The Women’s March Inspired This Latina Comedy Producer To Organize Her Own March In NYC
Ana Breton, a digital producer on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” has gathered an army of volunteers to put together “La Marcha De Mayo,” a massive protest march happening in NYC this upcoming May. The march’s goal, per Ana, is to bring awareness and visibility to Latinos and immigrants in this ever-charged political climate.
La Marcha De Mayo is a protest March happening on May 6th in New York City.
— LaMarchaDeMayo (@lamarchademayo) March 13, 2017
It follows the same route as the Women’s March, which drew enormous crowds and inspired Ana Breton to look for a similar march or protest that was specifically designed for Latino and immigrant issues. When she couldn’t find any, she decided to make her own.
I called Breton recently to discuss how it all came together and what inspired her to start this march that is expecting several thousand people to attend.
Tell me about the Marcha De Mayo, what’s it about? How did it start?
“I had just come back from the women’s march and had a great experience. I had been really angry about the immigration issues and what Trump was saying. A few days after the inauguration, Trump admitted his deportation and immigration policies were pretty solid. I was looking to start a march or protest that was specifically for Latinos and Immigrants and within three days, 10,000 people were interested just from a FB event post. Specifically Latinos in NYC, who wanted to express the same concerns.”
How are you managing it all?
“Lots of people have asked to volunteer. Thirty in total are planning the march. They are students, people with families, mostly Latinos and immigrants as well, all volunteers. We meet every weekend and talk about the march and what’s happening in the media. This all started as like a grass roots and volunteer movement, but unofficially — grass roots without the grass. Haha.”
The planning committee for La Marcha De Mayo are all volunteers.
These are just some of the folks who are helping plan the massive march.
What would you want people know about you?
“Even as the lead organizer, the march is not about me, it’s about Latinos, immigrants and the people coming to support them.”
Okay, but tell me about you anyway. Haha.
“Haha, okay. I was born in Mexico City, lived there until I was nine. My parents were sick of getting robbed and having their home broken into, so we moved to the U.S. because everyone told them it was safe. I grew in up in Utah but moved to NYC about three years ago to pursue film, tv and comedy.”
Breton says her work on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” has sharpened her politically conscious mind.
One of our staffers has been keeping an actual log of who's paying for Trump's wall. pic.twitter.com/P1C6xW41vd
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 16, 2017
As a member of a very political show, working there has made her hyper-aware of what is going on in politics. She’s had to learn every politician’s name and their political positions on every issue, which brought her to get way more involved. Out of that conviction arose “La Marcha De Mayo.”
Do folks at the show know what you’re doing?
“I’ve basically invited everyone from the show, but there’s no way to know if Samantha Bee will come. She did come with us all on a big bus to the Women’s March in DC and we didn’t have to work or shoot anything for the show. It was ultimately so that everyone coming could actually participate in the march and really be there. To really support women.”
The best taco bowls are made by immigrants who resent a rich prick calling them rapists. Love inauthentic Mexican! pic.twitter.com/9tEORJxoZp
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) May 5, 2016
What’s it like to put together a march of this size?
“It’s definitely become a part time job. It’s been wonderful to meet people. There are so many organizations that are designed to help Latinos in NYC that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Mixteca has become our main sponsor. They help Latino families who need help with legal issues, work issues and anything else. Meeting them has been awesome. Loud is another organization, they’re a preventative healthcare organization for Latinos. They reached out and wanted to help. It’s been great to highlight all these groups and help them and have them get involved.
I’m also very tired. Writing emails is my new hobby. Ha.”
What do you hope to accomplish with the march?
“One of the main things I really want to accomplish is to bring visibility. This march is really about visibility. I want Latinos and immigrants to show up and say “we’re here, we’re not going anywhere.” To visually represent who we are. We’ve talked about undocumented people who can’t be there. We have said to undocumented people who are worried, “If you don’t feel safe, you don’t have to be there, but we will find a way to make you visible.” With the ICE raids, we want people to be safe, but to know most importantly “we’re here, we’re not going anywhere.”
Is there anything else you’d like to include or throw out there?
The website is www.LaMarchaDeMayo.com, all information, how to sign up, how to get involved, it’s all there. Everyone at mitú is invited, of course.
Breton and her volunteer committee are hosting a fundraiser to help support the march’s efforts. You can find information on that here.