imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Full rights for all immigrants!

by Frank Tuesday, May. 01, 2007 at 2:41 AM

A new mass leaflet.

March on May Day, the day of international working-class solidarity!

Full rights for all immigrants!

U.S. out of Iraq, now!

On May Day 2007 we hail the struggles that workers around the world have waged during the past year, particularly the powerful struggle that developed in the Mexican State of Oaxaca. Fighting these battles is essential if workers are to once again be in a position to come out as a class fighting in its own interests---as they did during the general strike for the 8-hour day that began May 1,1886. That this necessary is evident: The capitalists continue to drive down wages, benefits and working conditions so that the rich can become richer. In 2005 the top 300,000 U.S. taxpayers had almost as much income as the bottom 150 million wage earners combined! Immigrant and national-minority workers are being super-exploited all over the world in order to increase the profits of the capitalists and to drive down the conditions of all workers. Women continue to be brutally exploited and oppressed, with their condition worsening in many countries. The capitalist system of production is destroying the environment at an alarming rate. The U.S. government is slaughtering the working and poor people of Iraq in a war to ensure the U.S. sphere of imperialist domination of the Middle East and its oil.

Thus, workers everywhere need to take a hand in reorganizing and advancing their independent movement. Two pressing issues of vital concern to the working class this May Day are the attacks on our immigrant sisters and brothers in this country, and the continuing U.S. imperialist occupation of Iraq.

Congressional immigration reforms are vicious attacks on the entire working class

The ruling capitalist class wants to deny approximately 12 million immigrant workers living in this country the same rights as everyone else so that it can more profitably exploit them. Keeping immigrant workers living in fear of deportation if they stand up for their rights in strikes or other struggles is “good business!” for the capitalists. This denial of rights to one part of the working class is then used as a wedge to drive down the conditions of all workers. Advancing the struggle for full rights for all immigrants---no matter what their legal status---is therefore in the vital interest of every worker.

Last year a huge movement erupted against the attacks on immigrants embodied in the Sensenbrenner bill (HR4437). The ruling class then put forward the Hagel-Martinez comprehensive reform---a reform that was actually supported by several important immigrant rights groups and trade unions. But it was also a vicious attack. In face of last spring’s powerful movement these bills were beaten back or tied up because of divisions among the capitalist politicians. But the attacks on immigrants have been stepped up through piece-meal legislation, with Congress approving a 17 percent increase in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) overall budget, nearly doubling ICE funds for detention and deportations, and funding 700 more miles of fence on the border with Mexico. And now both Bush and the Democrats are again floating outrageous bills in Congress.

Bush wants to force “illegal” immigrants to travel to their home countries and then pay ,000 for a work visa, and he supports a new "Z" visa that would cost ,500 every three years. With various application fees the cost per person could total more than ,000---just to work. Further, both Bush and the Democrats want a “guest worker” program, with the bipartisan House bill practically requiring that the “guests” be bound to a single employer. This is nothing but indentured servitude. But this is only the tip of the iceberg concerning the House bill that was introduced by liberal Democrat Gutiérrez and conservative Republican Flake, and that is known as the STRIVE Act.

This bill would heavily militarize the border with Mexico, double the number of Border Patrol agents by 2012, involve the National Guard and local police in migrant hunting, build 20 new prisons for immigrants, set up a national biometric database to track all immigrants, turn immigrants who cross the borders without papers into “criminals”, and a forged passport or false visa could result in 15 years in prison! (Many immigrant rights groups have dubbed this the “son of Sensenbrenner” bill.) It also creates a costly “path to citizenship” which contains hurdles almost impossible to meet, and which could take as long as 18-21 years to traverse. All of these measures strengthen the employers’ ability to use immigrants as semi-slave labor.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the National Council of La Raza, the National Immigration Forum, and the League of United Latin American Citizens have all praised this bill in press releases; while the SEIU also praises it---police state features and all---but doesn’t like the requirement that an immigrant must leave the country and then pay ,000 to come back. And, in the Senate, liberal Kennedy and conservative McCain are trying to refurbish a version of last year’s reactionary Hagel-Martinez bill.

Thus, “comprehensive immigration reform” in Washington currently means working out the details of how to attack immigrants and the entire working class. To win any acceptable reform means that the treachery of the Democrats, Republicans, various “immigrant rights” groups and union leaders must be exposed and opposed as a more powerful immigrant rights movement is built in the streets and workplaces. In this work, our orientation should be to fight for full rights for all immigrants!

Build the movement against imperialist war!

On May Day four years ago Bush declared “mission accomplished” in Iraq. This mission was to control Iraqi oil wealth and to have a permanent military presence in the oil-rich region with which to dictate U.S. interests---an imperialist mission, pure and simple. But the occupation has met with such just hatred and resistance by the masses of Iraqi people---as well as resistance by reactionary factions of the Iraqi exploiters--- that it has become a fiasco…except for military and reconstruction contractors who have been handed billions of dollars by the government. And, the U.S. ruling class is not about to let regional or global rivals control this strategic oil-rich region. Hence, Bush is escalating the war with another 30,000 troops while the Democrats devise alternative tactics that also rely on military force.

In November millions of people voted for the Democrats thinking that they would withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. But these hopes have been betrayed. First, the House Democrats passed a non-binding resolution against escalation, and now both the House and Senate Democrats have agreed on legislation that funds continued war in Iraq and Afghanistan to the tune of 4.2 billion! Although this legislation is advertised as a withdrawal plan, it would leave tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq as military trainers, guardians of U.S. installations, and conducting military operations under the banner of “counter-terrorism.” Further, the finalized legislation only sets a non-binding goal of completing the troop pull out by April 1, 2008. There is no provision that these troops be sent back to the U.S. because most top Democrats want to deploy them to other Middle Eastern countries, or to Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, one of the bill’s “benchmarks” is a demand that the Iraqi government pass an oil and gas law favorable to U.S. oil and financial interests. Bush will veto this legislation, and the Democrats have sworn that they will continue to fund “the troops”, that is, fund the imperialist occupation.

Meanwhile, the Democrats maintain a “progressive” wing (i.e., the House "Out of Iraq Caucus"). These “progressives” recently played the two-faced role of rounding up the necessary votes to pass the original House war-funding bill, and then a handful of them voted against it as a matter of “conscience.” Further, their own bill would re-deploy U.S. troops after six more months of slaughter, but supports "providing financial assistance or equipment to keep Iraqi security forces and international forces in Iraq", and it wants to use NATO and/or the UN troops as cannon fodder in carrying out a more international imperialist occupation. The political role of this “progressive” wing of the party is to stave off the huge and militant struggle necessary to force the U.S. out of Iraq.

Our solidarity is with the Iraqi workers and poor people---hundreds of thousands of whom have been slaughtered since the U.S. invasion, and millions who are internal and external war refugees. But they’re not just victims. They fight back against the occupation, and they’ve waged several strikes in the oil and other industries. Moreover, worker is being pitted against worker in civil war between bourgeois-led sectarian factions over which faction is going to dominate Iraq. Thus they face a similar problem of unifying themselves against the common enemy as we do in this country.

Our solidarity is also with the resisting soldiers in the U.S. military. These soldiers are overwhelmingly sons and daughters of the working class and other poor people who only joined up in order to get the education or job training that they couldn’t afford on the outside---and, if they‘re immigrants, to get citizenship. Now they‘re being used as cogs in a machine that kills and oppresses in Iraq so that the rich can become richer. Many soldiers are rebelling against this, and their resistance is the truly courageous and honorable path.

This May Day, the fighting holiday of the world’s workers, we call on all workers to push forward the struggles against imperialist war, and for immigrant rights. These battles are necessary and unifying in their own right, and they also help pave the way for the working class to once again mount big national and international battles in defense of its immediate interests, and for a world without imperialism and oppression.

Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee

April 28, 2007

Comments may also be made at www.seattleaic.org.

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Creative Destruction Hack Diamonds Windows/iOS/Android - Creative Destruction Generator S19 12:51AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator S15 3:49AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Propagande de virus, virus de propagande S10 7:34AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates S08 6:17PM

Paraphysique de l'origami S08 7:11AM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Du réussissement putréfié S06 10:55AM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Log S06 4:25AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy