For immediate release
September 28, 2006
Hundreds risk arrest as they shut down Century Blvd. to demand an end to the exploitation of immigrant workers
WHAT: Thousands will march and 400 immigrants, workers, religious leaders, community members and students will shut down Century Blvd. near the Los Angeles International Airport and risk arrest in the largest act of non -violent civil disobedience on record in the history of Los Angeles.
WHO: Immigrant hotel workers; We Are America Coalition, CA Senator Gil Cedillo Assemblywoman Judy Chu Councilman Ed Reyes Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary Treasurer LA County Federation of Labor Jackie Guerra, Host of “Workin’ It” on Air America Radio and actress Tom Morello, guitar player of Audio Slave and formerly of Rage Against the Machine Ben Harper, Musician
WHEN: Thursday September 28th Press availability 4:00PM (sign in at media table for press credentials) Rally 4:30PM March begins at 5:30PM
WHERE: Rally and press availability will take place at Century Blvd. and Vicksburg adjacent to the Radisson LAX
Most of the hotel workers on Century Blvd. are immigrants, and earn 20% less than hotel workers in Los Angeles County as a whole. Many of these workers live in the surrounding communities of Lennox, Hawthorne and Inglewood where 1 in 4 residents live below the poverty line and 40% of children come from poor households.
Thousands will march on September 28th and 400 protesters will risk arrest in the largest act of non-violent civil disobedience on record in the history of Los Angeles. The march and civil disobedience will shut down Century Blvd. during rush hour traffic, near Los Angeles International Airport, an area with over a dozen hotels that employ thousands of immigrant workers. Protesters will conduct a sit in on Century Blvd. and will be demanding an end to the exploitation of immigrant workers, with a focus on the hotel industry.