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Related Categories: East Bay | Immigrant Rights
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Oakland Immigrant Rights May Day March
Date Thursday May 01
Time 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
Assemble at 3 pm at Fruitvale BART Plaza
March down International Blvd at 4 pm
Rally at Oakland City Hall (14th & Broadway) at 6 pm
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorJesus Rodriguez
Emailjrodriguez [at]
PhoneSantuario: 510-540-5296
Oakland Sin Fronteras!

May Day march and rally for workers' and immigrant rights.

End the harassment and persecution of immigrant communities by federal agencies and local police.

Halt the use of "no-match" letters to intimidate worker organizing efforts.

Hold elected officials accountable to support immigrant rights.

Money for human needs and services, not militarism and war.

No more displacement from our homes and communities.

Sponsored by the Oakland Sin Fronteras coalition with participating community organizations.
Added to the calendar on Monday Mar 31st, 2008 6:48 PM

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by Anita
Thursday May 1st, 2008 11:57 AM
I agree with you Karwest, they should all at the same time go home and then when you have no vegetables, no clean hotel rooms to go into or anyone to clean a table at thenext restaurant you go to, they should be able to demand to the farm owners, the hotel owners that before we pick anything else for those citizens, they get legal residential paperwork. Either they work for legallity or the citizens of this country that can do nothing else but complain about the menial jobs there are and they don't want to do them but all they can do is complain about the people who do accomplish them. Like I said they should all at the same time go home, but think the next time you walk into Dennys and there are tables to be cleaned, don't complain about someone not doing it, stand up for yourself as a citizen and get to cleaning it yourself.
by Terencio Gatillo
Saturday Apr 14th, 2012 10:10 AM

Illegal Scabs

In the tradition of the working class movement the scabs have always been considered the lowest form of life on earth;however,today ,"progressive" petty bourgeois intellectuals are attempting to convince the workers that they should support the illegal scabs who usurp their workplaces to the detriment of unions,wages,labor laws,safety rules and working conditions in general.The petty bourgeois intellectual takes this position because his/her job is not threatened by the mostly illiterate scabs;he/she only cares about cheaper goods at the store and cheaper gardeners,maids and drugs.Besides,he/she has a job protection since titles from foreign universities are not valid unless they're validated by a filter exam in the United States,in English.However,Barack Obama is starting to change that at the elementary school level by the proliferation of "charter schools" (scab schools) with public funds and private administrations that are destroying the teachers' unions and regulations thus,illegal scabs will have access to these jobs too.
The twisted logic of the scabs' advocates claims,among other things,that the "undocumented workers" only take jobs that U.S. workers don't want=FALSE: the illegal scabs have taken most of the jobs that the U.S. corporations can not ship abroad: Construction,meatpacking houses,hotels,restaurants,automated machine shops, warehousing ,etc..The union hiring halls that once existed in U.S. cities,where workers could get a job at union wages,have been replaced by the "Centros de Jornaleros" where contractors,often also illegals,hire scab labor.Most of the jobs that were covered by the U.A.W.'s contract have been outsourced to machine shops around the country who employ illegal scabs at a third of U.A.W.'s wages.The same's happened with the meatpacking houses and other industries where the corporations,by different tactics,got rid of unions and today are running the plants with scabs.
The twisted logic continues by claiming that the illegal scabbing benefits us all=FALSE:It only benefits U.S. corporations by lowering their cost of production.
Furthermore,the twisted logic uses a lot of touchy-feely stories,appealing for compassion, about children and separated families without clarifying that these people who came illegally to the country to take U.S. workers' jobs leaving them homeless and,ever more,sleeping in the streets of U.S. cities, this scum, certainly, doesn't show any "compassion".
Some labor unions have been complicit in the scabbing operations by setting agencies in Mexico and Honduras to recruit illegal scabs as part of their strategy of collaboration with the corporations.The misleadership of these unions is composed mostly by intellectuals graduated from universities who never worked in the trade but got a job in the union hall and climbed to the top from there;their only interest is to collect the union dues.
The illegals who break the border laws,not only break the labor laws,they also break the traffic laws,putting in danger the lives of U.S. citizens on the road;they also break tax laws while demanding services paid for by U.S. taxpayers and often they also break drug laws by trafficking drugs from Mexico to the United States.
The requirement that only U.S. citizens or legal residents are allowed to work in the United States is a workers' gain and U.S. workers must defend it by any means necessary.
There are workers in Mexico who fight for better conditions in their country and who risk their lives in this fight but the illegal scabs have no dignity.As a disgusting twist this scum marches on May Day in a sea of U.S. flags as a big display of their obsequiousness.

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