Coming Next: "El Gran Boicot"
Pro-immigrant coalition to paralyze US economy
La Voz de Aztlan
Los Angeles, Alta California - March 31, 2006 - (ACN) The
coalition that brought over 700,000 pro-immigrant rights
marchers to Los Angeles announced yesterday that the next
mass action will be "an economic and labor boycott that
will paralyze the US economy". The planned boycott, which
now has international support, is to protest the racist
HR4437 legislation being debated in the US Senate.
Dr. Armando Navarro, coordinator of the National Alliance
for Human Rights (NAHR), said "We are living through very
dangerous times and we must take advantage of the moment.
If we just sit and wait to see what happens, everything we
have accomplished so far may go to waste. That is why we
must continue the struggle to once and for all defeat that
racist proposal (HR4437)".
Coalition member Roberto Reveles of "Unidos en Arizona" said that they will help host a "Summit Meeting" in Phoenix, Arizona to work out the details of the "international economic and labor boycott". The summit will take place on April 8th and 9th. The boycott will take place on May 1
(Day of the International Solidarity of Workers) or May 5 (Cinco de Mayo). To be debated is whether a boycott beginning on May 1 and ending with a huge "fiesta" on May 5 can be sustained.
Phoenix, Arizona saw a huge march and rally on March 24 in which over 15,000 participated. Roberto Reveles said,
"What occurred on March 24 is a consequence of the people
being tired of the treatment we are receiving. The first
step has already been taken, we organized ourselves
and have completed the first phase, now we have to prepare for the second. We will not rest until we see HR4437 defeated". Reveles added, "We are sure that the
preparations we make at the summit will lead us to victory.
We are united and only united will we be victorious".
The two day summit will be attended by Mexican-American and other Latino groups from Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin,
Washington, New York, Chicago, California and other states.
Representatives from Mexico, Central and South America will
also be present. A major focus of the meeting will be to
finalize the details of the boycott.
Dr. Armando Navarro of the NAHR said that the "international boycott" counts on the support of the consulates of Bolivia,Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico, as well as
that of Mexican labor organizations. The coalition welcomes
the support of other countries abroad.
"We have to demonstrate to the nation, one more time, that its economic stability depends on us. I am sure that our sister nations of Latin America, who are also tired of the situation, will unite with us", Professor Navarro said. "That is why we will celebrate May 1, 'Day of the Worker', with labor strikes, no purchases and go out and march.
Soon they will see the impact we will have!", he concluded.
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La Voz de Aztlan