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Support Day Laborers! Counter Protest Anti Immigrant Bigots!!!

Anti immigrant folks in PDX this Wednesday! Counter Protest!!!
[forward widely!!!]

The city of Portland is finally getting on with plans to build a Day Labor Hiring site! Unfortunately reactionary right wing bigot groups are car pooling again up to Portland to condemn progressive actions and to spout their flimsy racist anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Come out to support the Day Labor Center and to denounce the anti-immigrant racist scapegoating!

Mayor Tom Potter and community members plan to create a hire site for day laborers. Read about their plans in the Portland Tribune of July
24:
 http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=118522686140313400

The hearing on the proposal will be in front of the Portland City Council,
Wednesday, August 1, at 5:00 p.m. Call the city hall at (503) 823-4000 to be able to testify. Portland City Hall is located at 1221 SW 4th Ave (Jefferson and 4th)

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[this is a leaflet found, written by Sin Fronteras Portland, handed out at the last rally when The Oregonians For Immigration Reform came to Portland. OFIR are the anti immigrant group coming to Portland this Wednesday.]

The Oregonians For Immigration Reform uses fear, hiding behind racist scapegoating to mask the true roots of U.S. Social political and economic problems.

The Oregonians For Immigration Reform base their xenophobic ideas around a simple formula, more people means more money for services. They base their claim on the stereotyping of all undocumented immigrants as working under the table jobs and not paying income taxes, thereby getting a 'free ride'. FACT is only about estimated 120, 000 out of an estimated 12 million undocumented folks work as day laborers under the table. Working as a day laborer is difficult, barely compensated work, that because of xenophobic and white supremacist legislation already on the books, leaves working under the table as a last resort for employment. Unions in the united states have picked up on that it is more useful and consistent with CARING for ALL WORKING PEOPLE to help day laborers organize and fight for better working conditions than to single this minority out and scapegoat them for the problems all working people face.

Oregonians For Immigration Reform also have a skewed idea of how social services are paid for, imagining that everything in society comes from income taxes, or that somehow undocumented folks have some sort of racket
on avoiding gas, property, sales, etc... etc... etc... taxes. Its absurd to put it blunt.

No piece of paper should deem whether someone should have safe and fair working conditions, quality education, sanitation, and health care, housing, etc... All people deserve these things. The United States does not live in scarcity, the fact that the I.C.E. spends nearly 3000 dollars a month to detain one person immediately illustrates the absurdity of this backwards " we have no money" politic. The U.S. Economic system is marred with corruption and exploitative practices, loop holes for the rich and corporations, leaving our communities hurting. Oregon lost more than 60,000 jobs since NAFTA was signed and corporations made record profits.

An basic understanding of neo-liberal economic polices illustrates the cause of migration, social discontent, and worsening social conditions, deteriorating educational facilities, and the decimation of social programs. Not just in Mexico and the global south but in the United States. Resistance to these policies is growing in Latin America, and much like the global finances corporations pilfer, that resistance is crossing borders as well and spreading to the United States. Unions , community groups, social justice campaigns, city hall resolutions, across the country are mobilizing and building popular social movements. We are realizing that we have much more in common with our sisters and brothers in Latin America than we do with CEOs here in the United States.

OFIR's call for assimilationist ideas is the modern day continuation of white supremacist manifest destiny. That Anglo/white ways are the only way to enlightenment and should be held above all other cultural ideas as the norm. This is RACISM point and simple.

OFIR's racist scapegoating adds up if anything as xenophobic band aid rhetoric to very real social problems that have nothing to do with immigrants, or scarcity. There is enough for all of us, more than enough. Reactionary ideas are dangerous. People must see through the lies and fears these people base themselves on.

There are no illegal men, women or children. Poverty, lack of health care, lack of job security, lack of prioritizing funding for children, privatization, neo-liberal economic polices, white supremacy and patriarchy...all of these things perpetuated by U.S. capitalist and imperialist policies are the real crimes.


SIN FRONTERAS PORTLAND
 pdxsinfronteras@riseup.net

Stop Racism & Hate 31.Jul.2007 18:49

Joe Anybody / Ben Waiting iam@joe-anybody.com

Let me highlight a couple "talking points" I gleaned from this post
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**No piece of paper should deem whether someone should have safe and fair working conditions, quality education, sanitation, and health care, housing, etc... All people deserve these things

**I.C.E. spends nearly 3000 dollars a month to detain one person

**Oregon lost more than 60,000 jobs since NAFTA was signed and corporations made record profits

**We have much more in common with our sisters and brothers in Latin America than we do with CEOs here in the United States.

**There are no illegal men, women or children. Poverty, lack of health care, lack of job security, lack of prioritizing funding for children, privatization, neo-liberal economic polices, white supremacy and patriarchy...all of these things perpetuated by U.S. capitalist and imperialist policies are the real crimes.


Audio and Video From June ICE Raid Protest 31.Jul.2007 21:05

Jim Lockhart eagleye@PhilosopherSeed.org

Audio and Video from the June 24, 207 March and Rally protesting raids on Immigrants working at the Del Monte plant, attended by more than 400 people. The following write up is from the Google post.
The Demonstration, organized by Portland Immigration Rights Coalition, gathered at the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office for a series of speeches, and then marched on the sidewalk down Broadway to Pioneer Square, for more speeches. All those who spoke did so in both English and Spanish or were interpreted from either language to the other. Shazuko Hashimoto of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee introduced the speakers and acted as moderator for the event. Among the speakers was Caroline Gonzales, a Middle School teacher at George Middle School who testified to the panic and alarm among her students as a result of the arrests at the Del Monte canning facility. Also speaking was Carmen Rubio, Community Affairs Director for Mayor Tom Potters Office. Another speaker, the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and another was speaking for the Filipino immigrants, two of which were also arrested during the ICE raid. Many more speakers followed, both before and after the march to Pioneer Square. One speaker is a mother affected by the raid. "On June 12th our lives ended. The majority of us are single mothers. I am a representative for the mothers who have been affected. There are mothers amongst us who can't even leave their homes because of the psychological effect and because of the lack of money. They can';t even buy themselves a soda; they can't even buy themselves a bus pass. They have to come to this building three times a week to sign a little sheet, and they don't have money to do that." She continues, "Our kids are completely terrorized. They've given us some machines that we have to put in our house, and I have to tell them in a very cruel way that they can't take the machines out of the house, or the police will come." "... ... ... Unfortunately, during these times it's when kids ask us for the most support and we have nothing to give them because we need the money to go to appointments to come here and check our bracelets," referring to a bracelet strapped to her ankle. After the march later speakers included Camilo Mejia, the first Conscientious Objector to refuse redeployment to Iraq. On May 21, 2004, a U.S. military court sentenced Staff Sergeant Mejia Castillo of the Florida National Guard to the maximum penalty of one year's imprisonment for desertion. He had refused to return to his unit in Iraq, citing moral reasons, the legality of the war and the conduct of US troops towards Iraqi civilians and prisoners. Camilo addressed the connection between the two issues, the war in Iraq and the persecution of immigrants, most recently, the ICE raids on the Del Monte plant. For audio of a recent 38 minute presentation by Mejia here in Portland at the First Unitarian Church: FONT COLOR="#6633cc">PhilosopherSeed.org Audio Page

The event was summed up for me with many signs, but by one in particular which read," Where are YOUR ancestors from? One Planet, One People." A HREF="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-301715006081422441">Font Color="#6633cc"> Video from Rally and March posted to Google.com

Audio files of speakers, about 44 minutes, from the first part of the Rally, before the March to Pioneer Square:

Immigrant Rights Rally, RealPlayer

Immigrant Rights Rally, MP3



Fixing the Video Link 31.Jul.2007 21:25

Jim



First Read the Portland IndyMedia Day Labor Series ! 31.Jul.2007 22:22

Lawrence J. Maushard

Your link to the Portland Tribune article is fine, but people should first read the two-part day labor series I wrote for Portland IndyMedia some weeks back. Check it out at

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/06/360997.shtml

and

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/06/360542.shtml

No Minutemen at City Hall ? 01.Aug.2007 18:38

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

Went to City hall about 5:15 on Wednesday

Seen one guy holding a sign out front

Seen a few in black with a few signs sitting off to the side

Seen Media activist Jim Lockhart standing there ready with camera in hand

Seen Code Pink / kboo /SURGE / "Martha"

Seen "No" Minutemen or any kind of "demonstrating"?

I was told the meeting inside is not a public meeting as posted here on Indy Media

not much to report ...here are two pictures


The Minutemen/OFIR did show... 02.Aug.2007 13:54

fact checker

They were there, in the meeting, which was public. Don't believe everything you're told. There was some interesting, heated exchange afterward as well.

ok 02.Aug.2007 16:23

Joe Anybody

thanks for the Facts Update!