Los Angeles: 500.000 ila 1 milyon kişi göçmen karşıtı yasayı protesto etti


500.000 ila 1 milyon (Univision tv kanalına göre 2 milyon) kişilik bir kitle, ABD'de yaşayan ve belgeleri olmayan 12 milyon insanı ve onlara yardımcı olanları suçlu durumuna sokan HR4437 adındaki göçmen karşıtı yasa tasarısını protesto etmek için 25 Mart 2006 Cumartesi günü, Los Angeles kent merkezindeki sokakları doldurdu. Aileler, sendikalar, yurttaşlık örgütleri, dini ve politik grupların katıldığı, çoğunluğu Latinlerin oluşturduğu eylemin kitleselliği, eylemi örgütleyenlerde bile şaşkınlık yarattı. Kentte çalışan memurlar yürüyüşün bugüne kadar gördükleri en büyük eylem olduğunu açıkladılar. Yürüyüşe vali ve polis şefi de katıldı ve senatoda oylanmakta olan göçmen karşıtı yasaya karşı olduklarını açıkladılar. Bu yürüyüş, yasa tasarısına karşı Chicago, Washington DC, Arizona ve Missouri gibi pek çok yerde gerçekleşen bir kitlesel eylem dalgasının ardından gerçekleşti.

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Los Angeles yürüyüşünün ardından 27, 28 ve 29 Mart'ta da öğrenciler sokaklara çıktı, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Fransisco, Houston, Utah, Michigan ve Nevada'da 25.000 öğrenci göçmen karşıtı reformu protesto etmek için okullarını terk etti.

San Diego: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Los Angeles: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Bay Area: 1 | 2 | Central Coast | Houston: 1 | 2

Aynı hafta içerisinde Fransa'da öğrenci protestoları, Almanya'da üniversite işgalleri, İngiltere'de kitlesel grevler, Yeni Zelanda'da öğrenci boykotları ve Beyaz Rusya'da beklenmedik kitlesel protestolar vardı.

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ALL By Themselves!!

No Neophytes 30.Mar.2006 05:29

What a shocker? No blak Blok needed? No holier than thou white radicals around to play Monday morning quarter back? Cool.

Think About How It Could Be

Ms. Martinez 30.Mar.2006 16:46

Hi I live in Oklahoma and most of my family and friends are immigrants from one country or another. I dont know what to think would happen if this bill passed. There would be riots in the streets, in schools, and at the Capitol. Would their be another Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcom X? Poeple think about it. Imagine millions apon millions of immigrants in the streets yelling, screaming and rioting. What do you think would happen? Would it be a peacful riot? Or would there be bloodshed? In my opinion, there would be deaths everywhere you look on the news and you may even see it in the streets. Your children at school, do you think it would even be safe to send your American citizen children to school? THINK ABOUT IT!

A statewide Hispanic boycott crippled Georgia's economy for a day.

coyote 30.Mar.2006 17:02

Power in numbers

A statewide Hispanic boycott crippled Georgia's economy for a day. What's next?

By Alyssa Abkowitz

Published 03.29.2006
Creative Loafing Atlanta

Josefa Esquea told customers she wouldn't be open Friday. The Dominican Republic immigrant -- who came to New York City in the 1980s and then relocated to Atlanta -- planned on participating in the strike she heard about on a Hispanic radio station. She knew she'd lose business by closing her popular MiPilon restaurant in Duluth, but she wanted to send the Georgia General Assembly a message: The state's economy needs us.

"We're here to invest money and contribute to society," Esquea says. "We work hard and do our jobs and want to be appreciated. We're tired of living in the shadows."

On March 24, more than 80,000 Hispanics didn't buy anything and didn't go to work at construction sites, poultry plants and fast-food restaurants in opposition to Senate Bill 529, a comprehensive proposal that would prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving tax-funded services, and fine employers who hire undocumented workers. On Monday, the state Senate approved the bill. The only way for it to be halted now is if Gov. Sonny Perdue does not sign it into law.

The boycott, which was started by an anonymous flier circulating throughout metro Atlanta, crippled workplaces across the state, says Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

"Several McDonalds and a couple landscaping companies had to close today," Gonzalez says. "This hurts Georgia's economy and hopefully will send a message to the governor not to sign this bill."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the buying power of Hispanics in Georgia totals approximately $11 billion -- about 5 percent of Georgia's entire economy. And a study conducted by the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute shows that illegal immigrants each pay between $2,340 and $2,470 in state and local taxes annually.

"There was an economic impact felt as a result of the boycott," says Tisha Tallman, regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "The community's actions made the issue more palatable, more real to individuals who haven't accepted the Latinos' contribution numbers."

The "Day of Dignity," as its organizers called it, was one of several protests that has generated nationwide attention. Last week, about 30,000 protesters marched in downtown Milwaukee as part of "A Day Without Latinos" to oppose federal legislation that would make undocumented immigrants felons. In Los Angeles, more than a half-million demonstrators marched in support of immigrants' rights, and 300,000 people rallied in Chicago in early March.

The debate weaving through federal and state levels has pitted party members against each other. President Bush has backed a Senate Judiciary Committee's proposal for a comprehensive guest worker program, while other Republicans are calling for a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., backed away from his party's immigration stance this week by proposing to grant illegal immigrants already here legal status if they help Georgia's farmers bring in a harvest.

On March 17, the day the anonymous flier was distributed, a handful of Hispanic religious leaders, media executives and immigrant advocates met at a restaurant in Smyrna to discuss ways to oppose Georgia's immigration proposals. Naming themselves the March 17 Alliance, the group called for the creation of "unity in favor of defending the immigrant community's human rights."

"We wanted to show the government that the Latino population is very important to the state," says the Rev. Julian Herrera, a spokesman for the Alliance. "We wanted politicians to understand what we do for the economy."

In the early morning hours of March 24, Rolando Santiago, an Alliance organizer, passed by several of Atlanta's Latino-populated communities on Buford Highway. Bus stops were abandoned and construction sites remained empty. More than 100 Hispanic-owned businesses shut down, Santiago says, and several contractors called in to Neal Boortz's popular radio show on WSB-AM (750) to vent about the lack of employees working.

"We contribute much more to society than we're given credit for," Santiago says. "We're not going to stand by and do nothing and act like we don't exist."

In addition to boycotting work, many Hispanic parents kept their children home from school. Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins says the absentee rate among Hispanic students on March 24 totaled 41 percent. Gwinnett County Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach says Gwinnett also saw a significant decrease in Latino attendance.

What's more, about 200 students and workers congregated on the steps of the Georgia Capitol to protest immigration reform. They carried signs that read "Don't panic, we're only Hispanic" and "We also have a dream," while shouting "Justice now" and "The people united will never be defeated."

In the early afternoon, state Sen. Sam Zamarripa, D-Atlanta, and Rep. Pedro Marin, D-Duluth, arrived to answer questions and quell fears about SB 529.

"You must not panic," Zamarripa told the crowd. "There are elements to this bill that could change. Don't believe the lies and rumors that are spreading. It's not over yet. We'll keep fighting."

Zamarripa and Marin asked the Latino community to express their concerns and fears in prayer.

Lizabeth Gomez, a Georgia State student, read a letter to the crowd that urged Latinos to call Gov. Sonny Perdue's office and tell him not to sign SB 529. She likened the Hispanics' battle to that of African-Americans'.

"[The government] wants us to contribute to society," Gomez says, "but they're not willing to contribute to our community. We'll fight like the African-Americans did in the 1960s."

The success of March 24 showed the power of the immigrant community -- a notion that will lead to more action, Tallman says. Already, on Sunday, two days after the boycott, the Latin American Association offered a community seminar at Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway to educate the Latino community about SB 529.

Josh Hopkins, director of resource development for the association, says a large amount of misinformation is spreading throughout the Hispanic community and creating a culture of fear.

"We want to make sure everybody has correct answers about the legislation," Hopkins says. "Our role is to try to communicate to the community, listen to their concerns and stop rumors from spreading."

Herrera, the Alliance spokesman, says his group is planning a march in Atlanta in conjunction with the National Day of Action, April 10. The Alliance is also trying to organize a national boycott several days after the National Day of Action.

Tallman says it won't be the last time the community raises its voice.

"I don't think this is going to be the last of our community coming forward and taking the active part in what will impact their future," Tallman says. "This is just the beginning."

Alejandro Leal contributed reporting for this article.
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List of past months immigrant justice movement events...

onto c/o claire 30.Mar.2006 18:08

From  http://deletetheborder.org

Here is a snapshot of the past month’s immigrant justice movement
building. Over 60 events (around 3 million people) here barely begin to
represent the power of what’s going on, although you can almost see it
when looking at the past couple days of thousands of highschool students
walking out in protest repeatedly!

It’s unbelievable how little coverage there is (it took me hours to
compile this). The fully grassroots nature of most of these actions (many
fueled/organized by radio, tv, myspace and cellphones) is promising…

For all of us who had the chance to be part of this past week’s explosive
demonstrations, and for us non-immigrants who have the gift of being part
of this incredible movement, this is the time. Allies need to step it up!
More to follow….

3/7 D.C. 20,000
3/8 Atlanta 100 in city hall
3/10 Chicago 300,000
3/11 Tampa “several hundred”
3/14 Topeka KS “several hundred”
3/17 Santa Cruz 500
3/20 Trenton 1,200
3/22 Providence 200
3/23 Milwaukee 30,000
3/23 Racine WI

*Phoenix 30,000
*Tucson 1,500
*Kansas City 2,000
*Dallas 1,500
*L.A. 2,700 students walked off at least 8 campuses, others rallied on
campuses and at least one highschool, students climbed the gate after
administrators declared a lockdown
*Atlanta estimated 80,000 workers boycotted, 200 rallied at capitol
*Gainesville GA boycott, hundreds of students honor boycott (over 40% of

3/25 Saturday
*L.A. 1- 2 million
*Denver 50,000
*Charlotte, NC 7,000
*Sacramento 4,000 +
*Watsonville and Salinas 2,500 (with the march from
*Houston 5-6,000 rally for DREAM act
*Cleveland rally organized by latino pastors coalition
*and tons of smaller cities I can't find turnout
estimates for, including Boise, Knoxville, and Reno

3/26 Sunday
Columbus 4-7,000
L.A. 2,000
NYC/Washington Heights: 500

San Francisco: 5,000? (hunger strike ends; march joins up with the March
for Peace/Peregrinacion por la Paz from Tijuana)
Santa Ana:700 rally while 200+ riot cops invade their neighborhood
Watsonville march
Detroit & Grand Rapids: over 50,000
Boston 2,000
Columbus ?
D.C. 1,500 + 100 clergy
Denver: strategy meeting, 200, mostly latin@ & some union organizers
ending with work groups
Louisville KY 3,000

L.A. 25-40, 000 (LA daily news) highschool walk out, blocking freeways,
encircle city hall, from 52 high and middle schools
Orange county highschoolers take over the Riverside Freeway
Sacramento: 70
Fresno: over 500
San diego: 1,000+
Santa ana: morning, high school students shut down treasuer/tax
collection office
Phoenix: 400 walk out, march to capitol
Farmersville (central Valley CA) 200
Also thousands of walkouts in Aptos, Hollister and Salinas.

3/28 Tuesday, ALL WALKOUTS
L.A. 6,000 walkout from 25 schools
Long beach: 400
San diego 3,000 walk out, rallies at chicano park, campuses
Watsonville 1,000
Houston TX 1,000
Dallas 3,300 walk out & rally at city hall
Springdale, Arkansas: 36 highschoolers
Phoenix hundreds walk out, march to capitol again
Farmersville walkouts day 2
Northern Virginia: 250 highschoolers, 8 middle schoolers

Wed 3/29/06 WALKOUTS
Las vegas: 500
Phoenix: hundreds
Houston: hundreds
l.a. schools on lockdown, hundreds of students still protesting

Next steps being discussed:

April 4th :Some students are calling for a national student sit-in April
8th: The organizers in LA announced a national meeting for April 8 in
Texas of all the Latino immigrant rights leaders in the country to strategize
for a national work stoppage in late May under the banner "A Day Without An
Immigrant." This would be following on the action in Philadelphia Feb 14th
and building off last Friday’s boycott in Georgia.
April 10th: National day of action
Mayday: General Strike?

protest and counters

asdf 31.Mar.2006 20:39

I heard news that CA had large 'truancy' crackdowns,
conspiciously placed near the walkouts, it seems.

Does anyone else know more?

Most of You are aFools and Stooges of Republicans

The Democrats are Even Worse - Dont VOTE! 03.Apr.2006 20:47

I have told you this and been right – like 50 times – in the last 5 years – but I know that most yuo won’t listen, IMC will censor this or even if you listen THAT you are so programmed by amerika – by middle clasS– ideas that these words could never help you – thank your parents – thank your Black and latino leaders – and the “ALTERNATIVERS” AND imc FOR MAKING SURE YOU KNOW NOTHING (ABOUT THE WORLD, ABOUT POOR LATIN AM,ERICANS – ABOUT ECONOMICS OR WORLD STRATEGIES ) --

ANYWAY AS HEARD ON Talk of the Nation today – black leaders AND ACTIVISTS HOLD BACK FROM JOINING IN THE ANTI-RIGHT WING IMMIGRATION LAWS protests Because they don’t have a clue about struggle or capitalism – or because they ARE CAPITASLISTS! ...

None of what almost anyone will tell you about this has anything to do with reality – all the leaders are totally fkkked!

IN FACT – these LA and other protest (Tucson, AZ has seen its largest protest since the 70s!)

These protests in the way they are going AXTUALLY HELP BUSH And the right wing – YOU ARE MAKING SURE THAT THEy DO WELL IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS – AND EVEN if you Vote – You will help the capitalists – because the DEMOCRATS ARE WORSE THAN THE REPUBLICANS !!!!!! – NO SHIT !

So wghat are you doing ??? – What should you be doing – well I could tell you a whole lot of nasty things to do – but then I would be censored and get to say nothing to you – Freedom of the Press – Ha ha HA --

So I will just say that the only – and highly unli9kely – positive thing that could come out of these protests is for the youth to realize how much what their elders , leaders, activists and IMC tells them is pure unadulterated BS!

The only thing possible is that t eh youth grasp that Hugo Chavez and the Iraqi insurgents are their models – fight Amerika – fight the whole fascist project – and then at least you will be on the right side - \ Good Luck – have a happy suicidal death – I will honor you….

basim's bomb or boom box

Basim Najjar 04.Apr.2006 23:47

writting is art
writting is art

Instead of just using Indymedia to vent or rant I decided to use it to create a column of colossal proportions, hence- boom or bomb!
I was going to avoid this subject since it hits nerves and uneasy solutions other that making the 11 million illegal's-U.S. citizens. Giving the land back to mexico which is not going an opption, nor do we want it to be since in comparison the standard of living is just better in the USA so raise those california flags I mean ole' glory in stead of the mexican ones its cool to be prud of your heritage but you are an american now so act like one what ever that means other than watching sports and eating chess burgers!
You guys can keep bush in mexico though, president Jo Biden from delware has takin over the country:)
Furthermore, I wrote a letter of congradulations to the "kadima" party which in hebrew means the "forward" party since i was under the impression that a third party would lead to change. Today I learn the Isreali airforce is bombing north Gaza, as if that getto with 50% unemployment is big enough to have a north or south for that matter, come on pick on somebody your own size! kadima in Arabic means "old" like this stupid conflict of 60 years, there are always retalations from my historical study of this conflict so everybody pay your taxes so more people can get whacked in the middle east. shame on you!

10,000 in OKC

anon 07.Apr.2006 17:41

10,000 estimated in Oklahoma City on april 1! Easily the largest public protest I've ever seen in this state.  http://okimc.org/newswire.php?story_id=1561

The Troll is Behind This

Suspicious of the Republican National Committee 11.Apr.2006 20:51

Somehow, I suspect that Karl Rove (The Troll), Republican Political Strategist, is behind this attempt to generate an issue that will divide the American people in order for the Republican Party to remain in power in the White House in 2008.

Gomer Pyle

Anti-American 17.Apr.2006 21:24

white trash american fascists continue to die in iraq, here they are with so called state of the art weapons, tanks etc, and what amounts to Bedouins with home made booby traps can ruin their tattoos by removing the limbs that they're printed on.

We Don't Need No Steeekin Batches !

Anti-American 28.Apr.2006 20:54

This is the Malthusian birth excess of Puerto Rico. Their protests are irrelevant.