Members of BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest marched, danced, and chanted on the streets of Seattle on May 1st, joining hundreds of immigrant families, workers, community and labor organizers, and allies on International Worker’s Day. BAYAN PNW marched with a Youth and Student Contingent for the second year in a row, joining the Seattle Young People’s Project, YouthSpeaks Seattle, MEChA UW, and Revolutionary Minds. The Youth and Student Contingent also organized a sign making party the weekend before the march and also collaborated with YouthSpeaks Seattle to host an Open Mic where we asked local youth poets to write and perform on their experiences as migrant youth and youth of color.
GABRIELA Seattle joined the Seattle Labor Chorus to wrap up the Northwest Film Forum’s “Red Renewal” film and discussion series. GABRIELA performed their iconic “Reverse Money Dance” skit to open the discussion on immigration that focused on the connections between the rights of workers with our lived environment.
On International Workers Day, PCHRP played a huge role in organizing the rally and march with the theme People Over Profit. PCHRP, along with other organizers under the Portland May Day Coalition, came out on May Day and to stand united for social & economic justice. Together, various community organizations marched to build a movement to take back our communities. From attending regular planning meetings to emceeing the rally to coordinating the sound system to leading chants to delivering a solidarity statement, PCHRP showed solidarity with fellow immigrants, workers, and community organizers to commemorate our struggle against capitalism, to commemorate our struggle against anti-immigration reforms and to commemorate hundreds of years of struggle for human rights and dignity of all working people!