Immigrant Youth Are In Unwavering Solidarity With The Strike For Black Lives

Jose Munoz Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, workers across the country, led by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are on a ‘Strike for Black Lives’ with a national day of strikes, walkouts, and worker actions to demand racial and economic justice.  Tens of thousands of workers will be taking action to declare that Black Lives Matter and to illustrate all the ways our fights for racial, economic, health care, immigration, climate and other justice fights are connected.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, said:

“Immigrant youth of United We Dream are in unwavering solidarity with workers striking throughout the country today. We’re in a moment of reckoning, where millions of people are responding to the deadly impacts of structural racism that permeates in America’s policing, economy and democracy. We must come together across race to challenge the corporate power that feeds a cycle of multi-generation poverty without accountability. And we must demand solutions from governments that center communities of color and dismantle racist policies to make sure every family is healthy, safe, and secure, no matter our race, our immigration status, our job, or where we live. 

Following the continued state-sanctioned violence against Black people in this country, we are seeing a Black-led multiracial movement that is the culmination of years of hard work by organizers. When we talk about defunding police and ICE and CBP, it means investing in housing, education, and public services that help Black communities and communities of color. The systems that oppress Black people and people of color are interconnected, and so are our movements. ”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.