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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What Message Will May Day Protest Send?




By Jennifer Solis

I was invited to attend a “teach-in” this evening of one of the organizations planning the May 1st celebration of International Workers’ Day, aka “A Day Without Immigrants.”

The protest next Monday will encourage all immigrants, legal and illegal, to refrain from going to work, to school, or making any purchases. Looks like the stores will be crowded on Sunday.

I was asked if I could accompany one of the leaders to Belmont High School to meet with the administration to get permission to leaflet the campus in order to advertise the event. I asked the leader, “What will you say when we are asked if we are going to encourage students to skip classes on Monday?”

After a few seconds of silent contemplation, he responded that it is important to make a statement that there should be justice for all immigrants. When I pressed him again, if that statement includes asking Los Angeles students to not attend school, he said, “Yes, that’s our goal.”

Many of those at the session started questioning if this was really a good idea. I reminded them of the effect of seeing all the Mexican flags at the March 25th march downtown, and suggested that promoting truancy might have the same negative effect.

We decided that it would be better to have the students stay in school Monday, and at the 3:24 pm dismissal, to have a bus parked in front to take anyone who wanted to participate in a march starting at MacArthur Park at 4 o’clock, organized by the Koreans and CHIRLA and a few other groups.

I was told that Cardinal Roger Mahony had agreed to be present at the MacArthur Park rally. I can’t believe that he will show up. The prelate is about one strike away from being indicted for his role in the pedophile priests cover-up. I suspect that rather than show up at a public rally, he is holed up with his computer checking out Expedia for a one-way ticket to Vatican City. But that’s another subject.

There is a deep division among, and within, organizations planning the May 1st protest. Many companies have already notified their employees that if they miss work on Monday, then don’t bother to show up on Tuesday, or any other day. If the message to American is to stress how important immigrant labor is to the country, is it not counter-productive to withhold that labor for the sake of a protest?

Some firms are closing down on Monday to support their employee’s desire to participate in something they believe to be important to themselves and their families. They simply shifted next week’s work schedule to be from Tuesday thru Saturday. Many schools are allowing their students to come to class the following Saturday, in order not to be classified as truant.

No word yet if the State Board of Education will dock the LAUSD its ADA funds for Monday absences, even if class time is made up on Saturday. No one believes that a few hours on Saturday will make up for a lost full day of learning.

I could be wrong, but I believe that all of these marches and protests have simply galvanized most of America, and especially the African-American population, about the negative aspects of illegal immigration. We’re not just talking about the most visible Hispanics marching in the streets – but also the millions who have overstayed their temporary visas, and the almost half-million for whom there are already deportation warrants yet to be executed.

When I asked the group if the compromise for obtaining amnesty would include acceptance of a border wall that not even a cockroach could cross, everyone in the room had an excuse why this was unfair. Other than the obvious “reconquistas,” who don’t recognize such a border, these immigration “rights” leaders have not yet come to the political reality that you can’t have one without the other.

38 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From the Daily News:

Has Mayor Villaraigosa bitten off more than he can chew? Or is his honeymooon with the Daily News just officially over?

***
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chairs the MTA board and has said transportation is one of the top priorities of his administration.

But a spokesman for the mayor could not explain why there was no representative at the hearing or why city officials had not previously made their position known.

"The mayor does oppose this," spokesman Darryl Ryan said. "There will be an `opposed' position from the (City) Council and the MTA in coming days.

OOPS!!!

April 26, 2006 1:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ms. Solis,

Please share with us the immigrant history of your family.

The message is will be clear on Monday. No Justice, no Peace.

The real issue is whether immigrants like yourself can think outside the box and sustain mass protest as a legitimate way to influence public policy?

A day on the streets by the students will do more for their political development than sitting in a classroom.

But perhaps that is what the gabachos fear most.

Too Bad!

April 26, 2006 7:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:06am We're not in the 70's anymore. I agree with Jennifer. As a Latino more harm will be done and a back lash if they boycott. Typical Latinos can't unite and be on the same page. Nativo Lopez, Bimbo Gloria Romero, Cedillo, Nunez telling people to boycott. Mahony and Unions saying don't. What a mess!!!! And the entire nation is watching. Again there are many many well educated, successful Latinos here in LA that don't support the illegals. They have an arrogant attitude that they are entitled.

April 26, 2006 7:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Once you are comfortable with being who you are ethnically, as a person and an American you won't have any more issues.

You have issues.

April 26, 2006 7:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'll give you explaination ... Antonio does not give a f_ck about L.A. all he's cares about is another photo op.

If Jim Hahn was asleep at the switch Antonio out to lunch taking pictures.

April 26, 2006 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nativo Lopez? Oh, you mean Lawrence Lopez, who change his name to be more in line with the Latino Movement. Smart Move Lawrence!

April 26, 2006 9:14 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

(Laughs)

Republicans are hoping that they protest, cause that will assure them senate seats in the November elections.

Why do you think this issue is being staged before June?

April 26, 2006 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DN...Welfare to kids of illegals at $276 million...
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday that he will tell Congress that close to 100,000 children of illegal immigrants in the county collect $276 million in annual welfare benefits..Antonovich, who is in Washington with the Board of Supervisors, will meet with congressional representatives and provide information about the impact of illegal immigration on county services...Antonovich said 98,703 children of 57,458 undocumented parents received Cal-WORKS welfare checks in January, or a total of 156,161 recipients.

April 26, 2006 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From CS Monitor:

It's a stretch to compare the protests to the civil rights movement. That struggle emerged from an entirely different history, including slavery and decades of statutory discrimination that took years of court and legislative action to overturn. What Congress is grappling with is more of a policy decision - a complex one, but a regulatory one nonetheless...

A poll by the Pew Hispanic Center last August shows one-third of Latinos born in the US believe illegal immigration hurts the economy by driving down wages. About 60 percent favor banning driver's licenses for illegals.

April 26, 2006 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"driving down wages"

Spin away! Spin spin away!

Corporate ownership of our government drives down wages. NAFTA, CAFTA and the Global Economy drives down wages. And cheap, law-breaking rich people drive down wages.

As long as their is demand for cheap labor, there will be a supply of it. White, black or Latino, someone's gonna have to do the work.

April 26, 2006 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Corporate donors who fund both parties want cheap labor and short-sighted frightened politicians want votes. Ergo the hordes of low skilled illegals from the third world. Shame on Bush, Kennedy and other silver spooners who are saying screw you to the legal American worker.

April 26, 2006 12:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What deep division? Piolin sold out and changed his tune because the advertisers threatened to pull their ads from his show.

April 26, 2006 1:07 PM  

Anonymous El Gringo said:

I hate it when we change the meaning and definition of things to bring about a more "humane" approach to trying to solve problems. Lets call these wetbacks for what they are, ILLEGAL!!!! My lineage and those that came to this country "with permission" were called immigrants. Let them protest and see what happens, heck we might even see more raids on those employers trying to outsource jobs in our own country, dam illegals. Go home to your "AZZTLAN"

April 26, 2006 1:32 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

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April 26, 2006 1:34 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

dgarzila said...

ah yes the unskilled laborers taking every adult education class at the occupational centers here in Los Angeles.

Ignorance must be bliss.

I love the myth that illegal immigrants do not value education . Many may not be able to attend the universities but they sure do take advantage of the vocational training at the occupational centers , then when they get these good skilled labor wages they the move on to the university.


So if they aren't skilled when they get here , they are skilled after they get here.

I loved Steve Lopezs articles on vocational education he seems to think we need to allow our kids to choose these courses. He seems to think we don't have that avenue for them in order to graduate.

Well , there are occupatinal centers all over Los Angeles that teach teenagers and Adults vocations, and even help these kids get a GED and or a HIgh School Diploma.



Wake up folks caricatures and sterotypes do nothing to keep our children competitive in the workforce.

Immigrants value education more than our youngsters.

I think I will be following the track of the illegals and do what they do , take as many classes at these occupational centers as I can.

What took me this long to figure this out?

April 26, 2006 1:34 PM

April 26, 2006 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

degarzila,
No mames way, bajale a los huevos que se amarilla el pan!

April 26, 2006 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the gov would have had these illegal raids years ago we wouldn't have the problem today. Channel 4 had a report last night about illegals coming here just to have baby's because of a loop hole. Feds need to go after employers. I agree with Bush a card that can't be illegally duplicated needs to be put in place. Now the media is reporting they are putting a tracking system in place for work visas and tourist visas that expired years ago and the people didn't do back where they came from.

April 26, 2006 2:13 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

2:13

Then you got the liberal God Damning ACLU trolls suing the country because of civil rights.

April 26, 2006 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the Cardinal was indicted, would Arnold pardon him?

Anyway, the Pope needs to reign in Mahoney like they did those conservative pro-life priests.

April 26, 2006 4:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I say put the fucking beaners on a bus.. build the wall, then throw them over it.

This isn't about justice, this is about a quiet invasion that is now getting noisy.

April 26, 2006 5:45 PM  

Anonymous el gringo said:

I tell ya what, lets just say no to immigration. As it is, there is no room for mankind much less these wetbacks, heck their females are nothing but "baby machines" that only add burden to the environment and deplete resources until there is no more, sort of like a virus. Look, I remember back when the area of McArthur park was a nice setting, families could go out and enjoy the park. Now, its a dump, so much that rampart crash came, had to do what they did, but that didn't work, so now we have the INS raids going and lets see how far before the pinko ACLU comes out and starts complaining. All in the name of freedom. Heck even the radio is blarring who knows what in spanish, heck they could be cussing for all we know. damn illegals.

April 26, 2006 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennifer
Why are you angry at individuals who practice free speech?

Your post is saturated with anger and confusion.

Pobrecita Jennifer
Did your teacher get mad at you in elementary and told you to speako englisho

April 26, 2006 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:32 PM

Your immigrant past was of invader.

Your ancestors invaded and colonized, took the land, raped it, and used it.

April 26, 2006 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any republican in blogosphere who sympathizes with immigrants?

April 26, 2006 6:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

647, yes Vicente W. Bush and Arnoldo Schwarzenegro.

April 26, 2006 6:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Gabachos(white patriots)

Pls stop crying.

Fact #1: We are here to stay, even your bimpo Bush understands this all too well.

Fact #2: Our numbers will continue to increase because we love so well. Yours will continue to decline because you hate human forms of life. Thus you don't relate with more than just mexicans.

Fact #3:

The less tolerate you are of us may cost you wine, women and song.

Fact #4

It starts to take form on May 1, 2006, and no one-politician, clergy, city staffers,sectarian activists, bloggers- can stop it.

We are not your empolyees on our off time.

April 26, 2006 7:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Gabachos(white patriots)

Pls stop crying.

Fact #1: We are here to stay, even your bimpo Bush understands this all too well.

Fact #2: Our numbers will continue to increase because we love so well. Yours will continue to decline because you hate human forms of life. Thus you don't relate with more than just mexicans.

Fact #3:

The less tolerate you are of us may cost you wine, women and song.

Fact #4

It starts to take form on May 1, 2006, and no one-politician, clergy, city staffers,sectarian activists, bloggers- can stop it.

We are not your empolyees on our off time.

April 26, 2006 7:07 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

1:47

I think we are on the same side.

El primer dia de mayo la gente van a ver que ya no vamos a dejarnos de ser pisados.

Yo soy de aqui pero yoo se come es estar discimanado por la gente no nos queriendo aqui ni alla.

Todo ya esta cambiado en el mundo.

I can't wait to see the people walking out on MAy 1st ,many will lose their jobs .

Intersting that these folks appreciate the fact they can start at the bottom and work their way up the food chain. They value this country.

So they have every right to make thier presence known.

But nmany of us out there will be americans and Veterans of Wars.

April 26, 2006 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Little Frida said:

Check out some history.

The same arguments were used against the civil rights marches and campaigns - warnings that they would galvanize the non-black community and that there would be backlash. And they did - and there was - but people pressed on.

That's why King wrote his book: "Why We Can't Wait" - pretty self-explanatory title. Check out "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" too.

The parallels are not exact and the analogy only goes so far -- but it is fair to frame some of this issue as a civil rights issue.

And yes, direct action provokes people - it's meant to. That is how change is made. But power concedes nothing without demand - so - there you go.

See you May 1st.

April 26, 2006 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree many will lose their jobs if they don't show up on Monday. Don't people understand what the word "ILLEGAL" means. They are breaking the law and if they've been here for more than 5 years why didn't they apply for citizenship like everyone else? Has anyone been to downtown LA recently? The illegals have made our city look like a 3rd world country. They don't give a crap about their own neighborhoods and LA is beginning to look like Tijuana. I hope the employer FEDS employer raids come to LA right in the garment district.

April 27, 2006 6:24 AM  

Anonymous El Gringo said:

Lets all agree on one thing, THEY ARE ILLEGAL!!! And no this is not some mythical Aztec land that allows chicano studies students find from a Marxist school what their parents could not give them, identity. After all, to all you ill-informed Mexicans, can you say Santa Ana and the treaty that followed.....

April 27, 2006 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've sent emails to dozens of people asking them to spend as much money on May 1 to send OUR message to the illegals. Or maybe they think we aren't aware that what they really do with their under the table wages is send them back to Mexico. AP story last week says those illegally obtained US dollars are now Mexico's #1 source of revenue. This is why Vicente Fox wants to encourage his own citizens to commit a crime by coming here - he's too damn lazy and stupid to fix his own country so he just exports the losers of Mexican society to the US to have them prop of the country.

The amount of money spent on health care & school for illegals and all the kids they have is an outrage, and if I have to hear one more story about how HARD they work I'm going to puke. They aren't here because they're hard-working. They're here because businesses want to get away with paying crap. By tolerating illegals we are subsidizing businesses. Since I pay more taxes than most businesses, I also find THAT an outrage. I also don't want to hear one more "We are a country of immigrants story" and that means YOU, Martha "Wicked-Senora-of-the-Senate" Escutia. We WERE a country of immigrants at the turn of the century - the 20th century. This is the year 2006 and the United States is FULL.

April 27, 2006 10:33 AM  

Anonymous El Gringo said:

Folks have come up to me and said if I am a racist, well I am not a racist. I just do not like that way some americans have been treated over the unfair labor practice of choosing wetbacks over US citizens, for example a story on Yahoo news goes like this:...
Linda Swope filled an order for 70 workers to help clean up nearby Pascagoula, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina. Most were black, and many had lost not only their homes but also their jobs from the storm. "They were driving 100 miles a day for $10 an hour and were tickled to death to even have a job," said Swope, who runs Complete Employment Services in Mobile, Ala. But after a couple of weeks, the workers were back at Swope's office saying they'd been let go because "the Mexicans have arrived."
Now if this ain't a tragedy I do not know what, those people in the disaster area are taking away jobs from US Citizens and creating a low wage economy and causing those leaches that hire them to not get rich but do it with out american help. Send all these wetbacks home were they belong, and again this ain't ASStlan. No such thing you pinko chicano studies students with a high identity issue

April 27, 2006 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I must be missing something? My grandparents spent eight years getting in to the United States. They must have been fools. All they needed to do was go to Mexico, change their surname and cross the border illegally. We are totally sending a mixed message to the thousands who wait years for immigration clearance or to bring their families to our country.

Totally wacko. Totally.

April 27, 2006 7:15 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

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April 28, 2006 3:59 AM  

Blogger Matt said:

El Gringo-

Are your posts supposed to be parody? I have a hard time believing that you're using "wetback" in earnest in the same paragraph that you say "I am not a racist."

Seriously, clue me in here.

April 28, 2006 4:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

May 1 will wake up all AMERICANS who have been sleeping.

Just watching a sea of foreigners. who have nothing in common with Americans. marching and chanting in a foreign language is enough to make you puke.

It scares the crap out of everyone and we will revolt. There is no chance of any amnesty passing....so not to worry.

We will enforce the existing laws and the illegals will go back the way they came in....only there won't be a next time.

And they will take their brats with them! We taxpayers are sick of paying for them!!!!!!!

They are nothing more than a bunch of lawless, demanding, whining, illiterate, dirty, troublemakers and we don't want them here.

Illegals have NO RIGHTS! PERIOD!!!! GET IT?????

April 28, 2006 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

May 1 will wake up all AMERICANS who have been sleeping.

Just watching a sea of foreigners. who have nothing in common with Americans. marching and chanting in a foreign language is enough to make you puke.

It scares the crap out of everyone and we will revolt. There is no chance of any amnesty passing....so not to worry.

We will enforce the existing laws and the illegals will go back the way they came in....only there won't be a next time.

And they will take their brats with them! We taxpayers are sick of paying for them!!!!!!!

They are nothing more than a bunch of lawless, demanding, whining, illiterate, dirty, troublemakers and we don't want them here.

Illegals have NO RIGHTS! PERIOD!!!! GET IT?????

April 28, 2006 1:12 PM  

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