SF Supes Resol. Against Scapegoating
RESOLUTION FROM THE SF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGAINST SCAPEGOATING
AND IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANTS
By Frontlines Staff
The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco issued a Resolution proclaiming October 13 as Immigrant Pride Day and stating that “supports the work of the Immigrant Rights Movement (MDI) to ensure that the San Francisco is a place where immigrants and their families are recognized for their human values and contributions.”
The Resolution, presented at the march and rally organized by the Immigrant Rights Movement and endorsed by 70 other labor, community and political organizations by Supervisor Leland Yee was accepted by MDI coordinators Berta Hernández and Carlos Petroni on behalf of the organizers of the events.
The Resolution of the SF Board of Supervisors also states that “the Board of Supervisors, as a matter of policy, has condemned discrimination, Scapegoating, and biased profiling of Arabs, Muslims and other immigrants by those who would like to use the heinous and criminal terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 to pursue their own anti-immigrant agenda … immigrants are entitled to the right to work and live without fear and be able to access all social services, education, health care and economic opportunities …”
Around 900 people, most of them immigrants, particularly Latinos from the Mission District, participated in two rallies and a march throughout the working class district last Saturday as part of the celebrations for Immigrant Pride Day. Their demands of the event were Stop Scapegoating of Arabs and Muslims! Stop the Attacks against immigrants! And For a full amnesty for all undocumented immigrants!
This is the first public demonstration organized by immigrants and workers anywhere in the country confronting the new wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and harassment and physical attacks against people of color since the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the start of the war declared by President Bush. The speakers at the rallies also explained why the war was not in the best interests of immigrants and people of color in the US and how Bush war drive was brought home by the anti-terrorist laws and a renew strategy against immigrants.
Among the sponsors of the action were the SF Labor Council, the Instituto Familiar de La Raza, Socialist Alternative, Vietnamese Residents Association and many others. The national AFL-CIO sent a message of support as well.