May 1 ‘Great American Boycott of 2006’ for immigrant rights gathers momentum
Published Apr 22, 2006 12:12 AM
The national call for a May 1 “Great
American Boycott of 2006: No Shopping, No School, No Work” to demand full
rights for immigrant workers and their families is gathering momentum. This
call, initiated by the March 25th Coalition Against HR4437—a grassroots
coalition that grew out of the Los Angeles action that brought hundreds of
thousands of immigrant workers into the streets last month—has likened the
May action to the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott of 1955. Organizers want to
exercise both political and economic power on that day.
The call has
struck a chord in many immigrant communities. For many immigrant workers May 1
is celebrated in their home countries as a day to commemorate the working class
struggle and is marked with marches and rallies worldwide.
Angeles, taxi drivers have vowed to shut down LAX airport and trogueros (truck
drivers) will be closing the harbor. Demonstrations are being planned in both
major and smaller cities throughout the country, including Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Dallas, Chicago and New York. Wherever possible, students and workers
are planning both individual and group action. Many small businesses,
particularly in the Mexican community, will be closing.
On the weekend of
April 22, organizers will meet in Chicago to form a national network to continue
this momentum. Following the meeting, there will be a press conference in
Washington, D.C., on April 24, the date that Congress reconvenes.
York City, the Million Worker March Movement and the Troops Out Now Coalition,
which were planning a May 1 rally and march from Union Square, voted to support
the immigrant rights movement and the “Great American Boycott”
action. The coalitions had held a march and rally last year to revive May Day
and were actively making plans to march again this year. Chris Silvera,
secretary treasurer of Teamsters Local 808 and president of the National
Teamsters Black Caucus, proclaimed, “We support and embrace this
movement.” His union local is hosting the May 1 Great American Boycott
2006 Coalition, which is composed of the many immigrant communities of New York
City including Latin@, Filipin@, South Asian, African, and Caribbean
Nationally organizers are making plans to politically and
legally support any worker or student who is retaliated against for their
participation in activities.
For more information please visit
www.nohr4437.org or email [email protected].
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