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May Day events mark growing resistance

May Day events mark growing resistance

Published: April 28, 2017
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AFSC joins nationwide actions for immigrant rights

WASHINGTON, DC (April 28, 2017) The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – a Quaker organization that has worked for immigrant and refugee rights for over 100 years – is joining with communities and organizations across the country for a series of actions on May 1st that will highlight opposition to increased detention and deportation of immigrants, attacks on refugees, rising Islamophobia, racist violence, and the need to create sanctuary for everyone.

“May 1st, International Worker's Day, will be a day of action for immigrants’ and workers’ justice,” said Paul-Andre Mondesir, an advocate for the Haitian community in AFSC’s Miami office. “We are coming together for a powerful purpose, highlighting a vision of genuine economic justice, centering the importance of immigration, labor and justice for our communities.”

AFSC staff have been working tirelessly on campaigns to create sanctuary in schools, on the streets, in congregations, and in cities and counties. Under the banner of #SanctuaryEverywhere, they are compiling resources to help others advocate for sanctuary in their own communities. The organization has also been active at the Federal level, advocating that Congress reject additional funding for immigration enforcement and border militarization.

“Mass detention and deportation in the U.S. violates basic human rights, devastates families, and terrorizes communities on the border and across the country,” said Kathryn Johnson, AFSC’s Policy Impact Coordinator. “We are calling on Congress to vote against additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security, and instead put resources towards human needs.”

May Day events:   


Workers & Community Resist! March and Rally
Federal BuildingSan Diego, CA
Rally at 3pm, march at 4pm

Alameda County – Make Sanctuary Real! Rally
1401 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA
8:30am – 11:30 am

Youth Walkout and Rally
35th street and International
Oakland, CA
2:15 pm

Oakland Sin Fronteras General Rally & March
34th and International
Oakland, CA
Rally at 3pm, march at 4:00


Dreamers’ Mothers In Action Rally
Capitol Building
Denver, CO
Rally at 3:30, mobile caravan at 4pm

Get REAL (Rights Equality Action Leadership) “One Struggle! One Fight! Tu Lucha! Mi Lucha!” March to GEO Immigrant Detention CenterStarts at 11501 E. 33rd Ave
Aurora, CO

May 1st Vigil & Protest
GEO Aurora ICE Processing Center
3130 Oakland Street
Aurora CO


A Day of Action for Immigrant & Workers’ Justice
Bubier Park, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
5pm – 7pm

A Day Without Immigrants
100 Civic Center
Homestead, FL


A day without immigrants
Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
12pm – 3pm

New Hampshire

Rally for immigrant Justice
Veteran’s Park
Manchester, NH
5pm – 7pm

New Jersey

Here to Stay NJ
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ
2:30pm – 6:00 pm

North Carolina

Triad Unite! May Day
200 N. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC


All power to the people march and rally
Shemanski Park, SW Park Ave & Salmon Street
Portland, OR
Rally at 12pm, march at 6pm

Rhode Island

March and Rally for Immigrant and Worker Justice
Starts at Burnside Park, 2 Kennedy Plaza
Providence, RI
3pm – 8pm

Washington, DC

DC on Strike!
Lamont Park, Mt. Pleasant
Washington, DC



The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.