Sunday, April 29, 2012

May Day Demands: Stop Deportations, Grant Legalization

From Filipino Advocates for Justice:

MAY DAY DEMANDS
SUPPORT WORKERS RIGHTS
Support immigrant workers’ campaigns to defend their rights.  End workplace enforcement programs like raids and I-9 Audits (that has resulted in the firings of thousands of immigrant workers, at Pacific Steel, American Apparel, Chipotle, to name a few).  Pass AB 889 the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

LEGALIZATION FOR ALL UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
Legalize the 12 million undocumented in the US whose lack of legal status makes them vulnerable to exploitation by employers, anti-immigrant policies that deny them access to basic human services, and harassment, detention, deportation, and other violations of human rights.

STOP THE DEPORTATION OF ALL IMMIGRANTS
End the continuing harassment, racial profiling, detention and deportation of immigrants. Nearly 400,000 immigrants have been deported from the U.S. in just the past year, which is about 45 people deported every hour.

STOP THE CRIMINALIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS BY FEDERAL AND LOCAL POLICE
Stop government surveillance of immigrant communities by the Dept. of Homeland Security through enforcement programs like “Secure Communities”. Stop the local “gang injunctions” and 100 block initiatives that criminalizes Black and Brown youth.  Redirect resources toward the prevention of root causes of crime in our neighborhoods, such as chronic poverty and systemic racism.

END U.S. MILITARY AGGRESSION & OTHER POLICIES THAT DISPLACE
COMMUNITIES GLOBALLY
More than 200 million people have been forced to leave their country of origin because of war, environmental degradation and unequal trade policies.  Stop U.S. military aggression and intervention in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Africa.  Stop policies like NAFTA, CAFTA and AFTA that force farmers off their land in Mexico and Central America, increases poverty and forces migration from underdeveloped countries globally.

DEFEND AND EXPAND ETHNIC STUDIES
Protect Ethnic Studies programs from attack in Arizona and throughout the country.  Ethnic Studies programs should be expanded to make educational curricula accurate and inclusive of all U.S. residents, and because it is a critical tool for ending institutionalized racism.

ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS

Mujeres Unidas y Activas,  Xican@Moratorium Coalition, Anakbayan East Bay, Eastside Arts Alliance, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Alameda Labor Council AFL-CIO, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Hand in Hand National Domestic Employers Association, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Causa Justa;Just Cause, 67 Sueños, Young Workers United, AYPAL, Youth Together, ACUDIR, La Raza Centro Legal/Day Laborers, Filipino Community Center, Dignity Campaign and more....

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