Please join CLUW TODAY, May 1st, in observing May Day which recognizes workers worldwide for their invaluable contributions. This year we pay special respect to all the essential workers, the hospital staff, the farm workers, the grocery store workers, etc., fighting on the front lines to keep our society safe. So many working women are making such sacrifices during this time, whether on the job or not, so we thank you all for continuing to fight every day.
On this day CLUW is also proud to lift up important and timely work being done by partner organizations for May Day. Below are a few actions that you can take part in TODAY:
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) are hosting a digital rally from 4-5 p.m. ET on LCLAA’s Facebook page and/or on APALA's Facebook to kick off May Day. The rally will include: a briefing on the latest report by LCLAA and Mijente, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinos in the U.S.”, launching the “AAPIs are #EssentialNotExpendable” campaign by APALA, and an "Essential Workers Panel" which will highlight the stories of working women and men across our country who have been affected. We hope you will take part.
Jobs With Justice (JWJ) is calling on some of the biggest banks, equity funds, and corporate landlords to forgive rents and mortgages for three months, cease evictions, and use their power to call on public officials to support housing relief. They are calling on everyone to pledge NOT to pay your rent today as part of a national housing strike. View the video testimonials detailing why we need rent forgiveness here and sign the pledge here.
Congress is currently at work on a fourth COVID-19 bill, and it is vital this one addresses the needs of our nation’s immigrants. Help make this happen by signing this petition from the AFL-CIO to tell Congress that the next COVID-19 package must protect ALL workers, regardless of immigration status. It should lift immigrant restrictions on emergency Medicaid testing and treatment, extend work permits for essential workers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and temporary protected status programs, provide cash payments and other vital benefits to all taxpayers, and halt immigration policies that elevate risk in our communities.
The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United is holding a digital rally to discuss restaurant work in the COVID era at 1:45 PM ET. The rally will include speakers Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York State Nurses Association President Judy Gonzalez, and executive director of Paid Leave for All Dawn Hucklebridge. Join by clicking here to RSVP.
Thank you for reading and for your work this May Day. We encourage all members and supporters to post to the CLUW Facebook Group to share what you have done to take action today. Thank you.