On Monday, the same group that organized the day without immigrants rally that fizzled because no one noticed they weren’t working is at it again. They are trying to organize huge rallies on Monday May 1st, which is International Workers Day. They are planning demonstrations at the National Mall and cities all across America. Who besides me thinks it would be great if ICE were to park a number of detention buses along the protest routes along with dozens of officers? That might dampen the festivities a bit.
The same organizers tried this approach in February and it was a monumental failure. Most businesses were unaffected and those who were fired the employees who refused to show up for work. This time they are trying to lure other groups to protest with them in hopes someone will notice. They are trying to recruit, gays and lesbians, Native Americans and African Americans.
“As immigrants our livelihoods, our futures, our families—they’re all in danger,” Jorge-Mario Cabrera, the director of communications at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), said in The Nation article. “May Day presents an opportunity for us to not silence ourselves and to remain vigilant.”
Organizers behind the “Day Without Immigrants” protest in February are calling again for people to not report to work on Monday.
“Activists in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Newark, New Jersey and dozens of other cities have been calling for a one-day strike,” The Nation reported in an article entitled “How to Join the ‘Day Without Immigrants’ on May Day.”
“We believe that when the country recognizes it depends on immigrant labor to function we will win permanent protection from deportation for the 11 million undocumented immigrants; the right to travel freely to visit our loved ones abroad, and the right to be treated with dignity and respect,” Movimiento Cosecha’s Maria Fernanda Cabello in a statement included in the article.
“Immigrant, African American, LGBTQ, indigenous and women workers along with allies are striking on May 1,” the bsolid.org website states.