May First, International Workers Day, will be a hotbed for actions in Madison and across the state. It is part of a national day of action organized through the pro-immigrant network, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, or FIRM. In Wisconsin, actions will be spearheaded by the Milwaukee-based immigrants rights organization Voces de la Frontera, which as in previous years is organizing a Day Without Latinx and Immigrants, this year covering two days, Sunday May 1st, and Monday, May 2nd. Here is Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the Executive Director of Voces, speaking at a press conference late yesterday morning from Milwuakee. Neumann-Ortiz describes the purpose and scope of this nationally-organized day of action.
Yesterday evening, organizers met at the Labor Temple in Madison to plan a march in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 1st, and a lobbying day and student walkout in Madison on Monday, May 2nd. These actions have been endorsed by the South Central Federation of Labor and other AFL-CIO affiliates. Labor Radio spoke there to Mario Ramirez, Statewide Organizer for Essential Workers for Voces de la Frontera, who described the May Day march in Milwaukee.
Ramirez says this fight is for all workers.
Students are organizing for the Day Without Latinx and Immigrants. Brayan Carrera-Garcia, a student at East High School in Madison and a co-facilitator of Raza United at East High, describes what students are organizing in Madison for Monday morning, May 2nd.
Fabi Maldonado, Political Director of Voces de la Frontera Action, the political c(4) arm of Voces de la Frontera, describes what will take place on May 2nd at the capitol.
If you want to participate on the May 2nd lobby day in Madison, Maldonado explains how.
That was Fabi Maldonado of Voces de la Frontera Action. Again, this year in Wisconsin, the Day Without Latinx and Immigrants will cover two days: a march in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 1st, and a lobbying day in Madison on Monday, May 2nd. Buses between Madison and Milwaukee on Sunday will be available. For more information on both days of actions, go to the Voces de la Frontera Facebook page, the page of Voces de la Frontera Madison, or to the Voces website at vdlf.org.
Reporting Courtesy of Greg Geboski for Labor Radio
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