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Announcement :: Human Rights
A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
28 Apr 2006
Celebrate 120 years of radical labor resistance! This year, in the spirit of Anarchist and immigrant tradition, come celebrate May Day the old fashion way! Join the Great American Boycott of 2006, and walk off your jobs and schools for a general strike! Monday, please come out participate in these Anarchist-organized and sponsored events:
A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day Boston Collective

Calling all Anarchists:
Celebrate 120 years of radical labor resistance! This year, in the spirit of Anarchist and immigrant tradition, come celebrate May Day the old fashion way! Join the Great American Boycott of 2006, and walk off your jobs and schools for a general strike! Monday, please come out participate in these Anarchist-organized and sponsored events:

Anarchist Brunch/Preparations for May Day:
Please join us starting at 11am, at 45 mount Auburn St, Harvard Square, to make tombstones, signs, banners, arts and crafts, flyers, pamphlets etc for the day’s events. Bring paint, poster-board, string, cardboard, paper, markets, chalk and relevant information. We will from there join the march from Harvard Square to Boston Commons.

Join Centro Presente in their Familias Unidas (Keep our Families Together) campaign, at their headquarters
Centro Presente will open their headquarters on May 1st at noon. There will be several activities in preparation for Centro’s Keep our Families Together campaign and the May 8th public hearing at Cambridge City Hall, when they will ask the City of Cambridge to renew its commitment as a sanctuary city for all immigrants. One activity will be gathering signatures for our petition in public areas (Central sq, Harvard sq, etc); others will involve making signs and phone calls. All physical solidarity welcome!
Centro Presente is located at: 54 Essex Street Cambridge, MA 02139
We will be directing people there from 45 Mount Auburn St.
For more information on Centro’s Keep Our Families Together campaign: http://www.cpresente.org/FamiliasENG/fam.campaign1.htm

Call for an Anarchist and Antiauthoritarian Information Blocs to accompany the immigrant rights marches:
There are at least two marches this May Day. As Anarchists, it is important that we, along these marches, remind people about the history of May Day in the United States. Please bring signs, banners, pamphlets, flags, flyers, songs, etc about the Haymarket Martyrs and the 8hour movement. Please do not block up, as it may bring unnecessary police attention to the march and endanger many immigrants.
Also, please bring information and make signs about your family’s history. To remind people that, unless we are natives, we all immigrated to this country, we should make signs that tell our family history, when and how out families came here, about the exploitation and oppression they faced about the time, and why it is the same repression that immigrants today face. We need to get the point across to “citizens” that they, too, come from a heritage of immigration, documented or not.
We will prepare for the infobloc at 11am, 45 Mount Auburn st., Cambridge Ma. Hopefully, we will be able to send info blocs along to both marches.

March from Harvard Square at 1pm to Boston Common
There will be joining striking workers and students walking out of schools as they gather in Harvard Square at 1pm. From there we will marc down Mass Ave, and to the Boston Commons, where the May Day Coalition has organized a rally for 3:30pm. We will be holding an action in the area for 4:30.

March from Central Square, East Boston to Chelsea City Hall
There will be an immigrants’ rally in starting at 3:00 in Central Square, East Boston. At 4:00, there will be a march to Chelsea City Hall

Anarchists and Antiauthoritarians of Boston and Beyond! At 4:30, Join us as we stand in solidarity with the workers, striking against Unicco in Florida!
Unicco is responsible for the recent deaths of 3 of its workers, and is also trying to kill the workers’ unions and prevent others from being born. To morn the death of the three workers, as well as the unions and various workers’ rights, we will be holding a funeral procession on May Day, the 1st of May, at 4:30 at the Unicco Northeast Regional Headquarters, 18 Tremont Street. This funeral procession will take place on the sidewalk in front of the office, and will double as a picket line in solidarity with the strike in Florida. Please wear black to morn these deaths, and bring signs and banners and flags to show your solidarity and chalk to leave messages.
At 11am, at 45 mount Auburn St, Harvard Square, we will make tombstones, signs, banners, arts and crafts, flyers etc for the funeral. All are invited to help! Unicco headquarters is located at:
Downtown Boston UNICCO Service Company Northeast Region Headquarters 18 Tremont St. [Near Park St. T].
http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=18+Tremont+St,+Boston,+MA



Events elsewhere in MA:

Lynn - May 1st, 4:00pm March to Lynn City Hall.
Documentary showing and discussion after the march. Location TBA.

Somerville - May 1st, 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Rally/ vigil In front of Foss Park Sponsored by the Somerville Immigrants in Action Committee:CORESm SCC, CAAS, The Welcome Project, and concerned community members from the City of Somerville For more information, please call:CORES- 617-623-5322 CAAS-617-623-7370 ext. 118 SCC- 617-776-5931 ext. 231 The Welcome Project-617-623-6633

Worcester
Immigration Reform Rally: 4pm, Monday, May 1st, Front of Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St. Marches:
ALL STUDENTS ~ 3:30, Main St. at Clark University
DOMINICANS ~ 3:30 at 685 Main St. (Mandi's Travel)
PLEASANT ST. NEIGHBORS ~ 3:15 at 301 Pleasant St. (PSNNC) [unconfirmed]
LATINOS ~ 3:30pm @ Centro Las Americas, 11 Sycamore St. [unconfirmed]

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

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 Street Framingham, 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 pm Saint Stephen's Catholic Church 251 Concord Street Framingham, MA

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

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Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
28 Apr 2006
The Mayday coalition's rally is at 4 pm at Boston Common.
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
28 Apr 2006
Are the the offical Anarchist sponsered and approved events? Did they make it through the central commitee of the Anarchists?
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
28 Apr 2006
Brad, we get the joke, but I made that one when I was in 11th grade. Anarchism is about freedom from coercive or violent structures. It's not the lack of structure or organization.
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
28 Apr 2006
It appears to me that alot of local anarchism is about creating power structures. It is about claiming others to be what it infact is, hierarchical and domineering. Take you comment, you use a personal attack to discredit me and to aggrandize your response as more refined and mature. The whole MO of anarchists is to not discuss issues but to discredit others as THE ISSUE. It is actually very reactionary.

Any group that endorses spicific may day protests and not others is not in any way an anarchist group.
Beware!
28 Apr 2006
Only go to Anarchist Endorsed or Organized events TM or else you're not an anarchist!
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
29 Apr 2006
That list of events isn't what "anarchists" endorse. It's what the May Day! Boston Collective endorses.

"Any group that endorses spicific may day protests and not others is not in any way an anarchist group."

What the hell are you talking about? Anarchists can endorse and not endorse whatever they see fit. What if a bunch of rich college kid commies are having a rally so they can recruit immigrants to their party on May Day. Do I have to endorse it? If a group of businessmen get together to have a "Get back to work!" themed May Day protest, and I decide not to endorse it, am I not an anarchist?
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
29 Apr 2006
brad - you are so beside the point it may as well be on a different continent.
The Polls are Against You
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
Re: A List of Actions ENDORSED or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
29 Apr 2006
You state: "That list of events isn't what "anarchists" endorse. It's what the May Day! Boston Collective endorses."

But the post says:
"Calling all Anarchists: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day Boston Collective"

"Anarchists can endorse and not endorse whatever they see fit.... I decide not to endorse it, am I not an anarchist?"

Why would an anarchist endorse anything? How would said anarchist know that his endorsement is based on anything other than his own belief that he/she is an authority on the said endorsed events. You have to assume an authority position in order to endorse something. Before everyone gets all huffy, you should realize that you are in fact granting authority to this group and the list of actions they endorse if you listen to them instead of, say, a list that I compose.
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
29 Apr 2006
>It appears to me that alot of local anarchism is about
>creating power structures

I actually agree with you on that, which is one reason I'm not active in many parts of the Boston anarchist scene. There's a lot of politics of who's more authentic, which does imply a hierarchy. But that critique has no bearing on whether it's appropriate for a group to lend its support to another action. A central principle of anarchism is free association, and through associations, one indicates one's support for another group, actions, etc.

>Take you comment, you use a personal attack to discredit me
>and to aggrandize your response as more refined and mature.

Well, actually, I meant it as humor. Sharp humor, perhaps, but so was your comment. And I did make a joke about anarchist meetings and central committees in 11th grade, before I was familiar with what anarchism was. I'm sorry if you feel attacked and discredited. I also said something specific about what anarchism is and isn't, to which you didn't respond.

> The whole MO of anarchists is to not discuss issues but to
> discredit others as THE ISSUE

While I'd again agree with you that there's too much personal recrimination from anarchists (and from many, many others on the left and elsewhere on the political spectrum), on what basis do you make this blanket statement about "the whole MO of anarchists." It's a broad statement that you don't back up, and it certainly contradicts my experience.

> Any group that endorses spicific may day protests and not
> others is not in any way an anarchist group.

Again, on what basis do you say that? Anarchism is not a philosophy of "anything goes," or of supporting everything or nothing. It is not hierarchical for an organization to say that it does or does not support another event. While personal attack are not approrpirate, you almost seem to be saying that it is un-anarchist to express an opinion on another action. I know of no anaarchist theory that back that...
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
29 Apr 2006
Let's look at that headline.

"Calling all Anarchists: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day Boston Collective"

It's quite obviously targetting anarchists, but it's the May Day Boston Collective that's doing the endorsing, not the anarchists that they're sending this message too.

You're making the whole endorsement issue a lot more complicated than it actually is. If my friends want to have a slumber party on Friday night, and I think it's a good idea, I'll endorse it. I don't necessarily have to be an authority on said slumber party to do so. But then if I realize that the slumber party is actually a secret KKK meeting, I'll quickly withdraw my endorsement. A person or a group of people (that come to consensus) can choose to support or not support whatever they want. A lot of anarchists support worker-run businesses. Are you suddenly no longer an anarchist because you decide to endorse these businesses? A lot of anarchists don't support prisons. When you decide to deliberately not endorse prisons, or governments, or the military, does that make you not an anarchist? Basically, what your saying is completely irrelevant. Anarchists, like anyone else, can endorse what they want to, and not endorse what they want to.
Re: A List of What the Polls Say
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.
Your polls are cherry picked and old.
30 Apr 2006
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.

.

"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
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
01 May 2006
Remember the good old days when Anarchists were into revolution? Saco and Vansetti? Now they just talk about it and are so afraid to act on it.Why not shut down the state? block traffic,chain people to doors,raise alittle hell?I know it would upset the liberals and the old commies,who have given up on revolution and are so careful to obey the police with legal permitted parades.I was so sorry to see those brave kids block traffic on 3/18 only to have the old commies yell at them to not break the law and please obey the police.The kids gave in to the pressure and left.Why are these kids so obedient to their elders? what happened to youth rebellion? Don't be afraid of revolution or old commie sellouts.
Re: A List of Actions Endorsed or Organized by the May Day! Boston Collective
01 May 2006
What other magic polls are there that can be turned to show any one groups ideas or issues? Come here legally or don't come at all!
Come here legally or don't come at all!
01 May 2006
Your not the boss of this country.