This is just a plain old action-step appeal. Monday, May 1, 2006, millions of Latin@s all over the United States will walk off the job and out of school and not buy anything anywhere. This is one of the most momentous movements we will see in our lifetimes.
Support this action on May Day, and ask others to support it. Not only has the proto-fascist right in this country settled on immigrants as the target of their wrath present and future, the immigrants who are waging this action are putting a spotlight on imperialism that operates right here in the United States. This action — no matter how large or small — is showing us how to resist in a way that has teeth.
Here are some ways to support:
Join any rallies that are planned locally.
Oganize a small group to hold bi-lingual signs at busy intersections that day (see sign content below).
Don’t buy anything.
Walk off your job, or don’t go to work (every little bit adds to the aggregate impact).
Conduct pre-dawn banner drops over busy highways (see signs below).
Write letters to the editor (because the right-wing xenophobes already are).
Call you Congressperson and tell them you want amnesty for immigrants.
I am not suggesting grafitti that would be illegal (gasp!), but it would be interesting if the simple word Huelga! (Strike!) started appearing everywhere.
Honk if you love immigrants!
Toca la bocina si tu amas los imigrantes!
General Strike — Show the People’s Power!
Huelga General — Ensena el poder del pueblo!
Dignity is a human right!
La dignidad es un dercho humano!
Break the machine!
Rompa la maquina!
Enough is enough!
Basta es basta!
We support the immigrants!
Apoyamos los imigrantes!
Black and Latino United!
Latino y Moreno Unido!
CITGO – Bolivarian Gas!
CITGO – Gasolina Bolivariana!
In the spirit of Zapata!
En el espirito de Zapata!
Humans are not illegal!
Humanos no son ilegales!
Citizens of the Earth!
Ciudadanos del Mundo!
If you are not a Native American, YOU are an immigrant!
Si no tiene sangre indio, TU eres el imigrante!
The Mexicans crossed the border. (X out “Mexicans” and replace with border; X out “border” and replace with “Mexicans”… to read “The border crossed the Mexicans.”)
SPECIAL, RELATED TO THE WAR AND THE ANNIVERSAY OF THE (IN)FAMOUS CLAIM:
Mission Accomplished! (with the lives of the sons and daughters of immigrants)
Mision Cumplida! (con las vidas de los ninos y ninas de imigrantes)
NORTH CAROLINA SPECIFIC (from NC Peace and Justice):
On Monday May 1 2006, millions of Latinos and their allies across North Carolina and the United States will participate in a day of action against HR 4437 and for fair and comprehensive immigration reform. Hundreds of local, state and national organizations are supporting our communityâ€™s decision to take action. Our collective goal is to show the vital role of the immigrant labor force and purchase power in the United States. In North Carolina, immigrants contribute over 9 billion dollars per year through the purchase of goods and payment of taxes!
You can show your support for fair immigration reform on May 1 by:
Â· Not going to work or school
Â· Not spending any money on goods or services
Â· Closing your business or organization on May 1
Â· Allowing your employees to take a day off from work next Monday
Â· Talking to friends and family about the need for comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and the human rights of immigrants
Â· Attend marches and rallies taking place across NC: ncimmigrants.blogspot.com
El Vinculo Hispano can provide letters for employees to present to their employers, and letters for parents to sign asking for an excused absence. If you would like a copy of these letters, please contact us at email@example.com
Monday May 1 El Gran Paro Americano 2006 / The Great American Boycott 2006 http://www.nohr4437.org
On May 1, we are calling No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying, and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your areas (stock exchanges, anti-immigrant corporations, etc.) to protest the anti-immigrant movements across the country. We will have a ocean of white T-shirts with our political demands from east coast to west coast, at the street, work place, school, bus station & store… We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S. We believe that increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in terms of deaths and family separation.