Sunday, April 23, 2006

Thousands march for immigrant rights in San Francisco

My daughter and I had a great time marching today in San Francisco with the Asian American contingent in addition to many grassroots immigrant rights groups, the May 1st Alliance, and so many many families that turned out for the Bay Area Day of Action for Immigrant Justice.
I saw parents, students and teachers from Balboa HS, Peabody ES, McCoppin ES, James Lick MS, Buena Vista ES, Bessie Carmichael ES/Filipino Ed Center, Creative Arts Charter K-8, and Lowell, Lincoln, Newcomer, Mission, Burton and Marshall High Schools!
Here are a few photos from today's march and rally. More photos from CJWP Eric's Photos
--A number of white activists and African American leaders are circulating 2 well-written statements urging their folks to stand in solidarity with the immigrant rights movement.
The Catalyst Project and Heads Up Collective initiated this statement to white activists and communities. Dozens of organizers and activists have already signed on in solidarity.
For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!
We, white people who believe in justice and ending racism, have a responsibility and a historic opportunity to stand with immigrant communities and unite behind
their demands. As white people, most of us with U.S. citizenship, we call out to our white communities totake to the streets for immigrant rights. We must demonstrate that the rightwing racists, from the Minutemen to in the Congress, do not represent us!
Full statement at
If you agree with their principles, they invite you to sign this letter and make your signature a commitment to putting them into action inyour work and life.
Please sign on if you stand with the principles above. To add your signature too, go to this link:
From the Catalyst Project and Heads Up Collective
Boycott Against Immigrant Repression and for Gulf Coast Reconstruction!
And folks from the Black Radical Congress and Black Workers League are calling for more solidarity and unity from African American communities as well -
Build the Black and Brown Alliance for Justice and Human Rights!Please forward to others and sign the petition.

Hurricane Katrina was a 21st Century snapshot of the genocidaldirection of the US government. It exposed the reality of conditions faced by working class African Americans and peoples of color underUS style democracy. It also creates a new sense of urgency to mobilize power outside of the electoral arena to challenge racist and repressive legislation like HR 4437. There has yet to be a massive upsurge that expresses the deep outrage of the African American masses against the US government for this crime against humanity.

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