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Monday, April 23, 2012

Diverse Communities, Elected Officials to Gather at Oregon State Capitol on May 1st

A Celebration of Working Families

Salem, Ore. -- This year’s May Day march and rally will be filled with hundreds of lanterns. These lanterns will signify the hope for a more just and equitable state for all Oregonians.

On Tuesday, May 1st, immigrants, labor union members, students, members of LGBT communities, women, Latinos, and allies will gather on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem for a rally with community leaders and elected officials including Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. The Governor, with the support of elected representatives, members of the business, labor, faith, immigrant and civil rights community, will deliver an important message about solutions to address driver’s license access restoration in Oregon.

Following the rally, participants will march with lanterns through Salem’s downtown carrying these “lights of hope”.

May Day 2012: The Light of Hope March & Rally
A Celebration of Working Families, regardless of immigration status
May 1, 2012
Rally: 6 p.m. | March: 7 p.m.
Oregon State Capitol
Salem, Oregon


Issues to be addressed include:
• Jobs with living wages for ALL Oregon residents
• Educational opportunities from pre-k to college for ALL Oregon residents
• Access to health care services for ALL Oregon residents
• Access to driver licenses for ALL Oregon residents
• A path towards legalization for all immigrants

Elected officials confirmed to attend include Governor john Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, State Representative Tina Kotek, State Representative Michael Dembrow, State Representative Brad Witt, and Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, who will be represented by Policy Advisor Guillermo A. Maciel.

Sponsors (partial list): Causa Oregon, PCUN, Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), Oregon AFL-CIO, Voz Hispana Causa Chavista, Marion-Polk Move To Amend, Working America, Willamette University Causa Chapter


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