Multiracial coalition to lift up vision for Freedom Cities on May Day; Actions planned in New York City


May 1, 2018  

1:00 PM

Washington Square Park - Garibaldi Plaza


Samantha Johnson,, 347-370-8576

Multiracial coalition to lift up vision for Freedom Cities on May Day;

Actions planned in New York City

May 1 - Today, over twenty-five organizations will come together to march against state and corporate abuse throughout lower Manhattan, linking the intersections between criminalization, worker exploitation and other oppressions.

Freedom fighters will be marching as part of the Immigrant Worker Justice Tour, calling out the multiple oppressions faced by Black and Brown communities. The action will start with a rally at 1pm at Washington Square Park. The march will commence at 2pm.

This event is part of the Freedom Cities movement, within which organizations across the country are participating in local actions demanding protections of workers rights, an end to broken windows policing and ICE raids, and more affordable and safe housing.

Freedom Cities is a broad movement that seeks to make entire cities, towns, and communities safe for workers, the disabled, immigrants, Black people, Muslims, LGBTQ people and all oppressed communities.

“On May Day, we honor and celebrate all workers, especially Black and Brown workers, women, and LGBTQ workers who are some of the most vulnerable to exploitation and unsafe working conditions,” said Christian Duarte, member of ROC-NY and The New York Workers Center Federation. "When we unite together, we show the city and the bosses that we do have power.”

“Today, workers face many threats on the job including wage theft, sexual harassment, hazardous working conditions and more,” said Anya Andrews from Million Hoodies for Justice.  “Freedom Cities envisions a world where everyone has access to a living wage and safety and dignity in their work and community.”

Freedom Cities is co-convened nationally by Enlace, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice.