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Monday, May 01, 2006

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Rallies in support of immigration reforms continue apace. (La Raza Image)

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. May 1, 2006: Immigrant advocates across the U.S. are urging all migrants to stage a ‘Great American’ boycott today under the banner, ‘A Day Without Immigrants.’

“No Work, No School, No Sales And No Buying,” a flyer being handed out at the Roosevelt Avenue subway in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY touted on Saturday.

The planned protests today is being done to further push lawmakers to grant “immediate amnesty” to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Promoted by the May 1 Coalition of Teamsters Local 808, the flyer calls also for the denouncement of HR 4437, a bill that was passed in congress last December that promotes the criminalization of immigrants. It also calls for an end to plans to push for border fences and for migrants to say “no” to increased enforcement but “yes” to family unity.

“We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S,” declared the site, “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.”

A rally is planned for Union Square Park at 4 p.m. today. Similar rallies and protests are planned for states all across the country. In Los Angeles, protestors will assemble at Olympic and Broadway at noon today and march to the Los Angeles City Hall to make their voices heard. In Alabama there will be a silent march to Denny Chimes on-campus at the University of Alabama. Peaceful protests and candle light vigils are also planned from Alaska to Wyoming while a high school walkouts and a rally will be held at UC-Berkeley in California.

State senators in California on Thursday endorsed today’s boycott. "It's one day ... for immigrants to tell the country peacefully, 'We matter ... (we're) not invisible,'" the Associated Press quoted Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, the resolution's chief author, as saying.

Rally goers and all immigrants are urged to wear white today in a show of support for those without a voice and trapped in the system without legal papers. –