Statement for Chicago May 1st, 2017 March Resist Racism, Rebuild Community
May 1st, International Workers’ Day, will be a national day of action with large marches expected around the country. In Chicago, a coalition of organizations are planning to march to resist the rising racism and call on city residents to rebuild community.
The march will be focused on protecting communities that are under attack by the Trump regime and highlight the need to rebuild community and define what community safety means to us:
- Stop the criminalization, mass incarceration and deportation of Black, Latinx, migrant, Arab, Muslim, and communities of color;
- Defend workers’ right to organize, unionize and to earn a living wage;
- Defend the rights of women, people with disabilities, transgender, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people;
- ● Act on climate change, to create jobs and economic opportunities in the migrant, poor, and communities of color that are disproportionately threatened by pollution and climate change;
- ● Defend and fully fund public services, including public education, transportation, and health care.Our communities are uniting against Trump’s vision that views us as a threat, and that proposes that safety and security can only be gained with increased criminalization and policing of our communities, and rolling back the rights that our communities have won over the years.
We are pushing our community and city leaders to do more to protect Chicagoans from Trump’s attacks and promote real safety and economic opportunity in the city. If the people who run this city and the people who are running the federal government think they can move all our tax dollars away from jobs, schools, and health and into police contracts to patrol us, they are making a big mistake.
Labor unions will also join the march for the right to unionize and to challenge the attacks on workers’ rights being carried out. People need jobs that actually pay the bills. Trump wants to give corporations kick-backs, we want to give working people a chance. On May Day we’ll march for better jobs, better salaries, and the right to organize for them.
Resist Racism, Rebuild Community Chicago May 1st, 2017 March
Location: Union Park (Lake and Ashland)