise, the electoral contests are determined not by popular will but rather by economic interests.
The Migrant Workers’ Struggle in South Korea and International Solidarity
As the issue of immigration has come to center stage in policy debate in the United States over the last several years, grassroots organizations, NGOs and labor unions have put forth strong calls for increased rights form immigrants, pathways to citizenship and an end to raids and deportations. While organizing, public education and lobbying efforts have been lively, however, as with many movements in the U.S., discussion of the issue’s international dimension has been relatively lacking. In fact, the issues of immigration policy reform and undocumented immigrants/migrants are central to countries across Europe and Asia. At the same time struggles against raids and deportations and for immigrant/migrant workers’ labor and human rights are growing in many of these countries. Of these, the struggle in South Korea is significant for the central role played by undocumented migrant workers organizing as part of the labor movement.
Condenamos la redada de ICE en Milford, Mass. y protestamos el reportaje insensible de los medios de comunicación al respecto
El viernes 7 de diciembre, agentes de la policía de inmigraciones y de aduanas, ICE, "apoyados" por el Departamento de Policía de Milford volvieron a ejecutar una redada en una comunidad inmigrante. Arrestaron a 15 trabajadores emigrantes indocumentados. Los reportajes indican que la mayoría de ellos provienen del Ecuador. Los medios, acríticos y parciales a ICE, reportaron que los trabajadores habían sido acusados de violar leyes criminales.
We condemn ICE Raid in Milford, Mass. and protest insensitive media reporting about it
Last Friday, December 7, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents "supported" by the Milford Police Department raided an immigrant community again. They arrested 15 undocumented migrant workers. Reports indicate that most were from Ecuador. The media, uncritical and sympathetic to ICE reported that the workers were charged for violating criminal laws.
Another Unjust ICE Raid in Massachusetts. Another Insensitive Media Report.
10/12/2007 - ICE nets 15 illegal immigrants in raid
Commemorating International Migrant Day (IMD) in the U.S., the Boston Area and Massachusetts
Thursday, November 29, 2007.- This is an open invitation to all organizations working for migrant workers rights in the Boston Area and in Massachusetts to hold a public event on Tuesday, December 18, 2008 to commemorate International Migrant Day. Unfortunately, there is not much time to organize a large event, but at a minimum the Boston May Day Coalition suggests holding an event at Encuentro5 in Boston from 7pm to 9pm. We would also support an event either in Chelsea or East Boston. If we think that we have the energy to organize a joint rally we would support that too.
HISTORY OF IMD
In 1997, Filipino and other Asian migrant organizations began celebrating and promoting the 18th of December as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. This date was chosen because it was on 18th December 1990 that the UN adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrants Workers and Members of Their Families.
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Stop the War on Immigrants and Stop the Wars Abroad
27/10/2007 - The United States launched an all-out war to control areas in the Middle East that was deemed of strategic importance. The tragic event of September 11, 2001 gave the Bush Administration the green light to move thousands of U.S. military forces across the world and attack first Afghanistan and later Iraq. Congress has continued to allocate billions of dollars to finance this war with no end in sight. The extent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq are of enormous proportions. There is a legal body in place that has shamelessly allowed violations of human rights that affect all aspects of our lives. Two fundamental elements are used to continue this unfortunate state of affairs: the Patriot Act and Homeland Security.
Raids by ICE: a psychological war that terrifies our communities
Last tuesday, August 28, to people who live in the area of East Boston and Chelsea in Massachusetts it looked like the city was under siege. Detachments from the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and other police forces roamed the streets creating panic among immigrant workers and their families. A community organizer spotted the ICE agents at the Maverick T station and pointed his camera in their direction. He was immediately surrounded, his camera confiscated, he was interrogated, and he was ordered to show his documents. Eventually they let him go. A Spanish-radio reporter who knew the organizer stopped to inquire what was happening. ICE agents told him to move on and out of there. But, the alarm was set off and 1600 AM radio waves were soon filled with phone calls about additional ICE police activity around town. This went on from around 6 am until noon.
Las redadas de ICE: una guerra psicológica que aterroriza a nuestras comunidades
El martes 28 de agosto, para la gente que vive en el área de East Boston y Chelsea en Massachusetts parecía que la ciudad estaba bajo estado de sitio. Destacamentos de la policía de control de inmigraciones y aduanas (ICE) del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional y otras fuerzas policiales se movilizaban por las calles de la ciudad creando pánico entre los trabajadores emigrantes y sus familias. Un organizador comunitario que divisó a los agentes de ICE en la estación de transporte Maverick apuntó su cámara fotográfica en dirección al grupo. Este fue inmediatamente rodeado, su cámara temporalmente confiscada, interrogado, y se le requirió que mostrara sus documentos de identificación. Eventualmente lo dejaron ir. Por coincidencia un reportero radial que conocía al organizador se detuvo para preguntar que era lo que estaba sucediendo. Los agentes de ICE le ordenaron que saliera de ahí. Pero, con esto se activo una alarma en la comunidad y las ondas de la radio en español 1600 AM pronto se llenaron de llamadas indicando sobre mas actividad de la policía de ICE en la ciudad. Todo esto sucedió desde las 6 de la mañana hasta el mediodía.
STOP THE RAIDS AND DEPORTATIONS!
FULL LEGALIZATION FOR ALL IMMIGRANTS NOW!
NO GUEST WORKERS PROGRAMS
May 2, 2007 -- Again we rallied and marched to demand from the system to stop the immigration raids and deportations and full legalization for all immigrants, now. At its peak there were about 750 people, of all nationalities showing their support for our repressed, victimized and exploited undocumented brothers and sisters. Again we clearly made the connection with International Workers Day and the need to reclaim this day for working people. At about 5:15pm we marched to Copley Square and the streets of Boston resounded to the chants of "Stop the raids, now!, What do we want? Legalization. When do we want it? Now!, and Si, se puede!".
NATIONAL DEMANDS FOR MAY DAY 2007
The following demands were adopted unanimously with one abstention by the National Conference of the National May First Movement for Worker and Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, Feb. 4, 2007.
We say NO to the new Corporate designed immigration plans!
In bipartisan and falsely described “comprehensive immigration reform” proposals, many undocumented migrant workers in this country may be transformed into criminals at the stroke of a pen. Legislative proposals from the Bush administration and before Congress seek to intensify government repression and criminalize immigrants. The Bush administration has proposed a plan for undocumented immigrants that would make them eligible for renewable three-year work permits at $3,500 and force them to leave and re-enter the country and pay a fine of $10,000 in order to become legal residents. The Bush fee of $13,500 amounts to an expensive coyote plan that would exceed the price coyotes charge for migrant border crossings several times over!
BOSTON MAY DAY COALITION CALL TO ACTION FOR MAY 1, 2007
From the land where May Day was born we call on our sisters and brothers worldwide and ask you to stand together with us in an international campaign defending the rights of the 200 million migrant workers worldwide. We ask working people worldwide to extend your hands in our direction and to add your voices to ours in a celebration of solidarity. This year let International Workers Day be “the day of the migrant worker”— a day when working people came together to say: “United we stand, divided we fall. An injury to one is an injury to all.” Let this year bring us a step closer to recovering May Day as our national Labor Day as it is celebrated by millions worldwide commemorating the May 1st, 1886 mass strike for the 8-hour day.
NEW BEDFORD MIGRANT WORKERS ARE NOT THE ENEMY
Massachusetts, March 6, 2007. An army of 300 federal immigration agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has conducted yet another military style raid on migrant workers in the country. This time it was the turn for an East Coast location, New Bedford, Massachusetts where scores of workers were taken away. ICE, a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explains that their objective is "to more effectively enforce our immigration and customs laws and to protect the U.S. against terrorist attacks. ICE does this by targeting illegal immigrants: the people, the money and materials that support terrorism and other criminal activities." (From their website "About us" section).
Migrant Rights = Human Rights
24/01/2007 - Final Statement of the Assembly on Migration, 7th World Social Forum, Nairobi, Kenya - January 24, 2007
Derechos de Emigrantes = Derechos Humanos Declaración Final de la Asamblea sobre Migraciones Foro Social Mundial, Nairobi, Kenia – Enero 24, 2007
Nosotros, participantes del 7mo. Foro Social Mundial (FSM), organizaciones de solidaridad, agencias no-gubernamentales, redes nacionales e internacionales, movimientos de base, hombres y mujeres, deseamos presentar por medio de esta declaración final las ideas que compartimos durante el FSM al igual que nuestras propuestas para la acción.
STATEMENT OF MARK LAURITSEN BEFORE THE WORKSITE ENFORCEMENT PANEL BRIEFING U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Last Tuesday morning, 13,000 workers clocked in to work as they do every day. They didn’t know that government agents would soon storm their worksites dressed in riot gear, brandishing military weapons and locking the doors to prevent anyone from coming in or out. Their mission involved a warrant ICE had obtained to apprehend 170 individuals suspected of identity theft.
Migrant Workers Day
Brazil: Letter from Brazilian Migrant Workers
Demanding Universal Citizenship and Human Rights
Considering that currently there are about 200 million immigrants in the world, and that from these, 3 millions Brazilians live abroad; and, considering that millions come from faraway places among them Asians, Europeans, Latin-Americans, who have chosen to live today in Brazil.
Día Mundial del Migrante
Brasil: Carta de los migrantes Servicio Pastoral de los Migrantes Ciudadanía Universal y Derechos Humanos
Considerando que, existen actualmente, en el mundo mas de 200 millones de inmigrantes y, que de esta población, aproximadamente, tres millones son brasileños que viven en el exterior, y que millones de personas, llegan, de los más distantes continentes, entre ellos, africanos, orientales, europeos y latinoamericanos y viven hoy en Brasil.
U.S. Women Immigrant Workers: Invisible and Abused but Making their Voices Heard
The number of undocumented (‘illegal’) immigrants in the United States (U.S.) is about 12 million and according to a new estimate they account for 1 in every 20 workers. There are an estimated 7.2 million undocumented workers. Women represent about 35% of the undocumented immigrant population and an estimated 54% are in the workforce. Undocumented immigrant workers are an integral part of the U.S. economy and account for nearly 1 in 4 farm workers, 1 in 6 maids and housekeepers, 1 in 7 construction and 1 in 8 food preparation workers. 27% of butchers and food processing workers are undocumented.
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