Early yesterday morning over 100 immigrants and allies gathered in the pouring rain for a March & Rally for "Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes" (A Day Without Immigrants). COWC is proud to have partnered with Red Migrante Ohio - an immigrant-led community organization - to make this event happen. On the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, immigrants shared their stories and struggles with a resolve to defend and protect one another.
Later in the day as the rain cleared, over 100 workers, immigrants, students, and allies gathered for to show that Columbu is a #SolidarityCity. Our march stepped off toward the Ohio Union in support of the Ohio State Student/Farmworker Alliance and their campaign to cut OSU's contract with Wendy's for their refusal to support farmworkers by partnering with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
The march then arrived outside of an AT&T store in support of Communication Workers of America (CWA) - Local 4320. A lively picket was held demanding a fair contract for the over 45,000 AT&T employees demanding just wages, conditions, and benefits.
The march ended with a cookout and workers/immigrants sharing their stories and the importance of coming together to resist exploitation & hatred in the current political climate.
May Day 2017 ended with a call to ACTION. The Central Ohio Worker Center launched our Restaurant Worker Survey project with the goal of collecting over 500 surveys from restaurant workers this year. Participants signed up to join us on one of our upcoming canvasses to reach out to low-wage restaurant workers and collect data on wages, conditions, and industry trends.