Striking Port Drivers with TPS Threatened by Cancellation to Surround LA Detention Center on 3rd Day of Strike, Rally at Port of LA for Permanent Protections
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Detention Center will be surrounded by a convoy of half dozen tractor-trailers driven by members of the Teamsters union in support of port truck drivers and others threatened by deportation if the courts don’t stop the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Congress doesn’t act to pass permanent protections.
Thousands of port truck drivers across America who haul containers on and off the docks of seaports and railyards are among the 300,000 workers with TPS demanding action for permanent protections and a path to citizenship.
On Wednesday, October 3, they will demonstrate the contribution they make to this country and the urgency with which they need Congress to act to address and resolve this crisis.
After rallying at the downtown detention center, the drivers will caravan down the 110 Freeway to the Port of LA’s Wilmington Waterfront Park, where they will hold a rally on the third day of their strike.
What: Tractor Trailer Caravan Around the LA Detention Center
When: 8:30 am, October 3, 2018
Where: LA Metropolitan Detention Center, 535 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Who: Striking port truck drivers, including many threatened with deportation because of the revocation of their status in the TPS program, striking warehouse workers, Teamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
What: Rally at the Ports to Support Striking Drivers, Demand Action on TPS
When: 11:00 am, October 3rd, 2018
Where: Wilmington Waterfront Park, W. C Street, Wilmington, CA 90744 (at N. Wilmington Blvd.)
Who: Teamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)
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