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Seattle DSA and Seattle University YDSA would like to invite you to our April speaker series event, a talk by Carlos Marentes of El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social on how Seattle’s annual May Day march connects to the larger fight for immigration justice.
May 1 was first celebrated as International Workers’ Day by the Second International in 1890, to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago. Despite periodic attempts by the United States government to rebrand the date (as “Americanization Day” after the Russian Revolution, “Loyalty Day” at the start of the Cold War under Truman, and “Law Day” a decade later under Eisenhower), May Day’s meaning as a celebration of the power of working people has remained. El Comité has organized May Day marches in Seattle since 1999, rising to particular prominence in 2006 when Latinx groups across the country declared the date as a general strike by immigrant workers and students: the “Great American Boycott”. These traditions remain intertwined today, as we approach the 19th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights.
Please join us at 7:00pm on April 18, in Bannan 402 on the Seattle University Campus.