Thursday, April 24, 2008
JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS - JUSTICE FOR ALL!
Stop ICE Raids and Deportations!
May 1, 2008 - International Workers Day and March for Immigrant Rights in Oakland!
VOLUNTEER TO DO SECURITY ON MAY 1!!!
**** We are looking for more volunteers to be security during the march! If you can volunteer your time on May 1 to help the mobilization go smoothly, come to the: ***
MONDAY 4/28 @ 5:30PM
1470 FRUITVALE (Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation)
TAKE IT TO THA STREETS ON MAY 1
-- 3pm: MEET AT FRUITVALE BART PLAZA for rally & performers
-- 4pm: MARCH DOWN INTERNATIONAL BOULEVARD (with educational, theatric sights to see en route)
-- 6pm: ARRIVE AT CITY HALL for a community celebration with speakers, performers, and resources!
MAYDAY 2008 DEMANDS
1. END THE HARASSMENT AND PERSECUTION OF IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES BY FEDERAL AGENCIES & LOCAL POLICE
We want an immediate end to the ICE raids in our neighborhoods and workplaces.
We also want an end to OPD's escalation of harassment, racial profiling and arrests of immigrants and all people of color under the false premises of 'confronting the rise in crime' and 'protecting our national security'. We call for a redirection of resources away from increasing police presence and towards addressing the root causes of violence and crime in our neighborhoods, such as chronic poverty and systemic racism.
2. MONEY FOR SERVICES, NOT WAR
We oppose the Governors budget cuts that will hurt immigrant and all communities on multiple levels. We demand an end to US military aggression abroad and the misuse of social funds at home. At the state and federal levels, money must be redirected away from war and militarization that displaces millions throughout the third world and instead be put towards social services for grassroots communities.
3. STOP THE UPROOTING AND DISPLACEMENT OF THIRD WORLD COMMUNITIES
Immigrant communities have been uprooted and displaced throughout the world, particularly from Third World nations ravaged by war and exploited through the U.S. policies of globalization and military occupation abroad. For many, this has resulted in resettlement in the U.S. The current gentrification of longtime ethnic neighborhoods further displaces communities where many immigrants seek decent and affordable housing and shelter, which should be available to all. We want community control of land and housing.
4. HALT THE USE OF NO-MATCH LETTERS TO INTIMIDATE WORKER ORGANIZING EFFORTS
We want an end to the use of Social Security "No-Match Letters" to fire employees and to repress immigrant workers' efforts to improve workplace conditions. Each year, the Social Security Administration sends otu letters informing employers when their workers' names and Social Security numbers don't match the administration's records. These letters don't mean that the workers are undocumented, but employers are increasingly using them to fire or intimidate workers who demand better conditions. Now the Department of Homeland Security is trying to pressure employers to fire workers who get a No-Match letter.
5. HOLD ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE TO SUPPORT IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
All of our local elected and prospective politicians in City Hall (and also at the County, State and Federal levels) must be proactive in improving the quality of life in immigrant communities. Third World immigrant communities are entitled to the same protection rights, and access to basic services as all other residents and will exercise our political power to ensure that our public-elected representatives introduce and support legislation to defend the human rights of all of its constituents. We demand translation services! We want a true commitment to sanctuary!