Category Archives: May 1

May 1st- 80,000 in Milwaukee

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In Milwaukee, more than 80,000 marchers came out!  Get the story HERE

May 1st Oregon- thousands stand strong

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Oregon had a great turnout at both May Day rallies, around 6,000 in both Salem and Portland.  Above is a photo of Salem.

FIRM statement on May 1

Statement of FIRM on May 1 Nationwide Immigrant Day of Action
 
On May 1, 2007, hundreds of thousands of families nationwide gathered in peaceful demonstrations calling for Congress to enact a just and humane comprehensive immigration reform bill.  From Seattle to Miami and in dozens of communities across the nation, community members turned out for marches, rallies, vigils, and community events to educate one another on how various immigration proposals could impact American families, to press for just and humane immigration legislation and to call for an end to the Bush administrations disastrous policy of raiding immigrant communities, which have torn thousands of families apart.
 
Washington, DC. Asian-American organizations from more than 25 states were joined by dozens of Latino leaders to call on Congress to enact just and humane immigration reform immediately.  Hundreds of immigrant leaders met with more than 70 congressional offices, including face to face meetings with Senators and Representatives from both parties.
 
New York, NY. Using the theme of the American Family Tree to demonstrate the contributions of immigrants to the American family, and the value of family that immigrant families share with all Americans, dozens of community organizations held a major pro-immigrant forum to call for just and humane immigration reform.
 
Milwaukee, WI. Tens of thousands of immigrants and allies marched in a powerful show of solidarity against the Bush administration’s immigrant community raids, which have had a devastating impact on Milwaukee families, and for passage of comprehensive immigration reform .
 
Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, which coordinates the Fair Immigration Reform Movement said:
 
“The hundreds of thousands of individuals and families who spoke out on May 1 are indicative of the vibrant and diverse nationwide community now calling for just and humane immigration reform.  The Bush administration’s inhumane policy of immigrant community raids rips families apart in cities across America and Congress continues to drag their feet on immigration reform.

On May 1, this inclusive community of immigrants and allies sent a strong message to Congress that the time is now for a just and humane immigration reform bill.  Democrats and Republicans alike can and will be held accountable if they fail to make good on their promises to enact an immigration reform bill this year.”

More news from May 1 LA- LAPD clashes with protesters

Yesterday’s afternoon March in LA, which drew 25,000 by some estimates, fell victim to LAPD’s outrageous reaction to the misguided actions of a handful of alientated protestors.  An article in the San Jose Mercury News describes the incident, and quotes the LAPD Chief who acknowledged that the protest was peaceful and called for an investigation in the department’s actions. Read the story HERE

May 1 – Albany, New York!

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Thanks to ARISE, the Gamaliel affiliate of New York for sending us this great coverage of their May 1st rally!

 “Yes, we can!” came the translation.

In any language, their fear and anger were palpable during a noontime march Tuesday down Central Avenue — Albany’s own boulevard of immigrants.

They were part of a nationwide day to push for overhaul of immigration laws.

“People are afraid of immigration raids and having their families broken up,” said Nestor Damian, a rally organizer and member of Holy Family Church on Central Avenue, a Catholic congregation with a Mass in Spanish that draws an array of immigrants. Read the rest HERE

May 1st Denver COLORADO

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The awesome news coverage of May 1 keeps pouring in- here is come great photos and reporting from Denver

News from May 1

We had a GREAT May 1! I’m going to write about my experiences at the APA mobilization in DC later on this evening, but for now I wanted to give you some links to news on May 1st from one sea to the other shining sea- check out these articles:

Los Angeles

Chicago

AP coverage of May 1:

By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 56 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES – Demonstrators demanding a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants hope that nationwide marches will spur Congress to act before the looming presidential primaries take over the political landscape Marches, meetings and voter registration drives were planned Tuesday from California to New York, a year after 1 million flexed their economic muscle in a nationwide boycott during last year’s May 1 activities.

Though this year’s turnout will likely be lower, organizers say immigrants feel a sense of urgency to keep immigration reform from getting pushed to the back burner by the 2008 presidential elections. Continue reading

The heart of May 1 – New Bedford, MA

 Our Team read this article and were touched to our core. We wanted to share it with you on this day May 1 2007 and share our great respect for Mr. Mancia and all those united for immigrant rights today and every day!

May 1, 2007

Illegal Families Face Increased Deportations

By JULIA PRESTON

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The day after his wife was deported to their home country, Honduras, Lilo Mancía grieved as though she had died. Neighbors arrived with doughnuts and juice for their two small children, while Mr. Mancía, an illegal immigrant like his wife, María Briselda Amaya, took telephone calls from relatives and tried not to break down.

“The first thing I thought of was the children,” Mr. Mancía, who is fighting his own deportation order, told the visitors gathered in his second floor walkup apartment in New Bedford a couple of weeks ago. “The future we imagined for them, it all collapsed.” Continue reading

May 1 is HERE! New York Marches

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A community rally for Immigration Reform . . .
Stop tearing families apart!
Stop the raids!
Stop the deportations!

2:00-2:30 Interfaith Prayer Service at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington S quare South)
2:30-3:30 Rally in Washington Square Park
3:30-4:00 March to Union Square*

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May 1- Join the Wisconsin March!

Organizers announced plans Thursday for “A Day Without Latinos,” a march and boycott on May 1 that last year drew thousands to the streets of Milwaukee to call for immigration reform. 

The march will start at noon at Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. 5th St., and proceed along W. National Ave. to downtown, said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, who organized last year’s march and is executive director of Voces. The march will end at Veterans Park with a rally featuring Ricardo Chavez, brother of United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez, and Craig Oliver, state political action chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, she said.