Celebrate International Workers!
We Deserve Peace, Justice and Freedom! Civil Rights are Human Rights!
Peter Parks’ PDX 2016 Mayday Photos!
This year the official May Day rally included a Youth Zone for the young and the young at heart. We made signs, learned chants, sang songs, had snacks, made some noise, and wrapped it all up with a youth-led procession through the rally.
Kids of all ages were welcome to enjoy: some parents and caregivers hung out too!
Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice Portland
WHEN OUR HUMAN FAMILIES ARE UNDER ATTACK, WHAT DO WE DO? RISE UP! FIGHT BACK!
PORTLAND MAY DAY CELEBRATION & RALLY 2016
SHEMANSKI PARK, DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
12:00 – 2:00 PM : ASSEMBLY
2:00 – 4:00 PM : RALLY
From the Philippines to Libya to the streets of the U.S., people are rising up against injustice. In response to this, the corporate elite are working overtime to creatively pit the masses of people on the planet against one another. Racist police murders continue while the victims are painted as criminals and thugs. Families are deported daily and immigrants are dehumanized and labeled as terrorists. Working families find it increasingly impossible to make ends meet in the U.S., while workers around the world are struggling to stay alive. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records.
All of these inhumane attacks are being bolstered by an organized attempt to bring anti-worker legislation to Oregon in 2016. This same legislation is currently operating in 26 states and there is clear evidence that the things we have worked so hard to eradicate — lower wages, no health care, and income disparities adversely impacting women and people of color — are all things that are thriving within those states that have passed anti-worker measures. The anti-worker measures are being supported by anti-immigrant measures and anti-reproductive rights measures. All of these heinous acts are being financed by billionaires who don’t even live in Oregon.
Clearly, we must commit to working together to stop these attacks against working people, people of color, and immigrants. The 2016 Portland May Day Coalition organized a huge May Day 2016 rally in Downtown Portland that served as a vehicle to promote themes of unity and respect for workers and oppressed groups.
We want to create a culture against anti-worker laws by using May Day as a mass statement against the anti-working family measures.
Thanks for all who joined us on May Day 2016! United, we cannot be divided! We can fight divisiveness in our communities. It was good to see lots of organizations working for peace and justice, and taking this a step further by engaging in actions that directly address the issues.
We can rise up and fight back against attacks on communities!
The people united will never be defeated! El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!
For more information, please contact Rossella De Leon of PortlandCHRP – Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Portland Alliance
The 2016 Portland May Day Coalition planned this year’s Portland May Day celebration
and rally. It’s not too early to begin planning for next year – contact us!
Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project
All African People’s Revolutionary Party – Portland, Oregon
PortlandCHRP – Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Working Families Party
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Bette Lee “I’ll remember this (the above) Mayday for its intensity—our intense emotions of grief and outrage at the recent killing of Freddie Gray, another young black man by the police, demands for justice, our outcry for the police killings of people to stop and our resistance. “
Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Justice Matters, Resistance is the only action that matters! The minute we stand up, we are unstoppable. It’s time to forget the lesser evil
and fight for the greater good.”…
People Before Profit!