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AF3IRM Statement for May Day 2017

NATIONAL—Today we in AF3IRM join workers worldwide in marking May Day! We take time to remember the Haymarket affair and the long struggle of labor rights and unions especially as we here in the United States recently survived the first 100 days of a troubled presidency, as the fascist-in-chief fashions this country into a corporatized state. This administration’s leaders continue to champion white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, ableism and xenophobia with their far-right and neo-fascist agenda to the detriment of women in all sectors.

This International Workers’ Day we recognize that the intersections of oppression target the most vulnerable among us as this current administration continues to strip away the rights of workers – especially those of women and immigrants. In our different locales around the United States, we face continued inequality and have witnessed the attacks on workers and women manifest in different ways (see Snapshots of Local Conditions). We are far from equitable pay, with women of color still making less than men and wage theft rampant from the home, the factory, the docks, and the fields. Poverty has a woman’s face – with Black women making 64 cents to every dollar a white man makes, Latinas 52 cents and some Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian women making as low 44 cents and 38 cents. The vast majority of low-wage workers in the service industry are women. Mothers can earn up to 14% less than other women. From the factory floor to the boardroom, women face unsafe work conditions, harassment, assault, and abuse. This administration clearly favors profit and power over people. The 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, which made sure that companies with federal contracts complied with certain labor and civil rights laws, including paycheck transparency and a forced arbitration clause ban for certain claims, was revoked by Trump in March. These forced arbitration clauses have silenced and punished victims of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination, while favoring perpetrators in power, often with millions in payouts even if they are terminated.

Today immigrants and communities of colors are especially under attack, with increased deportations and heightened criminalization by ICE and border patrol – all with the current administration’s support. ICE has picked up mothers, such as Teresa de Jesus Vidal Jaime, from their homes or parents on their way to dropping off their children at school as well as teens who have just turned 18. These actions and conditions have caused fear and multi-generational trauma among our communities. There are new contracts with private prison corporations, such as Geo Corp and CoreCivic, for more detention centers – even as hundreds of prisoners in places like the Northwest Detention Center hold hunger strikes against these facilities’ conditions. The three-year legal battle of Rasmea Odeh recently came to an end after her team put forth a plea bargain that would strip her of her legal status and deport her, but would mean no prison sentence beyond time served, knowing that a win would be difficult in this current climate.

Despite these challenges, if the history of labor rights and these 100 days have taught us anything, it is that we must fight back. We must continue to to fight against each deportation and against each contract with a private prison corporation, while also fighting for workplace and union rights – especially against wage theft and sexual harassment – and for the right to live and work with dignity.

As anti-imperialist, transnational feminists, we continue to rise up because we believe in a feminist future of our making. It is a commitment to fair and equitable pay and treatment of workers, regardless of status, especially women workers. It means we must remain vigilant and continue to fight – but knowing that we cannot fight the same way as before. Today’s struggles call for new ways of combating these oppressions.

At AF3IRM’s National Congress last year, we discussed the need for a heightened strategy against right-wing/neo-fascist ideologies and the importance of developing our own theories to analyze new conditions. Our chapters identified intersecting issues impacting our locales and the need to build deeper in our communities. We committed to strategizing beyond solutions that merely aim to reduce, rather than eliminate harm, in order to build a world free of violence and hate.

As we mark May Day and the completion of Trump’s 100 days, we also released our “Forward to a Feminist Future” infographic, a visual interpretation of where AF3IRM plans to take our work under this new fascist regime that aims to dismantle our existence as women of color. We know that it is the lives, experiences, and freedom dreams of women of color that will show us the way to liberation. Join as we build a new feminist future!


CHAPTER SNAPSHOTS OF LOCAL CONDITIONS

DC-MARYLAND-VIRGINIA
Since 2004 the gender wage gap in Maryland and Virginia has narrowed, but in DC the gap has widened. As in all other states, women in the DMV are less likely than men to enter the labor force and more likely to live in poverty. Specifically, DC women who work full-time, year-round earn 87 cents on the dollar compared with similarly employed men. DC working women who are unionized earn $48 more per week, on average, than those who are not represented by a union.

Overall, the DMV has a higher percentage of women with bachelor degrees and are more likely to acquire managerial positions. DC, for example, received an “A” grade from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research rankings for the best place for women to find employment and achieve higher earning potential. Maryland and Virginia were among 11 other states that received a “B” grading. Despite these impressive rankings, these reflect opportunities beholden only to women from affluent backgrounds. In DC, more than 42,000 family households are headed by women, with 12,721 of these households falling below the poverty level. Women of color in the District also struggle with a wider wage gap; African American women are paid 56 cents and Latinas are paid 50 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men working in the District.(Statistics Source: National Partnership for Women and Families)

LOS ANGELES
In Los Angeles, the immediate fear of working and immigrant women is the fear of deportation and the separation of their families. In February–only one month after Donald Trump was sworn into office–over 100 people were picked up in ICE raids in a day. During these raids, ICE went to people’s homes and workplaces with previous removal orders and also made collateral arrests. These actions only intensified the fears that exist in our communities and added to the already heavy emotional, economical, and physical loads women carry.

In particular, the working and immigrant women of Los Angeles are affected by poverty and a high cost of living. According to the Status of Women Report 2016, twenty-six percent of Black and Latina women and girls in LA county live in poverty. Twenty-four percent of LA County households are headed by single women and two-thirds of single-mother families live in rentals. Also more than half of all of the rental households in LA county pay 35% or more of their household income towards rent (Status of Women).

On top of high costs of living immigrant workers also face wage theft and are seriously underpaid in the service and manufacturing industries (Friedman 2016). These women struggle to support their families and access child care. For garment women workers who work 10 to 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week they are away from their families, their children. This is just another form of family separation (Friedman 2016). The working and immigrant women of Los Angeles deserve better than this.
(Statistics Sources: Status of Women Report; “The Problem With ‘Made In The U.S.A.’ You Don’t Know About”)

SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA
The alt-right has been intensifying their efforts to target the UC Berkeley campus and surrounding community as a battleground and stage for their neo-nazi, xenophobic platform, as the university was the epicenter for free speech for the Left in the 60s and 70s. Earlier in April, white nationalist and former Marine corporal, Nathan Damigo, punched a woman protester, while Milo Yiannopoulos, former senior editor for Breitbart News, and Ann Coulter, conservative commentator, were scheduled to speak at the campus until their appearances were cancelled due to student protests. Despite this, anti-fascist community and student groups have ramped up their resistance in protecting the student body and community members, particularly im/migrants and refugees.

In March, the AF3IRM SF Bay Area chapter mobilized a noise demonstration outside of the Bay Area’s largest ICE detention center, the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA. The chapter affirmed support for all immigrants and denounced the targeting of migrant women including, Guadalupe Garcia De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, Ms. Gonzalez, Sara Beltran-Hernandez, & Daniela Vargas. The rally aimed to honor the ongoing resistance of women on the front lines, leading the fight against Trump’s racist (anti-indigenous, anti-black, anti-arab, anti-asian), xenophobic, and islamophobic executive orders & defying ICE arrests, raids, detention, and deportation.

SAN DIEGO
In San Diego, there have been abuses of power to perpetuate violence against women, as revealed in accusations against Mickey Kasparian of UFCW Local 135 and other bosses. AF3IRM San Diego supports We Stand with Sandy, Isabel and Anabel campaign, and with women workers who experienced sexual abuse and unwanted demands for sex and oral sex at their jobs.

With San Diego’s close proximity to the border, ICE and border patrol are a constant threat. The immigrant community has continually come under attack with San Diego as a hub – as some are picked up and detained in other Southern California and then transferred to facilities in San Diego to undergo processing for deportation. This could be seen in the case of Teresa de Jesus Vidal Jaime, who was taken into custody in Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights and brought to San Diego. This is a clear example of family separation and unjust prosecution. We in AF3IRM are especially troubled by the detention of im/migrants in San Diego knowing the history and conditions of private prison corporations such as Corrections Corporation of America, now CoreCivic, which has three facilities in the area and was the target of a rolling protest last year by local organizations, including AF3IRM San Diego. Those fighting for im/migrants rights in San Diego also remain ever vigilant especially as US Customs and Border Protection come under higher scrutiny with recent reports coming to light of agents perpetrating abductions, rape and molestations, colluding with drug-traffickers, as well as denying medical care to migrants among other egregious practices.

ORANGE COUNTY
The O.C. is known for its’ conservative stronghold and underlying white supremacy in California, but the county itself has been experiencing a growing shift in demographics, especially from refugee and immigrant communities. Communities of color have always been at the forefront of liberation movements and the same can be said that is happening in the OC. For example in Santa Ana, immigrant communities have mobilized against ICE collaboration with local police force by pressuring Santa Ana City Council to not renew any future contracts and successfully won. At the same time, we are seeing growing community opposition in Orange County to public and private incarceration construction and the urgent ask to see genuine investment in youth of color because the city of Santa Ana is spending over $19.5 million dollars this year to arrest and incarcerate youth, according to a new report from Resilience OC. Education. Just this past February, we also saw an off-duty LAPD officer get in a physical altercation with middle schoolers in Anaheim and he discharged his firearm at them. Disinvestment, criminalization, and police brutality are some of the realities that youth of color in the OC experience on the daily.

The city is also considering a contract with Vanir Construction Management, Inc., to conduct a “jail reuse study” of the Santa Ana City Jail. Vanir has a track record of turning “jail reuse” possibilities into self-serving jail construction opportunities. In San Diego County, Vanir was the construction management company responsible for building the Women’s Detention Facility in Santee, which is nearly triple the size of the old facility.

The criminalization of our youth, of immigrants, of workers in Orange County all impact transnational women of color since we occupy and intersect within all of these categories. On this May Day, we will continue to fight the exploitation and devaluation of our communities for genuine freedom.
[ Source: “Santa Ana’s motto: Jails not schools”]

SOUTH BAY
Women of color and girls in the South Bay LA area are constantly being targeted and negatively impacted in their schools and communities. The exotification of girls at school has transferred to social media with street harassment starting younger and younger. Even middle school girls are being stalked and harassed while walking home from school.

The Tesoro refinery, already one of the top five largest refineries in the world, is set to become the largest refinery on the West Coast. Eco-feminists of color and environmental justice activists know that this is environmental racism and are calling for a stop to this expansion of the Tesoro refinery. AQMD is not doing their job, shame! Tesoro constantly pollutes the air, and destroys and poisons the soil of neighboring cities, affecting Long Beach, Wilmington and Carson.

Lastly, another issue in the South Bay is the perversion of power by an elected official. Attempted rape and sexual assault has been committed by the mayor of Carson. However, because the victim is low-income she cannot fight this man though the courts. We condemn the mayor of Carson and all folks who commit sexual violence against women. This mayor must step down! All women deserve justice.

NEW YORK
New York’s immigrant population is the lifeblood of the city, to say the least. As with any other big metropolis, childcare and elderly care in NY are shouldered by its immigrant population, making it easier for its white-collar workers to sustain their time-demanding, stressful jobs. Even before Trump’s crackdown on immigrants unraveled, the rising cost of living, astronomical prices of rentals, real estate, never before seen even in immigrant hubs like Queens, have already been among the serious challenges faced by immigrant mothers who choose to raise children in NYC. Shelter, food, education- all these cause considerable stress in immigrant mothers. Though known for its diversity, NYC can be paralyzingly segregated, particularly in boroughs like Manhattan and Brooklyn. This type of segregation, a consequence of unreasonable real estate demands, make budgeting for public schools unfairly distributed, leaving low-income neighborhoods with inferior infrastructure and programs. Immigrant children from low-income backgrounds are disproportionately neglected, and this issue burdens immigrant working parents who try to stay afloat in the Big Apple.

HAWAI’I
Hawai’i is a battleground for indigenous, immigrant, and women’s self-determination. As an independent nation-state before U.S. control, the Hawaiian indigenous movement has fought against the encroachment of settlers on their land as well as the effects of American military exercises and weapons testing in Hawai’i and other places in the Pacific. These effects are long-lasting – as seen in the Marshall Islands where the testing of nuclear weapons left a legacy of jellyfish babies and birth defects.

In these times of heightened xenophobia, despite the estimated 21,000 undocumented immigrants living there and its dependency on immigrant and migrant labor, Hawaii has stopped short of becoming a sanctuary state. There is some progress – as seen in the recently passed state house legislation that instructs local law enforcement not to aid federal agents unless there is a warrant, but the resistance to change is not surprising as it is 1 of 7 states who have dubious recognition of having a perfect compliance record with ICE agents.

Women here face some troubling realities: 19.8% of women in Hawai’i are Native Hawaiian but Native Hawaiians account for 44% of women incarcerated in Hawai’i. Filipinos comprise 15% of the Hawaiian population but Filipinas killed in domestic violence-related murder in Hawai’i was double that at 30%. Sex trafficking and brothels are commonplace, with over 150 brothels in Oahu alone (Popescu). Despite the fact that Hawaii is a known hub for trafficking, it is currently the only state without a comprehensive anti-sex trafficking law, leaving many women victims subject to criminalization alongside the pimps and traffickers. These days the targeting of impoverished women extends to the internet – with Craigslist ads by offering women free housing, coverage of their rent, or extra income after the women send in a picture and often in exchange for “companionship” or other coded terms for ”sex work.”

This is why AF3IRM Hawai’i focuses on fighting for improvements to women’s daily lives on all fronts –  including the legislature, the city council, the courtroom, the boardroom, and the classroom. For International Women’s Day, the chapter  even hosted a haunting installation at the state capitol with dresses that honored the invisible stories of women – especially missing women and the women who are missing out on economic security, paid labor, and the refuge of a home.
[Sources: “Paradise lost: Sex trafficking in Hawai’i”; State lawmakers passed a resolution to help protect immigrants in Hawaii; “Should Hawaii become a sanctuary state?”]

No More Business as Usual!!! End Corporatism’s Global Oppression and Exploitation!

Statement on May 1st, 2015
Contact:
Leani Auxilio & Patricia Ramirez, AF3IRM NYC, nynj@af3irm.org

NEW YORK–This day, International Labor Day, comes on the heels of massive worldwide protests against the intensifying exploitation of human and natural resources by corporations and their puppet governments.

The results are with us: nations destroyed; histories erased; men, women and children shackled to endless work; human bodies sold and re-sold to generate profits; eternal wars bringing death to millions; dispossession and dislocation to even more millions.

Time to stop the reign of the corporate oligarchy over Earth.

  • We charge corporations and their complicit governments with theft of land, water, seeds and other natural resources. Via Campesina’s declaration estimates 200 million hectares of land stolen by corporations and their conniving oligarchal and government elite, in projects supported by Capital’s fifth column: the IMF, the World Bank and other allegedly “international” institutions.
  • We charge corporations and their complicit governments with genocide and species-cide. As a result of the privatization of natural resources, some 3000 people die each day due to lack of water. As a result of the havoc and pollution they have unleashed upon the Earth, 150-200 species die per day.
  • We charge corporations and their complicit governments with the murder of nations, of creating and encouraging extremism, so that an endless cycle of wars, big and small, ripples across the earth constantly, setting people against people, worker against worker, generating profits for weapons manufacturers in an eternal Armageddon. The global weapons trade is worth over $43 billion annually and while corporations reap profits, humanity reaps death.
  • We charge corporations and their complicit governments with ethnocide – the destruction of cultures – as Capital seeks to re-structure the world in its own image, reducing everything to the cash nexus and holding every working man, woman and child in wage slavery.
  • We charge corporations and their complicit governments with patriarchy and gender-cide – the concerted disenfranchisement of women and people of non-conforming genders, subjecting them to a variety of oppressive measures meant to enhance the oppressive binary gender system of capitalist patriarchy. From wage and employment discrimination to sex slavery and outright murder by police forces and racist and sexist bigots, Capital has waged a relentless war on women, LGBTQ communities and other marginalized sector, in its intent to continue the existence of a reserved labor pool designed to drive down wages.

We call on the working class – on its men, women, LGBTQ communities; on (im)migrant workers; on those driven by war and occupation to leave homeland and country; on those dispossessed of land and nation by settler societies – to affirm the right of people to hold in common all the resources of this earth; to affirm the right of people to a just and righteous life within communities; to affirm the right of people to an honorable peace with justice, without systemic and systematized oppression and exploitation.

NO MORE BUSINESS-AS-USUAL!!!

END EARTH’S SUBJUGATION BY CAPITAL!!!

DISMANTLE CORPORATE RULE OVER HUMANITY!!!

 

Endorsers:

AF3IRM – “Respect Women’s Work: From the Home to the Office to the Factory and Fields”

DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center

RAISE

Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change

War Resisters League

 

 

[Image Credit: Javier Soriano // javiersoriano.com]

AF3IRM Los Angeles Calls for Women’s Contingent this May Day in Downtown LA!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2015
Contact:
Layan Sima Fuleihan, AF3IRM Los Angeles
Kristen Jackson, Co-Coordinator – AF3IRM Los Angeles, losangeles@af3irm.org

LOS ANGELES–On Friday, May 1st, 2015, the women of AF3IRM Los Angeles join workers and their allies on the streets to commemorate International Worker’s Day and to continue the struggle for economic and labor justice!  This past March 8th, we made history as we convened a march and rally with the  Ovarian Psyco-Cycles and over 80 endorsing organizations  on International Women’s Day, calling for the end of the genocide against womankind.  This May Day, we build upon the beautiful energy we felt vibrating through the streets of downtown Los Angeles and we call on all of our sisters to join our Women’s Contingent. March alongside us as we demand dignity for women workers here and around the globe!  As transnational, anti-imperialist women of color, we cannot afford to stay silent!  We know that now, more than ever, we must fight for an end to unjust labor practices and economic policies that rely on the exploitation of women’s labor, especially im/migrant women.

We call for a women’s contingent to denounce the capitalist system that keeps women of color out of and at the bottom of the workforce and that stays silent as women are abused and sexually harassed on the job. For transnational women workers, we must fight for dignified work conditions that are free from health hazards and free from the threat of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

We condemn the systems that underpay, and most often do not pay, the labor that women of color provide to care for, support, and heal their families and communities. We demand better policies around family and sick leave. We call attention to the immense value of this labor, which should not only be considered the work of caring, but also the work of resistance, especially in the face of the violences of police brutality, imperial war, militarization, and environmental destruction.

We call for an end to the exploitation and deportation of migrant women workers and an end to the criminalization of transnational women on a basis of citizenship. We demand the reversal of the free trade policies that have been structuring the dangerous conditions of migration for decades. 

The fight for immigrant rights must continue and it must take into account the particular struggles of women and women-identified im/migrants.  And, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a trade agreement among countries along the Pacific Rim that will only deepen imperialism and benefit the rich, getting pushed to fast track, now is the time to continue to organize. As AF3IRM’ s National Organizing Director Ivy Quicho said, “We must stand up and speak out against the corporations and governments that intend to intensify the abuse and violence against international workers, bypass environmental regulations and do away with human rights for the purpose of collecting more profits for themselves.”

We are inspired by the movements and the struggles for a living wage across the country and across the world, in particular the strong Fight For $15 campaign here in Los Angeles.  Though the struggle must continue, we salute the workers all over the world who have been struggling and striking this year, such as the garment workers in Cambodia – 90% of them women – fighting for better pay and working conditions; United Steelworkers who, supported by the movement against the fossil fuel industry, demanded safer conditions at oil refineries across the nation; and the thousands of strikers and supporters in Baja, California who temporarily closed highways and stopped agricultural production, risking arrest and their livelihoods in protest against exploitative working conditions, low pay, sexual abuse and child labor.  We send our support to the garment workers who are continuing to fight for their rights and build an organized labor movement in the aftermath of the 2013 Rana Plaza massacre in Bangladesh. We march in solidarity with all of the working women around the world.

Because women workers make up two- thirds of the working poor, because the second (or even third!) shift is undervalued, because women are on the front lines of economic justice, women must be on the front lines of the struggle for justice! Join us on Friday, May 1st, as we demand that women’s work be valued from the home to the office to the factory and the fields!

Our Women’s Contingent will gather at the Chinatown Gates at 3pm (Broadway and Cesar Chavez – look for the purple signs!)  Contact losangeles@af3irm.org for all inquiries.

 

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AF3IRM: Women’s Work Sustains Human Existence – This May Day, Support the True Value of Women’s Work!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Barbra Ramos, AF3IRM National Communications Director
323-813-4272, af3irm@af3irm.org

NATIONAL–AF3IRM salutes all workers on International Workers’ Day! We join the chorus of voices around the world fighting for the dignity and lives of workers in all sectors and for economic justice for our communities!

Today the scars of economic and social injustice have never been so apparent – the reality surrounding the current Baltimore uprising against police brutality and social inequality, where 52% of Freddie Gray’s community are unemployed; the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who was promised work as a maid in Indonesia and ended up trafficked as a drug mule and whose execution is temporarily on hold; and the growing use of detention centers run by private prison companies, that imprison women and children seeking asylum, such as the women in Texas staging hunger strikes to demand better conditions. Economic injustice manifests in different ways and as transnational, anti-imperialist feminists, we say no more!

This May Day, we continue to rise up against Capital’s systemic oppression and especially demand justice for women workers! We know that women the world over are underpaid and overworked – and women are pushed to provide not just for themselves, but for their immediate and extended families. Women are forced to leave their homelands or to spend more time away from their own homes and families just to make ends meet.

We cannot say it enough – this world we live in is sustained on the shoulders and backs of working women! It is the labor of women, especially im/migrant women – from the home to the office to the factory and to the fields – that supports all of our lives. Women’s work, both paid and unpaid, sustains our very existence!

We call on all to truly value women’s work. We must support campaigns to raise the minimum and tipped minimum wages, locally and nationally. Women make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers, as well as two-thirds of the low-wage, tipped workers, in sectors such as fast food, home care, and retail. We must also demand not just a livable wage, but a thrivable wage for women, especially women of color! Women continue to earn less than men in the United States – with Black women paid 64 cents, Latinas 56 cents, and Asian women 79 cents for every dollar a white man earns.

Value women’s work and fight for paid family and medical leave for all, affordable childcare, and ending discrimination against pregnant women and mothers in the workplace. Mothers earn up to 14% less than other women. Single mothers make 58 cents to every dollar a man makes and, in comparison to single fathers, are twice as likely to live in poverty. Regardless of race or ethnicity, women are more likely than men to be pushed to make that difficult choice to take time out from work or to work fewer hours so that they can care for children and/or family. It is imperative to support mothers and their families.

Truly valuing women’s work also means supporting boycotts of companies that exploit the labor of women workers, whether it is in a factory, the fields or in their stores. It is about participating in divest movements against companies, such as those that invest in Israel, that inevitably support the killings and genocide of peoples both directly and indirectly. It means opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership – that will only lead to more abuse of workers overseas and the absolute disregard for labor and environmental regulations. It is done in our decisions to join unions and to show support for those who raise their voices at the risk of losing their jobs.

Value women’s work and show it in our own lives and communities. It is not just the corporations who are complicit in women’s exploitation – it occurs in our homes and in how we choose to divide up the unpaid labor like making meals, laundry, or childcare; it is in our everyday interactions at restaurants and cafes and treating workers with respect; it is about choosing to support local businesses and cooperatives that do not depend on oppressing their workers.

This capitalist system is built on the backs of women, here in the United States and around the world. As transnational women of color, we resist the partriarchal obsession to oppress women into silence and compliance. We resist the replication of our peoples’ histories of economic oppression and labor exploitation in other countries. We resist the imperialist tactic of dividing women, whether it be from country to country or even from class to class. We know the stories of our sisters in Cambodia, India, China, Mexico, the Philippines, that work in factories and fields under terrible conditions and with the fear of death and rape.  We especially remember the women in the Bangladesh garment factory collapse two years ago and continue to demand safe working conditions. There are 24 million garment workers worldwide – with at least 80% women. We find our sisters flung across the globe – away from their homelands and families – to be domestic and home care workers. 83% of the the almost 53 million domestic workers worldwide are women, who face wage theft and often lack basic protections as employees.

We see and we hear you, sisters! As much as the system tries to silence and divide women workers, we know what happens in other countries, we witness what happens in our own workplaces, and we experience injustices every single day. As women, especially as transnational, im/migrant women of color, our struggles are bound to those of our sisters worldwide and our only acceptable responses are to demand change and to ultimately dismantle this imperialist patriarchal system. Our struggles as women – from violence against women to reproductive justice to police brutality to im/mmigrant rights – has taught us that we must respond. If we do nothing, then the system will take everything. If we women do not fight for our lives, then this capitalist system will only continue to exploit and even kill us. If we do not act now, then we doom ourselves, our children, and our collective futures.

Rise up, sisters! Join us and demand that our work as women is truly valued and together we will move closer to our liberation.

WOMEN WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

AFFIRM THE TRUE VALUE OF WOMEN’S WORK, PAID AND UNPAID!

VALUE WOMEN’S WORK FROM THE HOME TO THE OFFICE, TO THE FACTORY AND THE FIELDS!

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AF3IRM MAY DAY ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY, MAY 1st – INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY

Central Coast (CA) | May Day 2015 International Workers’ Day Annual Community Rally
Time | 4:30pm Meet-up
Location | Meet at the clock tower in downtown Santa Cruz.
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/688027784676359/

Los Angeles & South Bay | DTLA May Day March
Time | 3:00pm Meet-Up
Location | Meet at the Chinatown Gates – Broadway & Cesar Chavez (look for the purple posters!)
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/946372555401262/

New York | May Day Marchin’ with War Resisters League
Time | 4:30pm Meet-up
Location | Meet up outside of Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Take the 4,5,6,N,Q,R,L to Union Sq & then walk south on Broadway to Strand
For more info, contact: nynj@af3irm.org
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596265650613084/

Orange County | May Day March in Santa Ana
Time | 3:00pm Meet-up
Location | Sasscer Park, Santa Ana (near Ross St x 4th St)
For more info, contact: orangecounty@af3irm.org
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625895887645585/

San Diego | Womxn of Color Activism and Organizing Class Teach-In
Time | 3:00pm
AF3IRM San Diego coordinator Catherine Mendonça will speak to a class about her work as an activist.

San Francisco Bay Area | May Day Women’s Contingent with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Oakland
Join AF3IRM SF Bay Area as they march with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Oakland on May Day!
For more info, contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/766564700124676/

MORNING | Labor Against Police Terror- Rally and March
Time | 9:00am-1:00pm (Approx.)
Location | Meet at Port of Oakland then March to Oscar Grant Plaza
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393727560951699/

NIGHT | May Day for Freddie Gray
Time | 7:00pm Meet-up
Location | Latham Square (Broadway and Telegraph), Oakland
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1594160737537337/

 

SATURDAY, MAY 2nd

Central Coast | 9th Annual Social Justice Conference “Change Through Individual Action”
Time | 10am-4pm
Location | Cabrillo College – Crocker Theater, 6500 Croquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
AF3IRM Central Coast will be tabling and will present a workshop and speech at this conference.
For more info, contact: centralcoast@af3irm.org
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660143487547823/