Why labor has embraced immigrant rights - and 9 more examples of Philly intersectionality

September 11, 2018

By Staff

Last month, 2,000 workers and labor leaders sporting brightly colored shirts and waving “Libertad y justicia para todos” signs marched through Old City under the unrelenting late summer sun to protest the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. border.

It had been a season of protests around immigrant justice — activists and organizers calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for Mayor Kenney to stop sharing data with ICE, for the shut down of Berks Detention Center. But this one was noteworthy for how explicitly it challenged the anti-immigrant legacy of American labor. For decades, the movement depicted its struggles as at odds with the struggles of immigrants, saying immigrants kept wages low and weren’t willing to join unions.

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