May 1 National Immigrant General Strike site created

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www.No4437.com is now up on the internet. It is a work in progress and will better formatted today with a blog component added late today/tomorrow so you can add your comment directly for your events/needs to be shared with every one in lieu of writing emails to everyone.

No 4437 should help eliminate some confusion and help coordinate activities for all groups.

With the multitude of emails I received yesterday asking if the May 1 boycott is on or off, IT IS ON! The time for debate has long gone. Consensus of all is we must step up to bat on May 1 to boycott all work, schools, shopping, etc. Even Mexico is boycotting “Gringo” businesses in Mexico.

Hispanic News as well as the other 21 websites we have will not be published May 1.

In addition, to the blanket boycott of all, we are also proceeding with specific boycotts of AOL/Lou Dobbs, Kimberly Clark (owned by the family of Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin) and GM (The forthcoming GM boycott is because a GM dealer in Phoenix is one of the founders of Prop 200 in Arizona and his membership and active participation in the Minutemen along the Arizona/Mexico border) as briefly described atwww.no4437.com. www.AxAOL.com (Lou Dobbs) is already up for your information and we encourage all to begin this part of the specific boycotts. Today an article will be published at Hispanic News about AOL subscriptions already dropping by 15% due to other groups boycotting AOL.

There is also much confusion about the color of the day? It is WHITE. I recommend WHITE be our color for all marches so we avoid having to deal with this question again.

Yesterday, I also received numerous emails inquiring about events in various locations. No 4437 will provide all an opportunity to share with others in your community what is being planned.

If you find nothing being planned for your community, then it is up to you to take charge and get something going.

For now, until we get the blog component up and running later today/tomorrow, if you email me your information, I will format it for inclusion in No 4437.

Lastly, we just finished publishing an article at Hispanic News about Ted Kennedy. The undocumented are being used as pawns to influence the Hispanic 2006 vote. We are ourselves need to coordinate one national Hispanic strategy to maximize who we should vote for in 2006.

If anyone wants to contact me regarding anything, my number in Phoenix is 602.244.1000 and my email address is JG@JonGarrido.com

Fourteen Arrested in Crawford

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Fourteen Arrested in Crawford
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/10124

UPDATE 6:25 PM ET: I just spoke to Cindy Sheehan and Ann Wright. Fourteen were arrested and are still being held, including Daniel Ellsberg and Dede Miller (Cindy’s sister). Cindy and Ann chose to not be arrested, and to run the camp. Seven of the 14 arrested had also been arrested for the same charge previously and have been demanding a day in court to test the law. They may all be released this evening around 6, 7,or 8 p.m. CT, on bail plus a $30 administrative fee each.

Listen to Cindy and Ann on the Peter B Collins show this evening in the 8-9 p.m. ET hour, with Brad Friedman at http://www.krxa540.com

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Barbara Cummings just phoned from outside Bush’s ranch in Carwford, Texas, to say that she and about 14 others, including Cindy Sheehan, are about to be arrested for trespassing. They had set up four tents in the same location where Cindy originally was stopped last August. there is a county ordinance against trespassing. The police gave them a 10 minute warning several minutes ago. Arrests are about to happen. Updates will be posted as we can get them.

Action Alert – student activists suspended at SFSU

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From Kristin Anderson, SFSU (Coordinating Committee member of the Campus Antiwar Network)

********ACTION ALERT: PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!!!*********

Today students at SFSU held a protest against the presence of military
recruiters at the career fair. Some students were chanting and holding
up signs and some were speaking with the recruiters.

10 students have been cited by campus police for ‘disrupting campus
activities’ and suspended from the campus for 7-14 days.

This violation of the free speech of students at SFSU is outrageous!
Call or email President Corrigan and demand that the 10 students
suspended today be allowed back on campus!

President Robert Corrigan
(415) 338-1381
corrigan@sfsu.edu

Student sit-in at University of Virginia continues

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Students Still Sitting In at U of Virginia for Living Wage
http://www.democrats.com/node/8571

By Matt Kindig

Here’s the latest on the sit-in: Wednesday night, the protesters had their wireless internet cut off. Thursday, the University not only kept the wireless internet off for the students (making it difficult for them to turn in assignments and do homework) but has also stopped allowing people to bring food and supplies into Madison Hall for the protesters.

The sit-in participants have less than one day’s worth of food left, so pretty soon the sit-in participants will become involved in a hunger strike, against their wishes. One sit-in participant’s mother tried to bring food into the hall to her child during business hours today (when the building is theoretically open to the public) and was stopped by the police. The University is essentially trying to starve the protesters out. Since the protesters refuse to budge without a compromise, it is widely believed that the protesters will all be arrested this evening when the building closes for the weekend. If you get this in time and can make it, there will a rally at 5pm to help prevent the protester’s arrest.

Also, videos of Prof. Marshall’s arrest and other materials can be found here: http://www.uvalivingwage.net

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Thanks to David Swanson for sending this out.

Peace Mom’s Easter Stand

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The Interview
Peace Mom’s Easter Stand
Cindy Sheehan on the meaning of Easter in Crawford, and New York’s lousy jails
by Sarah Ferguson
April 14th, 2006 3:33 PM

Cindy Sheehan and her supporters are back in Crawford, Texas, for Easter, pitching their tents outside Bush’s ranch to demand, once again: For what noble cause are our troops fighting and dying in Iraq? It doesn’t matter to them that Bush and his family are spending the holiday at Camp David this year. In fact, Sheehan takes credit for driving them away.

Still, she insists she doesn’t hate the man who took her son to war. She just wants answers. And a withdrawal date. Sheehan will be back in New York on April 26 for her arrest trial, then speaking out at the big antiwar demo on April 29.

Voice: Easter is the time for forgiveness. Can you forgive the president for sending your son to Iraq?

CS: I already have forgiven him. I learned a long time ago that you don’t get anywhere holding on to hate because that just hurts the person who hates. So I don’t hate him; I want justice. I just want him to be held accountable for what he’s done, and to get the troops out of Iraq. Peace and love are the things that motivate me.

See full interview at http://www.villagevoice.com/people/0616,ferguson,72888,24.html

Anti-war protesters at UC Santa Cruz block doors to building

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SANTA CRUZ

Military recruiters, confronted by crowd, leave campus job fair
Anti-war protesters at university block doors to building

Diana Walsh, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Four military recruiters hastily fled a job fair Tuesday morning at UC Santa Cruz after a raucous crowd of student protesters blocked an entrance to the building where the Army and National Guard had set up information tables.

Members of Students Against War [a Campus Antiwar Network chapter], who organized the counter-recruiting protest, loudly chanted “Don’t come back. Don’t come back” as the recruiters left the hilltop campus, escorted by several university police officers.

“The situation had degraded to the point where there was a possibility of injury to either a student or law enforcement officer. We certainly didn’t want that to happen,” said Capt. Will Griffin, one of the Army recruiters.

University officials had been aware for weeks that Students Against War planned a protest to prevent military personnel from participating in the school’s biannual job fair held for students.

The student organization has become a bit of a cause celebre of the national anti-war movement ever since it was discovered that the group’s protest of the same job fair last April landed it in a Pentagon surveillance file, which listed the protest as a “credible threat” to military facilities or personnel.

Universities that receive federal funds are required to allow military recruiters on campus. But campus officials had worried that Tuesday’s protest would get out of hand as it had last April, when Students Against War protesters surrounded the table where military personnel sat, and hundreds of other demonstrators engaged in an angry protest outside. Some of the recruiters reported that their tires had been slashed and one employee at the career center was injured.

David Kliger, campus provost and executive vice chancellor, said the school was most concerned Tuesday about safety issues, but also wanted to preserve access to the recruiters for students who wanted to speak with them, while still allowing protesting students their right to free speech.

Kliger said officials had tried to engage the anti-war student group in discussions in the weeks leading up to the fair. But when talks broke down, officials began privately hoping for rain and brought in extra police.

The rain probably accounted for a decidedly smaller turnout — about 100 students compared with about 300 a year earlier.

Still, the Army’s Griffin said he sensed that some of the students were “looking for action” and decided to pack up their table before things got out of hand and someone got injured.

Students Against War members said they were pleased that their counter-recruiting effort forced the military personnel off campus, at least for the time being.

“We’re saying it’s not OK to recruit on high school campuses, it’s not OK to recruit on university campuses,” Marla Zubel, a UC Santa Cruz senior and member of Students Against War, said. “In order to stop the war, you have to make it more difficult to wage war.”

But at least one student, Cody James, said he was disappointed that he couldn’t get in to speak with the military personnel.

“It’s frustrating,” said James, a senior majoring in politics. “I’m not a Republican. I’m not a conservative. I don’t support the war. It’s about finding a career.”

E-mail Diana Walsh at dwalsh@sfchronicle.com.

ATTENTION FOCUSES ON IRAN IN BUSH-ALIYEV TALKS

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http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav041106b.shtml

EURASIA INSIGHT
ATTENTION FOCUSES ON IRAN IN BUSH-ALIYEV TALKS
Rovshan Ismayilov 4/11/06

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An upcoming meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and US President George W. Bush is fuelling speculation about what role Azerbaijan may play in the conflict between Iran, its neighbour to the south, and the US over Iran’s nuclear research program.

The White House announced on April 10 that President Bush will meet with President Aliyev in the White House on April 28. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

Information about the White House’s invitation was first reported by Radio Liberty on April 6 and confirmed by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on April 7. Novruz Mammadov, the head of the presidential administration’s international relations department, said that Ilham Aliyev will meet with US President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The largely unexpected invitation has sparked frustration among Azerbaijan’s opposition and celebrations among the country’s ruling elite. During last year’s parliamentary election campaign, the opposition had targeted the lack of a White House invitation for President Aliyev as proof of Azerbaijan’s poor record on democratic reform.

Coming just one month after a US State Department report that strongly criticized human rights conditions in Azerbaijan, the sudden invitation has surprised many local observers. News of the trip has encouraged speculations over what role Azerbaijan might play in the conflict between the US and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear research program. Attention is also being given to the ongoing Nagorno Karabakh talks, Caspian surveillance system negotiations and other security and energy issues.

Iran, which borders Azerbaijan and has a large ethnic Azeri minority, is expected to feature prominently in the White House’s discussions with President Aliyev. Recent articles in The New Yorker and The Washington Post have indicated that the US administration is considering launching a military attack against Iran. The April 10 New Yorker article by investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh claims that “US Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups,” including ethnic Azeris.

Azerbaijani officials have been careful in discussing what the US conflict with Iran means for Baku’s relations with Washington. In a visit to the Azerbaijani capital in late March, however, Assistant US Secretary of State Daniel Fried stated that the US is keeping the Azerbaijani government informed about its plans concerning Iran “because Azerbaijan has the right to be aware about it,” local media reported. Fried also said that the US looks forward to reaching consensus with Azerbaijan on this issue. The US official did not dismiss the possibility of US troops being deployed in Azerbaijan some day, although said that a large military base should not be expected any time soon.

Turan news agency chief political analyst Zafar Guliyev believes that Iran is the main reason for Ilham Aliyev’s invitation to the US. “I think they [the US] will try to involve Azerbaijan in the anti-Iranian coalition. The White House wants to get Azerbaijan’s approval for using its territory against Iran. To get Azerbaijan’s participation in the coalition is as important as it was during the Iraq campaign,” Guliyev told Day.az on April 10.

While acknowledging that Iran has featured in a topic of discussion with Washington, government officials, however, maintain that Azerbaijan does not intend to join any alliance against the Persian Gulf state. At an April 6 press conference, Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov rejected reports that the US is attempting to include Azerbaijan in an anti-Iranian coalition. “Azerbaijan has no intention to become part of a coalition against someone else and wants to build friendly relations with all the region’s countries,” Azimov said. The official noted only that “Azerbaijan is concerned about some activities of Iran in the disputed sector of the Caspian Sea.”

Azimov stressed that “the US wants nothing from Azerbaijan.” Washington’s interest in Azerbaijan, the official continued, is “to see Azerbaijan developing as a normal stable state. That is why possible threats to Azerbaijan’s national security were discussed.”

Guliyev argues that sooner or later Azerbaijan will have to choose between Washington and Tehran. “For the time being, the Azerbaijani government did well balancing in its foreign policy, but there are moments when choice is inevitable.”

Independent political analyst Rasim Musabekov agrees that concerns over Iran form the primary reason for the White House’s invitation to President Aliyev, but sees little chance that Azerbaijan would stand with the US against Iran. “Given the geographical neighborhood, and the historical, cultural and human links, it is impossible for Azerbaijan to become a member of such a coalition. But regardless of whether Azerbaijan supports US plans or not, their realization – whether as economic sanctions or military actions — will have a huge impact on our country.”

Analysts project that the two sides will discuss many issues about Iran that are unrelated to the country’s nuclear ambitions, among them border security, prevention of Iranian threats against US and Western-owned property in Azerbaijan, and security for Azerbaijan’s oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijani officials have noted that they are also interested in discussion of Iran’s treatment of ethnic minority Azerbaijanis.

Many observers assume that securing Azerbaijan’s support for the US position on Iran will be linked to progress on resolution of the 18-year conflict with Armenia over the disputed exclave of Nagorno Karabakh. Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has announced that he received an “interesting proposal” for resolution of the Karabakh dispute during his April 7-8 trip to Washington. Before meeting with Mammadyarov on April 7, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke on the phone with both President Aliyev and Armenian President Robert Kocharian, according to the US State Department press office.

Baku, according to Mamadyarov, will announce its response to the proposal when Steven Mann, US co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group, which supervises the Karabakh talks, visits the Azerbaijani capital on April 18.

Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov, who visited Washington in late March, has also told reporters that a130-kilometer-long section of the Azerbaijani-Iranian border, currently under Armenian occupation, made up part of his discussions with US officials.

A series of recent visits paid to the US by Azerbaijani officials and to Baku by senior US diplomats indicate further likely topics for discussion during President Aliyev’s visit.
Security, energy and reforms issues were also discussed during an April 8 meeting between Condoleezza Rice and Elmar Mammadyarov, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Reno Harnish told Turan on April 10.

For its part, the delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Azimov reviewed joint anti-terror efforts, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), border security and the general military and political situation in the Caspian Sea basin. The delegation included Azerbaijani Naval Forces Commander-in-Chief Shahin Sultanov, and high level representatives from the Ministry of National Security and State Border Service.

Of particular note are the two Caspian Sea basin surveillance systems proposed by the US (Caspian Guard) and Russia (CasFor). Russia maintains that the two systems cannot exist in the same area, and favors establishment of a common system, according to Gennady Yevsyukov, spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Baku. Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, however, has stated that Azerbaijan will have to make the ultimate decision about whether the two systems can co-exist.

According to Azimov, a number of agreements were reached during the visit. “The . . . risks and threats in the Caspian region [are] very complicated. There are elements of war, terrorism, environmental threats,” Azimov told the state-run Azertag news agency on April 1. “In this regard, the US will cooperate with Azerbaijan very closely. We have reached a number of agreements.” The official stated that “several groups of the US experts” will visit Baku to consider the possibility of Azerbaijan joining the G-8 club of industrialized countries’ WMD non-proliferation initiative.

Editor’s Note: Rovshan Ismayilov is a freelance journalist based in Baku.

Posted April 11, 2006 © Eurasianet
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KABUL IN WINTER: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan

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KABUL IN WINTER: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan

By ANN JONES

After September 11, 2001, Ann Jones watched with dismay as America answered with violence, starting with the bombing of Afghanistan, “a pre-destroyed country,” as she puts it. Frustrated and angry, she decided to leave New York, the city that was her home, for Kabul, determined to bring help where her country had caused destruction. She went back, again and again, sent by humanitarian aid organizations eager for her to work in Afghan schools, prisons, and homes. An acclaimed authority on women and violence, Ann Jones wrote KABUL IN WINTER: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan (Metropolitan Books; March 21, 2006; $24.00; 224 pages) during her third – and coldest – winter in Kabul, vividly bringing alive the day-to-day life of a country whose future depends so much upon our own.

Jones first finds work in Kabul’s notorious women’s prison, and then re-training Afghanistan’s rusty teachers. She enters a large community of Afghans: runaway child brides, pariah prostitutes, a multitude of war widows, impoverished lawyers and doctors, taxi drivers, and the countless ex-fighters, looking for a new line of work. In the streets and markets, she hears the Afghan view of the supposed benefits brought by the fall of the Taliban and America’s “democratizing” intervention. She learns that the tensions inherent in a culture that regards women as less than human have deeper roots than the laws of any one regime. Finally, Jones confronts the ways in which Afghan education, culture, and politics have repeatedly been hijacked by various factions, from communists to Islamic fundamentalists to the enlightened forces of the Western free-market, always with disastrous results.

Jones’ immersion in Kabul’s public life presents an eye-view of the Afghan people that has not yet been depicted-an image which is angry, profound and starkly beautiful, all at once.

Ann Jones is the author of Women Who Kill, Next Time She’ll Be Dead, and Looking for Lovedu. An authority on women and violence, her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and The Nation.

Praise for KABUL IN WINTER:
“[H]er impressions are vividly rendered . . . this achingly candid commentary brings the country’s sobering truths to light.” -Booklist

“Her sharp eye and quick wit enable vivid writing…” -Publishers Weekly
“A passionate-often grim-account of a country and a people trying to find peace after decades of war.” -Kirkus Reviews

Coalition Seeks Injunction to Halt VY Nuke Uprate

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Contact: Raymond Shadis – 207-882-7801
Cell – 207-380 5994
Coalition Seeks Injunction to Halt VY Uprate

On March 15, 2004, the Vermont Public Service Board ordered that the Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee plant receive an “independent engineering assessment,” a four system, deep vertical slice inspection as a prerequisite to extended power uprate.

The plant never received such an inspection, says the region’s oldest safe energy group, and the Vermont Public Service Board erred in accepting a less focused, less diagnostic US Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection as a substitute without first holding formal hearings on what they say was a de facto change in the Board’s Order.

Last week, the Board issued a new order proclaiming that it was satisfied with an NRC inspection performed in August of 2004 and surrendering jurisdiction to the US NRC and giving a green light for stepped ascension power testing in excess of 100% power- a process which began last Saturday. That process ran into immediate headaches in the first 105% power phase when one acoustic detector strapped to the reactor’s A steam line indicated acoustic response beyond anticipated thresholds. This prompted Jay Thayer, ENVY’s site Vice President to hold a press conference yesterday to explain his original theory that harmonic noise is not vibration. “ Tell it to the Beach Boys,” said New England Coalition staff technical advisor, Raymond Shadis.

“Maybe this injunction will take root and we will put a stop to this experiment on the Connecticut until a real diagnostic, reality-based inspection can be done” said Shadis, “Our job is defending the people of the region and the environment from nuclear pollution – be it from daily operations or from an accident.”

Shadis thanked the Burlington Law firm of Shems, Dunkiel, Kassel, & Saunders, which is representing New England Coalition in the appeal that is expected to go to Vermont’s highest Court. “ for service above and beyond the call.”

Providing an expert’s affidavit for today’s filing was career nuclear executive and engineer, Arnold Gundersen, also of Burlington.

Motion for an Injunction (pdf file)

END

Raymond Shadis
Staff Technical Advisor
New England Coalition
Post Office Box 98
Edgecomb, Maine 04556
207-882-7801
shadis@prexar.com

In the streets for immigrant rights

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In the streets for immigrant rights
Making our voices heard
By Eric Ruder | April 14, 2006

THE STREETS of cities across the U.S. were filled on April 10 with supporters of immigrant rights–making their voices heard and sending a message of proud defiance to the politicians who want to keep undocumented workers as second-class citizens.

Over 1 million people joined marches in two days of demonstrations held in more than 120 cities.

In New York City, 80 different feeder marches–from every immigrant neighborhood in the city, from Queens, from Brooklyn, from Chinatown and Washington Heights–converged in a massive march through Manhattan. Police estimated the crowd at more than 500,000.

There were big contingents from a vast range of immigrant communities–Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Arab and South Asian, Pakistani, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Haitian and many others–streaming through the streets.

“We say no to criminalization, we say no to politicians trading away our civil liberties in the name of the ‘war on terror,’” said Monami Maulik of Desis Rising Up and Moving, a South Asian immigrant rights group. “We know it’s policies like NAFTA that destroy our communities and drive people to come here. We say no to their free trade agreements, we say no to guest-worker programs, we say no to war and occupation!”

A feeder march of some 1,500 students started from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and met up with the main stream of demonstrators.

New York was far from the only place where the city streets were turned into march thoroughfares. A day earlier, 500,000 people surged through Dallas, surprising police and march organizers alike.

“We’ve got soldiers in Iraq from Mexico, South America, Africa, Russia,” said Johnny Carillo, who came to show support for the immigrant soldiers that he met while on a tour of duty in Iraq. “I’m marching for their families. I’m of Hispanic descent, but I’ve never even been to Mexico. But I think these people have a right to be here.”

Saeed Tavakkol works with a moving company that employs legal immigrants as well as undocumented workers. “I’m from Iran, but this is not just for them,” said Tavakkol. “I’m here for my employees. I told them to come, too. This is a cause for humanity.”

In San Diego, 100,000 marched; in Atlanta, more than 50,000 marched; and in Phoenix, more than 25,000 took to the streets.

In Washington, D.C., the mall–from the Capitol to the Washington Monument–filled with well over 100,000. Vehicles with huge loudspeakers on top drove alongside the area piping Spanish-language radio broadcasts to the crowd. Large groups of high school and elementary students and families with kids and strollers joined laborers and other workers to demand justice.

In Seattle, between 50,000 and 60,000 marched, chanting “We’re not criminals, we are workers” and “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido.”

In Boston, at least 30,000 turned out. Like in many cities, the mostly Latino crowd was sprinkled with contingents of immigrants from countries elsewhere around the world. One sign read, “My only crime was earning bread for my family,” and chants in favor of full amnesty for immigrant workers caught on quickly.

In addition to the big marches that snarled traffic in large cities, smaller protests across the U.S. made the enormous contributions of immigrants felt across the U.S. The meatpacking industry, which relies heavily on Mexican workers to do the dangerous and low-paid work that keeps its plants moving, temporarily closed or slowed down operations at facilities from Nebraska to North Carolina.

From Miami to Burlington, Vt., to Garden City, Kan., to Portland, Ore., immigrants left work and school to make their voices heard.

More than 20,000 marched in Sacramento in the pouring rain, chanting “Queremos justicia, queremos amnistía” (We want justice and amnesty).

In Madison, Wis., 10,000 marched from a park to the state capitol building. “We will continue to push until we have full amnesty for immigrants,” said Salvador Carranza, president of the immigrant rights organization LUChA and one of the main organizers of the event.

In Salem, Ore., 10,000 marched, chanting “Sin amnistía, no hay justicia,” and in Providence, R.I., nearly 5,000 had gathered even before the march was scheduled to begin, with signs reading “We are workers, not criminals” and “I need my family together.”

In New Haven, Conn., a total of 5,000 attended two different events–and the main rally was organized by a committee of just six people. In Oxnard, Calif., several thousand joined a march sponsored by the United Farm Workers; 1,000 turned out in Champaign, Ill.; 1,000 at three events in Chicago; 600 in Rochester; 120 in Burlington, Vt.

With this massive turnout, the movement for immigrant rights has come to embody one of its principal slogans: “¡Sí, se puede!” (Yes, we can!).

Craig Berman, Mallory Bernstein, Dave Buckingham, Rachel Cohen, Shane Dillingham, Brian Duggan, Brian Erway, James Fiorentino, Naveen Jaganathan, Jessica Kochick, Steve Leigh, Amanda Maystead, Chris Mobley, Jenny Olson, John Osmand, Khury Petersen-Smith, Paul Pryse, Bob Quellos, Jen Roesch, Kyle Schmaus and Adam Norden contributed to this report.

Looking forward to May 1

SUPPORTERS OF immigrant rights are now looking ahead to May 1 and a national day of action dubbed “A day without an immigrant” and “The great American boycott.”

Organizers of the day of action are calling on all immigrants to stay away from work and school, close their businesses, refrain from buying and selling, and hold rallies at symbolic economic centers such as stock exchanges and anti-immigrant corporations.

“We believe that increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in terms of deaths and family separation,” reads the May 1 call to action.

Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association and a leading organizer of the May 1 call, said the day’s events would “send a political message to the governing elite of this country that our families want full, immediate, unconditional amnesty–to be legalized in this country, and not part of a stratified bracero-type program to maintain them in servitude for prolonged periods of time.”

The turnout is expected to be massive, involving immigrants across the country who represent nations around the world.

In Los Angeles, unions are helping to provide logistical support for the actions, with regular meetings of the Labor Community Coalition taking place at the AFL-CIO offices. According to LA organizers, leaflets are circulating on the docks calling on truck drivers to take the day off.

And former bracero workers on the Mexican side of the border plan to mobilize at all of the important border crossings to ask Mexicans not to cross into the U.S. to shop or work.

To learn more about the May 1 day of action, go to www.nohr4437.org on the Web.

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We regularly feature lead articles from the Socialist Worker weekly newspaper, with their kind permission. The original article is located at http://www.socialistworker.org/2006-1/581/581_05_PriceOfEmpire.shtml

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