Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#MAYDAYATL 2017 A Historic & Record Breaking* Success

Concerned Atlanta Residents came together for #MAYDAYATL 2017 on April 30th & May 1st to celebrate #MayDay, International Workers Day and speak truth to power in The City of Atlanta.

On April 30th, Atlanta Jobs with Justice and the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council hosted the #MAYDAYATL Prep Rally & Workers Memorial Day to honor the memory of Georgia Workers who lost their lives working on the job. We also educated our community on the history of May Day, our many historic labor and social justice heroes, and share the work of our many partner organizations.

On May 1st, #MayDay2017 Atlanta Jobs with Justice and GLAHR hosted the historic #MAYDAYATL 2017 Rally & Speakout in Atlanta City Council. We made history on May 1st, 2017 by having the most people in Atlanta's history speak in the Atlanta City Council meeting.

Hundreds of workers, immigrants, women, youth, and other Atlanta residents united behind demands for $15 for City of Atlanta Employees, Atlanta to be a sanctuary city, affordable housing and a community benefits agreement for the Turner Field development, decriminalization of marijuana and criminal justice reform, and the city to shift to 100% renewable energy.

These concerned residents took action to speak truth to power by braving the wind and rain at the outdoor rally in the morning, waiting for up to an hour to sign up to speak in Atlanta City Hall, and participating in about 5 hours of public comments to voice their concerns and demands for justice in Atlanta.

*Media Source: "May Day in Atlanta; history-making crowd attends City Council meeting", Tim Darnell, 11 Alive News, May 1, 2017

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