Saturday, April 29, 2006

Why May 1st Matters

The time has come for everyone to stand in solidarity and demand an end to the tyranny of the people by corporations and their billionnaire beneficiaries. We are all being squeezed by their greed and everyday more and more families are slipping into poverty. Aside from the economic issues, there is the unspoken truth that racism is fueling the backlash to an organized and empowered immigrant movement.

No, not all immigrants are latino or Mexican, but there is enough hostility being thrown in our direction that to stand in solidarity on Monday, May 1st, is to fight back against future acts of violence like .

Prosecutors won't immediately seek hate-crime charges against two white teens accused of brutally beating and sodomizing a 16-year-old Hispanic boy, who was clinging to life after being left for dead, authorities said.

The two attacked the boy after he tried to kiss a 12-year-old girl at an unsupervised house party Saturday night in suburban Spring, authorities said

The attackers apparently were offended at the age difference between the victim and the girl, who is also Hispanic, and shouted racial slurs at him during the 10- to 15-minute attack, investigators said.

Authorities said the two dragged the boy from the party and into the yard, where they sodomized him with a plastic pipe from a patio table umbrella and poured bleach on him.

The United States is a culturally diverse land, there is not one monolithic norm for Americans, no litmus test that says, "You act like an American." Not even the English language can be used, because there are countless U.S.-born citizens who don't speak a word of it. It's not like that tongue was native to these shores.

I'm utterly disgusted by what happened to that young boy in Texas. It is a symptom of the larger problem of demonization and xenophobia being preached by groups like the Minutemen, National Alliance, and some of the Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C. I'm aware of the rising tension because it is starting to affect me personally when I'm out in public. There are more sideways looks and clutchings of the purse as I walk by. I wish I was joking... If leadership is not shown at a national level against this form of hatred and violence, then I fear a large and wide-spread problem in the future.

To participate on May 1st is to show solidarity for human rights and human dignity. It can be done in many forms, whether you participate in a full-scale boycott as is being called for by groups nationwide; or it can be done symbolically by wearing a white shirt on Monday with some type of ribbon that will draw the curiosity of your co-workers and family.

The Green Party of the United States gives a great example of what it will mean to stand with the immigrant population in the United States. Take it to heart as you decide on your form of protest.

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El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! - The people united will never be defeated

Crossposted from my humble blog


Friday, April 28, 2006

U.S. State Department's National Anthem in Spanish

There is a lot of recent controversy over the Star Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem, being sung in Spanish. The latest public figure to weigh in on it was none other than George W. Bush, as this BBC News article explains:

George Bush has entered a row about the US national anthem, criticising a Spanish version featuring Wyclef John and Gloria Trevi.

"I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English," he said when asked at a news conference.

However, the U.S. State Department gives the Spanish-speaking world help by translating the U.S. National Anthem into Spanish:

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Himno nacional - La Bandera de Estrellas

Amanece: ¿no veis, a la luz de la aurora,
Lo que tanto aclamamos la noche al caer?
Sus estrellas, sus barras flotaban ayer
En el fiero combate en señal de victoria,
Fulgor de cohetes, de bombas estruendo,
Por la noche decían: "!Se va defendiendo!"

!Oh, decid! ¿Despliega aún su hermosura estrellada,
Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada?

En la costa lejana que apenas blanquea,
Donde yace nublada la hueste feroz
Sobre aquel precipicio que elévase atroz
¡Oh, decidme! ¿Qué es eso que en la brisa ondea?
Se oculta y flamea, en el alba luciendo,
Reflejada en la mar, donde va resplandeciendo

!Aún allí desplegó su hermosura estrellada,
Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada!

¡Oh así sea siempre, en lealtad defendamos
Nuestra tierra natal contra el torpe invasor!
A Dios quien nos dio paz, libertad y honor,
Nos mantuvo nación, con fervor bendigamos.
Nuestra causa es el bien, y por eso triunfamos.
Siempre fue nuestro lema "¡En Dios confiamos!"

!Y desplegará su hermosura estrellada,
Sobre tierra de libres, la bandera sagrada!

(Versión en español de Francis Haffkine Snow. Copyright 1919)

You would think that if there is a problem with singing it in Spanish, the song wouldn't be translated multiple times and posted on a website run by the U.S. government. The truth is that it is indeed "Nuestra Himno", and that means all of us, no matter what langauge we speak or where we come from. It is a song for all Americans. Either that, The Star Spangled Banner is just a remake of a British drinking song named To Anacreon in Heaven.


California State Senate backs immigration boycott

On Thursday the California State Senate approved a resolution recognizing the nation wide immigration reform protests scheduled for Monday, May 1st.

From the Sacramento Bee:

State Senate backs immigration boycott
By Clea Benson -- Bee Capitol Bureau
Thursday, April 27, 2006

The state Senate on Thursday spoke out in favor of a boycott of schools and jobs planned by immigration activists for Monday.

Senators approved a resolution officially recognizing the nationwide protest, which will include rallies in cities throughout California and the United States.

Boycott organizers are speaking out against federal legislation that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally and in favor of bills that would enable many immigrants to establish legal residency here.

The protests have sparked controversy, in part because organizers are asking students to stay out of school. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell, both Democrats, have publicly urged parents to send their children to school Monday.

Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, opposed the resolution.

"It is irresponsible for this Legislature to advise that students stay out of school for any reason, especially since there are viable alternatives," he said.

Cox said students could protest during hours when they were not required to be in school.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 113, by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, does not specifically ask workers and students to stay home, but says the boycott "is to educate people in California and across the United States about the tremendous contribution immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy."

Romero said it was important for the Senate to support the boycott.

"I ask us to simply recognize the existence of new Americans," she said.

The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 24-13.

The Assembly did not vote on the resolution.

Sacramento Bee

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This move by the California Senate now gives even more legitimacy to the immigration rights movement, and hopefully paves the way for a more unified message coming both the rally organizers and local political leaders.


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Senate Republicans shift funds from Iraq war budget to border security.

On Wednesday in a party line vote of 59 to 39, Senate Republicans passed an amendment to trim $1.9 billion from President Bush's emergency spending request for the Iraq war and Katrina relief. According to the amendment sponsored by Judd Gray (R-NH) the funds would be used in increase border security.

The money would be used by the Border Patrol and Coast Guard for new airplanes, helicopters, patrol boats, communications equipment and vehicles as well as border checkpoints and a fence along the Mexico border crossing near San Diego. The legislation also includes money to replace the U.S. border protection agency's only unmanned surveillance aircraft, which crashed Tuesday in Arizona.

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"This bill is about national defense, especially relative to terrorism," said Senator Judd Gregg, the New Hampshire Republican who is the amendment's lead sponsor. "And, yes, fighting the war in Iraq is critical to this war on terrorism. Fighting the war in Afghanistan is critical to this war on terrorism. But I have to think equally important is making sure that our borders are secure."

New York Times

"The purpose of this amendment is to basically give the people who are defending us on our borders -- the border security agents, the Customs agents, the Coast Guard -- the tools they need to their job right," added Gregg, "We can bring the border under control and we're on a path to do that."


The move was in sharp contrast to the Republican's usual strong support for the Presidents funding efforts for the Iraq War, which in the past they have been adamant about giving the highest priority to. Three Republicans voted against the shift in money, seven Democrats voted for it and two Democrats did not vote.

In a reversal of roles, the Democrats quickly questioned the wisdom of the cuts, claiming that the Republicans were shortchanging the war effort for quick political gain. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) called the cuts "a false, cheap choice to secure political points" and that Gregg's cuts would "take money from troop pay, body armor and even the joint improvised explosive device defeat fund. Now that is a false choice and it is a wrong choice."

``Border security is an urgent need and it should and must be addressed by this Congress,'' said Senator Hillary Clinton, a Democrat from New York. ``But our security and our values are not served by choosing between protecting our troops and protecting our homeland.''

A Democratic alternative proposal, which would have made paid for the border security equipment without cutting defense programs, was rejected on a 54-44 vote.


This change in Republican tactics comes as Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) tries to unite his party behind the pending immigration reform legislation that is at present stalled in the Senate.

As the poll numbers continue to show, the vast majority of Americans now favor an immigration policy that allows for some sort of "earned citizenship" or "amnesty".

It appears that Frist is starting to have to come to grips with this fact and this border spending amendment appears to be part of an effort to garner favor with the "enforcement only" wing of the party.

With their eyes towards November, this move to add 1.9 million to the already 9 million budget for the border is an attempt to provide some political cover for the right-wingers. It appears now that it will be impossible stop comprehensive reform in the Senate, so this is a bone thrown to them to take home to their constituents and say they have implemented "tough new border security measures."

It would seem that the Republican leadership are willing to put themselves in the position where Clinton, Schumer and Harry Reid can accuse them of "shortchanging the troops, and the war effort" in order to put the immigration issue behind them. Having brought this issue to the forefront in an effort to created a distraction to take voters minds off their general disenchantment with Republican policies, it appears the "immigration issue" has now backfired and blown up in their faces.

At this point they would rather go home and defend their cutting of military spending for the mess in Iraq rather than go home empty handed from the immigration table.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Great American Boycott 2006: events for May 1

For those who got here from an old link or web search

UPDATE April 30, 2007:

For information on The Great American Boycott II - MAY 1st 2007 see:

Locations of May 1st Immigration Rallies

May 1, 2006

"El Gran Paro Americano 2006" "The Great American Boycott 2006"
"Un dia sin immigrante" "A day without an immigrant"

Lists of Local May 1 Events

What follows are two different lists of events planned for May 1, 2006. The number of events is changing daily, so if you are looking for an event and don't see it here check or NOAC for the most current updates.

[UPDATE] A new list from NOAC dated 4/27 has been added. Please scroll down past the first list to view it.

Please remember there are two different lists from different organizations posted here, so take the time to check both lists when your looking for an event in your area.

Look first for your state and then your city, all states are listed alphabetically on both lists

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Location: Court House(Downtown Juneau)
Zip: 99801 Time Begin: 10:00am Time End: 12:30Ppm
Contact Person: Alejandra Rico or Elsa Briseño
Phone: (907)723-2784 or (907)957-2251
e-mail: or

Please where White T-shirts we are having a peaceful protest. (Porfavor usen camisas blancas, esta protesta es pacifica)-Gracias esperamos verlos Mayo primero!-Thank you, we hope to see you May first!

Contact: Derechos Humanos Phone: (520)770-1373 e-mail:

Coalicion de Derechos Humanos/Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras and Alianza Braceroproa are calling to a boicott in the Tucson area. More details about the program will be released soon.

Location: Valley west Mcdonalds
Zip: 95521
Time: 5:30 pm

Detail Information: Critical Mass bike ride and rally at the Valley West mcdonalds protesting exploitation of immigrant labor in Humboldt County, California.

Contact: Ronald Cruz (BAMN)
Tel: 510-501-2435
Web: Michael Smith (Berkeley May 1st Mobilization Committee)
Tel: 415.272.5049

Organizing high school walkouts and a rally at UC-Berkeley

Location: meet at Embarcadero and Market and March to Civic Center Plaza.
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact Person: Manuel de Paz
Phone: 510540-5296

Detail Information: EBSC is organizing a "May Day Without Immigrants" protest focusing on the Central American/African/Asian communities. The meeting place is at the Fruitvale Bart station at 10 a.m. to meet at Embarcadero and Market and March to Civic Center Plaza. "Ningun ser humano es ilegal"

Location: Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
Time: Noon
Contact Person: Michael Smith
Phone: 415.272.5049

Worker and student walkout at UC Berkeley! All campus union members, students, off-campus workers and community members are encouraged to attend. Informational pickets start at 7:30 a.m. at Bancroft and Telegraph, followed by a rally on Sproul Plaza at Noon.

Location: Corner of 10th St & Darthmouth
Zip: 91711
Time Begin: 12:00 PM Time End: 3:00 PM
Contact Person: Rafael Phone: 951-333-2015

Rally In Support of Immigrant Rights! May 1st Day of Peace. Procession Walk, Speakers Entertainment & More!

Culver City
Location: West Los Angeles College
Zip: 90230
Time Begin: 12 noon Time End: 1 p.m.
Contact Person: Ana Mendez Phone: 310 384 8026

Students active in the UNITE-HERE campaign to organize immigrant and other workers in LAX-area hotels will speak at a lunchtime rally in the "free speech" area near the lunch truck.

Location: gather at the Ramona Bowl parking lot, then march north on Columbia Avenue, turn east on Thornton Avenue, turn north on Stanford Avenue to Bulldog Stadium. Then north on Stanford to Florida Avenue (Hwy 74 a major artery) and west to Gibbel Park.
Time Begin: 6:00 am Time End:
Contact Person: Sharon Carvalho

We are in the early stages of organizing a march for unity, amnesty for undocumented immigrants and peace, stop the war. People are invited to gather at the Ramona Bowl parking lot in Hemet, California at 6:00 am. At approx 6:30 we will march north on Columbia Avenue, turn east on Thornton Avenue, turn north on Stanford Avenue to Bulldog Stadium. Then north on Stanford to Florida Avenue (Hwy 74 a major artery) and west to Gibbel Park. We need speakers and help organizing. Any suggestions would be helpful

Los Angeles- Port of Los Angeles
La Collectiva del Troqueros del Puerto

12,000 Troqueros working the Port and local rails will shut down and congregate at Banning Park. Solidarity from most other Ports in the nation expected.

Los Angeles-1
Time: 12:00 PM
Tel: (800)598-6379
Assembly at Olympic and Broadway, march to Los Angeles City Hall
Flyers: Spanish

Los Angeles-2
Location: MacArthur Park
Time: 3:00 PM
Contact: MikeTel: (213)250-4353

The We Are America Coalition march is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at MacArthur Park and will continue on Wilshire Boulevard to the La Brea Tar Pits, where a rally will celebrate the day of the worker.

Moreno Valley
Location: corner of Frederick and Cottonwood
Zip: 92553 Time Begin: 8:00 a.m.
Time End: 12 noon
Contact Person: Victoria Baca
Phone: 951-204-3401

Nation-wide boycott. No school, stay at home. However, if you need a place to go, join other opposers of HR4437 at Moreno Valley Community Park. Bring your own lunch!

Location: International Blvd (14th St.) + 98th Ave.
Time Begin: 9:00 AM Time End: 1:30 PM
Contact Person: Ronald Cruz
Phone: (510) 501-2435

We will gather in East Oakland, at the corner of International Blvd. (E. 14th St.) + 98th Ave. We will then march down International Blvd. to the Federal Building in downtown Oakland and have a rally. For more information, contact BAMN (Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary)

Time Begin: 8am Time End: 7pm
Contact Person: Committee on Raza Rights

May 1st Coalition for Students' and Workers' Justice8am-5pm: Peoples' School Workshops and Family Meeting Space
Inlakech Cultural Arts Center937 West Fifth Street Oxnard, Ca
5pm: March from Inlakech Cultural Arts Center to La Placita Park (Downtown Oxnard)
More Information at

Time Begin: 10 am Time End: 9pm
Contact Person: Armando Elenes
Phone: 805-207-3656
e-mail: Web:

Detail Information: The Kern Coalition For Immigrant Rights (KCFIR) will be holding a rally in Bakersfield at 10 a.m. and a candle light vigil at 6 p.m. at Beach Park in Bakersfield. We will have other activities going on throughout the day such as forming a human billboard in front of the park and a candlelight procession to Congressmember Bill Thomas office.

Location: El circulo Ave
Zip: 95363
Time Begin: 5:30pm Time End: 9 or 10 pm
Contact Person: Maria Phone: 209 604 1719

Join us for a PEACEFUL vigil. Bring your candles and signs to the downtown circle in Patterson. DON'T FORGET TO WEAR WHITE!

Location: California State Polytechnic University, 3801 W. Temple Ave
Zip: 91768
Time Begin: 10am Time End: 4pm
Contact Person: Martha Angelica Escudero
Phone: 951-285-5284

We will have a sit on the campus marketplace (where they sell food from corporations like Carl's Jr and Taco Bell). In this we will attempt to disrup business as usual at school. We will have speakers from the community and entertainment as well as a pot luck for food so we will not consume from the school. It is an event on campus but everyone from the community is invited to join us especially high school students that may not have something to go to.

Location: Civic Center
Zip: 94801
Time Begin: 8:00 a.m. Time End: whenever

We will gather at 3 separate locations and march past the schools pick up young people, 23rd street and san pablo avenue, rally at Civic Center in the heart of Richmond, CA and then march up McDonald Ave to Home Depot to celebrate the day laborers who gather there daily; from there we will march to legislator John Gioia's office to demand that the Contra Costa County pass a pro-immigrant resolution and then to san fran to join the march there.

Location: The west steps of the State Capital, 10th and "L" Street
When: 10:00 AM
Organized by: Coalition for Justice for Immigrants
For information, call: (916)446-3021 and (209)465-4265 for San Joaquin County

San Diego/Tijuana-1


TIJUANA SIDE:From Las Brisas Shopping Center to the Gabacho (the U.S.) Consulate in Tijuana (behind Agua Caliente, Colonia Hipódromo)Tijuana, Baja California 12 pm

We demand wages in the maquiladoras that respect the Mexican Constitution
No more than eight hours per shift
No more abuses and despotism in the maquiladorasNo more sexual harassment in the maquiladoras
No more poisoning chemicals in the maquiladoras
No more company unions in the maquiladoras

In solidarity with the National Great American Boycott of 2006 on the other side of the borderIn solidarity with Mexicans who will strike at the other side of the border
Full rights for all immigrants in the USOn May 1st, don't buy in the US, don't cross the border, don't buy Gringo products
Don't buy at Costco, Sam's Club, Home Depot, McDonald's, Burger King, etc.
Protest at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana
Sponsored by the Zapatista Other Campaign (La Otra Campaña) in Tijuana
Another May First without borders, anti-capitalist, from the left and from the bottom

WHEN: San Diego May 1, 2006: Call to Action!
WHERE: The United States side will march from San Ysidro Community Park at 1:00 PM, go on a 2.8 mile triangular route, first to Larsen Park, then to the San Ysidro border. We will then return to the starting point for speeches, music, voter registration, cultural presentations and much, much more!
WHO: "March 25th Coalition against HR4437 San Diego" will join the "March 25th Coalition against HR4437 Los Angeles," the organizers of the mega march of almost 2 million on March 25th, in their efforts toward "El Gran Paro Americano 2006."
Nationwide Immigrant General Strike Wear White T-Shirt on May 1st!

San Diego/Tijuana (San Ysidro)-2
Location: 455 Sycamore Road
Time Begin: 12:00pm Time End: 3:30pm
Contact Person: phone: Jazmin (english & spanish) -
email: Chrissie (english) Norma (spanish)
Phone: (619) 274-0894
Larson Park a.k.a Cesar Chavez Community Center is where we will begin the march (address above) We march for immigrants and workers right! We ask for amnesty and dignity for workers of this country!

San Francisco-1
Location: Montgomery & Market
Time Begin: 8:30am Time End: all day

Convergences in San Francisco:
8:30am - Montgomery & Market (Montgomery BART)
11:00am - Embarcadero (Embarcadero BART)
3:00pm - San Francisco Civic Center (Civic Center BART)
5:00pm - Federal Building (450 Golden Gate)

Come prepared with pots and spoons to bang together (CACEROLAZO), energy and creativity to drown out business in San Francisco! Wear white and look for the flags with a pot and spoon on them.

San Francisco-2 State: CA
Zip: 94103
Location: Montgomery & Market (Montgomery BART)
Time Begin: 8:30 AM Time End: 11:00 AM
Contact Person: May Day in the Bay e-mail: Web:

Detail Information: General Strike! No Work, No School, No Selling, No Buying! Come prepared with pots and spoons to bang. together (CACEROLAZO), energy and creativity to drown out business in San Francisco! Wear white and look for the flags with a pot and spoon on them.

San Francisco-3
Time Begin: 11:00

March starting at Embarcadero at 11am and going to the Civic Center

Location: 200 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Date: May 1
Time Begin: morning Time End: unknown
Contact: Ernie e-mail:

12,000 Port and Rail troqueros will be shutting down in Solidarity and will congregate at Banning Park. Other ports across the nation are pending.

Orange County
Date: May 1

Students in Orange County should march to two strategic locations:
Ed Royce 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 300 Fullerton, CA
Ronald Reagan Federal Building 411 W. 4th St. Santa Ana, CA
Some points for students to consider: - No violence or property destruction - Avoid profanity or racial insults - Make sure all signs are spelled correctly and free of grammatical errors. - If someone asks about the flag you wave, tell the person you carry it to express cultural and ethnic pride, not to show allegiance to any government. - Be wary of any informational forum held by police, schools, or government agencies. They want to mislead you with political jargon and empty promises. Don't fall for it!

Santa Barbara
Location: Ortega Park
Zip: 93103
Time Begin: 1:30 PMTime End: 5:00 PM
Contact Person: Miguel Ramirez Phone: (805)882-2484

We are working in coalition with organizations, and colleges so they can plan their events and after that they all can join us at Ortega park to march immigrant rights.1:30 workshops3:30 march

Santa Cruz
Location: Corner of Liebrant and Raymond Streets
Zip: 95062
Time Begin: 12:00 mediodia Time End: Cuando queremos
Contact Person: Agusto Cesar Sandino Segundo
Phone: 831 426-1626

Santa Rosa
Location: 665 Sebastopol Road to Julliard Park.
Time Begin: 10:00 am Time End: ?
Contact Person: MECHA
Phone: (707) 318-2818

All welcome to march in support of immigrant rights and protest immigrant bashing from 665 Sebastopol Road to Julliard Park.

Location: WILDWOOD PARK de VISTA, En la esquina de E. Vista Way & Escondido Avenue (Enfrente de la Escuela Lincoln)
Time: 11:00 AM
Contact: (760) 758-1712 * (760) 828-5576 * (760) 945-3082 * (760) 415-4497

PARTICIPA en la HUELGA NACIONAL CON NOSOTROS en elWILDWOOD PARK de VISTAEn la esquina de E. Vista Way & Escondido Avenue (Enfrente de la Escuela Lincoln)
Empezando a las 11am hasta la tarde!!! Sera un EVENTO CULTURAL E INFORMATIVO!!!!
Para mas información o ayudar, comunícate a los siguientes Teléfonos: (760) 758-1712 * (760) 828-5576 * (760) 945-3082 * (760) 415-4497

West Hollywood
Location: 8714 Santa Monica Blvd.
Zip: 90069
Time Begin: 6:00 PM Time End: 7:30 PM
Contact Person: Rev. Alejandro Escoto
Phone: (310) 854-9110

A special service will be held to pray for immigration rights.

Location: Boulder Band Shell, Broadway and Canyon
Time: 12:00 PM
Contact: Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center:

"Monday May 1st, RALLY FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS May Day , 12 p.m. at the Boulder Band Shell, Broadway and Canyon. Wear White in Solidarity with Immigrants!

Location: Viking Park along Speer Boulevard and 29th Avenue
Time Begin: 9am
Contact Person: Colorado AFSC Phone: 303-623-3464

At 9 a.m. on May 1, gather at Viking Park along Speer Boulevard and 29th Avenue and then march through the downtown business district to the state Capitol for a midday rally.


New Heaven
Location: Bushnell Park in Hartford or the Green in New Haven
FromTime Begin: 2:00 PMTime End: 7:00 PM
For more information call (860) 296-7416 / (860) 538-3921 / (860) 721-1202

Demand Comprehensive Immigration Reform! Equal rights for all immigrants! Legalization NOW! Total financial boycott! Businesses are closing; workers are taking the day off; and parents are taking their children out of school! BUT DON'T STAY HOME! Join us for the largest pro-immigrant rallies in CT history! There will be of Music and Information about Immigration history and laws - bring a snack!* Details: In CT you are employed "at will" unless you have a Union. Be sure to request the day off. Parents have the right to take their children out of school. Plan ahead so that the financial boycott is effective.
Sponsors: 1199, 32BJ, AFSC, Asociación de Bodegueros, Center for New Economy, Coalición Regional por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes, Greater Hartford ICEJ, Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, Latinos Contra la Guerra, Multi-Services, Peruvian Professional Org., Pro-Immigrant Coalition, MIRA, SAMA, Unidad Latina en Acción de New Haven, and UNITE/HERE Local 217.

Location: 888 Washington Blvd.
Zip: 06901
Time Begin: 7:30am Time End: 10:00am
Contact Person: Phil Berns
Phone: 203 324 2133

Have mass rally at the time people usually go to work (7:30am-9am) to support one another in not going to work or at leasat going in late. Then pass out written pledges for folks to take to merchants they patronize to get them to sign on to comprehensive, logical and humane Immigration Reform.

Zip: 06226
Time Begin: 5:30 PM Time End: 7:00 PM
Phone: 860 423 0545



May 1st at 10:00 AM - marching downtown.Gather at Union Park (Ashland & Lake)
Rallying Points:
4:30 PM Haymarket Square (Washington & Desplaines)
7:00pm Post-March May Day Celebration with the Latino UnionOur Lady of Mercy Church - 4432 N. Troy
10:00 PM Watch News Coverage on a widescreen at Our Lady of Mercy
Contact: Latin American Defense Organization( LADO)
Tel: 773 507-5764

Date: May 1 2006
Time Begin: 12:00 pm Time End: 5:00 pm
Location: Mcclean Blvd
Contact: JuJu

Gathering to support "The great American Boycott 2006" In front of the Elgin Mall @ Mclean Blvd.


St. Augustine's Church, 628 Deakin Ave.
Time Begin: 9:00 am Time End: 12:00 noon
Contact Person: Francisco Salinas
Phone: (208) 885-7716 e-mail:

In observance of the National "Brown-out" being called for by Latino leaders and organizations around the United States responding to recently proposed immigration legislation, two student organizations at the University of Idaho, UNITY and M.E.Ch.A. have organized a Teach-in to take place at St. Augustine's Church in Moscow, ID (628 Deakin Ave.) on Monday May 1st between 9:00 am and Noon. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is assisting their efforts. The Teach in will feature experts on particular aspects of the issue of immigration and will allow participants the opportunity to examine this timely issue with an informed perspective. Confirmed participants are:
- Monica Schurtman - UI Law School immigration law specialist- Liz Brandt - UI Law School human rights and civil liberties specialist- Debbie Storrs - UI Dept of Sociology and UI Diversity Certificate- Sam Byrd - former Executive Director, Idaho Migrant Council, Founder of Diversity Works and el Centro de Comunidad y Justicia
Immediately following the Teach-in there will be a sign making, march safety session in the St. Augustine's Center next to the cathedral. This will include limited refreshments which are dependent upon donation. If you would like to donate food for this portion contact Francisco Salinas at or 885-7716.
There will be a Peace March for Immigrants Rights following the teach in at 1:00 pm beginning at St. Augustine's church and concluding with a rally at the Federal building in Moscow. The rally will include speakers such as Sam Byrd, some local political leaders and a few students.


College Park
Date: May 1
Student boycott at the University of Maryland


Date: May 1
Contact: Antoinette Flores La Causa Amherst College
Tel: (847)271-6739

Rally on the Amherst Town Common with Communities Against Hate, Amnesty Ahora, and the Five College May 1st Coalition (Amherst College, UMass College, Hampshire College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College)

BostonRally on BOSTON COMMON (Park Street, Green Line or Red Line T)
When: 4:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Boston May Day Coalition 617-407-9433 or 617-566-2861
Flyers: poster/bajar poster (pdf)
flyer (Word)
Bajar volante (Word)

Harvard University
1pm: Student-worker walkout & rally in Harvard Square
2pm: March to Massachusetts State House
Michael Gould-WartofskyHarvard May Day Coalition

Location: 255 Mather Mail Center
Zip: 02138 Time
Begin: 4:00 PM Time End: 7:00 PM
Contact Person: Johnhenry Gonzalez
Phone: 617 407-9433

Rally at 4:00 in solidarity with the Gran Paro Nacional.

Location: First Church of Christ 50 Elm Street Zip: 01103
Time Begin: 4:30PM Time End: 6:00 PM

Immigrant rights rally.


Location: 301 N main st.
Zip: 49221
Time Begin: 1 pm Time End: 4 pm
Contact Person: Lupe Phone: (517)263-2977


Kansas City
Location: Liberty Memorial, 100 West 26th Street
Zip: 64108
Time Begin: 4 p.m. Time End: 7 p.m.
Contact Person: Sons and Daughters of Immigrants - Hijos y Hijas de Inmigrantes Phone: 816-931-2655

The agenda invites community voices to reflect on a peaceful and just comprehensive immigration reform. We will hear about voter registration education. Most importantly we will hear from our young people in support of the Dream Act and their voice in the movement. Don't miss this day of reflection, family, peace and justice. Wear white! Please put white ribbons on your car antenna, doors, and businesses as well!

Representantes de la comunidad hablaran sobre la paz y justicia. También aprendizaje en como tomar acción política. Queremos hablar sobre la importancia de los jóvenes en este movimiento y el "Acto Sueno" (Dream Act). No se pierden este día de reflexión, familia, paz, y justicia. ¡Póngase ropa blanca! Por favor ponga un moño blanco en la antena de su caro, puertas de su casa, y negocios.

Location: 32 Campus Dr, University of Montana
Zip: 59812
Time Begin: 11am Time End: 5pm

* 11am-5pm Mayday Carnival on the University of Montana Oval* March in support of immigrant and worker rights from the oval to downtown. Rally 1pm on UM oval, leave 1:30.

Las Vagas(More Information Coming Soon)

New Hampshire

Location: Dartmouth College
Zip: 03755
Contact Person: Tina Phone: 603-646-3379

Peaceful March and Gathering with Speakers.

New Mexico

Location: 1701 Broadway se
Zip: 87102
Time Begin: 3:00 PM Time End: 6:30 PM
Contact Person: Rachel Lazar
Phone: 505-+2461627

Meet from: 3:00-5:00 PM at Tiguex Park (Mountain/18th) information and Entertainment. 5:00 PM peaceful march from the park to the civic plaza(3rd & Tijeras)doing a rally at civic plaza and march back to the park

New Jersey

Jersey City
Date: May 1
Contact: Erik-Anders NilssonJERSEY CITY PEACE MOVEMENT

Journal Square in Jersey City rally.

New York

Contact: John Maxfield Hague Western NY Peace Center
Tel: (716)885 0001

Rally & march at Niagara Square, Buffalo NY with Western NY Peace Center, Veterans for Peace, et al.Buffalo-2Location: Harrimann Hall, UB South Campus Time
Begin: 5pm Time End: 8pm
Contact Person: Colin O'Malley
Phone: 716-400-4006

We will be gathering at Harriman Hall, and then marching down Main St. from there.

Location: The Commons, Center Pavilion
Zip: 14850
Time Begin: 11:30am Time End: 1:30pm
Contact Person: Pete Meyers
Phone: 607-269-0409

Rally on the Commons to support Immigrant Rights!

New York City (April 25)
Community Forum: Immigrant Rights Movement: Challenges & Possibilities
Tues. April 25th, 7:00 PM
Kimmel Center Room 905, 60 Washington Square South
Come out and discuss with:*Ujju Aggarwal, member of Center for Immigrant Families Collective*Subhash Kateel, co-director of Families for FreedomSponsored by: NYU Womyn's Center

New York City-1
Location: Union Square
Date: May 1
Time Begin: 4:00 pm Time End: 7:00 pm
Contact: Dustin Langley
Phone: 212-633-6646

Support the Fight for Immigrant Workers' Rights Justice for Hurricane Katrina Survivors. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

New York City-2
Sounds of ProtestMusic - Politics - Celebration, Full Rights for Immigrants!Location: Pollo Bravo in Harlem, 116th St. btwn 2nd/3rd Ave
Date: Cinco de Mayo - May 5th 2006
Time: Doors open at 8pm
Live Music & Dancing, DJs, Slam Poets, MCs and more! Great Raffle Prizes, $10 cover includes drink specials

Location: 155 West Roe Blvd.
Zip: 11772
Time Begin: 10:30 AM Time End: 9 PM
Contact Person: Mariana Pineda
Phone: 631 355-2739

A day of films, lectures and peaceful protest:
10:30 AM Films: The Sixth Section & Immigrant Nation, Divided Country
12:30 Lecture: The Changing Face of Long Island, Guest Speaker Sister Margaret Smyth, O.P. Spanish Apostolate of Riverhead
2:00 PM Film: Bread and Roses
5:00 PM Drum out the Hatred, Beat out the Ignorance: Drumming Circle and Multicultural Music Celebration
6:30 PM Poetry Slam/Spoken Word, Open Mic Night followed by International Potluck Dinner (Please bring any dish of your liking to share in our Solidarity Supper)

Plus, all day: Design yor own T-Shirt (Bring a white t-shirt to decorate, we provide paint, etc) Interactive Chalk Mural, Poster Contest (categories include Most Visually Appealing and Greatest Emotional Impact).

Location: begin at the intersection of North Hamilton and Main Street Poughkeepsie. Final rally in Waryas Park on the Hudson River.Zip: 12601
Time Begin: 2pm Time End: 6pm
Contact Person: Chandra Russo
Phone: (845) 473-0452

March for immigrants rights will begin at the intersection of North Hamilton and Main Street Poughkeepsie. Final rally in Waryas Park on the Hudson River.

Location: Federal Bldg, 100 State St
Zip: 14621
Time Begin: 4:30 pm Time End: 6:30 pm
Contact Person: Roberto Resto
Phone: 585-454-7932

Gather 4:30 at Federal Building, downtown Rochester.
5:00 march to St Michael's Church, North Clinton Ave at Clifford. Rally at St Michael'sNorth Carolina

Location: Melvin Municipal Building, Downtown
Zip: 27403
Time: 3:30 PM Tate St. (off UNCG Campus)4:00 PM (Melvin Municipal Building, Downtown)Time End: 7:00 PM
Contact Person: Julie Southerland
Phone: 336-420-3987

Student contigent/UNCG Student carpool meet up at fedExKinko's parking lot on Tate Street. We will be meeting at 3:30pm to go together to the MAY 1 "Great American Boycott" Rally for Immigrants Rights in Downtown Greensboro as part of the national day of action.

Location: Lumberton Fair Grounds
Time Begin: 4 PM Time End: 8 PM
Contact Person: Emma Herrera
Phone: 910-843-1671
Organized by Coalicion Pro-Justicia. Coalition for Justice.
Gather at 4 PM, March at 5 PM, Rally at Lumberton City Hall at 6 PM


Johnstown (April 28 -30)
Conference: Richland Inn Scalp Ave Johnstown PA 15904
April 28 -30
Time Begin: Friday 7 PM April 28
Time End: Sunday 5 PM
Contact Person: Red Gabe Ross
Phone: 814 242 8183

There will be a conference sponsored by the Socialist Party of PA, Students for a Democratic Society and other groups. Immigrant Rights among subjects.
Followed by a march on May Day. A fast by activists from May Day until Cinco De Mayo and then a march on the recruiters demanding citizenship or all service people and Amnesty for all Immigrants.

(4/24)TOWN MEETING ON IMMIGRANT'S RIGHTS: "What's in the New Bills" and "What isn't?Location: Univ. of Pittsburgh William Pitt Union, Ballroom, 5th and Bigelow Avenues,Oakland
When: 7:00 PM

(4/25)PROPOSED IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS RESOLUTION TO PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCILLocation: City-County Bldg., 5th Floor, Grant St. (building with the statue), downtown Pittsburgh
When: 10:00 AM

Pittsburgh (4/29)
May Day Holiday Celebration & Midnight march to Homestead Strikers' Monument
Where: Bulgarian-Macedonian Hall, 449 West 8th Ave. West Homestead, PA, 15120
When: April 29, 2006, 9pm - 1am
For more info e-mail: or

ALL FRIENDS OF LABOR WELCOME Celebrate Immigrant Labor Rights & THE CALL FOR A General Strike! Entertainment, cash bar, open mic, literature. Please bring food to share, not drinks. Co-sponsored by the I.W.W. & Battle of Homestead Foundation
Pittsburgh (5/1)-1COUNTER DETENTION VIGILWhere: Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail, 950 2nd Ave. (by the 10th Street Bridge to the South Side), downtown

When: May 1, 3:00 PM

Pittsburgh (5/1)-2
MARCH FOR IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS in solidarity with the Great American Boycott 2006
Where: Meet at the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail, 950 2nd Ave. (by 10th Street Bridge to the South Side), downtown Pittsburgh
When: May 1, 5:00 PM

Bring chants, drums, pots and spoons, dress costumes and wear make up. Celebrate May 1st International Workers' Day for Immigrants' Rights! Let's do the samba and mardigrass together! These are peaceful demonstrations for human dignity.

Rhode Island
Date: May 1
Contact: Alex Gould
UFCW Local 328 Tel: 401-722-4032
March through providence, organized by Jobs with Justice, Comite de Trabajadores Unidos, Inmigrantes en Accion and others.

When: 9:00 AM, 3:30 PM
Contact: RI Jobs with Justice: 454-4766

Join May 1 Actions in Providence, Rhode Island9:00 am demand immigrant worker justice. Meet in Kennedy Plaza. 3:30 pm join the Grand March to the State House. Meet at Central High School.
We are organizing an emergency response for people who are targeted by their employer for not going to work on May 1. If people are fired we cannot promise that they will get their jobs back, but we can organize a strong and united response to employers who target their employees for participating in the boycott. To find out how you can help or to get advice on participating call RI Jobs with Justice: 454-4766 or email:

Location: jefferson and 18th street Zip: 37412
Time Begin: 7:00 Time End: 5:00
Contact Person: Azul-Cristian Caravaggio
Phone: (423)432-9839

Everyone who wants to be involved to join the nationwide boycott si se puede!!!!!!!!!!


Date: May 1
Contact: Carlos MaganaLULAC

Place: MEMORIAL PARK, 7300 Memorial Dr and Picnic Lane
Time: 11:00 AM
What: Rally/Gathering

Activities: oTestimonies of Immigrants oWorkshops of Civic Participation oVoter Registration oLetter Writing Campaign to Petition for Permanent Residency oEach person takes their food, water and soft drinks for a Day of Festivities in the park.
What we want: oWe all support just treatment for immigrants, their dignity and rights. oWe all support comprehensive immigration reform, especially permanent residency for all who need this protection.

*We all reject the criminalization of immigrants and those who associate/assist them.

The manner to show support on May 1:
*Place a WHITE RIBBON, AMERICAN FLAG AND THE PHRASE "IN GOD WE TRUST" on all cars, motor vehicles, homes, businesses, agencies and worksites (if granted permission).
*No buying or selling on that day. Especially the purchase of gasoline or any other product. Close your business on that day.
*Do not work. Ask for permission or let your boss know of your absence. Do not risk your job since the law permits the employer the absolute decision to fire anyone without a reason. Because of this, be sure of your decision to leave work without permission as the law supports your employer decision and no one can change that.
*Being absent from your routine activities and their consequences are considerations each individual must make and so, to participate on this day is a conscious decision of each individual. Nonetheless, as we have described above, there are many ways to show support without running risks.


Pharr D
ate: May 1, 2006
Time Begin: 7:00a.m. Time End: midnight
Location: 500 N. Nolana Loop
Contact: Angel Ramirez

This is to all PSJA North students interested to make a stand against the Immigration Bill that Congress wants to pass, any student or teacher interested in taking any part in any of this please contact me by phone or by E-mail I will be sure to answer back.

Date: May 1
Contact: Gene AkinsI.W.W.
Tel: 972-231-6612
In Planning Stages thus far probably in connection with Jobs With Justice.

Location: 611 20th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98114
Time: 3:00pm
Contact: (206)324-6044
Primero de MayoEn este pais el 10 de Abril millones de sin voz yexcluidos lanzamos el grito de...YA BASTA!
Ahora aturdiremos a este gobierno y al pueblode esta nacion con nuestro silencio.ESTA SERA UNA MARCHA EN SILECIOEmpezaremos en la Iglesia Sta. Maria611 20th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98114
Lunes 1ro de Mayo 2006 a las 3:00pm de la tarde
Se les pide a los participantes lo siguiente:-Vestir de Negro-Marchar en Silecion-No ir a trabajar o a la escuela-Reducir la cantidad que se comprapor una semana (por ejemplo. Si ustedgasta $100 en una semana, solamente gaste $50
Para mas informacion o si esta interasado(a) en formarparte del Comite llame al: (206)324-6044
Organizado por: Comite Pro-Amnistia General y Justicia Social, LELO, SEIU Local 6, CASA Latina, Iglesia Sta. Maria, SeattleJobs with Justice.
Patrocinado por: Centro de la Raza, Centro Latino de Tacoma,M.E.Ch.A-SVCC, M.E.Ch.A-UW, M.E.Ch.A-TESC, Cascade People's Center, Arab American Community Coalition, UNITE HERE 8, NWFCO, NWIRP,Hate Free Zone, Every Workers Movement, Olympia Movement forJustice and Peace y muchos mas... ES TIEMPO DE ORGANIZARSE!

Location: Judkins Park near 20th and Jackson (behind St. Mary's Church, 611 20th Avenue South, Seattle)
Time: 3:30 PM
Contact: Helene Lustan
Tel: (206)554-1796

Rally and Silent March for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (march ends at Federal Building downtown)

Location: Gather at St. Mary's Church at 611 20th Ave S. March to Federal Building at 2nd Ave and Madison Street
When: 3:30 PM
Contact: Socialist Alternative
Tel: (206) 526-7185

Time Begin: 3pm Time End: 9pm
Contact Person: Todd Iverson
Phone: 253-471-1123

America In Solidarity has put on a May Day event celebrating worker's rights the past three years. We may also include a march highlighting that immigrant rights are worker's rights too. Please contact me if you would be interested in helping with the march.


MadisonStudent Walk-Out at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We will assemble a student "feeder" march and join the large march in Madison as we did on April 10.
Contact: Eric Hoyt

Location: 5th st & Washington
Zip: 53204
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact Person: Voces de la Frontera
Phone: 643-1620
e-mail: Web:


City: Dothan
Date: May 1
Event: March
Contact: Rich Lopez(334) 793-2626

City: Phoenix
Date: May 1
Event: Human Chain & Voter Registration
Contact: Martin Manteca(602)

City: Little Rock
Date: May 1
Contact: Neil

City: Bakersfield
Date: May 1Event: March & Rally
Contact: The Kern County Coalition for Immigrant Rights (661) 725-9730
Event Info

City: Fresno
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: Coalition for Immigrant Rights(559) 266-5291
Event Info

City: Los Angeles
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: We Are America Coalition(213) 637-7690
Event Info

City: Palm Springs
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: UFW, Comite Latino(760) 398-2649
Event Info

City: Sacramento
Date: May 1
Event: Cultural Celebration, March, & Vigil
Contact: Campaign Against Unjust Immigration Laws(916) 443-3424
zapa@zsc.orgEvent Flyer

City: Salinas
Date: May 1
Event: March
Contact: Watsonville UFW(831) 763-4820
Event Flyer

City: San Diego
Date: May 1
Event: Candlelight Vigil
Contact: Norma Chavez(619)

Event Flyer

City: Santa Rosa
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: United Farm Workers(707) 528-3039
Event Info

City: Watsonville
Date: May 1
Event: March & Prayer VigilContact: Cesar Lara(831) 424-2713

City: Denver
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: Nita Gonzales(303) 964-8993
Event Flyer

City: Telluride
Date: May 1
Event: Rally
Contact: Union Hispana(970) 417-9634
Event Flyer

City: Hartford
Date: May 1
Event: Teach-in
Contact: Art Perry(860) 560-8674 x307

City: New Haven
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: John Lugo(203) 606-3484
Event Flyer

City: Stamford
Date: May 1
Event: Rally
Contact: Philip Berns
Event Flyer

City: Belle Glade
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: Sonia Barajas(561) 993-2947

City: Ft. Lauderdale
Date: May 1Event: Rally
Contact: Rev. Ivalier Duvra(954) 588-0915

City: Ft. Pierce
Date: May 1
Event: Family & Community Day at the Park
Contact: Latinamerican Coalition of St. Lucie County(772) 201-5246

City: Homestead
Date: May 1
Event: Interfaith Service & March
Contact: Jonathan Fried(305)

City: Orlando
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: Farmworker Association of Florida(407) 886-5151
Event Flyer

City: Sarasota
Date: May 1
Event: RallyContact: Wendy(941) 587-2108

City: Tampa
Date: May 1
Event: March, Protest, Voter RegistrationContact: Blanca Gonzalez(813) 763-2309
Event Flyer

City: Athens
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: Jessica Kelley(706) 248-5561
Event Info

City: Burley
Date: May 1
Event: Voter Education/Candle light VigilContact: Leo Morales(208) 385-9146

City: Caldwell
Date: May 1
Event: Voter Education/Candle light VigilContact: Leo Morales(208) 385-9146

City: Bloomington
Date: May 1
Event: MarchContact: Sonny Garcia(309) 825-6397

Event Flyer

City: Chicago
Date: May 1
Event: March & RallyContact: Laura Garza (773) 557-9727
Event Flyer
Irish Turnout Flyer

City: Davenport
Date: May 1
Event: March & RallyContact: Greg Aguilar
Event Flyer

City: Iowa City
Date: May 1
Event: March & RallyContact: Jake Wedemeyer(319) 621-6626

Event Flyer

City: Ottumwa
Date: May 1Event: RallyContact: Noe Hernandez(641) 684-0347
Event Info

City: Washington
Date: May 1
Event: Peace MarchContact: Gabriela Conchola(319) 653-5085
Event Flyer

City: Topeka
Date: May 1
Event: RallyContact: Nancy Ochoa

City: Louisville
Date: May 1
Event: March for CIRContact: Esteban Bartlett(502) 894-9308

City: Baltimore
Date: May 1
Event: Community Gathering
Contact: CASA of Maryland(301) 431-4185

City: Detroit
Date: May 1
Contact: Juan A. Escareño(313) 962-5290 x20
Event Flyer

City: Reno
Date: May 1
Event: March & Candlelight VigilContact: Ireri Rivas(775) 348-7557

City: Morristown
Date: May 1
Event: DemonstrationContact: Wind of the Spirit(973) 538-2035

Location: BronxDate: May 1
Event: Human ChainContact: Sussie Lozada(212) 388-2149
Event Flyer

Location: Brooklyn
Date: May 1Event: Human Chain
Contact: Artemio Guerra(718) 930-9068
Event Flyer

Location: Manhattan
Date: May 1
Event: Human ChainContact: Angela Lee(212) 627-2227 x229
Event Flyer

Location: Staten Island
Date: May 1
Event: Human ChainContact: Gonzalo Mercado(646) 772-0096
Event Flyer

Location: Queens
Date: May 1
Event: Human Chain
Contact: Zahida Pirani(212) 388-2119
Event Flyer (

City: Charlotte
Date: May 1
Event: VigilContact: Communities for Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Latin American Coalition(704) 567-0192; (704) 531-3848

City: Cincinnati
Date: May 1Event: Rally
Contact: Don Sherman(513) 621-5991
Event Flyer

City: Dayton
Date: May 1
Contact: Rev. Jayne L. Ruiz(937) 258-8118
Event Flyer

City: Eugene
Date: May 1
Event: RallyContact: Guadalupe Quinn(503) 688-7376

Event Flyer

City: Portland
Date: May 1
Event: Rally & MarchContact: Aeryca Steinbauer(503) 982-0243 x213
Event Flyer

City: Salem
Date: May 1
Contact: Aeryca Steinbauer(503) 982-0243 x213
Event Flyer

City: Norristown
Date: May 1
Event: Public HearingContact: Rose White(215) 226-3600

City: Providence
Date: May 1
Event: March, Boycott, General StrikeContact: Juan Garcia(401) 419-1050
Event Flyer

City: Austin
Date: May 1
Event: March & Rally
Contact: Cristina Tzintzun(512) 474-0007 x106
Event Flyer

City: Houston
Date: May 1
Event: RallyContact: Alain Cisneros(713) 868-7015
Event Info

City: Houston
Date: May 1
Event: Community Gathering, Voter RegistrationContact: Angela Mejia
Event Flyer

City: San Antonio
Date: May 1
Event: Rally & MarchContact: Viola Casares(210) 927-2294
Event Flyer

Date: May 1
Event: Community Gathering
Contact: Juan Carlos Ruiz(414) 758-0600

City: Milwaukee
Date: May 1
Event: Civil rights marchContact: Christine Neumann-Ortiz(414) 643-1620
Press Release
Event Flyer


Tell me again; how is the immigration issue not about race?

Over and over, those who oppose comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards legalization for the 12 million undocumented immigrants already living and working in the US assert that that the debate has nothing to do with race, but rather, respect for the law or economics. From Tancredo and Dobbs to the average citizen on the streets, those who favor an enforcement only policy decry the very thought that they have anything against immigrants, Hispanics or Mexicans in particular. Anyone who even questions the motivations for their policies is quickly rebuffed for "playing the race card."

A few stories from today's headlines can only make one question either the naiveté or honesty of their assertions.

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Latino politicians receiving threats
Lieutenant governor, mayor of Los Angeles targets of hate amidst immigration debate

Prominent Hispanic elected officials, including the mayor of Los Angeles and California's lieutenant governor, have received threats in the midst of a heated national debate about immigration policy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday.

"There's something very important that I need to speak to my fellow Californians about," he said. "It has come to my attention that our Lt. Gov. Bustamante and our Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and other elected officials of Mexican heritage have received disturbing and hateful death threats."

Bustamante spokesman Steve Green said the lieutenant governor appeared at some immigration rallies with Villaraigosa at the end of March and received "nasty e-mails" afterward. The threat came about three weeks ago on a blank postcard, he said.

"We got one postcard from Pasadena that said words to the effect,"'All you dirty Mexicans should go back to Mexico. The only good Mexican is a dead Mexican,'" Green said.

He said the threat was forwarded to the California Highway Patrol, which declined to comment.

Associated Press

Schwarzenegger also discussed another disturbing story where a Mexican restaurant in San Diego County was set on fire in what was believed to be a racially motivated crime.

The fire at a restaurant in the eastern San Diego County town of Jamul occurred April 10, the day after an estimated 50,000 people marched during a pro-immigration rally in downtown San Diego, but sheriff's officials didn't cite a connection.

Obscenities were spray-painted in red on the front door, on a poster advertising NASCAR events and on the side wall of Mariachi's Mexican Bar and Grill, sheriff's officials said. Investigators determined that gasoline or another accelerant was used to set the fire, which caused about $10,000 damage.

Mercury News

Lastly we have the story of a flash-based video game that's spreading through internet via e-mail called "Border Patrol". The object of the game is to kill as many "wetbacks" as possible as they scramble across the US border. The targets included: 'Mexican Nationalist,' 'Drug Smuggler,' and 'Breeder' (pregnant woman with two small children).


( if there's any doubt as to who is behind this game, note the Star of David on the flag. This is typical iconography of the neo-nazi and white supremacist hate groups to represent "Jewish" control over US policy.)

A quick google search turns up hundreds of sites offering the game, and a look at the comments section at gamers sites show that many feel there is nothing wrong with the game whatsoever.

5. Frankly, I don't see this game as "racist" at all. No more than "kill the Cubans" or whatever in GTA. Shooting immigrants that come over the border by some is considered a ligitimate solution to our border security problems. It is not "racist" to enforce US laws. Naming the types of border crosses is more like stereotyping, not racism. It seems that the three kinds of boarder crossers described in the game pretty accuratly reflect the realities of people's motivations for illegally crossing. That is not "racist." As a whole most Americans DO want to clamp down on ILLEGAL immigration. We have nothing against immigrants. But the US is a nation of laws, and it is not right, in my opinion, to reward those who break the law. American politics and policy should not be at the whims of a group of people WHO AREN'T even citizens, or even legal residents in the country, as is happening now. This game just happened to find its way into some liberal jerkwad's inbox. I find his attitude and lack of thick skin about people's freedom to express themselves a much greater danger to society than some stupid flash game.

Posted at 7:08PM on Apr 19th 2006 by jp007 0 stars

11. I love this game!!!

And no... I don't like Mexicans!

Posted at 7:20PM on Apr 19th 2006 by Deustchland 0 stars

31. I love this game but all you idiots obviously forget something called freedom of speech. The one who made this movie has every right to make it just like the KKK and black panthers have the right to march in the streets along with the illegal immagrants protesting saying they should have the right to do what they want in our country. And anyone who says illegal aliens should have any rights in our country ARE IDIOTS! They are no citizens, they robed your rights to come here and probably helped bring in drugs. but im sure you're all abunch of liberal drugies who want more. You people are the ones that need to be shot. but im sure joystiq will delete this cuase liberals only believe in rights and freedoms for themselves.

Posted at 8:01PM on Apr 19th 2006 by Josh 0 stars

Add to these stories, the recent immigration raids, the building of internment camps for undocumented immigrants and the rise of hate speech and a very disconcerting pattern begins to appear.

When it has reached the point where people can argue that this kind of obviously racist propaganda is OK, that businesses are set on fire as a means of intimidation and political leaders receive death threats because of their race, can anyone argue that the immigration debate has not only brought out the worst racist tendencies in the American people, but is in fact fueled by, and fueling them.

Here's a simple test: go back to the beginning of this story, every time you see the word Latino, Hispanic, Mexican, illegal immigrant, "wetback" etc. ... replace it with the word "Jew" and think Germany circa 1935 ... sound familiar. Is this how a nation slowly slips into a state of unimaginable evil? One small step at a time?

Now tell me again; How is the immigration issue not about race?


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Immigration Reform and the Catholic Church

This post gives a round-up of the support being offered by the Catholic Church calling for dignity and respect towards undocumented immigrants in American society.

First, there's a new poll out trying to make sense of the dynamics being played out between the GOP and the Catholics.

The national immigration debate is muddying Republican relations with Roman Catholics — coveted swing voters who comprise about one-quarter of the electorate.

While Catholic bishops and many Republican politicians share opposition to abortion, they're often split over the specifics of immigration reform. Church leaders are challenging — and in some cases even vowing to defy — the tougher enforcement proposals by GOP lawmakers.


Catholics in AP-Ipsos polling were more likely than Protestants and white evangelicals to support allowing immigrants to be temporary workers and to oppose making it a serious crime to be in this country without documentation.
The article examines the rightward trending that has occurred over the past 30 years from a decidely Democratic affiliation among the laity to George Bush winning a majority of Catholic voters against a Catholic nominee (Kerry). The tilt has been felt in the pews as we still deal with the backlash against the Second Vatican Council.

(more below the fold)

Regarding immigration, the U.S. Bishops are virtually united in solidarity with those seeking a better life. Here's an excerpt from the Justice for Immigrants webcenter outlining myths in the debate.

Today’s immigrants are different than those of 100 years ago

  • The percentage of the U.S. population that is foreign-born now stands at 11.5%; in the early 20th century it was approximately 15%. Similar to accusations about today’s immigrants, those of 100 years ago initially often settled in mono-ethnic neighborhoods, spoke their native languages, and built up newspapers and businesses that catered to their fellow émigrés. They also experienced the same types of discrimination that today’s immigrants face, and integrated within American culture at a similar rate. If we view history objectively, we remember that every new wave of immigrants has been met with suspicion and doubt and yet, ultimately, every past wave of immigrants has been vindicated and saluted.

(Source: Census Data:,

Most immigrants cross the border illegally

  • Around 75% of today’s immigrants have legal permanent (immigrant) visas; of the 25% that are undocumented, 40% overstayed temporary (non-immigrant) visas.

(Source: Department of Homeland Security (

Weak U.S. border enforcement has lead to high undocumented immigration

  • From 1986 to 1998, the Border Patrol’s budget increased six-fold and the number of agents stationed on our southwest border doubled to 8,500. The Border Patrol also toughened its enforcement strategy, heavily fortifying typical urban entry points and pushing migrants into dangerous desert areas, in hopes of deterring crossings. Instead, the undocumented immigrant population doubled in that timeframe, to 8 million—despite the legalization of nearly 3 million immigrants after the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986. Insufficient legal avenues for immigrants to enter the U.S., compared with the number of jobs in need of workers, has significantly contributed to this current conundrum.

(Source: Immigration and Naturalization website:

Those are government websites backing up the mythbusting Who knew that facts were so important?... [raised eyebrow]

Social justice movements within the Church are also firmly planted on the side of immigrants, as they should be. Here's the link and an excerpt to the policy paper issued by Catholic Charities, entitled Justice for Newcomers.
Just and comprehensive policies addressing the needs of newcomers – as well as the security and economic health of our nation – should be a priority as Congress seeks to reform our nation’s immigration laws. The positions of Catholic Charities USA are deeply rooted in Catholic social teaching and our local agencies’ experiences in providing services to nearly half a million immigrants. Our agencies have been working with immigrants for more than 100 years, and experience first hand the economic and political forces that cause people to seek a better life in the United States, as well as the impact of current immigration policies that keep an estimated 11 million undocumented persons in the shadows, separate families and disrupt family life, and cause undue hardship to those who are working hard and building their own American dream.
The fact that the Church is siding with *gasp* the political left on this issue has sent people like Bill O'Reilly into frothing mad tantrums. Who knew that choosing to be non-partisan was such an issue? (I kid, I kid.)

Anywho, two more links that I think are relevant for understanding why the Catholic Church has more power in this discussion than most people realize. The first is a .pdf from the Arizona Catholic Conference, which is comprised of the Bishops in the state as well as Gallup, NM which extends into parts of northern Az, aptly titled You Welcomed Me.

The last linkage is to an interview with Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of the Diocese of Washington D.C. (soon to be retired) and probably the most powerful prelate in the country, with Cardinal Mahoney of L.A. not far behind. My favorite part, for obvious reasons (it discusses economic policies):

What, to you, are the most essential changes to make?

First of all, we need to cooperate with other countries so people can stay where they are. The most important right people have is the right to make it where they have roots planted. If that doesn't happen, often because of economic policies of well-developed nations, that's something we have to look at. We [should] help other countries develop economically themselves, so people aren't forced to look around [for] a place to find a better life.

I applaud the bishops and cardinals for taking a stand for human rights. For far too long, the pulpits have been used to divide and condemn, rather than empower the people in the pews to treat everyone with the dignity and respect that is deserved and mandated by the teachings of Jesus. Here's a prayer and a candle-lighting from someone who wishes to see a resurgence of the Catholicism that was practiced by admirable human beings like Dorothy Day and Óscar Romero.

Paz y amistad para todos.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Reconquista!: A Nativists Creation

One of methods used by those in wingnuttia is race-baiting when ever they start fearing there is a power struggle between minorities and non-minorities. This is not new. In the early 90s, those in wingnuttia where whining how all the engineering jobs where going to foreigners.

"AEA Action On Immigration Reform" covered AEA’S activity to seek the revision of the Immigration Reform Act of 1990 and reduce the number of visas available to foreign engineers and to reduce the number of foreign engineering students allowed to remain in the United States after they completed their education....What about the U.S. taxpayer who funds our college empire only to see their sons and daughters going without jobs. We know the college engineering degree production exceeds the demand for our young graduates. Parents of our college graduates say their tax dollars subsidized foreign students' education while they and their children go unemployed.
But then in the mid-90s, once it started working, that gave them an opening to start spreading fear, or as it was called, the white male backlash. One part of this attack was to plant the seed called La Reconquista - the idea that Mexicans are invading America to reclaim it for Mexico.

Although it started out as conspiracy theory among the white supremacists, their fears can be traced back to 1917 when Zimmermann Telegram was decoded by the British.
Zimmermann's message included proposals for a German alliance with Mexico, while Germany would still try to maintain a state of neutrality with the United States. If this policy were to fail, the note suggested, the Mexican government should make common cause with Germany, try to persuade the Japanese government to join the new alliance, and attack the U.S.. Germany, for its part, would provide financial assistance and the restoration of former territories of Texas (which had achieved independence in 1836), New Mexico and Arizona (which had been ceded in the US-Mexico war of 1846–1848), to Mexico.
Some say it was this telegram that brought the U.S. into World War I. But it was in that telegram, the word reconquer was used.
In the event of this not succeeding, we make Mexico a proposal or alliance on the following basis: make war together, make peace together, generous financial support and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
After the discovery of the telegram, race relations between Hispanics and Whites have been soured, especially in the Southwest, thus, creating a situation that has lasted for decades.

The argument being used now, is now combined with the founding documents of the Chicano movement, "El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan."
In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal "gringo" invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny....With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation.
El Plan is a manifesto that appeals to nationalism as a way to achieve a self-awareness and self-esteem. El Plan never asked for the return of lost territories back to Mexico. So what is "Aztlán"?

The concept of Aztlán was originated by the poet Alurista in the year 1969 at the conference organized by Corky Gonzales in Denver. In an interview, Alurista said:
"People call California, Arizona, Nueva Mexico and Colorado Aztlán, but really, Aztlán is wherever we are. We don't recognize borders. It's more a matter of cultural/political identity. When I say this is our land, I don't mean that we own it. Who owns anything?"
Aztlán was a spiritual concept which was meant to unite all Chican@s. Hispanics through out the US are really divided because within the Southwest, Hispanics in each State has own history of discrimination and oppression. Tejanos, in Texas see themselves very differently from those in New Mexico, Arizona and California because Mexico lost Texas first and this occurred way before the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. Nuevo Mexicanos, in New Mexico also see themselves different from those in Arizona and Californianos and vise versa even though those states were established from the Treaty. Before the Chicano Movement there was no concept that united them. In other words, "Aztlán," is spiritual concept that we are a people that have a homeland.

It was not until recently that Glenn Spencer, of the American Patrol, started spewing this conspiracy theory that the mainstream media started picking it up:
The so-called reconquista, an alleged plot to turn several American states into a Mexican state or some kind of puppet government controlled by Mexico, has been a top concern for Spencer for years. Back in 1999, he put it like this: "The consul general says Mexico is reconquering California. A Mexican intellectual suggests that anyone who doesn't like Mexicans should leave California. What else do you need to hear? RECONQUISTA IS REAL... . EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN IN OUR NATION MUST BE DEPORTED IMMEDIATELY. ... IF WE CAN BOMB THE TV STATION IN BELGRADE [in the former Yugoslavia] WE CAN SHUT DOWN [U.S. Spanish-language stations] TELEMUNDO AND UNIVISION."

Spencer got involved in the anti-immigration movement in 1992, when he formed Voice of Citizens Together, also known as American Patrol, in California. In 2002, saying the battle was lost in that state, he moved to the "front lines" of the Arizona border, where he formed American Border Patrol. He was one of the first to call for border citizens' patrols and pioneered the use of surveillance technology.
Now you have people like Michelle Malkin and Lou Dobbs feeding their audience nothing but fear. Why? Because people become very irrational when they are fearful. When that happens they defer to authority because they're eager to be safe.

This is nothing more but a racist appeal from the far right. The sad thing, they are winning because they have been able to convince mainstream Americans that the Mexican flags they see on TV from the marches are signs of the invasion. Even Alex Jones has been spew the same bullshit without any real research. And some how people see this as being legitimate. It is time to end this propaganda now!