This Friday, May 1st, we are so proud to announce that NCLR will participate in a National Day of Action for Immigration Reform and International Workers’ Day, which is celebrated around the world on May 1st. We march so that people around the world, including our policy makers and political leaders, will see that we will not tolerate violence against members of our community. We march because we believe in the social and economic struggles of the Labor movement. We are standing up against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, incarceration, deportation of hard-working immigrants, and asking for comprehensive and humane immigration reform that doesn’t tear families apart.
We will be marching alongside EL/LA for Trans Latinas, OUT4Immigration, Marriage Equality USA, and Communities United Against Violence (CUAV) representing the LGBT immigrant community. LGBT immigrants face specific and varying challenges including U.S. immigration laws that unfairly discriminate against LGBT people and people with HIV and/or AIDS.
One of the major pieces of immigration reform currently before Congress is the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). This is a bill that would grant U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the right to sponsor their same-sex permanent partners for immigration purposes. Passage of the UAFA would be a huge step towards full equality and justice under the law for LGBT people in this country.
But this legislation is not enough. We need a system that values the humanity of our immigrant communities and not one that seeks to shut people out. We need reform based in today’s reality not ignorance and fear. We march to demand such a change.
Join us along with students and community, labor, and faith-based organizations who will gather to represent the profound positive impact that immigrants have in our communities and in our country.
The schedule of events will be as follows:
10:00 a.m. – Sign-making at the CUAV office (170 A Capp Street)
12:00 p.m. – Gather at Dolores Park
2:00 p.m. – March to Civic Center Plaza
4:00 p.m. – Rally at the Civic Center
We march in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters because we recognize that our struggles are not isolated—that the fight against prejudice, discrimination, and ignorance is not unique to our community and that there are countless people who are members of both the LGBT community and the immigrant community. We must not be blind to the intersections of persecution and oppression. We must maintain a united front against injustice wherever it exists. This is why we march.
Noemi Calonje, NCLR Immigration Project Director
Amos Lim, Out4Immigration
Alexandra Byerly, EL/LA for Trans Latinas
Chris Waddling, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA)
Carolina Morales, Community United Against Violence (CUAV)