For Thursday, November 17, 2011
Contacts: Sandra Diaz, (619) 534-2927
Christian Ramirez, (619) 885-1289
Adriana Jasso, (619) 808-7277
Immigrants and other supporters say, “Hardworking immigrant families didn’t wreck our economy, the banks did.”
San Diego, CA — Led by the SEIU USWW Janitors Union, workers, immigrant rights organizations and community members will rally in front of the downtown federal building and to “occupy” the plaza area in front of the Federal building. Eight (8) brave activists, tired of the attacks on immigrant communities by an out of control department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the “San Diego 8” will begin an encampment to draw attention to the disconnect between the stated direction given to ICE by President Obama and their zealous targeting of migrant worker industries. The San Diego 8 will refuse any orders to leave!
“We are fed up and tired of ICE and their rogue behavior targeting well paid immigrant jobs sites and hard working immigrant workers and families,” says Mike Garcia President of SEIU USWW AKA Justice for Janitors. “ICE is doing what the 1% corporate real estate industry wants: using immigration laws to recycle well paid janitors in the hopes of taking back gains in pay and benefits our union has won.”
Through struggle and endless sacrifice over the past 20 years, janitors in California have built a union that has reformed an industry that was known for exploiting workers. The raids by ICE only increase fear among workers. Those who are targeted end up in the underground economy, which only depresses the wages and working conditions of all workers – U.S. born and immigrant. Only by fixing our broken immigration system can we level the playing field, and restore fairness for all workers.
WHAT: Janitors, other workers, and community members protesting ICE worksite raids that serve as de facto union busting for greedy real estate corporations.
WHEN: Thursday, November 17
march begins at 12PM; rally and “occupation” at approximately 1PM
WHERE: March begins at Civic Center, 1100 3rd Avenue, San Diego
Rally at San Diego Federal Building, Front and Broadway in downtown San Diego
WHO: Hundreds of San Diego workers and allies, together with community supporters.
VISUAL: POTENTIAL ARRESTS. Workers carrying picket signs, banging on drums, marching, chanting, and handing out leaflets to public AND BUILDING AN ENCAMPMENT WITH FULL PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. 5pm Vigil, 10pm Meeting with Janitors on lunch break form nearby buildings.