This Tuesday: Great American Boycott v 2.0

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2007/04/may1-thumb.jpgWhether this becomes an annual L.A. tradition depends on what happens this time around: Once again, immigrants-rights activists are planning a Great American Boycott on May 1.

If it’s anything like last year’s massive, multi-phase march you can count on snarled traffic, grand speeches, flag waving, kids playing hooky in intersections and plenty of hot air and insults flung around regarding L.A.’s favorite pissing-match topic, illegal immigration.

The whole thing kicks off when marchers start gathering at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the corner of Olympic and Broadway but according to this, there’s at least one more march planned for the afternoon, starting in Koreatown …

Assembly Starts at 2:00 PM corner of 3rd St / Vermont Av. in Koreatown
MARCH STARTS: 3:00 PM
March Route: South on Vermont Av to Exposition Bl. Ending at Exposition Park.
RALLY ENDS: 7:00 PM

If you know of other May Day activities, add them in comments below.

The marchers have a plan, a blog and the attention of the LAPD, which just sent out this bulletin via the E-Police Newsletter.

The following information pertains to an upcoming Special Event Permit Application
recently filed with the Los Angeles Police Department Board of Police Commissioners.
This notification is provided in an effort to minimize the impact the event(s) may have on
your neighborhood and/or business. If you have any questions concerning the details of
this event, please contact the applicant (below) or the Los Angeles Police Department,
Special Events Permits Unit, at (213) 847-1640.

May 1st March – “Great American Boycott” 2007

TIME: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
ASSEMBLY: Corner of Broadway and Olympic Blvd.
ROUTE: Broadway NB to First St., First St. EB to Spring ST., Spring St., NB to City Hall
CONTACT: March 25 Coalition (http://march25coalition.org)
Jaime Rodriguez (323) 869-9909

For street closure info: http://trafficinfo.lacity.org

Here’s what the National Immigrant Solidarity Network is pushing for with this and other protest activities nationwide, according to their Jan. 29, 2007 letter to Congress:

1) No to anti-immigrant legislation, and the criminalization of the immigrant communities.

2) No to militarization of the border.

3) No to the immigrant detention and deportation.

4) No to the guest worker program.

5) No to employer sanction and “no match” letters.

6) Yes to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

7) Yes to speedy family reunification.

8) Yes to civil rights and humane immigration law.

9) Yes to labor rights and living wages for all workers.

10) Yes to the education and LGBT immigrant legislation.

Debate, discuss, and make plans to participate, protest and/or cope.

13 Replies to “This Tuesday: Great American Boycott v 2.0”

  1. And with those sage comments, we begin another round of intelligent, learned debate on a complex subject that affects the entire nation’s economy, workplace and social fabric. Don’t sprain anything, fellas.

  2. Thanks mack for adding fuel to the fire with comments lacking facts to back it up. Then again I dislike the use of numbers as those are too easily skewed to suit a cause.
    Kidding aside, marching and protesting doesn’t work if it breaks down to insults and a melee and a riot. It divides. Divided nothing happens.
    Outside of California most of the country could give a shit on what happens on the topic. They don’t like change and they don’t like outsiders telling them what to do. (Actually the concensus is if you don’t like it go home and change your own country and leave us the fuck alone…pardon the side track).
    IF they are truly interested in bring about change it needs to be done within. Hard lesson learned here in the post-Civil war era, but think about it. It was silent Rosa Parks who did more to getting civil rights tilted towards balance than all the rioting 10 years later.
    My thought is if it really matters get your citizenship, get yourself elected and make the changes in the system based on facts not raw emotions.
    Pissing off the power structure rarely works and when one is the underdog you learn to conquer quietly from within the system.

  3. Okay, then how’s this for a modest proposal or two:

    – Invest in economic development aid for hard-bitten countries south of the border that contribute most to the influx of illegal immigration, to improve socioeconomic conditions and thus reduce the incentive for people to flee their own homelands for the U.S.

    – Increase funding for border fortification, control and enforcement

    – Increase funding for law enforcement focused on federal labor law violations

    – Allow domestic police agencies to turn over undocumented workers who are arrested for other crimes to immigration authorities for appropriate processing

    – Offer conditional amnesty for anyone who can prove they’ve lived illegally in the U.S. for 5 years or more (or pick a number) but have otherwise contributed to society and agree to a payment plan for back taxes.

    Have fun figuring out that formula for the last one – it’s an intentionally ridiculous proposal.

    Fact is, you can’t kick 13 million people out of the country. It’s logistically, fiscally and politically impossible, not to mention that – for those who have lived here illegally for decades seeking only a better life for their children and themselves – it’s essentially immoral.

    So we need some kind of intelligent amnesty plan, and I’m the first to admit this ain’t it.

    The system’s been terminally broken for decades, and pissing and moaning about it won’t solve matters any more than marching in the streets will.

    Anyone have better concrete ideas on tackling illegal immigration? I’m just another schmoe with an opinion. I’m sure you can do better. Let’s hear ’em!

  4. Way to go Mack…toss out some good ideas. The system has been broken longer than its been fixed nice reality check too on the potential number affected.
    I see our local police rolling their eyes on the turning over illegals…as if they don’t have enough to do already, but that could work.
    A difficulty I see with funding south of the border is that we have so many within our borders that need help (Ozarks, Appalacia not to mention our inner cities) its hard to divert money and not raise a ruckus.
    Bravo to you for tossing out some ideas!

  5. Only a stronger North American union a la the EU can normalize the relationship between the US and Mexico. Because of the EU (specifically the Schengen Treaty), the Germans can now walk freely to France as they did during the last two world wars. La frontera needs to blur a little bit more by either through US annexation of northern Mexico or helping Mexicans learn English in their schools for free. I hope we move through a closer union rather than fart out another set of policies that have been proven ineffective.

  6. Here’s what we need to do: gain the support of all the Mexican immigrants here, illegal or legal, to push the Mexican government to change its laws so that United States citizens and businesses can purchase land and work there without restrictions. Why they haven’t done this already is pure hypocrisy.

  7. Fact is, you can’t kick 13 million people out of the country. It’s logistically, fiscally and politically impossible, not to mention that – for those who have lived here illegally for decades seeking only a better life for their children and themselves – it’s essentially immoral.

    Hear hear!

    Illegal immigration is a complex issue. It is not black and white like some people make it out to be. My main thing is that we need to treat those who are already here right. I’m not necessarily saying we should bend over backwards to give ’em all sorts of benefits, BUT we also should not criminalize them. We shouldn’t harass day labourers trying to make a living. That’s the sort of stuff that really gets me.

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