Skip to comments.CA: Organizers gear up for rally - May 1 protest
Posted on 04/25/2006 1:27:47 PM PDT by calcowgirl
Readying for a massive national rally on May 1, organizers are calling on employers not to punish employees who skip work to protest, while state legislators are expected to vote this week on a resolution that would formally recognize a boycott.
For weeks, organizers have been calling for a massive mobilization on May 1, Labor Day in the United States or International Workers Day abroad, to show the force of the undocumented immigrant community across the U.S. - an estimated 5 percent of the U.S. work force.
Though organizers have been split about whether the protest should include a work, school and economic boycott - they have been carefully working to broaden their coalition over the past two weeks.
"This whole movement is snowballing not just in the size but also in the composition of the coalition. It's diversifying, it's not just Latinos," said Nativo Lopez, the president of the Mexican American Political Association. In the coming days, he expects Filipino, Muslim and African immigrant organizations to announce they will join the boycott.
In the Korean community, some employers have been bracing for the boycott, expecting many of their Latino workers to call in sick, said Danny Park, executive director of the Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance.
ome small businesses plan to close for the day.
Last week, the Korean Apparel Manufacturers Association sent out letters to its 1,000 members who employ an estimated 30,000 workers asking them not to retaliate against workers who don't show up for work that day.
"We don't want a confrontation between employers and employees," said Mike Lee, the association's president. "We want to stand together."
Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said she expects most of those participating to be students and longtime Latino activists.
"Day laborers and low-wage workers can't give up their day of work. It's not that they don't support this, it's economic."
What a load of crap.
Here is the legislation:
BILL NUMBER: SCR 113 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Senators Romero, Cedillo, and Soto (Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Coto) (Coauthor: Senator Figueroa) (Coauthors: Assembly Members Bermudez, Calderon, Oropeza, Saldana, and Torrico) APRIL 18, 2006 Relative to The Great American Boycott 2006. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SCR 113, as introduced, Romero The Great American Boycott 2006 This measure would recognize May 1, 2006, as "The Great American Boycott 2006," to educate people in California and the United States about the contributions of immigrants in California. Fiscal committee: no. WHEREAS, May 1, 2006, is declared "The Great American Boycott 2006" ; and WHEREAS, The United States has a tradition of historic boycotts, including the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott that galvanized the African-American community and resulted in the landmark 1956 United States Supreme Court ruling against segregation; and WHEREAS, The Great American Boycott 2006 observes that tradition and is intended to draw attention to the contributions of immigrants to the nation's economy, including $4.5 billion in state taxes in California each year, and more than $30 billion in federal taxes; and WHEREAS, Immigrants and their children comprise nearly half of the population in this state and live in virtually all 58 counties in California. More than one-quarter of all California residents are foreign born, a rate higher than any other state in the country; and WHEREAS, Immigrants participate in the workforce at rates higher than the national average. Ninety percent of Latino and Asian male immigrants are employed; and WHEREAS, Immigrants comprise approximately one-third of the labor force in California and figure prominently in key economic sectors in California, including agriculture, manufacturing, and services; and WHEREAS, Immigrants provide leadership and labor for the expansion of California's growing economic sectors, from agriculture, telecommunications, and information technology to health services and housing construction; and WHEREAS, Immigrants are among California's most productive entrepreneurs and have created jobs for tens of thousands of Californians. In San Jose alone, immigrant owners of technology companies created more than 58,000 jobs and generated more than $17 billion in sales during the late 1990s; and WHEREAS, The average immigrant-headed household in California contributes over $2,600 annually to federal Social Security, $539 more than the national average; and WHEREAS, Nearly 40 percent of California's foreign-born residents are United States citizens; and WHEREAS, There are currently 2.7 million immigrants in this state who are eligible for naturalization, 3.3 million are legal permanent residents, and millions more will soon be eligible for naturalization; and WHEREAS, California elected an immigrant to the highest post in the State of California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the most recent gubernatorial election; and WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of California recognizes that The Great American Boycott 2006 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; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That May 1, 2006, be recognized as The Great American Boycott 2006; and be it further Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for distribution.
I'm looking forward to it... where I work, it's the ones who would most likely join this protest who are the noisy ones and the troublemakers.. a day without them? what a relief!
Let our marxist legislators know what you think:
What a load. Though Californians could only hope the illegal lovers in the legislature could take off and boycott most of year.
I wonder if the people who get paid for the time they actually work will start demanding to get paid to attend these rallies as well....
Now, now. We don't engage in that here at FR.
We call it "A Steaming Pantload".
These people just make me barf!
Good old CA, God I hate this state now. I used to love living here back in the 50s and 60s but it is sh** now! If our legislature passes this bill they need to be fired immediately if not sooner.
Reads like a phony resume.. Send them packing.
What a bunch of jerks. They are going go screw the people who are going to do the right thing and go to work like they are supposed to.
>>These people just make me barf!
Well call 'em and tell them that!
Yes,America is so dam* blessed with all these criminals!I would send in the military and declare martial law.There will be NO protests.
May 1: Pinko de Mayo
May 2: National Fire a Mexican Day
working emails now, thanks! I always follow up with a phone call.
What? Their ignorance is without end.