Immigrants and supporters shut down the upper level of the George Washington Bridge for 45 minutes during this morning’s rush hour, declaring “Somos visible”, or “We are visible”.
Organized by immigrant workers and grassroots organizations, including Laundry Workers Center, the non-violent protest called for the ”right of every member of our communities to be visible.”
Protesters chained themselves together on inbound upper level of bridge, unfurling a banner reading “Resist, Organized, Act Up!” Port Authority of NY/NJ police arrested 10 non-violent protesters.
“The immigrant community is tired of being in the shadows.” said Laundry Workers Center co-director Mahoma López. “For many years we are here, we contribute, we pay taxes, we build this country, but in the end, we don’t have the right to participate in the decisions at the local and national levels.”
“We demand the right to take part in the decisions in our communities.”
Rosanna Rodriguez, co-director of Laundry Workers Center said, “This is a movement that brings together organizations and activists to make our pain and our power visible. #SomosVisibles!”
A rally is planned this evening at 6pm, in Union Square. More information is available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/207755879648984/
Press Contact: Mahoma López, co-director of Laundry Workers Center