Those participating dedicated the march to Anthony Soltero, 14, of Ontario, whose mother says killed himself after he was disciplined for missing class to take part in an immigration rights march. School officials have said there is no ''corroborating evidence'' to support that allegation.Some 20,000 Oakland immigrant rights protesters and student activists on Monday, April 10th also dedicated their rally and march to Anthony. See artist/activist Faviana Rodriguez' great blog for more on the growing movement in Oakland. Anthony's mother Louise Corales has said that her eighth grade son shot himself through the head on Thursday, March 30, after the assistant principal at De Anza Middle School told him that he was going to prison for three years because of his involvement as an organizer of the March 28 school walk-outs to protest the anti-immigrant legislation in Washington.
She says that the vice principal also forbade Anthony from attending graduation activities and threatened to fine her for Anthony's truancy and participation in the student protests. The family's supporters say Anthony was learning about the importance of civic duties and rights in his eighth grade class.
“I want to speak out to other parents, whose children are attending the continuing protests this week. We have to let the schools know that they can‘t punish our children for exercising their rights.”
LAist said that Anthony's funeral was Saturday morning. Some bloggers and parent and education activists are calling for the firing of the Assistant Principal like LA's Politics in the Zeros and the The Good Reverend. Other great blogs - Detodos-paratodos No HR 4437.orgFor a great new website which features student voices on immigrant rights go to:
From STUDENTS' RESPONSES HR4437.COM:
New policies, propositions, and initiatives to reform immigration are as frequent as the morning sunlight. The new HR4437 bill has stirred up the social activist in everyone who has a friend, sibling, or parent who is undocumented and among those who believe in justice and equality for everyone.
...This web site is meant to provide a forum for students(and non-students) to post their comments or responses about the HR4437 Bill, their experiences at multiple rallies that have been organized nationwide, or to share their thoughts and feelings about immigrant rights.