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Boycott by immigrants urged
Mercury News ^ | Wed, Dec. 10, 2003 | Edwin Garcia

Posted on 12/11/2003 8:24:56 PM PST by TaxPayer2000

Boycott by immigrants urged STATEWIDE ACTION PUSHED FOR FRIDAY TO PROTEST DRIVER'S LICENSE LAW REPEAL

The message to Latino immigrants in the Bay Area and around California is sweeping: Keep your kids home from school Friday, don't go to work and stay away from stores.

The unprecedented request, made by immigrant advocates to protest the repeal of a law that would have allowed illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses, is intended to show state leaders the collective economic and social clout of California's growing immigrant population.

While it's impossible to measure the success or failure of the daylong economic strike, organizers said they are encouraged that dozens of advocacy groups are rallying thousands of people to participate.

``There is a lot of support for this,'' said Maria Marroquin, a strike organizer who runs the Day Worker Center at Calvary Church in Mountain View. ``We are the ones who pick the fruit, clean the houses, take care of the kids, do the type of quiet jobs that are poorly paid, and it seems like we're undervalued as human beings.''

The idea to strike originated several weeks ago among factory workers in Southern California, and gained significant support since Dec. 3, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation repealing SB 60, the license law signed by former Gov. Gray Davis. The strike is endorsed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a leading national civil rights organization, and other lesser-known groups that advocate on behalf of new immigrants.

Word of the strike has spread fast over the past week among immigrants who rely on Spanish-language media: San Jose's KSTS (Ch. 48), a Telemundo station, has aired nine reports on the subject.

The advocates hope most of California's 11 million Latinos support the strike, though the effort is heavily focused toward immigrants.

Analysts who pay close attention to the saga of the license law say the strike is an expression of frustration for undocumented immigrants who feel their needs are being ignored by policy-makers.

``This is really a very symbolic gesture,'' said Adela de la Torre, the chairwoman of the Chicana/o Studies program at the University of California-Davis.

Organizers have higher hopes. ``We don't have the power of the vote, though we have the power to destabilize the California economy,'' states a boycott flier, which also shows an image of the Virgen de Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, praying for California. Friday happens to be the day Roman Catholics from Mexico honor the saint.

In economic terms, the strike probably won't make much of a difference, according to experts.

``It's not like you're stopping all consumption of goods; it's just a small segment,'' said Tom Means, an economics professor at San Jose State University. ``The question is, what type of people get hurt?''

Department stores, banks, gas stations, grocery stores and school districts, organizers say.

Nativo Lopez, the leader of a group promoting the strike, the statewide Mexican American Political Association, suggests that parents keep their children out of school because education ``represents big bucks, financed by our taxes.''

Schools are unofficially protesting the boycott because they stand to lose state funding for unexcused absences.

``We really encourage our parents to send their students to school and find other means to protest and fight the Legislature on this,'' said Karen Fuqua, spokeswoman for San Jose Unified School District, where half of its 32,000 students are Latino. The district, she said, loses $38 for every unexcused absence.

Owners of small businesses that are frequented by Latino consumers also are bracing to lose money. Some are considering closing shop. Others are torn between supporting a cause they believe in and trying to stay financially viable.

Jose Godinez, a co-owner of Los Cuates Supermercado on South Winchester Boulevard in San Jose, wishes organizers would choose a different way to get their message across. ``They can send letters; they can pressure the governor, not pressure the people,'' said Godinez, pointing out that business is already slow and fearing a boycott would make the situation worse.

At least two of his 32 employees plan to skip work Friday, including cashier Jackeline Chavez.

``We do the hardest jobs, the dirtiest jobs, the least-paid jobs,'' the 22-year-old Chavez said, speaking generally of Latino immigrants she knows. ``But our money has value.''

(Excerpt) Read more at bayarea.com ...


TOPICS: Announcements; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; arrogant; criminals; deport; illegals; illegalsnotimmigrant; immigrantnot; lawbreakers; mexifornia; plunder; thewelfarestate; thugs; welfarestate
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1 posted on 12/11/2003 8:24:56 PM PST by TaxPayer2000
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To: TaxPayer2000
Does this mean they are going to GO BACK TO THEIR OWN FRIEKING COUNTRY?!?!?!
2 posted on 12/11/2003 8:27:08 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Beat me by 27 seconds
3 posted on 12/11/2003 8:27:29 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: BenLurkin
They get no sympathy from me; go get legally documented and then we'll talk about granting you a PRIVILEGE--not a RIGHT--to drive in our great state.

-Regards, T.
4 posted on 12/11/2003 8:35:36 PM PST by T Lady (Who Let the 'RATS Out?!!)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Good Ideal, now we know where they live.
5 posted on 12/11/2003 8:36:12 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; deport
Deport! deport! deport!

Cali FReepers should show up and FReep them

"Deport! Deport! Deport!"

6 posted on 12/11/2003 8:40:15 PM PST by GeronL (Is your Tagline weak, limp and ineffective? Has it hurt your relationship? Try TiAGra today!!!!)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Only a matter of time before things get physically very out of hand in this country.
7 posted on 12/11/2003 8:41:20 PM PST by technomage
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To: TaxPayer2000
Well, it should make it fairly easy to identify the illegals. They're (probably) the ones that don't show up.
8 posted on 12/11/2003 8:42:18 PM PST by templar
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To: GeronL
In Canada we have our own immigrant problems, but where do these illegals get off thinking they have a right to express their opinion? They are in the US illegally for Gawds sake.
9 posted on 12/11/2003 8:42:24 PM PST by Faramir
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To: TaxPayer2000
Can you imagine going to Mexico and making these kind of demands on their government?
10 posted on 12/11/2003 8:43:26 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Faramir
I want to see regular people lead a counter-protest "Deport! deport! deport!"
11 posted on 12/11/2003 8:44:14 PM PST by GeronL (Is your Tagline weak, limp and ineffective? Has it hurt your relationship? Try TiAGra today!!!!)
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To: TaxPayer2000
I bet they won't boycott cashing their government checks
12 posted on 12/11/2003 8:45:43 PM PST by WackyKat
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To: Faramir
But they do have the right to remain silent:-).
13 posted on 12/11/2003 8:47:14 PM PST by auboy (I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight–American Soldier–Toby Keith, Chuck Cannon)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Ahhhh... Uncrowded roads, no wait at the hospital, classrooms with fewer students, no day laborers hanging out on corners, no lines for fast food, pull right up to a gas pump. I'm thinking Friday's looking good already.
14 posted on 12/11/2003 8:48:20 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: GeronL
Maybe we should also have protest days where we don't work (if possible), , and don't spend any money, say every Friday until our government gets some "smarts".
15 posted on 12/11/2003 8:49:59 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: technomage
Only a matter of time before things get physically very out of hand in this country

I've said that before.

The tip over point will be the reparations for blacks BS.

That will be when things go whopper jawed.

LVM

16 posted on 12/11/2003 8:50:30 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Thunder was his engine and White Lightning was his load....)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Great I am for boycotting immigrants!!!!!
17 posted on 12/11/2003 8:51:05 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: CindyDawg
TAX REVOLT

Millions of Americans in a TAX REVOLT will give the feds a jolt!

18 posted on 12/11/2003 8:53:43 PM PST by GeronL (Is your Tagline weak, limp and ineffective? Has it hurt your relationship? Try TiAGra today!!!!)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Boycott by immigrants urged

Great Idea. The state is broke - illegal immigrants are one of the biggest drains on state welfare - let's depress the state GNP even further thus reducing state revenues.

19 posted on 12/11/2003 8:55:34 PM PST by Timocrat (I Emanate on your Auras and Penumbras Mr Blackmun)
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To: technomage
Agreed, the time is short now.
20 posted on 12/11/2003 8:59:30 PM PST by jocon307 (Support Vouchers, Break the Unions, Save the Children!)
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To: TaxPayer2000
stay away from stores.

hmmmm. so, tomorrow would be a good day to finish up that Christmas shopping...

21 posted on 12/11/2003 9:00:07 PM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: TaxPayer2000
I think they should REALLY show us their "clout" and pack their mariachi music belching cars up and do an 11 million TJ taxi convoy to Mexico.

They do not deserve parity with legal citizens.
22 posted on 12/11/2003 9:02:22 PM PST by EUPHORIC (Right? Left? Read Ecclesiastes 10:2 for a definition. The Bible knows all about it!)
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To: Brimack34
Great I am for boycotting immigrants!!!!!

Great idea. Maybe we should start a permanent boycott of fast-food restaurants, and any business that we suspect of employing illegal immigrants. (And if we make a mistake and boycott a few businesses that are perfectly legitimate, too bad -- we'll consider them collateral damage in this ongoing invasion of our culture and language).

23 posted on 12/11/2003 9:06:04 PM PST by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: EUPHORIC
I also wonder how many will not have jobs on Monday... :)

Employers are pretty temperamental about that kind of stuff for trivial reasons. "Political statements" are not included in the list of allowable reasons for unscheduled absence from work.

24 posted on 12/11/2003 9:06:44 PM PST by EUPHORIC (Right? Left? Read Ecclesiastes 10:2 for a definition. The Bible knows all about it!)
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To: EUPHORIC
Well if they get fired I guess we ought to pay them unemployment too.
25 posted on 12/11/2003 9:09:29 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: bjcintennessee
Have you been watching Lou Dobbs this week. It is the cats meow. Listing all the companies out-sourcing. Asks we send in names. He is the only one really nailing aliens.
26 posted on 12/11/2003 9:09:34 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: TaxPayer2000
``We do the hardest jobs, the dirtiest jobs, the least-paid jobs,'' the 22-year-old Chavez said, speaking generally of Latino immigrants she knows. ``But our money has value.''

Who cares, go home! Just leave....
27 posted on 12/11/2003 9:14:23 PM PST by micha
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To: Faramir
but where do these illegals get off thinking they have a right to express their opinion?

White House. Karl Rove. Karl Rove's boss.

28 posted on 12/11/2003 9:17:23 PM PST by Pelham
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To: Brimack34
Have you been watching Lou Dobbs this week

When and where is he on?

29 posted on 12/11/2003 9:18:02 PM PST by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: Pelham
I don't understand why GB is so concerned. It's not like the majority are going to vote for him anyway. Send the illegals home and then they can't vote against him.
30 posted on 12/11/2003 9:19:44 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: bjcintennessee
Lou Dobbs is on CNN (the only good thing on that station)
Unsure of the time?
31 posted on 12/11/2003 9:29:07 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: TaxPayer2000
I love it...liberals try and blur the line between LEGAL and ILLEGAL immigrants.

What a bunch of fools.
32 posted on 12/11/2003 9:35:17 PM PST by Fledermaus (Fascists, Totalitarians, Baathists, Communists, Socialists, Democrats - what's the difference?)
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To: TaxPayer2000
I have a better idea; they should boycott living here.
33 posted on 12/11/2003 9:39:13 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: TaxPayer2000
This takes all medals in the chutzpah olympics.

Here we have CRIMINALS who have invaded our nation.

Who are they to demand that California enhance their illicit mobility by granting them full driving privileges?

An arrogant lot of border-jumpers, that's who.

I don't understand how the Bush administration can be so perceptive regarding national security threats abroad and so blind regarding national security threats at home.
34 posted on 12/11/2003 9:42:52 PM PST by MadeInOhio
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To: TaxPayer2000
>> The message to Latino immigrants in the Bay Area and around California is sweeping: Keep your kids home from school Friday, don't go to work and stay away

Good!! A rare occassion where the OTHER 20 million people in CA can go about their business in schools, stores, and hosptials without the usual OVERCROWDING and 8 foriegn languages being babbled about before somone who actually speaks ENGLISH is located!

Keep up the good work illegals! And if you really want to boycott America, you can keep your kids OUT of our schools PERMANATELY and send them to school in your country! Oh, the agony we'll suffer!!

35 posted on 12/11/2003 10:02:36 PM PST by BillyBoy (George Ryan deserves a long term...without parole.)
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To: Brimack34
Lou Dobbs is on CNN 3 oclock, pacific time, every day with a segment on all parts of illegal immigration. It does a rerun again at 8 oclock in the evening.
He has been running this series from over a month, every day, what a welcome relief, that some one does not like what is happening any more than we do.

He had a good one yesterday, had Tancredo and a democrat from Calif, between Tancredo and Dobbs they did a number on the Dem. If you know how to post, the transcript should be up on the CNN Lou Dobbs, now. They post every days program.
36 posted on 12/11/2003 10:08:48 PM PST by calawah98
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To: TaxPayer2000
to show state leaders the collective economic and social clout

Not going to be too much clout when they start ducking the cameras and running when it looks like they are going to get rounded up.

Yeee haaaaw, ride um cowboy.

37 posted on 12/11/2003 10:13:45 PM PST by imawit
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To: CindyDawg
Maybe we should also have protest days where we don't work (if possible), , and don't spend any money, say every Friday until our government gets some "smarts".

Oh, that will be coming. There seems no other choice.

38 posted on 12/11/2003 10:16:49 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
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To: CindyDawg
Can you imagine going to Mexico and making these kind of demands on their government?

Can you imagine the Mexican Government making these kind of demands on OUR Government? A Mexican governor said he supported a protest movement in California and he called for "a day without Mexicans". Latino migrant organizations are working to bring about an ECONOMIC STRIKE on December 12.

http://www.el-universal.com.mx/pls/impreso/noticia.html?id_nota=2236&tabla=miami

39 posted on 12/11/2003 10:28:10 PM PST by texastoo (What a Continent!!! (sarcasm))
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To: texastoo
http://www.el-universal.com.mx/pls/impreso/noticia.html?id_nota=2236&tabla=miami
40 posted on 12/11/2003 10:30:46 PM PST by texastoo (What a Continent!!! (sarcasm))
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To: TaxPayer2000
The message to Latino immigrants in the Bay Area and around California is sweeping: Keep your kids home from school Friday, don't go to work and stay away from stores.

It will be a safe day to go out and have the kids in school. No worries about catching TB or some other terrible filth disease. Hey, you might even want to eat out.

41 posted on 12/11/2003 10:36:45 PM PST by Indie (WE'VE BEEN BUSH WHACKED.)
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To: technomage
And the time is drawing nigh....
42 posted on 12/11/2003 11:16:09 PM PST by clee1 (Where's the beef???)
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To: TaxPayer2000
I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that those who don't show up for work tomorrow are not going to be recommended for raises or promotions anytime soon.

And of course, finding replacements for such skilled employees can be such a long and difficult process.
43 posted on 12/12/2003 2:14:21 AM PST by Imal (After Iraq, let's liberate California.)
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To: Imal
Is it any coincidence that this boycott was scheduled on the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe? People that may have taken the day off for that can be counted as boycott supporters. Statistics always lie.
44 posted on 12/12/2003 8:32:45 AM PST by Rick Deckard
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To: TaxPayer2000
This falls under the heading of "unmitigated audacity". Are they stupid? If they follow through they are handing the BICE (formerly INS) a list of who they are, where they are, and who employs them. And should the boycott actually affect anyone it will light a fire under the deportation movement.
45 posted on 12/12/2003 8:41:02 AM PST by thoughtomator (The U.N. is a terrorist organization)
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To: Rick Deckard
Is it any coincidence that this boycott was scheduled on the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe?

nice catch

46 posted on 12/12/2003 9:27:40 AM PST by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: Rick Deckard
Is it any coincidence that this boycott was scheduled on the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe?

I just noticed that too! I saw that it's an official holiday in Mexico. Yeah, great day to pick because probably a whole slew of Mexicans, probably mostly legal, might take this day off even WITHOUT the damn boycott!

What a crock!!

47 posted on 12/12/2003 9:28:48 AM PST by RogerWilko
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To: concentric circles
Amen! My drive to work today was less hindered, there were no taggers painting the local billboards, and less immigration police passing by my work place! This is how I remember California when I was a kid! Now, if it could only stay like this.
48 posted on 12/12/2003 9:44:59 AM PST by woztnar
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To: TaxPayer2000
So you make a list of all who were out "sick" from work and school and since they are all presumed innocent, interview them with the local agents of INS there when they return to work and school on Monday. Those not sick, one way tickets free from Uncle Sap to any country of their choice!
49 posted on 12/12/2003 9:50:29 AM PST by Napoleon Solo
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To: TaxPayer2000
Why don't they really show us and GO HOME!! Boy, would we ever be sorry then......NOT!
50 posted on 12/12/2003 10:13:12 AM PST by Ima Lurker
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