Los Angeles: immigrant workers protest layoffs, repression
By Rafael Azul and D. Lencho
4 August 2009
Over 1,000 immigrant workers and their supporters marched in Los Angeles July 29 in opposition to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies. While the marchers were protesting the increasing use of I-9 audits and E-Verify (both means by which the government checks on the “eligibility” of workers for employment), mass firings and sweeps against the immigrant working class in industries across the country, the organizers of the protest are merely asking that fired workers be given more notice.
The march began on Alameda Avenue, in the heart of the city’s industrial belt of sweatshops that employs hundreds of thousands of workers. The vast majority of the marching workers were employees of American Apparel . . . http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/aug2009/immi-a04.shtml