This year, there will be two May Day marches in Los Angeles. WHY?? Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
(Im)migrant Rights are Worker's Rights!Sunday, May 1, 2011
10:00AM Olympic and Broadway!!
This year, there will be two May Day marches in Los Angeles. WHY??
Last year, although every effort was made to exclude the SCIC from the planning process and to silence our political demands we made the effort to work together with the other "Immigrant Rights" organizations (Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition...etc) and with the leadership of the LA County Federation of Labor. In the most dishonest and undemocratic fashion, meeting dates/locations/agendas were changed in order to keep the SCIC out of the planning process. On May Day itself, members of the SCIC (men and women) were physically pushed and others were threatened with violence when we tried to get our speakers onto the stage. Because we did not back down, they called the police on us to try to prevent us from getting on the stage to speak; again they failed. In the last act of disrespect, at the end of the rally, while Ron Gochez from the SCIC, Maria Rodriguez and Angelica Salas from CHIRLA were speaking, the microphones were intentionally turned off.
Because of their blatant disrespect for SCIC women organizers and their threats against our members, we knew clearly that those were people who we could no longer work with. They were opportunist, disrespectful, sexist, dishonest and politically backwards. Although we do respect some of the organizations who for whatever reasons continue to work with them, this year, the SCIC has chosen to once again organize a May Day march independently. We do not have even 10% of the budget that they have but we do have the largest (Im)migrant Rights coalition in California, the correct political line, community support and organizing ability. We proved this in 2009 when the SCIC march had more marchers than any of the other marches in LA.
Although Juan Jose Gutierrez and the "Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition" have once again collaborated with the Los Angeles Police Department to try to stop the Southern CA Immigration Coalition from getting our permit for the 2011 May Day march, we, the SCIC, want to let the public know that we have officially gotten the permit to march on May 1st!
The truth is that the organizations that are organizing both marches are very different politically and are attempting to lead the Los Angeles (Im)migrant Rights movement in VERY different directions. So what are your options?
This year, the community will have to decide which march they will join.
If you support the following, please attend the "Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition" march
FULL LEGALIZATION FOR ALL, NOW!!
STOP I.C.E DEPORTATIONS NOW!!
NO GUEST WORKER (aka BRACERO) PROGRAM!!
WORKER'S RIGHT TO ORGANIZE!!
STOP 287(g) & "SECURE COMMUNITIES"