Media Alert: A Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants -Thousands Will Go On Strike in Statewide March in Milwaukee on Monday to Escalate Pressure on Democrats to Pass Citizenship This Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/08/21

ESPAÑOL EN LA 2DA PÁGINA ABAJO

(MILWAUKEE – WI)

WHAT: This Monday, October 11, Indigenous Peoples Day, thousands of immigrant and Latinx essential workers and their families from throughout Wisconsin will participate in a Day Without Latinxs and Immigrants. This is a day of no work, no school, no shopping to demonstrate to President Biden, Vice President Harris and Democrats in Congress the importance of immigrants to our economy – especially during this pandemic – as workers, small business owners and consumers. 

This statewide general strike of essential workers and their families  will start with a march at 11 a.m. CST, from Milwaukee’s Latinx-majority southside to the federal courthouse where there will be a closing rally. Buses throughout the state are arriving, in an urgent call to action that has been organized in just one week.  

This strike initiates a wave of actions in other states this month prior to the October 31 deadline when Democrats will vote on the Build Back Better reconciliation budget bill.  The national immigrant rights movement is organizing to demand  that Congressional Democrats and the Biden Administration use their majority power to overrule the Senate Parliamentarian and pass their Build Back Better reconciliation budget that includes $107 billion for a path to citizenship for millions of immigrant essential workers. 

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera, said: “It is one year to date that Vice President Harris, as a candidate for office, met with a delegation of immigrant essential workers and their families in Milwaukee and promised that, under the Biden-Harris administration, history would not repeat itself and they would pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship their first year in office.  

Now that Democrats have a majority in Congress and have the power to deliver on their promise,  they must deliver a path to citizenship this year. 

We’re going on strike because we’ve heard enough excuses. Democrats cannot hide behind the Senate Parliamentarian. We know that they have the power and we are not accepting no as an answer.”

WHEN: Monday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m. CST 

WHERE: Voces de la Frontera’s new office at 733 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee, WI

The rally and march will also be streamed via Facebook live at facebook.com/VocesdelaFronteraWI

PRESS RESOURCES: An online Press Toolkit with photos and video testimonials of march participants will be updated throughout the day. For specific requests, please call or text Anna at 414-469-0118.

DESCRIPTION OF VISUALS: Large, hand painted banners and parachute, home made and  printed signs.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Immigrant essential workers on strike, including those in the meatpacking, education, construction, restaurant, and healthcare industries, and more
  • Immigrant small business owners who are closing their businesses, including in the restaurant, retail, grocery, and auto industries, and more
  • Parents and students who are walking out of school, including DACA recipients, immigrant parents, children of immigrants, undocumented youth and allies
  • Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera

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CONTACT: Anna Dvorak | Cell: 414-469-0118 | anna@vdlf.org