Edison, NJ (May 1, 2017) – Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) union members are expected to be out in full force today showing their support for New Jersey’s immigrant community during the Here to Stay Immigration Rally. The rally, being held on International Workers Day, will help to: raise awareness for the role that immigrants play in the State of New Jersey; defend the rights of immigrants; and celebrate the diverse State of New Jersey.
The event will take place from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Liberty State Park (1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ). The event is co-hosted by NRCC, 32 BJ SEIU, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, ACLU of New Jersey, BlueWaveNJ, CAIR New Jersey, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, Latino Action Network, New Labor, Make the Road New Jersey, Wind of the Spirit, Faith in New Jersey and New Jersey Alliance for Muslim Communities.
NRCC’s Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne is one of the featured speakers at the rally and is expected to talk about the vital role that his organization plays in protecting the rights and providing training and job opportunities for carpenters in the State.
“Our organization is nearly 40,000 union carpenter members strong and we were founded to protect the rights of workers in our region,” said Ballantyne. “We are honored to have the opportunity to speak at this important rally at this time in our nation’s history. It’s fitting that the event is being held near the Statute of Liberty, our nation’s symbol of welcoming those who are less fortunate than us with open arms, care and dignity. When it comes down to it, everyone in our nation is a human being that deserves respect, dignity and a chance to make their lives better for themselves, their spouses, their children and their families.”