Re: For a world without borders!
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> 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
> The masses have spoken: �Sٍ se puede! From Los Angeles,
> and New York to tiny, rural Hermiston in Oregon, immigrant youngTheir
> 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.
> protests were sparked by the reactionary Sensenbrenner legislationturn
> passed in the House of Representatives in December, which would
> undocumented immigrants into felons. And because of theirprotests,
> that proposal now seems doomed. But more than a dozen pieces ofof
> legislation addressing border issues sit before Congress, and none
> them are good for undocumented workers.the
> To win any kind of justice for immigrants will require that
> big, bold, beautiful new movement become even bigger andneed
> 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
> for cheap, vulnerable labor while also pandering to his rightwingracist
> base and continuing to build up a police-state economy. The
> temporary worker programs being considered are much like the
> bracero program that began in the 1940s. They would create a classof
> workers at the complete mercy of employers. Some of the planswould
> provide a "pathway to citizenship" for immigrants without papers and
> but this path is filled with roadblocks and dead ends. The plans
> would exclude the newest arrivals, impose a host of conditions,
> involve a wait of many years.even
> However, because of this supposed route to citizenship, many
> immigrant organizations, churches, NGOs, and unions, including
> the United Farm Workers, support the guest worker legislation asan
> acceptable compromise rather than condemning it as a dangeroustrap.
> The real alternative to the nasty Sensenbrenner legislation is toof
> 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
> organizations like the ones mentioned above. They are part of whatbetween
> Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky called the "middle caste,"
> movement bureaucrats and careerists whose job is to negotiate
> the powers-that-be and the powerless. Their main interests are tothis,
> control the movement at all costs and to steer workers toward the
> ballot box to back Democratic Party candidates. To accomplish
> they resort to undemocratic maneuvers that include censoring andterrific
> redbaiting outspoken young people and leftists. Many of these
> leaders also discouraged students from participating in the
> May Day walkout, urging them to protest "respectfully" rather thanthese
> skip school. A recommendation to young people: Don't tolerate
> sellouts follow your gut! The movement needs the uppityattitudes
> and radical demands that youth are not afraid to make. It needsthe
> spirit shown by the many young Seattle Latinas and Latinoscarrying
> picket signs with the message "We didn't cross the border, theborder
> crossed us!"in
> History tells us that immigrants will gain nothing by accepting
> rotten legislation as the "lesser evil" or by putting their trust
> the Democratic Party. To accomplish anything, immigrant rightsthe
> champions must stay in the streets and continue to build a mass
> 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
> 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 isto
> going on everywhere. But politicians and CEOs find it convenient
> blame immigrants, and they are backed up by groups like the bordera
> vigilantes of the fascistic Minuteman Project.
> Unity of the exploited and the oppressed against racist bigots is
> must. African American activist Gary Clay Sr. called for this kindof
> unity at the 25,000-strong May Day rally in Portland, Oregon,insult
> saying, "I feel that the current treatment of immigrants is an
> to the many African Americans who stood up and died for civilrights
> for all people we must come together." The more the immigrantplace
> 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
> that women's issues have within it. Female immigrants face anand
> especially harsh reality as frequent victims of sexual harassment
> rape and as the worst-paid and worst-treated non-native workers.By
> espousing their demands, the movement says that it is seriousabout
> winning justice for all immigrants.and
> 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
> Municipal Employees Local 2626 in Los Angeles and support from theimmigrant
> Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council in Seattle. Union
> involvement will be decisive in fighting reprisals against
> Living wages, healthcare, civil liberties, education, childcare,
> freedom from want, the right to enjoy culture and leisure time:
> things that immigrants need are the things that all workers need.In
> the words of Victoria Hernفndez, an immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico,thing:
> and coordinator of Socially Active Youth in Portland: "Immigrant
> rights are not just a Mexican thing, they're not just a Latino
> it's a workingclass issue. We are all fighting for the same humanmoved
> No to any guest worker program! Amnesty now! Open the borders!
> Stop the criminalizing of immigrants and end the raids and
> 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
> For a world without poverty for democratic socialism!
> Eduardo Martٍnez Zapata is an educator in Portland, Oregon, who
> from Mexico to the U.S. with his family at the age of 9.