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MAR. 17, 2017

CONTACT Community Action Coalition

SANTA ROSA, CA—Dozens of labor, environmental, racial justice and peace-seeking groups,
including Comité VIDA, 350 Sonoma, Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, Sierra Club
Redwood Chapter, North Bay Jobs With Justice, Community Action Coalition and Service
Employees International Union, are leading a march and rally April 29 to promote freedom and
justice for all and continued action to curb climate change.
The event is a merging of the traditional Sonoma County May Day march for workers’ and
immigrants’ rights and a sister March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Washington, D.C. The
May Day March, annually organized by the May 1st Coalition, honors International Workers’
Day, and this year, with a larger coalition, points to the growing resistance against the Trump
administration’s increasingly destructive policies on its 100th day in office.
The group aims to create a united front to defend immigrant and Native American rights, public
lands, environmental and workplace protections, including government action on climate change
and workers’ rights to unionize. The march will provide an inclusive forum for the community to
vocally oppose the alarming threats posed to marginalized populations in America, including the
LGBTQ community, women, immigrants, and people of color.
“There is an urgency to peacefully stand together against injustice and a political climate that is
hostile to progressive solutions.” said Attila Nagy, a lead organizer of the local April 29 event,
who represents Comité VIDA and the Peace and Justice Center. “This is not a left vs. right
issue. It is a human issue, and we must be vocal to protect our shared values of decency,
compassion and justice.”
Marchers will gather at 12:00 p.m. at Roseland Plaza by the Dollar Tree, 675 Sebastopol Rd.
Beginning at 1 p.m. there will be speakers, music and a ceremony led by traditional Aztec
dancers. The march will begin at 2 p.m. and end at Santa Rosa City Hall with a rally.
“North Bay residents are overwhelmingly opposed to regressive policies on racial and gender
equality, environmental regulation, immigration, religious freedom and other attacks on civil
liberties,” said Nagy. “We will not sit idly by and watch our democracy and its safeguards
Organized by The May 1st Coalition: including Comité VIDA, Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma Co., 350 Sonoma,
Alternatives to Violence Project, Left Coast Podcast, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Veterans for Peace, Occupy
Sonoma County, North Bay Jobs With Justice, Hubbub Club Street Band, Community Action Coalition, Unitarian
Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa, Service Employees International Union, Green Party, Sonoma County
Conservation Action, Sonoma Solidarity with Standing Rock, Indivisible Sebastopol, Santa Rosa Democratic Club,
Sierra Club Redwood Chapter, It Won’t Happen Here, North Coast Coalition for Palestine, Transition Sonoma Valley,
Petaluma Progressives, Arlene Francis Center, Sociology Circle SRJC, Media Freedom Foundation, Project
Censored, Healdsburg Peace Project, Sonoma County Gazette.

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