THOUSANDS CONVERGE AT LIBERTY STATE PARK TO CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS ON MAY DAY AND EVERY DAY

 

The event is part of a national day of action involving hundreds of thousands of people in the Largest Mobilization of Immigrants since the Election

 

Newark – Here to Stay—that’s the message immigrants and supporters proclaimed during a massive May Day rally at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.  The event was organized by a diverse coalition of labor and immigrant rights groups in response to a wave of anti-immigrant policies the Trump administration has been pushing in an attempt to criminalize immigrants, separate families and strike fear in communities.

 

“We will not remain silent while our immigrant friends and neighbors are vilified and frightened to leave their homes because of reports of ICE raids, illegal stops and expedited deportations,” said Johanna Calle, Program Coordinator for the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. “These policies are not only an assault on the civil rights of communities of color but a dangerous path that is already having dramatic consequences in communities across the country.”

 

“Liberty State Park, where the Statue of Liberty—which has welcomed generations of immigrants– sits just off the shore, is a fitting location for us to stand in solidarity today and tell the world that we will fight together to ensure America lives up to its promise to continue to be the land of opportunity for all,” said Kevin Brown, 32BJ Vice President and NJ State Director.  “As one of the largest unions representing immigrants, it is our responsibility to uphold our national values; to protect the rights of workers; to protect our right to vote and to fight discrimination and hate.  And we pledge to do this on May Day and every day!

 

The program opened with a moving ceremony featuring new American citizens who joined other immigrants in pledging their allegiance to the United States. Afterwards, elected officials and other dignitaries gave powerful speeches denouncing the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies.  And they vowed to offer their support in the fight for justice for immigrants.

 

“I am proud that Jersey City is the most diverse city in the nation,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.  “We have always been the Golden Door to America.”

 

“As one of the most diverse states in the nation, New Jersey must lead the way in defending and protecting the most vulnerable amongst us,” said Analilia Mejia Director NJ Working Families Alliance.  “We challenge each and every elected leader to live up to the promise of our nation and stand up in defense of the hardworking families that comprise our immigrant communities”.

 

Faith and community leaders also vowed to do their part to speak out against this administration’s rhetoric of hate.  Music and cultural performances did more than just entertain—they also served as a powerful symbol of New Jersey’s rich diversity.

 

The Jersey City May Day event is one of many across the country and represents one of the largest mobilizations of immigrants and supporters since the election.

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