Thousands of working people gathered across Wisconsin on May 1 to commemorate May Day and rally for the rights of all workers, regardless of where they were born. At marches in Milwaukee and Madison participants demanded a roadmap to citizenship, strong worker protections, good jobs, and an end to deportations.
Immigrant families, students, union members and their allies in the civil rights, faith and progressive communities commemorated the legacy of May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day. The streets of Milwaukee were shut down for as marchers took to the streets for rights and recognition at an event sponsored by Voces de la Frontera. In Madison, citizens marched and elementary students studied labor history murals and listened to local workers detail the work they do and how it relates to the community at the South Central Federation of Labor.
Rep. Gwen Moore was on hand at Pere Marquette Park in Milwaukee to say “we’re all here to push for comprehensive immigration reform. Your tireless efforts have brought us one step closer to reaching our goal. We want a good deal that takes our brothers, sisters and families out of suffering. The system is broken, 1,000 of deportations, families split apart, children orphaned, enough!”
“We are proud to stand together today with our allies in the immigrant rights community, faith groups and other community partners to bring 11 million aspiring Americans out of the shadows,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “With the passion and hard work of our vibrant movement and the unstoppable momentum in our country around creating just and compassionate immigration reform, we will have a road map to citizenship in 2013. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and the 200,000 families it represents are committed to fighting for justice for all working people, regardless of where they were born.”