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Tuesday, May 1st was the first anniversary of the Great Boycott of 2006, in which immigrants led walkouts, boycotts, and protests all over the US. Protests were held in cities such as Davis, Fresno, Modesto, Oakland, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco, and Watsonville. The ILWU stopped work in 6 west coast ports, in part to support the Alcatraz ferry workers and their struggle against Hornblower Cruises. May 1st was also a day of nationwide student walkouts.
On March 30th, 2007, César Chávez Day, the MigraWatch Network sponsored a forum on immigration at St Patrick's church in Watsonville. The forum featured guest speakers, a performance by Teatro Sin Fronteras, and group discussion of a plan of action for when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes back to California's Central Coast.
Cesar Chavez Day was Saturday, March 31st. In Fresno, the Committee Cesar E. Chavez CO-CE-CHA held the 14th Annual Cesar Chavez Celebration. This year, the theme of the march was to stop all anti-immigrant raids. In Sacramento, there was a march at Southside Park and in San Francisco there was a march starting at 24th and Potrero. Many other events were planned around the state, including marches in Los Angeles, Santa Rosa, Bakersfield, Salinas, and Oxnard. Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927. He led successful strikes and boycotts that resulted in the first industry-wide labor contracts in the history of American agriculture.
In the wake of two days of 5:00am raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement teams in San Rafael and Novato, numerous Marin County groups felt called to respond with solidarity vigils that will be held each morning from 5:00am to 8:30am in the Canal District of San Rafael. The first vigil took place on Friday, March 9th, at Medway and Canal Streets in the San Rafael Canal District (imc_photo.gif Photos: 1 | 2), and these actions will reportedly continue "until no longer necessary."

On Monday March 12th, a community meeting in response to the raids will be held at 6:00pm at the Pickleweed Center in San Rafael. The ICE raids will be an agenda item at the Marin County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, March 13th at 9:30am.
Semillas writes: Both the federal government and coporate America simultaneously implement violations of human rights and support language, ideas, and practices that justify the hatred of immigrants, to maintain profits and political power. This is a summary of reports about jails where la Migra (ICE) detains families and individuals suspected of violating U.S. immigration law. You will find links to information regarding current conditions of incarceration provoked by U.S. immigration law and lived by those incarcerated. Read More

See related: Immigration Forum and César Chávez Day Celebration || Foro de MigraWatch y Celebración del Día de César Chávez
February 26th through March 2nd was a week of protest against the recent ICE raids, against guestworker programs, and in support of legalization. Every day, people gatheredfrom 11am to 1pm outside of San Francisco's Homeland Security/ICE Building at 630 Sansome St. imc_video.gif Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | imc_photo.gifPhotos | Reports: 1 | 2
On Friday, legal workers, immigrant rights organizations, and labor unions came together for a march from 16th and Mission Streets, then filled the plaza at the front of the Federal building. 18 activists, including people of faith and labor leaders met with Nancy Pelosi's office, and when her office's response to community concerns and demands was insufficient, they sat in and were arrested. imc_photo.gif1 | 2 | 3
On Friday, January 12th, there will be a picket line at the Federal Building in San Francisco (450 Golden Gate) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Protesters will demand: an end to the immigration raids now; freedom for all detained workers; the return of jobs to all those detained; the right for all undocumented immigrants to unionize; and "a General and Unconditional Amnesty for all!"

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