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Jesse Diaz, leader of the Los Angeles March 25th Coalition successfully concluded visit to Massachusetts
28 Aug 2006
Jesse Diaz, one of the leaders of the March 25th Coalition in Los Angeles, California, that started a process of massive immigrant demonstrations, visited Boston from 8/24 through 8/27. Diaz was invited to tour the area to share his organizing experience with local pro-undocumented immigrant rights organizations by the Boston May Day Coalition.
Jesse Diaz, one the leaders of the March 25th Coalition that organized massive demonstrations in Los Angeles demanding a general amnesty for all undocumented immigrant workers, successfully completed a visit to our state. Jesse was invited by the Boston May Day Coalition accepting an initiative to that respect presented by one of its member organizations, the Socialist Alternative.

Under a very tight schedule, Jesse met with different immigrant rights organizations in Boston, Amherst, Lawrence, Chelsea and Cambridge. He also spoke at the First Sacco & Vanzetti Memorial Rally and Parade in Jamaica Plain. The latter event was organized by anarchist organizations and supported by the Boston May Day Coalition. Under heavy rain, Jesse and BMDC members also participated of the march from Stony Brook to the Forest Hills cemetery. Jesse also had an opportunity to share different ideas about what tactics organizers are using to move forward the immigrant rights movement in a pannel organized by Mass. Global Action in Chinatown.

For Jesse, “the immigrant rights movement has always been for full, unconditional, universal, immediate amnesty for everybody.” He also stands strongly against any kind of guest-worker program. While the March 25th massive demonstration in Los Angeles shook the country, the strike and boycott of May 1st was national in scope and directly impacted communities throughout the country. Jesse explains that: “the success [of the action] wasn’t even the march and the mobilization on May 1st. It was the tactic and the message sent to Washington DC. On Saturday [Archbishop] Mahoney and Bush came out in the front page of the LA Times against the boycott. They had this whole thing about guest worker, pathway to citizenship and all that other B.S. When we saw Bush come out in public for the first time against the boycott it was a success. That meant that we had got our message out loud and clear. That next week, Bush came out here and changed his whole tune. He came to Orange County, the birthplace of the minutemen, one of the most conservative areas of California and he said that ‘realistically there is no way that we can deport 12 million undocumented folks.’ “

Jesse also explained how the Minutemen are being confronted mile by mile at the border by his organization. He has left as testimony a video of those actions that will be available to community access television and the public at large shortly. If you are interested in this video please contact us at info (at) We are thankful to Jesse for coming to Massachusetts and for the efforts he made in fulfilling a hectic schedule of activities.
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