Cross posted from The Uncooperative Blogger
From AZ Central:
Immigrant rights advocates in the Valley have backed off plans to support a nationwide worker boycott slated for May 1 to call attention to the economic importance of undocumented immigrants.
Organizers fear too many participants could lose their jobs and are concerned an economic boycott could alienate employers and fuel a backlash undermining any gains made after the massive April 10 march and rally in Phoenix that drew more than 100,000 supporters, many of them undocumented immigrant workers.
“We know that immigrants work very hard to support their families, and some have been warned not to take more time off of work,” said Joel Foster of Somos America, the coalition of Valley groups that organized the April 10 demonstration.
Instead, organizers plan to promote alternative actions, including a candlelight vigil, a prayer vigil and possibly a human chain. The actions are all aimed at “celebrating the contributions of immigrant workers” and maintaining the demonstration’s momentum, said organizer Lydia Hernandez.
Organizers met Monday, and “99 percent” agreed a May 1 boycott would be premature considering the U.S. Senate hasn’t settled on an immigration bill.
“They want to keep the boycott as a last resort,” Hernandez said.
The boycott threatened to cripple industries that depend heavily on immigrant workers, including the construction, restaurant and hospitality industries. Some billed the boycott “a day without an immigrant” to protest a tough bill passed by the House in December that would turn undocumented immigrants into felons. Support for the boycott, however, now appears to have fizzled.
Like I care about these employers, they are criminals. I would love to see them all suffer greatly for what they have done. I don’t want to hear about it, if you cannot do business in this country legally, than get a job! I can argue the same points for explaining why people deal drugs. Making money off breaking the law makes you a criminal, and we should be enforcing our laws.
I am sick and tired of all the whining about no one will do the jobs, BULL! Pay a decent wage and people will do the job, I have done about every job illegals now perform in this country. I did it and I did it gladly.
Here is another concept for you! Mow your own lawn, cook your own food and grow your own dang vegetables! We have grown worthless and weak as a people in this country and it makes me ill.
**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.