On May 1st, 2017, International Workers Day, JWJ joined with the Progressive Workers Alliance, Bay Rising, San Francisco Labor Council and other groups to organize a vibrant, powerful morning action at the San Francisco headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The action, which included a blockade of ICE deportation buses and painting of a giant street mural outside the ICE headquarters, kicked off a day of rallies and marches across the Bay Area and nationwide protesting the new administration’s support for mass deportations, attacks on working people and the planned construction of a wall on the U.S. Mexico border.
“We call for the protection of workers’ rights, sanctuary for all immigrants, and the investment of our tax dollars in social services for our communities, not a multi-billion dollar wall that will cause death and destruction on the border–and we will hold OUR Government accountable to these values.” stated Josué Argüelles, Co-Director of Young Workers United.
“ICE is the enforcement arm of Trump’s racist, anti-worker and anti-immigrant agenda and we will not allow it to function as normal on this day, the day of the worker. Further we want to denounce the construction of a wall on the already heavily militarized border, that will increase deaths of immigrants and refugees seeking a better life and to reunite with their families in the U.S.”
Check out this video of the May Day 2017 ICE San Francisco action courtesy of Luke Thibault and Maren Poitras: