It’s understandable, if somewhat missing the point, that the possibility for a repeat of May Day something something anarchists and Occupy Seattle is getting most of the media attention for protests today. I mean last year there was minor property damage. But I think there’s a more important thing the same day:
The theme of the 2013 march will center on justice for all workers and a community-based framework for dialogue on Immigration Reform. The action on May 1st is calling for an immediate end to the E-verify and S-Comm programs, as well as a moratorium on all deportations. Nationally, immigration has returned to the fore as politicians debate several proposals for addressing a matter that has been neglected since 2009. Congress, through inaction, has been complicit in the use of enforcement-heavy tactics such as dragnet raids, racial profiling of immigrants, and the use of discriminatory employee verification programs.Under the current administration, up to 390,000 undocumented immigrants are deported each year, with 2011 bringing the most deportations to date, according to recent statistics. This is not the progress we envisioned when we sought to defeat xenophobic congressional legislation seven years ago. As such, we continue to organize at the grassroots level to ensure that families are not forcibly separated and to ensure that our communities are able to live, work, and are granted the opportunity to normalize their documented status, without fear and deprivation of basic human rights.
Right on. I hadn’t heard about this year’s march until I got an email about possible traffic concerns. Maybe last year’s minor property damage took the wind out of reporting this, or maybe it’s just me missing it. You can find updates at #M1SEA