Monday, May 7, 2007

Mayday Immigrant Rights are Worker Rights

Video of Police attacks of NYC & LA May Day Immigrant & Workers Right Marches

LA police (including against Fox reporters!)

NYC (including confrontation with Minutemen)

Democracy Now MayDay Immigrant Rights Special

Stories include:

- May Day 2007: Hundreds of Thousands March for Immigrant Rights
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants took to the streets on Tuesday in protests in dozens of cities across the country. Calls focused on demanding a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, ending immigrant raids and deportations and rejecting anti-immigrant legislation. We speak with organizers of the day's two largest protests: Los Angeles and Chicago. [includes rush transcript]

-Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas Into Peaceful LA Immigration March In Los Angeles, an afternoon immigrant rights march ended when police fired dozens of rubber bullets and tear gas into the peaceful crowd. Families with young children were forced to flee for their safety. Eyewitnesses said police gave little or no warning before firing therubber bullets. [includes rush transcript]

-Hundreds of Students Walk Out of Classrooms to Support Immigrant Rights Students once again played a key role in the May Day protests. In LosA ngeles, city officials reported around six hundred students walked out ofclass to join the march for immigrant rights. Meanwhile in Detroit, dozens of students were arrested for taking part in a walkout that also protestedthe planned closure of dozens of schools. We speak with two student organizers. [includes rush transcript]

-A Look at the Forces Behind the Anti-Immigrant Movement We take a look at the forces behind the anti-immigrant movement with journalist Max Blumenthal of The Nation. Blumenthal says the ideas for the movement "did not come from a vacuum and they're not necessarily a rational response to a crisis. They come from the white nationalist movement, a movement that seeks to maintain what they consider the white character of then United States." [includes rush transcript]