May 1st is commemorated internationally as a day to celebrate workers rights and the labor struggle. Especially within the United States, a large contingent of those who observe the holiday are migrants. There are many ways that labor issues and migrant issues overlap. The Uprooted team attended this year’s May Day demonstration in New York City’s historic Union Square, where labor organizers and migrant activists held a joint demonstration for the first time in several years. Perhaps it was the inspirational outpouring of labor activism in Wisconsin or perhaps a general feeling that it is time for old methods to change, that led organizers to recognize the need to unite their movements.
At the demonstration Uprooted chatted with activist Leilani Montes of the Association of Feminist Filipinas Fighting Imperialism, Re-Feudalization and Marginalization (AF3IRM), a “national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism”. AF3IRM, like Uprooted looks to tie together social issues which overlap and intersect, such as how modern day imperialism leads to migration and to laws that violate workers rights, much like the upsurge in temporary worker programs.
In the clip featured below, Leilani explained her opinion to us about the ways in which labor and migration issues mix together:
How do you feel labor and migration issues are related? Share your thoughts!
Lehman College DREAM Team Hosts
Coming Out Of The Shadows: Undocumented, Unafraid,
And Unapologetic March 16
BRONX, NY—The Lehman College DREAM Team will host “Coming out of the Shadows” on March 16 on the College’s South Field. The event will feature documented and undocumented students, sharing their stories, poems, and other forms of self-expression, in support of undocumented students across the nation. The event will be held from 3–5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The event takes place during “Coming out the Shadows Week,” when undocumented students throughout the country are going to put aside their deepest fears and share their stories about the challenges they have faced because of their status.
“It is of great significance that these stories are interchanged, for they allow undocumented students to realize that they are not alone, and that in their path, they have many allies besides them,” said upper junior student Christopher Chavez, president of the Lehman College D.R.E.A.M. Team. “In doing so, we hope that we can move forward and educate others about undocumented students and the DREAM Act.”
The D.R.E.A.M. TEAM was formed by a group of students to create a space for people who are or support undocumented students, and provide them with information, resources, as well as emotional support. DREAM TEAM supports a bill called DREAM Act and will try to inform people who are unaware about the issue that these undocumented students face everyday.
On Thursday February 24th Lehman College will host a day long conference from 11 am to 5 pm on immigration and immigration reform in the East Dining Room. Find out more here.