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Thousands of SEIU Members Will Rally In Cities Across The Country May 1 To Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In response to AZ's draconian anti-immigrant bill...

SEIU Members from AZ, CA, CO, DC, IL, IN, MA, MN, NM, NY, OH, TX, WI
to participate in May 1st Immigration rallies

Washington, DC - On Saturday, May 1, thousands of SEIU members will join faith, business and civil rights leaders across the country to rally against Arizona's draconian anti-immigrant law and call for comprehensive reform. The message they will deliver is simple: our system is broken; the need for comprehensive immigration reform is urgent and we expect our politicians to lead on this issue.

Since last Friday's signing of Arizona's SB 1070, SEIU members have been making phone calls, signing petitions, and holding rallies and vigils to urge local and national leaders that America cannot wait any longer; the time is now to pass comprehensive reform. From Phoenix, Arizona to Washington, D.C., SEIU members will be marching on Saturday to remind politicians and citizens that comprehensive immigration reform is good for our economy and good for America.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

WHAT: Thousands of SEIU members in cities across the country

WHO: Janitors, nurses, home care providers, public sector workers, security officers; immigrants and native-born workers

WHERE:Locations of May, 1 rallies and marches are as follows -

  • San Jose, CA: March from Story Street & Kind Road to the San Jose City Hall (4:00 pm)
  • Sacramento, CA: March from the steps of the Capitol Building (10:30 am)
  • Oakland, CA: March from Fruitvale BART to the Federal Building (11:30 am)
  • San Francisco, CA: March starting at 24th Street and Mission Avenue (11:30 am)
  • Los Angeles, CA: March 9th Street and Broadway to LA City Hall (9:00 am)
  • Washington, DC: March/Rally from Lafayette Square (1:00 pm)
  • Chicago, IL: March from Union Park, 1501 West Randolph (1:00 pm)
  • Chelsea, MA: March from Pollo Campero, corner of Park Street and Essex Street (11:00 am)
  • Minneapolis, MN: March from MLK Park, Nichols and 41st Street to Stewart Park, 26th and 12th (2:00 pm)
  • Albuquerque, NM: Concert/Rally at Plaza de Encuentro, 714 4th Street SW (6:00 pm
  • New York, NY: March from Foley Square, Worth Street between Centre and Lafayette Streets (11:00 am)
  • Houston, TX: March from Bellaire and Renwick, 5900 Bellaire Blvd (4:00 pm)
  • Seattle, WA: March from Judkins Park, 611 20th Avenue South (12:00 pm)
  • Milwaukee, WI: March/Rally from 1027 South 5th Street (10:30 am)

To speak directly with SEIU members and leaders prior to the May 1st rallies, please contact Ali Jost at or at (202) 730-7159.

SEIU's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Principles:
SEIU believes the current immigration system is broken and must be updated and replaced by one that does a much better job of addressing the needs of U.S. and immigrant workers in the global economy of the 21st century. As the largest union of immigrant workers, and also a union that represents more than a million workers who are not immigrants, we hope and expect that our nation's leaders will enact workable solutions to our immigration problems and that they will recognize that punitive, anti-immigrant measures are neither realistic nor workable. Moreover, it is not only right, but in our long-term interest, to treat immigrant workers in accord with our nation's highest values. Doing so will tie us closer together as a nation; and if we can come together we will be better able to address all of the other vexing challenges that plague America's working families. Read more about the Change to Win and AFL-CIO's Unified Immigration Reform Framework.

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With 2.2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas and the largest union of immigrants. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy.

Author: Arthur Lewis
Arthur Lewis is a independent journalist who has written for periodicals in the U.S., Canada, England and Australia. His interests are varied and he is currently "following the waves" in Hawaii.
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