Monday, May 01, 2006

A day without an immigrant so far...

According to video on CNN it appears the one rally in Homestead Florida is rather large but will this end up causing the huge impact that rally organizers predicted?

Locally this has not been promoted, the Toledo Blade reports:

Closer to home, Baldemar Velasquez, founder and president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, will put the organization's demonstration to music.

Mr. Velasquez and several caravans of supporters plan to travel to U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor's office in Tiffin and "serenade" him. Mr. Gillmor (R., Old Fort) voted for the bill approved by the House.

Mr. Velasquez said maybe the soft touch may reach Mr. Gillmor, because efforts to reach him about the plight of undocumented immigrants and their worth to the American economy have not.

"We're going to join the Sisters of St. Francis and we're going to do a community serenade," Mr. Velasquez said. "We have maybe between 50 to 100."

The light-hearted protest will be different than a general strike in places such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, prayer vigils in places such as Philadelphia, and marches and other actions from New York to Alaska.

Mr. Velasquez said FLOC is not encouraging people to walk off their jobs or students to walk out of school for the day.

"Latinos already have a hard enough time trying to get an education. Staying in school is an important thing unless it's an organized event like we did on [April 12], where many teachers did it as part of their curriculum and schools doing it as part of their education," he said.