4:30 PM -- Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Meet and march downtown
5:30-6:30 PM -- City Hall
Rally & Memorial program
This year’s Worker’s Memorial Day event, Reclaim Labor! Reclaim Lives! is dedicated to honoring all the day laborers, immigrants, and low wage workers whose lives have been lost due to unsafe working conditions. We will come together in mourning and solidarity, and highlight the importance of the continuing fight for workers’ rights.
4:30pm: Meet at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater (between 12th Street and 1st Ave. on Lake Merritt Blvd. in Downtown Oakland) and then march to City Hall (1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza).
5:30pm: Short memorial program featuring workers, labor, government agencies, and advocates. A moment of silence will be observed to mourn workers who passed in the workplace in the prior year.
Register online: by no means required but helps us in our planning.
Workers’ Memorial Day, observed on April 28th each year, is an international day of remembrance of people who suffered work-related illnesses or injuries or were killed on the job. Twelve workers die needlessly every day at work and tens of thousands more suffer from workplace injuries. In California, 334 workers were killed on the job in 2014 – in Northern California alone the figure is close to one a week. Latino workers are more likely to be killed on the job than other California workers, and Latino workers’ deaths continue to rise.
Some incidents are never reported or investigated. Others are ruled to be the result of a pre-existing medical condition. When workers die from the cumulative effects of workplace illness and injury, the death might not be officially recorded as an occupational fatality. Many of these workers die with very little acknowledgement from the media and with no accountability for their employer.
Reclaim Labor! Reclaim Lives! will focus on fatalities of low wage workers, immigrant workers, and day laborers. We will acknowledge and bear witness to the dead, and to those who are injured or ailing because of the work they do. We will work to make the statistics speak, giving names and stories to numbers. We will show our solidarity with workers, and our commitment to the safety of all workers. Please join us.