Today across the nation, and here in Portland, you can expect to see a number of restaurants, businesses, and construction companies closed in honor of the "A Day Without Immigrants" strike. In part to protest Donald Trump's racist calls for a border wall as well as his currently stalled Muslim-targeted travel ban, "A Day Without Immigrants" is also a call to remember how much immigrants contribute to our community and culture. You can read about what's happening nationally here, but locally businesses (such as Los Gorditos, pictured above) are either closing up for the day, allowing their employees time off, or donating a portion (or all) of the day's profits to organizations that help the Latinx community. Other local businesses who are participating in today's strike include Du's Grill, Portland Mercado, ?Por Que No? Taqueria (both locations), Revolucion Coffee, Isabel restaurant, The Sugar Shop, Rose City Taqueria, while Mother's Bistro will be matching employees' wages and donating them to nonprofits who benefit this community.
Of note: There will also be a demonstration today at 4:30 pm at the Gateway Transit Center in NE Portland called "Defending Latino/Mexican Rights." From the Mercury's Resistance and Solidarity calendar.
A demonstration at the Gateway Transit Center in response to MAX riders being questioned by strange men in black clothing either posing as or insinuating they are with ICE. Come stand in solidarity with Mexican/Latino members of the community to prevent further intimidation.
Learn more about that here.
Portland's chapter of the nationwide protest action is expected to spread all over the city as citizens resist the White House and its constant stream of unconstitutional decrees by grinding the economy to a halt for a day: Don't go to work. Don't buy anything at the store. Don't buy anything online.
In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch
More information will be coming, and we'll let you know as soon as we get it. Until then, talk to your employers about their plans for these actions, and how you can participate.
For the latest in information about rallies, marches, and political events, consult the Mercury's RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY calendar. Want to publicize an event? Send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org.