Tomorrow, Saturday, May 1st, 2010, Houston will join an international call to March for dignity & respect for all human beings.
May 1st marks International Workers Day and historically was used to celebrate the gains of several labour movements throughout the world. In recent years, especially in the U.S., it's come to mark a day of political protests and rallies to demand workers rights and immigrant rights.
With the recent signing of SB 1070 by Arizona's governor, this May Day March is especially important and especially significant. SB 1070 "makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in the United States without registration documents required by federal law, and requires police to make an attempt, when practicable, to determine a person's immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien." This bill is problematic because it gives police officers who suspect you may be illegal, the right to stop, question, and detain you. Arizona says that officers will use things like 'how someone is dressed' to decide whether they may be illegal. The law pretty much gives police the right to racially profile brown people. This law is a slap in the face for all Brown people that have come here due to the promise of the American Dream. And it's a slap in the face to the Brown ancestors that maintained, worked, and roamed this land long before borders.
Houston will stand in solidarity with all Brown people suffering due to laws imposed on them. Houston also marches to demand respect to immigrant workers’ rights, for the right to be acknowledged, “to come out of the shadows”, through a just immigration reform for all the contributions immigrants make, for the right of family unification and a stop to the raids and deportations, for respect to the human rights of all immigrants and refugees, for Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act, for justice for all, and for unity amongst ALL communities.
We at OurDHStreets post the information here for all interested in taking part of this March. We understand what this means to all Latinos, Mexicanos, Xicanos, Mexican-Americans, Immigrantes, etc in this country and throughout the world. Brown people have a long and proud history in the Southern states, and it's upsetting and saddening that after all that we have given, law makers work day in and day out to destroy our cultura.
The march organizers invite people to bring signs, whistles, drums, etc to make lots of noise & bring attention. Houston is sending a message to Arizona, the lawmakers here, and the country, that we do not support unjust laws.
It may be rainy, so be sure to bring umbrellas, raincoats, etc & water to drink. Details are below.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Starting Point: Bellaire and Renwick
5900 Bellaire Blvd.
Ending Point: Rally @ Burnett Bayland Park (Chimney Rock & Gulfton)
Visit www.houstonmarches.info for more details.
You can also call or text (832)497-5035 for more info.
Visit the Facebook Page for this Event, here.