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"Not One More" Workers & Community Protest Deportations At Gary-Chicago Airport
Hundreds of trade unionists, community activists and immigrants attended a rally to protest the deportation of immigrants at the Gary-Chicago Airport.
Two hundred trade unionists, community activists and immigrants rallied at the Gary-Chicago airport on October 6, 2017 to protest the deportation of tens of thousands of immigrants and the attack on DACA youth. Thousands of immigrants have been secretly deported at this airport with little notice in the past. Immigrant workers and DACA youth spoke at the rally. Speakers also included officials from ATU 308, UAW 551, UE, SEIU 1 in Chicago. and activists from Labor Council For Latin American Advancement in Sacramento who attended. Also Mexican farmworker Carmen Marta of Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democrático Jornaleros Agrícolas spoke and Brazilian metal worker Herbert Claros of Sindicato dos Metalúrgicos de São Jose dos Campos e região and Conlutas spoke against the deportations. The rally was also supported by the Workers Solidarity Action Network WSAN which was having a founding conference at UAW 551. The SEIU organized buses and supporters of the protest from throughout Illinois.
Endorsers of Gary Chicago Airport Action:
NWI Interfaith Federation, Hoosiers for Progress, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Unite the Region for Justice (URJ), NWI Green Party, IUN ALMA, PNW Social Justice Club, 219 MIGHT Endorsed By National Workers Conference to Organize the Fightback & Build a Solidarity Network
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Carmen Marta of Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democrático Jornaleros Agrícolas spoke at the rally against the deportations.
The UE supported the rally to protest the deportations of immigrant workers
Disiree Rojas who is the president of the Labor Council For Latin American Advancement Sacramento came to support the protest against the deportations of immigrant workers
Chicago UAW Local 551 VP Scott Houldierson joined the rally and said his local was opposed to the deportations.