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Thursday, April 26, 2012

May Day in Salem to focus on Driver’s License Restoration, Jobs, Education, and Healthcare

April 25, 2012

Thousands to gather at State Capitol to focus on important issues and celebrate the contributions of working families

Salem, Ore. -- 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 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, law enforcement, labor, faith, immigrant and civil rights community will deliver an important message about solutions to address driver’s license access restoration in Oregon.

The line up of speakers will be leaders from organized labor, faith, civil rights and community organizations and elected officials including 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.

In addition to Driver's License Restoration, other issues of focus for May 1st 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 and a path towards legalization for all immigrants

This year’s May Day will also be filled with hundreds of lanterns signifying the hope for a more just and equitable state for all Oregonians. Following the rally, participants will march with the 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


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

We will be live streaming the Governor's speech on May 1st at 6pm @ WWW.OREGONMAYDAY.COM


Causa, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization, is the largest Latino and Latina civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit


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