Latino immigrants and their supporters will stage a one-day strike and commercial boycott on May 1 to pressure Congress to grant illegal aliens the right to gain citizenship, protest organizers said on Tuesday.
Participants will stay home from work and school and refuse to buy or sell anything that Monday to press for greater rights for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, said leaders of several groups that have organized other protests over the past month.
“We’re flexing our muscles to send a message that we are not criminals,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, director of the Hispanic-rights group Latino Movement USA.
Gutierrez is a member of the ANSWER LA steering committee and has spoken many times at ANSWER forums. He was quoted today at a press conference at the National Press Club in DC which drew a substanial number of reporters.
The boycott/strike is gaining momentum. Word about it is getting out everywhere. It’s being called ‘A Day without Latinos” and also “The Great American Boycott.”
With Congress approaching a train wreck on the issue, it’s important that millions act, and a nationwide one-day strike is a real good way to do it.