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Community Organization holds May Day Rally for “inclusion and equal treatment” on International Worker’s Day

Marleine Bastien
Marleine Bastien, Executive Dir. Haitian Women of Miami

MIAMI – Sitwayen Ini Pou Egalite, Jistis ak Lape (Citizens United for Equality, Justice and Peace), a leadership group created by the non-profit social service agency Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (or Haitian Women of Miami), will hold a May Day Rally on International Worker’s Day to stand up for workers, equal treatment for Haitian and other immigrants, and Little Haiti.

The May Day rally will be held Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5pm on the corner of NE 2nd Ave. and 59th Street, Miami.

The demonstration will highlight a number of issues for minorities and immigrants, especially in the Little Haiti community, including unemployment, livable wages of $15 per hour, access to healthcare/medicaid expansion, police brutality, and the ongoing threat of gentrification.

Said Marleine Bastien, executive director of FANM, “While living conditions deteriorate and local businesses struggle to keep their doors open, cash empowered developers are buying Little Haiti piece by piece –the process of gentrification is in full swings. We must organize to preserve our history and legacy while advocating for better living conditions, jobs, livable wages, affordable housing, safer neighborhoods, and access to health care.

We are still here and we will not be forced out. Little Haiti was good for us 40-50 years ago, it is good for us
now that we’ve developed it and made it a global destination for tourists.”  Supporting organizations include the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, Veye Yo, One Miami, Jewish Voice for Peace South Florida, South Florida Voices For Working Families,South Florida Progressive Jewish Action, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, Miami Committee On State Violence, Miami Workers Center, Florida New Majority, Unite Here, and SEIU.

For more information, visit the May Day Rally event page at: www.facebook.com/events/1613733305536174

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