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Press conference on Voces May Day March, As US Supreme Court Begins Landmark Ruling on SB 1070
National immigrant rights leader Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL) to speak at May Day March in Milwaukee
WHO: Voces de la Frontera and Immigrant Families
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce May Day Solidarity March
WHERE: Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee
WHEN: Wednesday April 25th, 11 am
Tomorrow, April 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments on Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law in United States vs. Arizona. The court’s landmark ruling, expected in June, will determine whether our nation will uphold the historic gains of the civil rights movement or revert back to a pre-civil rights era of second-class citizenship where states will be allowed to treat people differently because of the way they look or speak, even if they have been American citizens all their lives.
On that same day, Voces de la Frontera will host a press conference to announce our May Day Solidarity march as a call to action to join this national movement, and in alliance with marches and rallies across the country. We will also announce the schedule for the rally for May Day.
In recognition of Wisconsin’s role as a national battleground state, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL) will speak at the state-wide rally at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee on April 29th. Congressman Gutierrez has been at the forefront of the effort to pass historic comprehensive immigration reform legislation, as well as raise the visibility of the toll of mass deportations on immigrant families.
Voces de la Frontera has consistently organized some of the largest May Day marches in the country since 2006 and in the state’s history, ranging from 30,000-100,000 attendees.
In this election year, we march to demand justice in the highest court and an end to the cruel immigration enforcement policies that continue to separate loving immigrant families.
-Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera
-Emilio De Torre, ACLU of Wisconsin
-Paulino Valle, immigrant refugee from Arizona who escaped persecution under SB-1070
-Student Representative from Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)
***Full info on the Milwaukee May Day March can be found at www.vdlf.org. Please note that this year the march will be held on Sunday, April 29th.