martes, 8 de mayo de 2012

In Response to 5/4 Column by Chip Johnson, Entitled “Oakland labor march shows Occupy losing power”

In Response to 5/4 Column by Chip Johnson, Entitled “Oakland labor march shows Occupy losing power”

The name of the coalition that organized the march from Fruitvale is Dignity and Resistance.

The event may have included music and other entertainment, but it was Not a parade. It was a serious march of up to 7,000 strong, led by immigrants fighting for their rights and against repression and deportations by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). Others participating included numerous worker and union delegations, such as fired Pacific Steel workers, postal workers, the Oakland Education Association, and Teamsters.

Immigrant rights activists, members of union locals, members of various groups, including Occupy Oakland, Occupy SF, ACUDIR, Oakland Sin Fronteras, and Decolonize Oakland, comprised the broad, bay area-wide coalition from the beginning, helping to plan, organize and build for the march. When the Dignity and Resistance March arrived at San Antonio Park, they were met by chants of “Si Se Puede” (yes we can) by Occupy and others who were waiting for them there.

The March for Dignity and Resistance did not diverge from our route to avoid any grouping, but remained on the route that had been planned. A small contingent of the march chose to skip the rally at the park, and marched on to Dragon Park in Chinatown, but the San Antonio rally included the majority of the marchers, together with much of the Occupy contingent. When the Dignity and Resistance March arrived downtown, still thousands strong, it was met with cheers by Occupy people who were already at Oscar Grant Plaza.

The police violence carried out throughout the day was reprehensible. The Oakland Police Department conducted targeted “snatch and grab” operations, going after people previously identified as leaders or activists in Occupy Oakland, not because of any so-called crime they had committed. Police attacks - including attacks on a thirteen year old child and a woman sitting alone on the steps of Oscar Grant Plaza - were unprovoked and excessive. Our coalition stands against ICE repression and police brutality against anyone in our communities.

The cynical view of Mr. Johnson toward the recent current of activism in the Bay Area is disappointing, with his focus on perceived divisions, rather than the strength of an eclectic, vibrant, regional march.

Coalition for Dignity and Resistance

viernes, 20 de abril de 2012

March for Dignity and Resistance! Marcha por la Dignidad y Resitencia


Regional March for Dignity and Resistance

May 1, 2012 



March begins at Fruitvale BART Plaza
Rally, Aztec Dancers, Speakers

March to San Antonio Park
Music, Speakers, Children's Activities

March to Oscar Grant Plaza
Ending Rally

The march will be peaceful and family-friendly*! 

*Bathrooms, children's activities, and kid's snacks at San Antonio Park

  For more info:

miércoles, 18 de abril de 2012

We need help keeping the marchers safe!


WHEN: Saturday April 28th, 2012, 4 PM
WHERE: Clinica de la Raza, 3451 East 12th Street, 3rd. Floor, Room 3B, Oakland, CA - Half block from Fruitvale BART-,+Oakland,+CA&hl=en&ll=37.778313,-122.2226&spn=0.008463,0.013754&oq=3451+East+12th+Street,+Oakland&hnear=3451+E+12th+St,+Oakland,+Alameda,+California+94601&t=m&z=16

NOTE: Bart Parking Lot is FREE on weekends!



CUANDO: Sábado 28 del 2012, 4 PM
DONDE: Clinica de la Raza, 3451 East 12th Street, 3er. Piso, Salón 3B, Oakland, CA - Media cuadra del  BART de la Fruitvale.,+Oakland,+CA&hl=en&ll=37.778313,-122.2226&spn=0.008463,0.013754&oq=3451+East+12th+Street,+Oakland&hnear=3451+E+12th+St,+Oakland,+Alameda,+California+94601&t=m&z=16

NOTA: El estacionamiento del bart es GRATIS los fines de semana!

lunes, 16 de abril de 2012

Press Conference!


English: Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter (415-902-2794) 
Spanish: Claudia Arroyo (415-946-9910) Website:

What: Bay Area Regional March for Dignity and Resistance

When: Tuesday May 1st (May Day), 3:00pm

Where: Fruitvale Plaza to San Antonio Park to Downtown Oakland 

PRESS CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 25th, 11am, Fruitvale Plaza 

On May 1, 2012, communities from across the Bay Area will unite in Oakland and join together in a regional march for Dignity and Resistance. We will meet at Fruitvale Plaza/BART at 3pm and march to San Antonio Park (Foothill Boulevard, between 16th and 18th) and then Downtown Oakland.
From San Jose to San Francisco to Santa Rosa to Sacramento to Stockton, we are inviting all workers – employed and unemployed, paid and unpaid – to join us in a family friendly, community inclusive march. The March for Dignity and Resistance is being organized by a coalition of activists from a wide variety of groups with different politics and organizing backgrounds. Together we will fight for the life we want to live and build the world we want to live in.


Worldwide the poor, disenfranchised, and communities of color are rising in solidarity and resistance. May Day is International Workers Day, a day for workers across the globe to stand together in unity and celebrate this resistance. The 1886 strike in Chicago, IL (Haymarket massacre) originated International Workers Day, and planted the seed to fight for an eight-hour workday around the world. In the United States, May Day rallies have highlighted the importance of immigrant rights to worker struggles. On May 1, 2012 we will build on current struggles by holding a mass march through Oakland.

Oakland has been a key site of resistance, from the vibrancy of recent struggles to the legacy of the Black Panthers and 1946 General Strike. Oakland is also a microcosm of predatory capitalist oppression, from foreclosures and school shutdowns, to police brutality and deportations, to income inequality and debt. This May Day we are therefore calling on forces from around the Bay Area to converge on Oakland for a massive show of solidarity, to celebrate our Resistance and lay claim to our Dignity. 


Internet Outreach! Please Help!

You can help us promote this march from the comfort of you own home.

RSVP to the march and then invite all your BAY area friends!

Goal: 10,000 invites!

We need your help!

domingo, 15 de abril de 2012

jueves, 12 de abril de 2012



Regional March for Dignity and Resistance

Endorsed by

ACUDIR—Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), American Licorice - Baker Union Local 125, American Postal Workers Union, Amnesty International USA (Western Regional Office), Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), AFSME 444, Alameda Labor Council, ANSWER Coalition, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1555, Bail Out the People Movement (SF), Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice, Bay Area Solidarity, The Bikery, California Faculty Association (Cal State East Bay Chapter), CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) (SF), Centro Legal de la Raza (SF), CodePINK: Women for Peace, Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights, Colectivo de Mujeres (SF), Cycles of Change, Day Labor Program (SF), Decolonize Oakland, Ella Baker Center (Oakland), Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), FMLN NorCar, Gay Shame, Instituto Familiar de la Raza (SF), International Action Center - SF, International Socialist Organization, Movimiento por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes MDI (SF), La Raza Centro Legal (SF), LAGAI-Queer Insurrection, Left Party, Mujeres Unidas y Activas (SF & Oakland), Nonviolent Caucus of Occupy Oakland, Oakland Coalition to Stop Goldman Sachs, Oakland Education Association (OEA),  Oakland Sin Fronteras, Occupy Education (NorCal), Occupy Oakland, Occupy Public Health, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), Progressive Labor Party, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism! (QUIT!), ROOTS (formerly Occupy the Hood), San Francisco Labor Council, SF 99% Coalition, SEIU—United Service Workers West (USWW), SEIU 1000 District Council ("DLC") 743 (SF), San Mateo County Central Labor Council, SF Women In Black, Social Irruption Theater Troupe- Una piedra en el zapato (SF), Teamsters Local 70, Unite Here Local 2850, Women Against Rape, Women's Building/Edificio de Mujeres (SF), Workers World Party,  WAK (Women Against Killing), Xinaxtli la MeXa de UCB


Points of Unity

Points of Unity

  • We, the workers, should have equal opportunities to access the wealth we create. 
  • We provide the labor that allows society to function and our labor supports life itself. 
  • We deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. 
  • Dignity means freedom from discrimination and harassment for our immigration and documentation status, race, and sexual and gender identities.
  •  This is why me must fight.  Why we must resist!

  • We will march by the thousands to show our strength.
  • We will build our communities and share in one
  • anothers’ struggles.
  • We will seek out, speak out and act against the
  • forces that undermine our dignity.
  • We will challenge austerity in all its forms.
  • We will fight for the life we want to live and
  • build the world we want to live in.
  • Nosotros, los trabajadores debemos tener igualdad de oportunidades para acceder a la riqueza que creamos.
  • Con nuestro trabajo contribuimos al funcionamiento de la sociedad y de la vida misma.
  • Merecemos ser tratados con dignidad y respeto.
  • Por dignidad entendemos el gozo de ser libres sin sufrir discriminación y acoso ya sea por nuestra condición migratoria, estatus legal, raza, sexo y/o identidad.
  • ¡Es por esto que debemos luchar! ¡Es por eso que debemos resistir!
  • Este Primero de Mayo miles de personas marcharemos para mostrar nuestra fuerza.
  • Impulsaremos nuestras comunidades y nos acompañaremos en nuestras respectivas luchas.
  • Identificaremos, actuaremos y nos organizaremos contra las fuerzas que actualmente socavan nuestro derecho a la dignidad.
  • Desafiaremos la austeridad en todas sus formas.
  • ¡Vamos a luchar por la vida que queremos tener y construir el mundo que queremos vivir!

Dignity and Resistance Drum Corp

Join the Dignity and Resistance Drum Corp!

Bay Area Drumming for Dignity and Resistance is a community drum ensemble coming together for the Bay Area March for Dignity and Resistance on May 1, 2012 - International Worker's Day.  The drum ensemble is organized as a committee of the coalition, under the creative direction of Carolyn Brandy, legendary SF Bay Area percussionist, educator, cultural worker and founder of SistahBoom.

Community drum & percussion ensemble open to ALL LEVELS, ALL AGES, ALL EVERYBODY!!

Sun, April 22 - Rehearsal (FRUITVALE PLAZA): 4-6PM

Sun, April 29 - Rehearsal (FRUITVALE PLAZA): 4-6PM

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