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For May Day and Beyond: White People Step Up for Immigrant Rights

by Catalyst Project & Heads Up Collective Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2006 at 5:19 PM

Open Letter to White Communities.

For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!

In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?

We, white people who believe in justice and ending racism, have a responsibility and a historic opportunity to stand with immigrant communities and unite behind their demands. As white people, most of us with U.S. citizenship, we call out to our white communities to take to the streets for immigrant rights. We must demonstrate that the rightwing racists, from the Minutemen to in the Congress, do not represent us!

Anyone who has experienced this month’s electrifying, grassroots explosion feels the power and excitement growing. Working-class immigrants, with their crucial roles in the economy and culture of the U.S., have real power to reshape this country, as a vibrant part of broad multiracial movements for justice and equality. As anti-racist white people, we have a role to play in this struggle.

Immigrants are the direct targets of these policies, and we know enforcement will aim at immigrants of color. But we are all endangered by the accelerating drive of this country towards greater abuse of working people, more criminalization of poor/working-class people, and of all communities of color, particularly African-Americans. Our futures are tied together and now is the time to stand with immigrants fighting for their rights.

The ruling class in the United States has historically led anti-immigrant campaigns to divide working people, getting people to blame one another for stealing their jobs while corporations build their financial empires from all of our labor. Building from a foundation of enslaved African labor and mass land theft from indigenous nations, corporations used anti-immigrant campaigns against the Irish, Italian, Jews. Chinese, Japanese, Eastern Europeans and other immigrants, to deny them legal protections, attack unions and maintain cheap labor to under-cut better waged jobs. These campaigns intensified with the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1880’s and as more and more European immigrants were assimilated into white society, immigrants of color from Asia and then Latin America were targeted to be a permanent low wage, legally unprotected, work force to drive wages down and corporate profits up.

White people have led and rallied behind anti-immigrant campaigns in the millions throughout the history of this country and today a new history for immigrant justice is being written and we have a responsibility to be part of it. We’re fighting two racist agendas: big businesses need to retain a vulnerable pool of exploitable labor, and the blatant organized racists want to preserve white political dominance and agitate for mass deportations. This divided right wing unites to dehumanize immigrants of color, working to strip them of any rights or protections. The small handful of mostly white billionaires backing and benefiting from these strategies depends on our complicity. Instead, let’s build upon the legacy of anti-racist white people who have refused to participate in divide and conquer strategies, where the ruling class historically uses race to pit us against each other.

White people need to take responsibility for countering the attacks generated by white racists, from the border to the White House.

If you’re a white person who stands for justice, we encourage you to step it up. How can you more actively support immigrants fighting for their rights, and encourage your families and friends to get more involved? What local organizing by immigrants can you support with your time, money, and resources? On April 23rd in the Bay Area, and throughout the country on May 1st (International Workers’ Day) immigrant communities around the country will again take the streets. Let’s be there in greater numbers: on the streets beside our friends and neighbors, raising our voices in the national debate, making a commitment to organizing more white people to stand up against attacks on immigrants.

This letter comes to you from two Bay Area-based white anti-racist organizations, Catalyst Project and the Heads Up Collective. Heads Up is a member organization of the Deporten a La Migra Coalition, which is primarily composed of organizations based in working-class immigrant communities. We ask you to act in solidarity with the principles generated by the Deporten a La Migra Coalition, Immigrants Fighting For Our Rights. They are:

ß The land is for those who work it!

ß No more displacement

ß The border is hypocritical

ß Unity makes us strong

ß Demand dignity and equality for all immigrants

ß In every neighborhood, organize!

(please read full text at

If you agree with these principles, we invite you to sign this letter and make your signature a commitment to putting them into action in your work and life.

In struggle,

Catalyst Project and the Heads Up Collective

Endorsed by:

Carlos Mun~oz, Jr., professor, UC Berkeley, author, "Youth, Identity, Power: the Chicano Movement"

Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, Institute for Multiracial Justice

Maria Poblet, St Peters Housing Committee

Eric Mar

Eunice Cho

Jose Palafox, professor, Stanford University

Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Sheila Chung, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition

Renee Saucedo, Day Labor Program/La Raza Centro Legal

Phil Hutchings, Institute for Multiracial Justice

(organizations for identification purposes only)

Catalyst Project and Heads Up Collective were inspired by the work of white anti-racists with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in New York City, and Italian Americans for Immigrant Rights in the Bay Area, who put out similiar open letters to move white people to stand for immigrant rights. By signing here, we are also joining with the thousands of white people participating in those and other efforts.

Please sign on if you stand with the principles above. To add your signature to those below, go to this link:

**organizations listed for identification purposes only**

Adam Gilbert, Taiwan

Adam Welch, Industrial Workers of the World

Ailecia Ruscin, teacher/student, Lawrence KS

Alex Briscoe, Illinois Green Party/Green Alliance USA

Alexis Shotwell, UAW 2865, Long Road Collective

Amie Fishman, Catalyst Project

Amy Sonnie, Youth Media Council

Ananda Hopkins, San Antonio TX

Andrea Lee, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco CA

Andrew Willis, Washington, D.C.

Annie Kane, Alameda CA

Amy Dudley, Rural Organizing Project, Portland OR

Andy Cornell, GSOC/UAW Local 2110, Brooklyn NY

April Rosenblum, author, The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: Making Resistance to Antisemitism Part of All Our Movements

Ariel Lucky

Axeen, Childcare Collective

B Loewe, Latino Union of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Barbara Johnson Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA

Beth Applegate

Betty G. Robinson, Baltimore Education Network and Baltimore Algebra Project

Bill Quigley, Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans

Brandon Mau, Fort Collins, CO

Brooke Atherton

Brooke DuBose

Camilo Viveiros, community organizer, Fall River, Massachusetts

Cathy Rion, Heads Up Collective

Charlotte Albrecht, Louisville KY

Chris Crass, Catalyst Project

Chris Dixon, UAW 2865 Members for Quality Education and Democracy

Chris Ferlazzo, Portland Jobs with Justice, Oregan

Chuck Munson,, Kansas City

Claire Hobden, Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project

Clare Bayard, Catalyst Project/Heads Up Collective

Claude Marks, Freedom Archives

Clayton Dewey, Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network, Laramie WY

cori schmanke parrish, North Star Fund

Chance Martin, editor Street Sheet Magazine

Dee Ouellette, mother

Diana Block, California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Dan Berger, Resistance in Brooklyn, co-editor "Letters from Young Activists"

Dara Silverman, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

David Christian

David Schanoes

David Solnit, Courage to Resist

Deborah Morales, Labor Employment Services, Syracuse, NY

Dixie Block, Oakland

Drew Dellinger, Poets for Global Justice

Elizabeth Samuels, Bring the Ruckus

Ellen Chenoweth, D.C. resident

Elly Kugler, City at Peace D.C

Emma Gerould, SEIU 790

Emiliy Seabridge

Eric Romann, Generation Five

Fern Feto Spring,

Geoff McNamara, Portland OR

Giuliana Milanese

Gordon Kaupp

Harmony Goldberg

Heather Meader-McCausland

Heidi Reijm, Ruby Affinity Group, Brooklyn, NY

Hillary Ronen, Day Labor Program/ La Raza Centro Legal

Holmes Hummel, San Francisco

Hope Sanford, Houston TX

Ian McCleod, San Francisco Indymedia

Ian White-Maher

Ingrid Chapman, Catalyst Project

Isabell Moore, ESOL teacher & coordinator Anti-Racist Organizing Network of North Carolina

Jacob B, New School For Social Research

Jackie Downing

James Tracy, SF Community Land Trust

Jarrod Schwartz, National Conference on Community and Justice

Jeff Giaquinto, Heads Up Collective, teacher, Galileo High School

Jen Angel, Clamor, Toledo OH

Jen Collins, mother

Jene’ Despain

Jennica jey Born, IBEW local #3

Jennifer Jewell, Women In Transition, Louisville, KY

Jennifer Miller, Oakland, CA

Jennifer Morley, Athens, GA

Jeremy Louazo

Jerry Path, Sign Display LU 510, San Francisco Labor Council

Jessica Lehman, Emeryville CA

Jill Shenker,San Francisco Day Labor Program Women’s Collective/La Raza Centro Legal

Jim Ace

Jim McAsey, Director- Jobs with Justice, Farmingdale NY

John Crockford

John Wood, ABD, Oklahoma State University, Assistant Professor, Rose State College

Joseph Phelan , Miami FL

Jordan Flaherty, Left Turn Magazine

Josh Connor, Bay Area Childcare Collective

Josh Raisler Cohn, Washington D.C.

Josh Sonnenfeld, UC Santa Cruz Students Against War

Josh Warren-White, Catalyst Project and Just Cause Oakland

Joshu Asperry, AFSCHME

Judy Helfland, community educator and activist

Kate Berrigan, Critical Resistance

Kerry Levenberg, teacher

Kev L

Kevin D’Amato, Southern California Anarchist Federation, LA Chapter

Kristen Petroshius, Groundwork, Madison WI

Laura Close, SEIU Local 503, Child Care Campaign, Portland OR

Kusum Crimmel, Y-Step: Youth Step Towards Addressing Racism

Laura Price, Solidarity, Maine

Lauren O’Brien, Seattle WA

Dr. Laurence H. Shoup, UAW 1981, Oakland Green Party

Leah Jeannesdaughter Klerr

Leone Reinbold, Omak WI

Leslie Radford, Los Angeles CA

Libbey Goldberg, Jews for a Free Palestine, Oakland CA

Loren Finkelstein, San Francisco CA

Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Oberlin, OH

Maggie Von Vogt

Marc Krupanski, Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project

Mari Spira, Justice Now and UC Santa Cruz

Mark Rudd, Albuquerque NM

Mary Miller, San Francisco CA

Matt Meyer, War Resisters League

Matthew Borus, Tekiah: A Jewish Call to Action Boston, MA

Matthew Smucker, Lancaster Coalition for Peace & Justice, Lancaster PA

Maureen Haver, Houston Global Awareness, Texas

Max Uhlenbeck, Left Turn Magazine

Meg Starr, Resistance in Brooklyn

Melody Mayer, Oakland

Mica Root, Philadelphia PA

Michael King, Vancouver WA

Michelle Foy, Freedom Road Socialist Organization

Michelle Gerster, Oakland CA

Molly McClure, Philadelphia PA

Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, TGI Justice Project

Nadia Winstead, San Francisco CA

Nancy Jodaitis, San Francisco CA

Nancy Lister, Wilbraham MA

Natasha Marsh, League of Young Voters

Nicole Solomon, Brooklyn NY

Nike Carstaphen, Washington D.C.

Noah Gaiser, Free Mind Media

Patrick Reinsborough, smartMeme Strategy and Training Project

Paul Kivel, educator and writer

Paul Platt, San Francisco

Rahula Janowski, mother, Heads Up, Justice In Palestine Coalition

Rebecca Johnson

Riva Pearson

Robin Reichhardt, México DF

Robinson Block, Houston TX

Roger Zimmerman, Los Angeles CA

Ruby Affinity Group, Brooklyn, NY

Ryan Emenaker, Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County

Sailor J Lewis Wallace, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Samuel Goldberger, West Hartford CN

Sara Smith, UAW 2865 Members for Quality Education and Democracy

Sasha Costanza-Chock, Los Angeles Indymedia

Sasha Vodnik, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Scott Campbell

Scott Tucker, Los Angeles CA

Sean Sullivan, Ruby Affinity Group, Brooklyn

Seth Newton, AFSCME Local 3299

Sharon Martinas, Challenging White Supremacy Workshop

Steve Theberge, War Resisters League

Teresa Martyny

Thomas Fiori, Boston MA

Tom Wetzel

Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Trish Kerle

Vanessa Sacks, Childcare Collective

Walda Katz-Fishman, Project South

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