On May 1 Oakland Families Call for “No War, No Walls, No Raids”

Two years have passed since millions of immigrants took to the streets demanding human rights and calling for “legalization for all.”  This year a coalition of Oakland community based organizations, community clinics, labor unions, student groups, and anti-war organizations have planned a multicultural, inter-generational event that focuses on the root causes of migration: economic displacement, trade policy, war and militarization, and calls for human rights, social services, sanctuary, peace and unity.

Thursday, May 1, 2008 Rallies, March and Music in Oakland

3:00-4:00pm Rally & Cultural Performances, Fruitvale BART Plaza
4:00-6:00pm March down International Blvd to Oakland City Hall
6:00-7:30pm Rally & Cultural Performances at City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Cynthia McKinney, Former member of the US House of Representatives
Evelyn Sanchez, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition
Clarence Thomas, International Longshore & Warehouse Union, leader of West Coast port shut down
Maria Jimenez, Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Betty Olson- Jones, Oakland Education Association, President
Sharon Cornu, Alameda Central Labor Council
Carlos Mares, Lucha Unida, Day Labor Organizer
A Youth Together student
Filipino Airport Worker, PAWIS

Cultural Performances:

FUGA (pending confirmation)
Roxana Damas, singer/ songwriter
Danza Cuauhtonal, Aztec Dancers
East Side Arts Alliance performers
Peralta Creek Middle School Spoken Word Poets
La Peña Cultural Center performers

Sponsoring organizations include: Alameda Central Labor Council, AFSCME Local 3299, Anak Bayan East Bay, Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, La Clinica de La Raza,  East Side Arts Alliance, EBASE, Filipinos for Affirmative Action, Huaxtec, ISO, Just Cause Oakland, Mujeres Unidas y Activas,  OEA, Peace and Freedom Party, SEIU 1877, SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, Teamsters, Unite Here 2850, United for Peace and Justice, and more


* San Francisco: 10:30 AM, March with Longshore
Workers, Mason & Beach (see above poster by my good friend Doug Minkler)

* San Francisco: 2 PM, March from Dolores Park

* Oakland: 3 PM, March from Fruitvale BART

* San Francisco: 7:30 PM, Celebrate May Day with
Young Workers United, Balazo, 18th and Mission



(This entry was based on media advisories from Deporten La Migra and Oakland Sin Fronteras)