What a weekend! Yesterday, 200,000 people surrounded the White House under the blazing sun, and in a symbolic moment, sat in the streets and clapped on their chests to symbolize 100 days of resistance against the Trump administration. Diverse communities from all across the United States joined the Peoples Climate March to stand up for climate, jobs, and justice. And across the country and the world, there were hundreds of sister marches echoing the same call for accountability and justice!
The message was clear: We demand a clean energy economy that work for all of us. That means creating good jobs, prioritizing solutions for the frontlines of the crisis, and fighting inequality and injustice. We know the Trump Administration’s attacks on communities and our climate will continue, but the large crowds at PCM showed that on his hundredth day in office and beyond, we will fight back every step of the way.
And it’s not over. Tomorrow, May 1st, marks International Workers Day (or May Day), a historic day of resistance. On this day we call on everyone to keep up the fight and go beyond the moment – we must harness the energy of the climate march back into our communities to build local solutions and stand in solidarity with immigrants and workers. Given the Trump Administration’s targeted attacks on immigrant communities and communities of color, this May Day is of particular importance. We will join our brothers and sisters at rallies, strikes, and direct actions across the country.
We know that the frontlines of the climate crisis – indigenous peoples, immigrants, black communities, and other low income communities of color – are the very same people who experience state violence, deportation, criminalization, and systemic racism. This is why it is critical that the climate movement exist in the intersections. The attacks on our communities are not siloed, so neither can our resistance be.
Linked oppression requires linked defiance, and this is how we truly protect communities, our climate, and defend against anyone, corporation or government, that threatens our dignity. (Check out the open letter from climate justice and environmental organizations on May Day.)
Join us on May Day. Below are some actions you can participate in (and click HERE for more):
ALL DAY — National Day of Action for Immigrants
On May 1st, immigrants and allies all over the country will rise up in resistance to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrants in America. On May 1st in cities, towns and communities across the country immigrant leaders of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will Rise Up! in resistance to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrant communities in America.
Together they will lead marches, rallies, protests and town halls that resist Trump’s deportation machine, oppose the current administration’s scapegoating of immigrant communities and build a united front to support a vibrant and diverse future for our country. 42 organizations with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will be leading in cities with marches, rallies, and community events to shut down the hate in our communities. Find a May Day Action in your city at: Click here to learn more.
ALL DAY — A Day Without Immigrants
On May 1st, we will not go to work, we will not go to school and we will not buy. We are going to make it clear that this country cannot function without immigrants. This is only the beginning of our fight toward permanent protection, dignity and respect. Find a May Day Action in your city at: Click here to learn more.