"Charity is commendable, everyone should be charitable. But Justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don't go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth, justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.
Faith-based charity provides crumbs from the table; faith-based justice offers a place at the table"
~Bill Moyers

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Workers Without Borders, United in Struggle: San Francisco Mayday '09 March

Other Mayday and we march again in cities throughout the Country, in San Francisco, once more, we will be starting from my favorite Park, the beautiful Dolores Park on the corner of 18th & Dolores.

For many of us, this park has spiritual significance, for centuries this is where the bones of native ancestors were laid to rest and, in our time, this is where we have ceremonies in observance of Native Americans Traditions.

Appropriately this is where we, their descendants in the struggle gather in our quest for fairness and justice.

Dolores Park -- officially Mission Dolores Park -- is named after Mission Dolores, established by Spanish missionaries in 1776. Native Americans of the Ohlone tribe inhabited the area for several centuries before Spanish missionaries arrived. The Ohlone shared the land with Spanish ranchers and shopkeepers until the 1849 Gold Rush, when new settlers, gamblers, and tavern keepers flooded San Francisco.
San Francisco, a city of Immigrants, a city of Workers, the city of Saint Francis of Assisi, once more honors it's tradition as the accepting place we have come to know and love.

A city of workers where we have written a history of struggle, sacrifice and advances for the betterment of all, is writing another chapter in solidarity, honoring our worker tenet that "An Injury to One, Is An Injury to All", this year Union and Non-Union workers will be marching shoulder to shoulder making the statement that "Native or Foreign Born, We Are The Same Working Class" ("Nativa o Extranjera, La Misma Clase Obrera")
The AFL-CIO and Change to Win, the nation's top two labor federations announced a framework for comprehensive immigration reform, setting aside differences with the hope of pushing legislation through this year.
Bravo for Organized Labor for finally doing the right thing, yes indeed, a worker, is a worker, is a worker, period.
Immigrant Rights Groups and Unions in the Bay Area have announced their support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) . Workers Without Borders, United In Struggle is a coalition of organizations representing of the different communities advocating for the rights of immigrant and workers, and currently is organizing the May 1st March in San Francisco.
“We want to show that we support the initiative for the liberty of all the workers in this country to decide to collectively organize in unions to improve their standard of life.”
An historical alliance during a Mayday March in a city where Labor and Immigrants have made our mark and have established San Francisco as a city of Workers and Immigrants and where the Honorable Board of Supervisors in a Resolution, Proclaimed May 1st 2008 to be "International Workers Day, affirming San Francisco as a Sanctuary City and urging the Congress of the United States to repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005"

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