Channeling momentum from recent “day without an immigrant” events, thousands of diverse groups of supporters are expected to hold events in cities nationwide while local groups march to the White House.
On May 1 – celebrated internationally as a labor holiday -- many local businesses will close their doors and join a broad coalition of labor, community and religious allies for a rally and march to Lafayette Park in front of the White House.
“Trump has awoken a sleeping giant that will be at his doorstep on May 1st to let him know that we will not tolerate his bigotry and un-American agenda,” said 32BJ SEIU Vice President Jaime Contreras.
On today's labor calendar, celebrate Women’s History Month tonight at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets, where local labor activists will bring the history of the struggles of women workers to life in “We Were There,” depicting our sisters' struggles from abolitionist Sojourner Truth, fighting for women's rights to Dolores Huerta fighting on behalf of the farmworkers of today. The program is free and starts at 6pm.
There’s also more flyering against rate hikes on Metro, from 7-9am at the L’Enfant station and then again from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Pentagon station.
For complete details and all the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1853, the American Labor Union was founded.
Today’s labor quote is by Bev Grant
We were there in the factories
We were there in the mills
We were there in the mines
and came home to fix the meals
We were there on the picket line
We raised our voices loud
It makes me proud just knowing we were there.
Singer Bev Grant, from her song “We Were There”
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