May Day

Across the country, thousands of families, students, union members and community allies rallied for a common sense immigration bill that includes a roadmap to citizenship and strong worker protections.

In Richmond, around 100 activists from local labor unions, Casa In Action, and St. John Church joined faith leaders, students and community members rallying to demand support for comprehensive immigration reform. The activists started in Monroe Park before marching to the Republican Party of Virginia headquarters to urge support from Virginia’s congressional delegation.

CWA Local 2201 members rally for workers' rightst
CWA Local 2201 members rally for workers’ rights at Richmond May Day event

In Herndon, our community ally Virginia New Majority organized a 200-activist march to Rep. Frank Wolf’s office.  VNM’s Organizing Director Rishi Awatramani explained, “Our goal is to persuade Rep. Wolf to vote for legislation that will create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and allow them to keep their families intact.”

The labor movement knows this would improve wages and labor standards for all workers by empowering immigrant workers and halting employers who take advantage of a failed system to pursue a race to the bottom.

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