Friday, April 28, 2017

DSA Puts Its Members Into the Streets for May Day


Web-DSA-May-Day-3.pngHave you seen this video? Fifty Movimiento Cosecha allies, including DSA members, shut down the South Bay detention center in Boston in support of immigrant workers going on strike on May 1st. And there's more to come.

DSA has endorsed Movimiento Cosecha’s call for a Día Sin Inmigrantes (Day Without Immigrants) on May 1.DSA local groups from New York to California have been working with them and other immigrants’ rights group active in their communities. You can look up your local DSA group here to find out what May Day activities they’re planning.
Join DSA and the growing immigrant strike movement May 1 for what promises to be the biggest workers’ strike in over a decade! Organizers from Movimiento Cosecha have said that more than 400,000 workers have committed to strike.
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Los Angeles County DSA stands up for workers' rights.

As socialists, we know that immigrants' rights and labor rights are intertwined. Check out our DSA May Day page to learn more. You can join in the massive strikes, boycotts, and other actions beginning May 1st. You can help from home too. Donate to support Movimiento Cosecha’s Día Sin Inmigrantes here.
And May 1st is just the beginning. There will be ongoing actions, so keep checking the DSA and Movimiento Cosecha strike websites for more updates.
Working together, we fight back — against the ban and against the wall, and move forward for us all. Sí, se puede!
In solidarity,
Maria Svart, DSA National Director
PS: Click here for a handout on socialism and immigration. And you can download your printable sign here. Share them with friends!
http://www.dsausa.org/

Sunday, April 2, 2017

California Plans to Undo Trump Efforts



by, Harold Meyerson,


American Prospect              
Spasms of fear often shake California, a state prey to earthquakes, fires, and floods. One such spasm—a manmade one—is shaking the state today.
Business is down at groceries featuring Mexican and Central American food, and at other stores catering to an immigrant clientele. The possibility of stakeouts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has led thousands of Angelenos to abbreviate their daily rounds.
“Since Election Day, children are scared about what might happen to their parents,” says Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles. “And parents for their children. We fill out at least ten guardianship letters every day for [undocumented] parents who fear for their [U.S. citizen] kids if they—the parents—are deported.”
The fear is rooted in the grim reality of the new president’s war on immigrants, and in the power that ICE possesses to wage that war. “Sanctuary city, or sanctuary state, is a misleading term,” says State Senate President Kevin de León, who more than any other public official has emerged as the leader of California’s resistance. “It creates the image of an invisible force field you’re safe behind, or reaching home base when you’re a kid playing tag. Actually, that force field doesn’t exist. If you’re undocumented, ICE can pick you up whether you’re in Paducah or liberal Santa Monica.” ICE can and does conduct sweeps in search of undocumented immigrants, and it doesn’t need a warrant to do so.
All of which has made California’s undocumented—about 2.5 million, by recent estimates, fully one million of them in Los Angeles and Orange Counties—and their family members who are citizens, deeply and understandably fearful.
It has also made millions more Californians angry. The Trump crackdown on immigrants has few supporters in the Golden State. In a January poll, the Public Policy Institute of California asked respondents whether they believed “there should be a way for them [undocumented immigrants] to stay in the country legally if certain conditions are met,” or believed instead that “they should not be allowed to stay in this country legally.” Fully 85 percent said they should be allowed to stay, a figure that included 65 percent of Republicans. Asked further if they favored or opposed “California state and local governments making their own policies and taking actions—separate from the federal government—to protect the legal rights of undocumented immigrants,” 65 percent “favored” while just 32 percent “opposed.”