San Antonio (May 1, 2012) – Southwest Workers Union (SWU) will host an International Workers Day Celebration Tuesday, May 1st at 1412 E. Commerce from 6pm-9:30pm in honor of past and present workers. The celebration will include music by Lenyrd Spnynard, Bombasta, and Los Nahuatlatos, as well as an installation curated by David Zamora-Casas featuring local artists Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez, Jane Madrigal, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Oscar Hernandez, Michael Hernandez, Luis Hurtado, Victor Payan, and Pocha Pena. Speakers will include State Representatives Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett, Irasema Cavazos of the Domestic Workers in Action and a representative from Fuerza Unida.
International Workers Day commemorates the struggle of workers to obtain an 8 hour work day, and has served as a day to call attention to the current plight of workers. In 2006, San Antonio’s May 1st demonstration mobilized over 70,000 people in support of migrant worker rights, which had a profound impact on preventing the racist immigration reform legislation HR 4437 from passing in Congress.
This year SWU will uplift the organizing efforts and stories of domestic, migrant, and women workers. The community organizers of Domestic Workers in Action stated: “We are fighting for equality. As domestic workers we still face racism, exploitation, and the constant struggle to pay bills, raise a family, and survive.”
The community is invited to join us to uplift all workers’ struggles and celebrate our past victories.
Founded in 1988, the Southwest Workers’ Union (SWU) is an organization of low-income workers, families, community residents, and youth, united in one organizational struggle for worker rights, environmental justice and community empowerment.