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      --- In Sexuality-Socialism@yahoogroups.com, "Glenn Kirkindall"
      <kirkindall@...> wrote:
      >
      > For a world without borders!
      > Immigrants demand justice for most abused U.S. workers
      > by Eduardo Martٍnez Zapata
      > Freedom Socialist Newspaper, Vol. 27, No. 3, June-July, 2006
      > www.socialism.com
      > The masses have spoken: �Sٍ se puede! From Los Angeles,
      Chicago,
      > and New York to tiny, rural Hermiston in Oregon, immigrant young
      > people and workers have shown their ganas, their strength of will.
      > They have organized the largest series of workingclass rallies in
      > U.S. history, with millions in the streets since early March.
      Their
      > protests were sparked by the reactionary Sensenbrenner legislation
      > passed in the House of Representatives in December, which would
      turn
      > undocumented immigrants into felons. And because of their
      protests,
      > that proposal now seems doomed. But more than a dozen pieces of
      > legislation addressing border issues sit before Congress, and none
      of
      > them are good for undocumented workers.
      >
      > To win any kind of justice for immigrants will require that
      the
      > big, bold, beautiful new movement become even bigger and
      > bolder. "Compromise" will win nothing. Most of the bills before
      > Congress contain provisions for both "guest worker" programs and
      > increased militarization of the border. This is in synch with
      > President Bush's push for "reform" that satisfies the business
      need
      > for cheap, vulnerable labor while also pandering to his rightwing
      > base and continuing to build up a police-state economy. The
      > temporary worker programs being considered are much like the
      racist
      > bracero program that began in the 1940s. They would create a class
      of
      > workers at the complete mercy of employers. Some of the plans
      would
      > provide a "pathway to citizenship" for immigrants without papers —
      > but this path is filled with roadblocks and dead ends. The plans
      > would exclude the newest arrivals, impose a host of conditions,
      and
      > involve a wait of many years.
      >
      > However, because of this supposed route to citizenship, many
      > immigrant organizations, churches, NGOs, and unions, including
      even
      > the United Farm Workers, support the guest worker legislation as
      an
      > acceptable compromise rather than condemning it as a dangerous
      trap.
      > The real alternative to the nasty Sensenbrenner legislation is to
      > demand full, immediate amnesty for current undocumented immigrants
      > and open borders for future migrants. After all, it is the "free
      > trade" policies of the U.S. that directly cause the forced
      > dislocation of millions of desperate and impoverished people from
      > their homelands! If the corporations know no borders, why should
      > working people? But this is definitely going too far for leaders
      of
      > organizations like the ones mentioned above. They are part of what
      > Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky called the "middle caste,"
      > movement bureaucrats and careerists whose job is to negotiate
      between
      > the powers-that-be and the powerless. Their main interests are to
      > control the movement at all costs and to steer workers toward the
      > ballot box to back Democratic Party candidates. To accomplish
      this,
      > they resort to undemocratic maneuvers that include censoring and
      > redbaiting outspoken young people and leftists. Many of these
      > leaders also discouraged students from participating in the
      terrific
      > May Day walkout, urging them to protest "respectfully" rather than
      > skip school. A recommendation to young people: Don't tolerate
      these
      > sellouts — follow your gut! The movement needs the uppity
      attitudes
      > and radical demands that youth are not afraid to make. It needs
      the
      > spirit shown by the many young Seattle Latinas and Latinos
      carrying
      > picket signs with the message "We didn't cross the border, the
      border
      > crossed us!"
      >
      > History tells us that immigrants will gain nothing by accepting
      > rotten legislation as the "lesser evil" or by putting their trust
      in
      > the Democratic Party. To accomplish anything, immigrant rights
      > champions must stay in the streets and continue to build a mass
      > movement.
      >
      > A rising tide to lift all boats.
      > What kind of mass movement? Perhaps most important of all is to
      > understand that the battle for immigrant rights is a battle for
      the
      > whole working class.At the same time that immigration to the U.S.
      has
      > been increasing, jobs at decent wages have been disappearing.
      These
      > job losses are part of the corporate "race to the bottom" that is
      > going on everywhere. But politicians and CEOs find it convenient
      to
      > blame immigrants, and they are backed up by groups like the border
      > vigilantes of the fascistic Minuteman Project.
      >
      > Unity of the exploited and the oppressed against racist bigots is
      a
      > must. African American activist Gary Clay Sr. called for this kind
      of
      > unity at the 25,000-strong May Day rally in Portland, Oregon,
      > saying, "I feel that the current treatment of immigrants is an
      insult
      > to the many African Americans who stood up and died for civil
      rights
      > for all people — we must come together." The more the immigrant
      > rights movement reaches out to include fighters of all colors and
      > backgrounds like Clay, the stronger it will be.
      >
      > Another key to a strong movement is recognizing the significant
      place
      > that women's issues have within it. Female immigrants face an
      > especially harsh reality as frequent victims of sexual harassment
      and
      > rape and as the worst-paid and worst-treated non-native workers.
      By
      > espousing their demands, the movement says that it is serious
      about
      > winning justice for all immigrants.
      >
      > Outreach to unions is also crucial. Thanks to rank-and-file
      > initiative, several unions endorsed the May 1 "Day Without
      > Immigrants." Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women members who
      > have thrown themselves into the immigrant rights upsurge helped to
      > win the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County
      and
      > Municipal Employees Local 2626 in Los Angeles and support from the
      > Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council in Seattle. Union
      > involvement will be decisive in fighting reprisals against
      immigrant
      > organizers.
      >
      > Living wages, healthcare, civil liberties, education, childcare,
      > freedom from want, the right to enjoy culture and leisure time:
      the
      > things that immigrants need are the things that all workers need.
      In
      > the words of Victoria Hernفndez, an immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico,
      > and coordinator of Socially Active Youth in Portland: "Immigrant
      > rights are not just a Mexican thing, they're not just a Latino
      thing:
      > it's a workingclass issue. We are all fighting for the same human
      > rights."
      >
      > • No to any guest worker program! Amnesty now! Open the borders!
      > • Stop the criminalizing of immigrants and end the raids and
      > deportations!
      > • Support the rights of immigrant women and young people!
      > • Abolish NAFTA and CAFTA!
      > • End the war against Iraq — fund jobs at union wages and social
      > services!
      > • For a world without poverty — for democratic socialism!
      > Eduardo Martٍnez Zapata is an educator in Portland, Oregon, who
      moved
      > from Mexico to the U.S. with his family at the age of 9.
      >
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