Call for a National Day of Protest for Immigrant Rights on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017.
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the Legalization for All (L4A) network.
On Friday, January 20, 2017 Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. Trump ran a racist campaign, calling Mexicans “rapists, criminals, and drug dealers…” His plans for his first 100 days includes ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), deporting millions of undocumented, building a wall on the border with Mexico, further criminalizing the undocumented, cutting off Federal funds to sanctuary cities, and more attacks on immigrants. 70% of the undocumented are from Mexico and Central America, and these are the people that Trump is primarily targeting.
In December, 2005 the Republican House of Representatives passed HR4437, known as the Sensenbrenner bill. This bill was also an attack on the undocumented, calling for many of the same actions as Trump: criminalizing the undocumented, expanding the wall on the border with Mexico, and penalizing sanctuary cities.
In response massive protests, centered in the Chicano, Mexicano, and Latino communities brought more than a million people into the streets in 2006. Students walked out of class, workers left their jobs, and community members of all ages rallied in protest, calling for legalization of the undocumented. This mass resistance was able to stop the Sensenbrenner bill.
The Legalization for All (L4A) network feels that a similar mass movement is needed to stop Trump’s attacks on the undocumented. We are calling on students, workers, and community people, especially from the Chicano, Mexicano, and Latino communities, to organize a national day of protest on inauguration day, Friday, January 20, 2017.
Trump has his 100 day plan, we in the immigrant rights movement need to respond with our own 100 day plan to also build for even bigger protests May 1!
Defend DACA! Legalization not Deportation! Stop the Wall on the border with Mexico!
What you can do to build a national day of protest on January 20, 2017: 1. Organize a protest for immigrant rights in your school, workplace, and community. Let Legalization for All know about your plans!
2. Join with other anti-Trump protests in your city or in Washington DC and bring your signs and banners for immigrant rights. Organize a contingent as part of these protests.
3. Take photos and videos of your protest and share them with Legalization for All!