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Successful fundraiser builds support for Minneapolis International Workers Day march

By Brad Sigal |
April 4, 2016
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Participants at the MIRAC fundraising party to build International Workers Day
Participants at Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) fundraising party to build International Workers Day march (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Minneapolis, MN - The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) hosted a successful fundraising party on April 2 to build up for this year's International Workers Day march in Minneapolis. More than 60 people came together at 4200 Cedar for Mexican food, musical and dance performances, games and a raffle. It was announced that the party raised over $1000 toward the costs of the march.

For the last ten years a coalition of immigrant rights organizations, unions and social justice groups have organized a mass International Workers Day march in the Twin Cities for immigrant and workers’ rights. This year's march will take place on Friday, April 29, gathering at 4:30 p.m. at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis, and marching to the Hennepin County Government Center.

More than 20 groups have already endorsed this year's march. This includes unions such as SEIU Local 26, SEIU Health Care Minnesota, AFSCME Local 3800, Local 34, and Council 5, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, and others. Immigrant rights and Latino community groups are also participating including MIRAC, CTUL, Tamales y Bicicletas, Chicano/a Studies Program at Saint Cloud State University, as well as student and youth groups like Presente at St. Olaf, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at the U of MN, and Young People's Action Coalition. The theme for this year's march is “No to Trump and those who share his racist agenda, yes to a united working people's agenda.” The demands of this year's march are:

  • Legalization and equality for all
  • DAPA for all
  • Drivers licenses for all
  • $15 & a union
  • No anti-union ‘right to work’ laws
  • End wage theft
  • Paid sick leave for all workers
  • No racist police & ICE repression of our communities
  • No more militarization of our borders, streets & barrios
  • Fair trade not ‘free trade’
  • Restore the vote
  • No destruction of our environment

 More information on the march is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1729284217306700/