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News :: Human Rights
Quick Review of el Gran Paro
01 May 2006
Thousands celebrate el Gran Paro Nacional by participating in rallies and marches across Greater Boston.

A day of events celebrating el Gran Paro Nacional on May Day ended in Boston with thousands of immigrants and their allies participating in rallies, marches, work stoppages, and school walkouts.
At Boston College, 200 people turned out to a morning rally in the school’s central plaza. Immigration attorney Mary Holper of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project told the crowd of BC students, faculty, and staff that many immigrants do not have any legal options available to regularize their status in the USA. She disputed the anti-immigrant argument that today’s immigrants want to skip the line to citizenship, by noting that there is no line for most immigrants. The current immigration law system is unnecessarily complex and lacks meaningful avenues for relief.

At an early afternoon rally at Harvard University, several hundred immigrant supporters discussed the critical contribution of immigrants to the nation. An immigrant Harvard University custodial asked the audience to support her union’s efforts to secure a new contract with custodial services giant Unicco.

Approximately 1,500 individuals marched from Harvard University to Boston Common. Police initially attempted to restrict marchers to the sidewalk, but the mass was too large to be constrained. The marchers took over half of Massachusetts Avenue from Harvard Square to the Boston city line. The marchers then proceeded down Commonwealth Avenue to the Boston Common where they joined thousands of people waiting for the start of the statewide rally organized by the Boston May Day Coalition.

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Photos from Chelsea May Day Immigrant Rally
01 May 2006
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Chelsea, a working city to its core, celebrates May Day.
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More pics on the East Boston-Chelsea march. Beautiful energy especially when Felix asked people to raise their hands, one for peace and one w/a fist for justice. Lots of kids...
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a couple more pictures from the march from harvard square to the boston common
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May 1st slideshow
02 May 2006
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Long live May Day!
See also:
http://www.bostonrosaparkshumanrightsday.com/immigrant_rights/050106_photos.html
http://www.bostonrosaparkshumanrightsday.com
where were the irish?
02 May 2006
i see no irish flags, where was the irish immigrant population? there are many irish recent immigrants in boston, chelsea and quincy yet i see no irish flags.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
there were plenty of irish people on the common and irish flags too. At the last rally represenitives of the irish community spoke in support of all immigrants. people forget all too quickly that we were persecuted immigrants once, called rats and threatened with extermination.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
Thanks for the censorship!!
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
well-written comments with constructive criticism won't be hidden... comments that are meant to be disruptive or are racist will. you can read our policy at:
http://boston.indymedia.org/mod/info/display/policy/index.php
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
How is asking what people did to counter this protest is disruptive or racist? I'm not talking about some of the other posts, they were moronic.

I'm not trying to be disruptive, just pointing out that there are 2 sides to the story of this protest. Do you only want to have 1 side reflected on this site? Any other opinions are not welcomed?
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
I would say this: "I had a wonderful counter-protest...can we have a post about that? Everyone post what they purchased yesterday?" is pretty disruptive.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
Disruptive to what? This post is as to how the protest went...reality is that many people probably counter-protested. Ever heard of "the silent majority"? My post was in respect to that, honestly, not trying to disrupt.

My post had nothing racist in it and the counter-protes has nothing to do with race. My ideology is to see the laws of the land upheld. The ideology of the protest is to allow law breakers to gain amnesty.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
good photos about the national mobilization from AP and Reuters...

Immigration Reform Debate on Yahoo! News Photos
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/060502/ids_photos_ts/r2048252209.jpg
more photos for may 1st
02 May 2006
check out:

www.lightstalkers.org/aij

I put up some of my photographs of the day.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
much ado about nothing. the legislation that the far right introduced in the house is going nowhere. not even Denny Hastert supports it.

this whole demonstration melodrama is based on deception: no one is conducting mass deportations. If the demonstrators support no borders for the USA, I assume they support the same for Mexico and Venezuela and Cuba (which kills people trying to leave Cuba). In fact, all the Latin American countries have stronger immigration and employment laws than the USA.

The real question is whether the US govt has the guts to prosecuted employers consistently. If so, the illegals will gradually fade back to Latin America. Many will stay as de facto residents. No one is legalizing millions of illegals. It's wrong and politically suicidal. As medicare and education funds go broke as the govt absorbs mounting debt, pressure will build to cut entitlements. That will cause further pressure on illegals who need gvt support for kids and healthcare.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
02 May 2006
it was disappointing to see some of the spirit of the day being dampened by mainstream unions like seiu who could have mobilized thousands of immigrant workers but didn't, and by the catholic cardinal who came out like two days before mayday saying he doesn't support it. clearly politically motivated. at least he could have shut his trap and let the people do their thing without risking god's wrath or wharever...

oh well, after the largest immigration rallies to date in boston (even the globe estimated 8000 in foss park in somerville and 5000 in chelsea plus the thousands of students and others at the common, plus the many small rallies in neighborhoods all over the region)- after all this mobilization, and contravening of advice that school officials gave to parents about sending their kids to school, and workers risking their jobs to support the movement, it will be difficult for the status quo to deny this huge grassrots movement has the upper hand.

i say let's shoot for the top while the momentum is with us and maybe we'll get some of what we ask for, instead of compromising our principles even before we make our demands. hell the pigs who run things today are scared of this gigantic movement within the beast's belly- witness the frantic comments even here on imc trying to discredit our efforts. a fairer world, without borders or profiteering bosses, is within sight- we can't stop now! workers unite across the world!
Re: Where were the Irish
03 May 2006
Emla, there were Irish in the march as well as Irish flags though not as many as from Latin American countries.
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Many of the pictures are of the over 40 students who walked out from the Cambridge School of Weston to join the rally at Harvard and then march to Boston Common.
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A REPORT FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
03 May 2006
Yesterday was the "No Gringo Day" / "May Day" Boycott. Living and working around the DC Metro region, I was expecting total chaos. At the last round of protests last month, I met numerous people who's only English was "We Are America". I expected to see the same yesterday, but it was a huge bust.
About 7pm I was heading out of the city after a long day. I got on my normal bus, pulled out my book like a good DC-ian and started reading. A couple stops later, a pair of dirty, slightly smelly men got on and sat across from me. They were talking about work today, but I continued with my book. At the next stop a Hispanic man got on who knew the first two and they started talking.
The two asked the third "did you go into work today?"
The third responded with a simple "No."
The two said "Thanks to you and all your little friends not showing up, we got work today! The first time in two weeks! And we made over 8 bucks an hour!"
So they weren't the cleanest... maybe not the smartest... maybe not the most motivated, but these were Americans who wanted to work and couldn't work due to the dangerous and irresponsible policies put forth and supported by our government.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
03 May 2006
"my African American friends"
if this gigantic lie wasn't so obvious, i'd be laughing at its earnest desperation to attach some legitimacy to the minuteman-style comments which accompany it. try all you want flipper, you and your ilk don't have any hope of dampening this movement, and all of the american radicals who turned out with the millions of immigrants across this country on monday are learning that solidarity and unity are very powerful tools for empire-fighting. burn baby burn, this pig's a-comin down!

as far as voting, if that's all that matters, how come big bad bush was so quick to tuck his li'l tail between his legs and denounce the legislation coming from 'starboard'? and why is hr4437 dead in the water? what is the right so scared of if all they care about is votes, hmmmm? this new generation of fascists is going to have a rude awakening that they can talk as big as they like, but when it's time to call they just don't have the cards. and most of us here on imc will have big grins as we watch it happen. he he hee...
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
04 May 2006
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more photos from the march from harvard to the boston common.
NEW ZOGBY POLL MAY 2006
04 May 2006
A new Zogby poll of likely voters, using neutral language (see wording on following pages), finds that Americans prefer the House of Representatives’ enforcement-only bill by 2-1 over Senate proposals to legalize illegal immigrants and greatly increase legal immigration. The poll was conducted for the Center for Immigration Studies.


On immigration generally, Americans want less, not more, immigration. Only 26 percent said immigrants were assimilating fine and that immigration should continue at current levels, compared to 67 percent who said immigration should be reduced so we can assimilate those already here.


While the Senate is considering various bills that would increase legal immigration from 1 million to 2 million a year, 2 percent of Americans believe current immigration is too low. This was true for virtually every grouping in the survey by ethnicity, income, age, religion, region, party, or ideology.


When offered by itself, there is strong support for the House bill: 69 percent said it was a good or very good idea when told it tries to make illegals go home by fortifying the border, forcing employer verification, and encouraging greater cooperation with local law enforcement while not increasing legal immigration; 27 percent said it was a bad or very bad idea.


Support for the House approach was widespread, with 81 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of independents, 57 percent of Democrats, and 53 percent of Hispanics saying it was good or very good idea.


When offered by itself, there is also some support for the Senate approach, thought not as much as for the House bill: 42 percent said the Senate approach was a good or very good idea when told it would allow illegal immigrants to apply for legal status provided they met certain criteria, and it would significantly increase legal immigration and increase enforcement of immigration laws; 50 percent said it was a bad or very bad idea.


There were few groups in which a majority supported the Senate plan, even when presented by itself, exceptions included Hispanics 62 percent of whom said it was a good or very good idea and the most liberal voters (progressives) 54 percent of whom approved of it.


When given three choices (House approach, Senate approach, or mass deportation), the public tends to reject both the Senate plan and a policy of mass deportations in favor of the House bill; 28 percent want the Senate plan, 12 percent want mass deportations; while 56 percent want the House approach.


But when given a choice between just the House and Senate approaches, without the choice of mass deportations, the public prefers the House approach 64 percent version to 30 percent.


One reason the public does not like legalizations is that they are skeptical of need for illegal-immigrant labor. An overwhelming majority of 74 percent said there are plenty of Americans to fill low-wage jobs if employers pay more and treat workers better; just 15 percent said there are not enough Americans for such jobs.


Another reason the public does not like Senate proposals to legalize illegals and double legal immigration is that 73 percent said they had little or no confidence in the ability of the government to screen these additional applicants to weed out terrorists and criminals.


Public also does not buy the argument we have tried and failed to enforce the law: 70 percent felt that past enforcement efforts have been "grossly inadequate," while only 19 percent felt we had made a "real effort" to enforce our laws.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
04 May 2006
I am amused by shell's criticism of seiu. how many workers have you organized. how many millions of dollars have been pumped into the hispanic community and black community thanks to Andy Stern and the SEIU? Far Left radicals blah blah blah. It's all about the paycheck man.

Yeah, BIMC, go delete this. You're real pro union guys. Or are u a union member.

I am. Have been for many years, bourgeoise pretenders.
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Pictures... please excuse quality - they're from a cellphone, and have all been re-sized.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
05 May 2006
>the legislation that the far right introduced in the house is
>going nowhere. not even Denny Hastert supports it.

Denny Hastert may be trying to back off now, but the House PASSED this legislation under his leadership. That's generally seen as a sign of support.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
06 May 2006
You can think whatever you want, but from my experience on Monday, I actually had to look hard to find the boycott. When I found stores closed it was only Latino stores in Latino Neighborhoods that cater mainly to...you guessed it, Latinos. But I engaged in my own counter boycott as did many of my friends. On Monday, during my lunch break and after work, I went out with the goal of spending money on things that I would not normally buy. While in a store in Cambridge, I met a South American Family who were out shopping. i asked them why they had not joined the boycott. The father answered in perfect English, with enough of an accent to know that he was not born here, that he did not support the boycott because he did not support illegal immigration. He and his family came here legally and he expected others to do the same. I had originally intended to spend about $200.00 but while in Cambridge, I found a couple of nice business suits and ended up spending about $1000.00 total. It was a great day.
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
06 May 2006
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

Theodore Roosevelt 1907
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
08 May 2006
Oh yeah, this speech by Teddy is often in textbooks about immigration to show just how racist immigration policy can become at times. English is not a Native American language!
Re: Quick Review of el Gran Paro
12 May 2006
me alegra ver la energia con la cual se han organizado mis herman@s. pero me preocupa que la demanda de la justicia sea solo una pelea por papeles. los papeles daran legalidad pero no dan justicia. la injusticia que enfrentamos aqui l@s latin@s llega hasta nuestros paises que han sido destruidos por las fuerzas armadas y economicas de los mismos americanos a quien les pedimos hoy permiso por limpiarle las casas. Sigan organizando, mis pueblos, mi gente, pero mantengan siempre la independencia de los grupos de americanos que hoy los apoyan--no son todos sinceros ni buenos para nuestra causa. Educacion, organizacion, y poder. Unidos alcanzaremos un nuevo mundo donde seremos dueños y no la clase de servitud.