Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

On the state of May Day and immigrant rights

Today's May Day rallies will be interesting in that they're the first such events to take place post-Occupy, with that movement having dabbled a bit in immigrant rights, but only a bit.

Case in point: The two larger events planned today in Los Angeles will be a separate march staged by immigrant rights activists, and another one staged by Occupy organizers, whose main focus continues to be social and economic inequality. The plan is for both to come together downtown later this afternoon.

What is the state of immigration politics since May 1, 2006, the day of a massive march in Los Angeles that was part of what became known of the Great American Boycott? I'll be discussing this shortly after 10 a.m. Pacific on 89.3 KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle, and posting more on it later today. For now, some background from a post last year marking the fifth anniversary of the historic L.A. march:

May 1 is traditionally known as International Workers" Day, celebrated as a "labor day" holiday in some parts of the world. In 2006, at the height of a large immigrant rights movement that revolved around talk of broad immigration reforms and guest workers during the Bush administration, immigrant rights advocates wishing to point out the connection between immigrant workers and the nation"s economic engine organized what was referred to as the "Great American Boycott." The goal was for people to abstain from buying or selling anything, working or even attending school, anything that could demonstrate the power of immigrants.

...The momentum behind the rallies of 2006 began to wane after the hoped-for reforms did not come to fruition. In the years since, as enforcement-based policies have taken the front burner and the immigration battle has moved to the states, immigrant rights advocates have regrouped around smaller bits and pieces of the immigration debate.

Read more at: multiamerican.scpr.org

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