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Announcement :: Organizing
Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
25 Apr 2006
Modified: 03:25:10 AM
This is a listing of some of the 'A Day Without Immigrants/ El Gran Paro Americano' events taking place across Massachusetts, from the MIRA Coalition website. This is a partial listing, and has been augmented with some events not listed on the MIRA site.
POINTS OF UNITY:
No school, No work, No shopping, No selling
Wear a white t-shirt or armband
Join an immigrant solidarity rally in your community

What's Happening Throughout Massachusetts:

Amherst - Noon. Rally on the Amherst Town Common with Communities Against Hate, Amnesty Ahora, and the Five College May 1st Coalition (Amherst College, UMass College, Hampshire College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College). There will also be teach-ins at each of the five colleges (Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, and Smith College, and UMASS Amherst).Contact: La Causa Amherst Collegeor call: Eduardo Suárez 413-687-0399

Boston -Rally To Be Announced. Please keep Monday afternoon (5/1) free.
Informal antiauthoritarian picnic on the Common at Noon
Operation:Over has called a day of direct actions in solidarity with this nationwide general strike

Cambridge - Centro Presente- Support and organize hearing and rally at Cambridge City Hall on May 8th to pass a City Resolution renewing Cambridge's commitment as a Sanctuary City for immigrants.For more info: Centro Presente (617) 497-7247

Cambridge - Harvard University, Student WalkOut and Teach-in in Harvard Square. Tentative program:1-1:30 walk to Harvard Yard, in front of the John Harvard Statue. 1:30-2:15 Speakers, immigrant personal stories, and performances. 2:15- 3:30 March from Harvard Square to Boston Common, possibly to meet up with a May 1st event downtown. For more information, see the Harvard May 1st listserve and website, or contact the Harvard May Day Coalition.

Framingham - Community's expression of their will and vigil (Portuguese and English)A 24 hour event starting at 8:00 PM Sunday, April 30, 2006Saint Tarcisius Catholic Church 562 Waverly StreetFramingham, MA508-875-6347For more information:Call Bill Black at Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope 978- 443-6027

Framingham - Immigrant Workers Mass (English and Spanish)630 pmSaint Stephen's Catholic Church 251 Concord StreetFramingham, MA

Lowell - Sunday, April 30th, 2-5pm: Boardinghouse ParkBread & Roses: A Cultural Event to celebrate workers, and support immigrant rights.For more info: Call (978) 452-7523Download flyers in English or Spanish.

Worcester - City Hall: 4-6pm. Rally for Immigrant Rights
See also:
http://www.miracoalition.org
http://www.nohr4437.org

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Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
25 Apr 2006
just to clarify, the above info was not posted by mira, just included info from their site. there is a debate among organizers of the previous immigrant rallies about whether to support the mayday call originating in the los angeles latino community, and mira has not said publicly what it is endorsing.
that said, there will be plenty of other groups supporting this mayday of action, like the brazilian immigrant center, as well as the rank and file members of many groups which do no not officially endorse for political reasons.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
25 Apr 2006
I wonder how much this is going to effect unemployment in the month of May? If the majority of people take PTO or request May 1 off as opposed to skipping, it wouldn't be an issue...but then that's not really a protest.

If people just skip work, I wonder how many will be terminated due to being irresponsible?
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
25 Apr 2006
In addition to the above events on Mayday, here are some more:

12 noon- MIRA Coalition will sponsor a press conference in State House with labor and community leaders, focus on economic contribution of immigrants to this country.

4pm- Brazilian Immigrant Center rally at Foss Park, corner of Rt. 28 and Broadway near Assembley Square Mall. Aimed at Brazilian community and supporters, with focus on keeping families together and the contribution of immigrants to this country. Wear white and observe the economic boycott. BIC is also sponsoring ads on the national Brazilian TV network to call for their community to support this nationwide boycott and day of action.

3pm- March from Central Square in East Boston to Chelsea City Hall for a rally at 4pm. Full support for the national call for a general strike- no work, no shopping, wear white. Leafleting all day at Maverick Square T stop in East Boston. Called by Chelsea Collaborative and some others. After rally, they will encourage people to go to the rally on Boston Common. 617 889 6080

4pm- Socialist Alternative, International Socialist Organization, Stop the Wars Coalition and Latinos for Social Change rally at Boston Common. This event is controversial since it was called without the support or knowledge of the grassroots organizers of the previous rallies, who feel it is an opportunistic attempt to coopt their work... but it will probably be fed into by the student march from harvard square and some other people, and might be worth checking out.

Most of these groups, including full supporters of the general strike like Chelsea Collaborative and Brazilian Immigrant Center as well as people who organized for the previous rallies but are hesitant to fully endorse the general strike or the Boston Common rally like MIRA are still encouraging an economic boycott and to wear white or a white armband on Monday. Also there is consensus to encourage people to participate in local actions as much as possible. The East Boston to Chelsea march is usually big and especially with its militant tone and strong local roots looks like the pick of the bunch.

Any other leads out there?
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
25 Apr 2006
Lowell's event isn't called "Bread and Roses," but rather the band Bread and Roses will be playing.
Re: Mayday 'Day....events
25 Apr 2006
For the right to demonstrate

From a previous post:

“4pm- Socialist Alternative, International Socialist Organization, Stop the Wars Coalition and Latinos for Social Change rally at Boston Common. This event is controversial since it was called without the support or knowledge of the grassroots organizers of the previous rallies, who feel it is an opportunistic attempt to coopt their work... but it will probably be fed into by the student march from harvard square and some other people, and might be worth checking out.”

“Controversial?” “Opportunistic?” I think it’s good that these groups have called a demonstration to “Defend Immigrants.”

I’ve criticized the International Socialist Organization (ISO) on other threads, but they are right here. They can call a demonstration any time they like around any issue. No other group “owns” and issue like “Immigrant Rights.” I would think the more demonstrations by the most groups would be best. What…are people trying to control the sound bites on tv? Or is it that they don’t like the word “Socialist.” and groups that advocate socialism, like the ISO or Socialist Alternative.

Just because Spanish Language Radio/tv were major publicists of the massive demonstration in LA that does not mean that people have to go to the radio station to ask if they can demonstrate. Lots of social forces came together to help build the previous demonstrations. They are not someone’s “political capital.” Independent leftist groups have the right to demonstrate. We need more demonstrations, not some useless “unity.”
For the ISO Demo..
25 Apr 2006
..just don't forget to bring some money to buy the ISO's newspaper. The "Mary Kay" of the activist community gets really pissy when they don't sell enough papers.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
26 Apr 2006
nobody is denying the socialists the right to demonstrate. i agree there are many people who want a full-on general strike and have been disappointed with all the us-flag waving and voting talk with no critique of economic or military policy. and i'll probably stop by and check out the rally too. it's just that this could easily have been done more respectfully and in a spirit of cooperation rather than unilaterally calling a central event and then telling the people who have built this movement about it afterwards. that's something that answer/worker's world party/iac has caught a lot of shit for in the past, and rightly so. would there be any talk of a general strike or even an immigrant solidarity theme to this mayday if not for the years of work the other organizers have put in on the ground level? i suspect even people who would otherwise want to support a strike are turned off by this tactic.

here's what i hope happens: the people who called the march have a good demo, but then realize their mistake and apologize really hard and really sincerely to the other groups, and get involved in building the movement stronger from the inside, so they don't end up isolating all the rest of us on the left even further from these important community organizations.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
26 Apr 2006
2pm to 6pm- movies and open house at ROCA, 101 Park Street, Chelsea (Bus 111 from Haymarket), followed by poetry and speakers from 6pm to 8pm.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
26 Apr 2006
There seems to be some confusion about the 4pm rally and its origins and legitimacy. This is from the bostonmayday website:

"Boston May Day Coalition

We came together to fill in the void produced when no rally was called on May Day in the City of Boston. In the recent past every May Day was marked by a rally and in particular related to the struggle of undocumented immigrant workers. The links between International Workers Day and the struggle of undocumented immigrant workers coming from all over the world cannot be more clear. We are therefore calling on all people to come out on May Day and rally in support of the Great National Strike and Boycott called by immigrant organizations throughout the country.

We emphasize the historical aspects of these struggles from the Haymarket Square Affair in 1886 to the massive demonstrations of immigrant workers today in the U.S. From the struggle for the 8-hours work-day and the struggle for full rights for all immigrants today.

The partial endorsing organizations (listed in alphabetical order) are:

* Centro Presente
* City Life / Vida Urbana
* Chelsea Uniéndose en Contra de la Guerra
* Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition
* International Socialist Organization
* Latinos for Social Change
* July 26th Coalition
* Martin Luther King Bolivarian Circle of Boston
* Programa de Solidaridad y Desarrollo de Jóvenes Latinos, AFSC
* Proyecto Voz, AFSC
* Socialist Alternative
* South Asian Solidarity Network
* The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia.

Please join the coalition and help us make this act of solidarity with our immigrant workers brothers and sisters a successful demonstration.

Our meetings are open to all individuals and groups who support the continued struggles of workers for a better society with the inclusion of immigrant workers.

United we stand!
No human being should ever be illegal!
The people united will never be defeated!

April 2006

For more information: email: info [at] bostonmayday.org
Phone: 617-407-9433 or 617-566-2861 "
***************************************

I would just point out that if the call is for an "act of solidarity with our immigrant workers brothers and sisters" then it looks like the rally is by and for people who are not themselves immigrants.
Sctill, it seems like the event has the support of some solid community-based groups, especially Centro Presente and City Life/Vida Urbana. City Life says they are planning not to work Monday and attend the 4pm rally on the Common. So despite some misgivings, maybe we can come together and flex some of our latent muscle, to make this the strong statement it needs to be.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
27 Apr 2006
We went so far as to offer the permit for the rally on the Common to MIRA, after we went through the trouble of getting it ourselves in order to make sure that SOMETHING happened after it seemed like MIRA would not call anything.

How much more respectful could we be? Why don't you spend your time energetically building instead of trashing us like usual?

Some people on Indymedia just love to hate on us (while pretending that they are more in touch with "the immigrant community"). So be it. Would there be a big demonstration on Boston Common (which you'll be coming to) had we not done what we did? Should we have NOT organized anything? (or maybe we should have just organized a picnic on the Common instead of a mass demonstration!)

Do immigrant workers complain when I hand them a flyer in Eastie or Chelsea or on the train? No, I guess they leave that to the "anti-authoritarians." Hate away.

See you Monday - which is going to be awesome, by the way, and I hope you will all energetically build for it through whatever means you can.

Dan
Socialist Alternative

p.s. You might all consider posting your e-mail addresses or actual names sometime, that'd be cool and like, uhh, respectful.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
27 Apr 2006
May every day be a day without illegal aliens. May every day, they be hunted down and deported. May they return to their places of origin peacefully or if not peacefully, then in leg irons.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
27 Apr 2006
A day without an illegal immigrant is like a day in Mexico.
Isn't Our Freedom More Important?
27 Apr 2006
With the NSA, Northcom, Patriot Act and other illegal evesdroppings on US? Forget Illegals. (Who wants to do fastfoods and other long hours-no pay jobs?)
I'm marching for our freedom.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
28 Apr 2006
"We went so far as to offer the permit for the rally on the Common to MIRA, after we went through the trouble of getting it ourselves in order to make sure that SOMETHING happened after it seemed like MIRA would not call anything."

you still are not addressing the basic criticism- that the misgivings (and you can't deny they exist) might have been avoided and your efforts not been faulted, had you approached the coalition before taking unilateral action. i'm not hating on efforts to build this thing into a powerful movement which includes calls for political/economic change instead of simply calls for softer enforcement. but the people who have built this into what it is and are in constant touch with the community's needs have some authority to suggest what is in the interests of the workers you all are claiming to represent.

"How much more respectful could we be? Why don't you spend your time energetically building instead of trashing us like usual? ... Would there be a big demonstration on Boston Common (which you'll be coming to) had we not done what we did? Should we have NOT organized anything? "

dude you don't get it- the thought of a general strike makes me aroused, i can't sleep at night thinking of a general strike, my friends and i made flyers and i'm feverishly trying to spread the word about a mayday general strike. it just seems to me this could have been done more tactfully and avoided causing a division among our forces. that's it. i do hope the rally on the common, and the rallies all over the country, are huge and radical and rowdy and beautiful.

"p.s. You might all consider posting your e-mail addresses or actual names sometime, that'd be cool and like, uhh, respectful."

no thanks, not with all the flaming and wacko trolls on this site. i got better things to worry about.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
28 Apr 2006
Let's make this an even better event. Let's have a month without immigrants! Hey, if a day is good then a month will be great! this will be an event that you can tell your grandchildren about. And with any luck, you'll be able to tell them in English!! Can you imagine how great it will be without immigrants for a whole month?? It will be awesome!
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
28 Apr 2006
We'd all starve if immigrants striked for a month.
Re: Some of the Mayday 'Day Without Immigrants' events
28 Apr 2006
Liam wrote:

> Or is it that they don’t like the word “Socialist.” and groups that advocate socialism, like the ISO or Socialist Alternative.

Socialist Alternative and the ISO advance socialism?? How? By turning people off through their incessant paper-selling, their repetitive cookie-cutter rhetoric, and their overall staleness? By keeping an organizational structure and culture so unhealthy that, in the case of the ISO, there's incredibly high turnover? I wish that they were advancing socialism. But they're advancing their organizations and if they're impacting the cause of socialism overall, they're setting it back.
brad is usually wrong
28 Apr 2006
I'll take my chances brad. If you are for it, the safe choice is to be against it. Now that I think about it, you are a good barometer of what not to do.
NEW POLL NUMBERS SHOW THAT YOUR BOYCOTT WILL BACKFIRE
29 Apr 2006
By eight-to-one, Americans think it is unfair to grant rights to illegal immigrants while thousands of people wait each year to come to the United States legally. Fully eighty-six percent of Republicans think it is unfair, as do seventy-seven percent of Democrats.
Opinion Dynamics Poll for FOX News, April 4-5, 2006

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to pay significantly higher prices for some goods and services should that be the result of tighter control of the southern U.S. border and a resulting lower number of undocumented workers.
Zogby Poll, March 31-April 3, 2006

Fifty-six percent of Americans polled say the U.S. should NOT grant temporary-worker status to foreigners who are here illegally, as this would make them and their families eligible for government services while they are here. We should not reward people who have broken the law, and this will encourage even more people to enter the United States illegally.
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, March 10-13, 2006

Fifty-three percent of Americans oppose President Bush's guest worker-amnesty plan for illegal aliens from Mexico.
Hart/McInturff / The Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll, April, 2005

Fourteen percent of Americans "strongly favor" President Bush's proposal to allow foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker status.
Angus Reid Global Scan, April 2005

Two-thirds of likely voters in Florida oppose a plan to allow some illegal aliens to live and work legally in the U.S.
Research 2000 Florida Poll, March, 2005

72 percent of Mexican migrants said the would participate in a program that offered the prospect amnesty for illegal aliens who lived here for five years, continued working and had no problems with legal authorities. Respondents who said they had no U.S.-issued ID were even more positive (79 percent).
Pew Hispanic Center survey of Mexican migrants, March 2005

Fifty-seven percent of respondents oppose a program in which illegal aliens would be allowed to live and work legally in the United States.
Westhill Partners/Hotline Poll, February, 2005

Sixty-eight percent of Texans say the federal government shoud not make it easier for illegal aliens to obtain U.S. citizenship.
Scripps Howard Texas Poll, March 2004

Fifty-six percent of adults say they'd oppose a program in which illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico would be allowed to live and work legally in the United States.
Gallup Poll, Feb. 9-12, 2004

No issue upset the public more than President Bush' amnesty/guestworker proposals, with only one-third of Americans supporting him on that.
CBS News/New York Times Poll, January 2004

Seventy-four percent of resondents believe the U.S. should NOT make it easier for illegal aliens to become citizens of the U.S.
CNN/Gallup/USA Today Poll, January 2004

Fifty-two percent of Americans oppose President Bush's guest worker-amnesty program for illegal aliens from Mexico; 57 percent oppose such a program for illegal aliens from other countries. Furthermore, at least twice as many Americans strongly oppose the proposal as strongly support it.
ABC News Poll, January, 2004

Americans, 2 to 1, oppose granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
Zogby Poll, June 2002

Americans oppose amnesty, nearly 2 to 1. Hispanics are less likely to vote to reelect Pres. Bush if he supports amnesty.
Zogby Poll, September 2001

Nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Gallup Poll, August 2001 national poll of 1,000 adults

61 percent of Americans oppose granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
Harris poll, August, 2001
Poll numbers not from 2001!
29 Apr 2006
Oh no were not..All of your polls are what are called "push polls" and include the word amnesty, which no one is talking about.

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 7-9, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
"Thinking now about immigrants -- that is, people who come from other countries to live here in the United States: In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?" Only 47% said decreased, while 50% said increased or remain the same.

"Which comes closest to your view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States? Should the government deport all illegal immigrants back to their home country, allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States in order to work but only for a limited amount of time, or allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and become U.S. citizens but only if they meet certain requirements over a period of time?"
18% responded depot and 80% responded stay for limited or extended time.

CBS News Poll. April 6-9, 2006. N=899 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

"Do you think illegal immigrants coming to this country today take jobs away from American citizens, or do they mostly take jobs Americans don't want?" N=464 (Form D)

34% responded to take jobs away while 53% responded take jobs Americans don't want.

"Would you favor or oppose allowing illegal immigrants who have done the following to stay and work in the United States: paid a fine, been in the U.S. for at least five years, paid any back taxes they owe, can speak English, and have no criminal record?" N=427 (Form F)

favor-74% oppose-23%

"Do you think it should or should not be a criminal offense if a U.S. citizen provides food, shelter, or medical care to an illegal immigrant?"

Should-27% should not-67%

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 4-5, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"In general, do you think immigrants who come to the United States today help the country and make it a better place to live or hurt the country and make it a worse place to live?"

Help-42% Hurt-30% Depends-20%

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. March 29-30, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

"Do you think that people who are here illegally are taking jobs from United States citizens, or are they mostly taking jobs that U.S. citizens do not want or cannot do?"

Taking jobs away from americans-35%
Taking jobs americans don't want-55%

"Two different approaches have been suggested to deal with illegal immigrants. Please tell me which comes closest to your views. (1) Make illegal immigration a crime and not allow anyone who entered the country illegally to work or stay in the United States under any circumstances. OR, (2) Allow illegal immigrants to get temporary work visas so the government can track them and allow them to earn permanent residence after six years if they learn English, pay a fine, pay any back taxes, and have no criminal record." Options rotated

Make Illegal Immigration a Crime-25%
Allow Work Visas, Earn Permanent Residence-72%

"Allowing illegal immigrants now in this country to earn U.S. citizenship if they learn to speak English, have a job and pay taxes"

Favor-78% oppose- 21%

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. March 28-30, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

"Would you favor or oppose allowing immigrants with jobs who are in the United States illegally to apply for legal, temporary worker status?"

Favor- 56 Oppose-41

"On balance, do you think illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to American society, or are they mostly a drain on American society?"

Make a Contribution- 51% A Drain42%

"Do you think it should be a serious criminal offense to enter and remain in the United States without proper documentation or should it be considered a minor offense?"

Serious-47% Minor- 51%

"If a fence were built along the border between the United States and Mexico, how confident are you that such a fence would reduce the number of illegal immigrants? . . . "
Very Confident-6% Somewhat Confident-26% Not Too Confident-29% Not at Al Confident-38%


I could go on and on and on....

Go to: http://www.pollingreport.com/immigration.htm