On this day last year, I was speaking with a student who was considering boycotting both school and the American economy as a gesture to the rights of illegal immigrants. Here is what he told me: “If we do not allow illegal immigrants into the country, my dad will have to pay more money to his employees at his business (no joke).” Although I was shocked to hear this comment, I was not surprised. Many suspect that the immigration issue is a middle and lower class issue, seeing that the very rich will prosper from exploiting such workers. The millions that will be protesting today will find their rallies being monitored by the government as an attempt to discourage protesting, as well as to catch illegal immigrants. Surprisingly, “W” has been more liberal on this matter than many conservatives would prefer. So, if you favor the rights of undocumented workers in this country and would like to show your support, stay at home and avoid contributing to the U.S. economy. I have failed the May Day cause already; I bought a cup of Starbucks coffee on my way to work this morning. Considering what I paid, I feel exploited. If you are against such rights, I am sure the government could use your help in catching a few illegals. Here is a previous post on this topic: Click Here.
Here is a look at May Day actions:
* In New York, groups are planning an “American Family Tree” rally, where immigrants will pin paper leaves on a large painting of a tree to symbolize the separation of families because of strict immigration laws.
*In Chicago, demonstrators will march more than three miles through downtown, ending at a lakefront park.
*In Fresno, California, organizers planned a rally focusing on children whose parents had been deported. The San Joaquin Valley is home to thousands of seasonal workers who cross the Mexican border illegally each year to work in the fields and construction industry.
*In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ricardo Chavez, the brother of famed agricultural labor leader Cesar Chavez, was expected to speak, as protesters demanded a stop to immigration raids. A raid last year in Whitewater, Wisconsin, saw the arrests of 25 workers and the owner of a packaging plant. Mothers were separated from their children.
*In Florida, voter registration drives and vigils were planned in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach, along with after-hours rallies in agricultural towns in the Everglades.
*In Los Angeles, marches will include demands for a legalization program, a stop to the raids and an anti-Iraq war message. City and transportation officials were planning for as many as 500,000 people in downtown, believing it could be the largest in the city so far this year.