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May 1: Work Stoppages and Consumer Boycotts

By Jim Lane

Nationwide, various organizations are calling for "A Day Without a Mexican" on May 1. Because there is no recognized central coalition, different areas are responding in different ways, but most Americans will have a chance to participate either in school walkouts, consumer boycotts, and/or work stoppages.

As always, communists will be struggling for unity of all workers and their allies against the oppressive right-wingers and, specifically, against the two fundamental anti-worker proposals in Congress. It is painfully obvious that all workers, not just immigrants, will suffer if the current proposals pass. This site will attempt to carry useful information as developments occur and information comes in.

Dallas

The MegaMarch committee that sponsored the 350,000-to-500,000 downtown march on Sunday, April 9, is led primarily by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) but is working with all progressives. At a meeting on April 17, they voted for work stoppage and consumer boycott on May 1. Most of the speakers, including the elected Student Representative, said that students should stay in school that day. Further details are being worked out.

www.megamarch.com will carry info as it develops. Next meeting is April 24. www.labordallas.org is also following events and reporting on Jobs with Justice participation. Jobs with Justice had already set a panel discussion for April 28. Voices for Immigrants called a meeting for 7 PM Friday, April 21, at Plaza of the Americas, one block east of I35 and the Loop 12E exit.

Houston

Below is a summary of a leaflet being distributed in Houston:

"May 1: A Day Without an Immigrant An Act of Conscience"

Place: Memorial Park
7300 Memorial Dr. and Picnic Lane

Time: 11:00am

What: Rally/Gathering

Activities:
Testimonies of Immigrants
Workshops of Civic Participation
Voter Registration
Letter Writing Campaign to Petition for Permanent Residency

What we want:
We all support just treatment for immigrants, their dignity and rights
We all support comprehensive immigration reform, especially permanent residency for all who need this protection
We all reject the criminalization of immigrants and those who associate/assist them.

The manner to show support on May 1:
Place a white ribbon, american flag and the phrase "In God We Trust" on all cars, motor vehicles, homes, businesses, agencies and worksites (if granted permission)
No buying or selling on that day
Do not work

Coalition for Civil Rights for Immigrants Proposal for May 1

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