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|3/30: May 1 Strike to support undocumented people's legalization
Released 02 April 2006  By Notimex
Strike to support undocumented people's legalization
Los Angeles, U.S., March 30, 2006 (Notimex) - The March 25
Coalition, who called for Saturday's march in Los Angeles, announced an
"American national strike." This is part of its mobilizations to support the
legalization of 12 million undocumented people in the US.
During a press conference, the leaders of the main Hispanic
organizations stated that the Los Angeles historic march was only the
beginning of a movement that will not be over until a wide and fair
immigration reform is achieved.
While presenting their mobilizations program, the activists
announced that next April 8 there will be a great assembly of the
organizations that represent all the immigrants, in order to call for the
"No-Latinos National Day."
They stated that the strike is programmed for May 1 and it is
called the First American National Strike. This will not be exclusive, since
they will make a call any kind of organizations.
Having that in mind, they said that a delegation will travel to
Mexico to meet union organizations in that country, in order for them to
have banners supporting undocumented workers during the May 1 (Labor Day)
They stated that the strike, which they consider as a boycott,
"will be cheap, workers will not leave their homes, children will not go to
school, and there will not be consumption from certain companies that will
be known, but they will only be those that have damaged undocumented
Raul Murillo, director of the National Mexican Brotherhood in
Los Angeles, stated that a delegation of some 100 organizations that
participated in Saturday's march will travel to Washington and Mexico City,
in order to get more support for the mobilization.
"The march that achieved to bring some one million people
together in Los Angeles is just the top of the iceberg, and we won't give up
or back up until the Congress and president George W. Bush have approved the
legalization of the 12 million undocumented people," he warned.
Murillo took part in the press conference given in one of the
offices in Los Angeles for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of
Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), along with Nativo Lopez, leader or the
Mexican Brotherhood Latin America and the Mexican-American Political
Also, in the press conference were Juan Jose Gutierrez, director
of the USA Latino Movement; Gloria Saucedo, from the National Mexican
Brotherhood in San Fernando Valley; the coalition's spokesman, Javier
Rodriguez; and Hispanic radio station host Ricardo Sanchez, one of the
Sanchez stated that "during this achievement, no one took the
recognition, nor individual publicity. We all assumed our responsibility and
supported it from the beginning, and we were inviting people every day."
On the other hand, Gutierrez stated that although some changes
may be seen in the Senate and that the HR 4437 Sensenbrenner initiative is
apparently mortally wounded, "this movement will not stop until we reach
legalization, respect, and recognition for the immigrants work in this
The US Senate's Judiciary Committee approved a wide initiative
for an immigration reform, which includes the legalization of some 11
million undocumented immigrants.
The initiative, which was sent to the Senate to be discussed,
also covers the legalization of 1.5 million agriculture workers in five
years, a temporary workers plan for the future arrival of some 400 thousand
immigrants a year, and the Dream Act, which grants special college support
for the children of undocumented people.
Also, the plenary dismissed a controversial disposition that
criminalized the undocumented people in the US, as well as those people
giving them any kind of aid, including religious, humanitarian, and
American congressmen are expecting for the version approved in
the Senate to be reconciled with James Sensenbrenner's proposal, which was
passed by the House of Representatives last December, and which criminalizes
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