May Day 2012

MayDay2012-enMay 2012

On May 1, 2006, in the largest single day protest in the history of the United States, massive
migrant marches re-ignited May Day as a day of resistance, a near-lost tradition in the US. Since
then, we have learned, once again, that we must create our own path forward,as a community, to
build the world we want to live in now, and cannot wait for or depend on anyone from above for
answers to our problems.

In the last few years, we have seen deportations double under Obama at an average of 400,000
per year. We have seen new federal and state programs, such as “Secure Communities,”
increased use of checkpoints, and heightened surveillance of our neighborhoods that criminalize
our right to live, work, and move freely, resulting in the mass incarceration and detention of
Black and Latino people. We have seen exploitative practices by banks resulting in record levels
of debt on the backs of students and poor people of color, who suffer disproportionate effects
of what has become one of the worst economic crises of our time. And finally, we have seen
renewed interest and efforts by predatory real estate developers that disrupt our communities and
displace us from the city, all under the banner of “urban revitalization.”

El Kilombo invites you on May 1, 2012, to assemble and join our call around four core issues:

1) Amnesty for all Undocumented Immigrants.
2) An End to Mass Incarceration, Police Brutality, and Criminalization of Black and
Latino Communities
3) Debt Erasure
4) A Just City designed for peoples’ needs and which supports a dignified life

5:00 p.m.: Meet at El Kilombo, 324B West Geer Street (next to La Tienda Costena) (we’ll go together to the plaza at 5.30)
6:00 p.m.: Assemble at CCB Plaza to march through downtown Durham, followed by a rally at the Plaza with speeches

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