May Day is an internationally recognized day dedicated to the celebration of the working class and laborers. Protests and demonstrations with the purpose of demanding the better treatment of workers in the global community come to fruition worldwide. Within our own community, we have used May Day in previous years as a day to demand protections and the better treatment of Immigrant workers who are essential to the wellbeing of our community as a whole. Though this is the fight on a daily basis, May Day is the day where people across the world use their power collectively to demand change. Calling for shorter work hours and an increase in pay for workers is at the heart of May Day. Dignity and respect in the workplace are fundamental needs for workers that are being overlooked in many places. Our communities deserve better.
In previous years we have been in marches, in demonstrations, out within our community, but due to COVID-19, this year was very different. We organized remotely and had conversations with members of our community about the importance of knowing their rights and of exercising those rights. Our immigrant community has inalienable worker’s rights that protect them against the mistreatment of employers.