"I think the demonstrations that occurred in the past have been
noticed," Senator Mel Martinez understated.
Congress nearly turned twelve million children and adults into felons, nearly
extended tenfold the wall of death and ecological devastation across the border, nearly authorized
police to round up and imprison millions of people for what had been a civil
offense, and added an armed, high-tech, major battalion to its personnel posted
in the southwest U.S.
Then the sleeping giant got bugged: the immigrant and immigrant-descent
communities took on the Senate and brought it to its knees, before the Senate
left for a two-week R&R.
Now the question is, will the Republican-dominated Senate surrender, or will
it return with renewed resolve to punish people who they deem aren’t
sufficiently "assimilated" and open a war of terror on entire
The immigrant community has plans to stop that war, a series of events
between now and a massive May Day "Great American Boycott 2006" (see
below). Three things need to happen if they are to succeed:
The Gran Marcha of the 25th must be the beginning, not
the crest, of the tide.
- Escalating support within the immigrant and immigrant-descent
Non-violent militancy. It was, after all, fear, not supplication,
that moved the Senate.
Widespread participation from other citizens, the electoral base
of the U.S.
The progressive Left in Los Angeles has voiced its support for the immigrants
and against the minutemen and, presumably, the minutemen’s Congressional
colleagues. Tangible support has come from such stalwart organizations as ANSWER-LA,
The World Can’t Wait, KPFK, UFPJ, and NOW.
But what remains is for the organized Left to pour into the streets over the
next two weeks, to demonstrate their alliance with the immigrants, to add their
legal and electoral clout to what the Senate hears, and to defend their brothers
and sisters from reactionaries everywhere. It’s time to Stop the War the war on neighbors, the war on families, the war on workers, the war at home.
Key Events in Southern California
Sunday, April 9
March for Zapata, 8:00 a.m. at Cesar Chavez and Lorena
"IN THE SPIRIT OF LAND,
JUSTICE AND LIBERTY
SUPPORT POPULAR STRUGGLES!"
The organizers are from the left wing of the immigrant struggle: Danza
Cuahtemoc, Aztlan Mexica Nation Harmony Keepers, Mexicanos Unidos en Defensa
del Pueblo, and Comite Pro Democracia en Mexico.
Immigrants Are America March for Hope,
Dignity, and Respect, 1:00 p.m. at Balboa Park, San Diego
America Is a nation of immigrants! Our nation was founded on the
JUSTICE AND EQUALITY
We March for Justice!
We march to say
NO to the criminalization of immigrants and
NO to the creation of an immigrant underclass!
The organizers here are MAAC Project, a social service agency, and the
SEIU. The minutemen have promised to countermarch along another route.
National Day of Action for Immigrant Rights,
10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Inos and Depot in Santa Maria.
Organized by PUEBLO, a low-income economic and
environmental justice organization, and CLUE, a religious organization for
Monday, April 10
National Day of Action for Immigrant Rights. The
largest gathering will probably be in Phoenix, but organizers are calling for
major actions across the country. The Nazis at White
Revolution might just bring their sheets.
April 10 is Our Day!! On April 10, we will get together all over
America to make our voices heard. "We are America," no matter
where we were born. We deserve to be treated with respect and deserve a
chance to become citizens of the country we love.
Location: Jastro Park, Truston Ave., 2 blocks east of Oak
Event Details: Dress in white, bring your lunch, water & your American
Contact Name: Armando Elenes - United Farmworkers
Contact Phone: 661-725-9730
Contact Email: email@example.com
Event Flyer (Spanish)
City: Los Angeles
Location: La Placita - 535 N Main St., Los Angeles, CA
Event Details: "Today we Act, Tomorrow we Vote" Rally,
Candlelight Vigil, and Procession
Contact Name: Elda Martinez – CARECEN, Xiomara Corpeno -CHIRLA, Su Yon
Yi -NAKASEC, Sungpyo Ma – KRCLA
Contact Phone: 213-385-7800x127 (CARECEN), 213-353-1333x242 (CHIRLA),
323-937-3703 (NAKASEC), 323-937-3718 (KRCLA)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(CARECEN); email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
(NAKASEC); email@example.com (KRCLA)
Event Flyer (English)
Event Flyer (Spanish)
City: Panorama City
Location: Hermandad Mexicana
Event Details: Marcha & Vigilia 2006 - "Immigration
Coalition" - March & Vigil Contact Name: Hermandad Mexicana &
Contact Phone: 818-989-3019 (Hermandad Mexicana), 818-892-7600 (ACORN)
City: San Diego
Location: Chicano Park
Event Details: Join us for a moment of reflection as we plant 464 crosses
in memory of the 464 people who died last year crossing the US/Mexican
border. Community members, religious leaders and others will gather
at Chicano Park at Noon
Contact Name: Enrique Morones - Border Angels
Contact Phone: 619-269-7865
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
City: San Fernando Valley
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Hermandad Mexicana - 7915 Van Nuys Blvd.
Event Details: Candle light vigil with speakers and a blessing followed by
a procession to the Van Nuys Federal Building (6230 Van Nuys Blvd).
Coalition partners include Valley MAPA, ACORN, the office of Congressman
Brad Sherman and more!
Contact Name: Maria Cervantes (ACORN) or Gloria Saucedo (Hermandad
Contact Phone: 323-359-1091 (ACORN) or 818-989-3019 (Hermandad)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
City: Santa Ana
Location: Federal Building - 441 West 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA
Event Details: Rally at the Federal Building
Contact Name: Denise Valasco - Santa Ana LULAC #147, SEIU Local 1877
Contact Phone: 714-245-9700 x 109
City: Santa Barbara
Location: Plaza de la Guerra
Event Details: Vigil
Contact Name: Contact - PUEBLO & CLUE
Contact Phone: 805-882-2484 / 805-968-1078
Contact Email: email@example.com
Saturday, April 15
El Gran Marcha Estudiantil, 10:00 a.m. at Olympic and
AMNESTY! ! AMNISTIA!
Full rights for all immigrants!
Support the Walkouts!
United Students Coalition
Stop all racist legislation!
Derechos Plenos para todos los inmigrantes!
Alto toda legislacion racista!
Apoyemos las protestas estudiantiles!
Construyamos un movimiento estudiantil!
Organized by United Students Coalition, in coordination with the
March 25 Coalition.
Monday, May 1
El Gran Paro Americano 2006.
No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying. We will settle for
nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the millions of
undocumented workers presently in the U.S. 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.
Brought to you by the March 25th Coalition against HR4437 in Los