ALAA Roots — An Unofficial Site

April 28, 2006

2006.04.28: Legal observers still needed for May 1st

Filed under: Immigrant Rights — nyclaw01 @ 11:54 am

From: Julie N. Fry
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 3:59 PM
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: Legal observers still needed for May 1st

Attached is some info about the rally on Monday and some general information about being a legal observer. You do not have to be a lawyer to be a legal observer!

Please contact me if you are interested.

All of the Legal observers are meeting at 4pm on Monday at the southwest side of union Sq., near the Ghandi statue.

If you can come, but will be late, please call the NLG office on Monday at 212-679-6018 to ask them where you should go.

Bring a pad and a pen.


May 1 Great American Boycott for Immigrant Rights NYC

No School – No Work – No Shopping – No Selling

Rally in Union Sq. 4 pm

A Call to Support the May 1 2006
Great American Boycott for Immigrant Rights

Rally & March
Monday, May 1
4:00 pm
Union Square

Support the Fight for Immigrant Workers’ Rights Justice for Hurricane Katrina Survivors The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Dear Sisters and brothers,

We call on you to endorse and organize for the May 1 Great American Boycott 2006 in support of Amnesty and full rights for undocumented workers called by the March 25th Coalition Against HR4437 and many other immigrant organizations. (The May 1 national call is included below). In NYC, The May 1 Great American Boycott 2006 Coalition will rally and march on Monday, May 1 starting at 4:00 pm in UNION SQUARE, on 14th Street in Manhattan.

This is an issue that all working people and progressive organizations must embrace. The struggle for immigrant rights is a vital part of the struggle against racism and repression, and for the full rights of all working people. Let’s all be in the streets on May 1 in support of the call coming from the Los Angeles March 25th Coalition Against HR4437.
Organize local protests on May 1. Organize boycotts and student walkouts. Connect local issues that you’re organizing around with the struggle for Immigrant Rights. We strongly encourage all who are organizing May 1 events to make sure that their program and demands reflect solidarity with immigrant workers and Hurricane Katrina Survivors. Let’s build on the unity and momentum. To Endorse the NYC May 1st Action.

The NY Area May 1 Great American Boycott Supporters

April 27, 2006

2006.04.27: Antiwar Bulletin: Saturday’s March

Filed under: Antiwar — nyclaw01 @ 2:09 pm

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 3:31 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: Saturday’s March

[The following is also attached in Word format]

Saturday, April 29, 2006 – NYC
End the War – Bring All the Troops Home Now!

No More Blood for Empire, Oil and Profit ?Immediate withdrawal of occupation forces from Iraq, Afghanistan & the entire Middle East.
?No “timetable.”
?No “advisors.”
?No “redeployment.”
?No air war.
?No war on Iran.
?End all aid to the Israeli apartheid state – Freedom for Palestine.
?U.S. hands off the Philippines, Colombia, Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba – and the rest of the world.

Defend Working People At Home
?No human being is “illegal” – Full amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
?End the attack on Arab/Muslim rights.
?Reconstruction and the right of return for Katrina victims.
?Decent wages and benefits for all workers.

Labor Contingent
Assembles 10:30 a.m., on 19 St., between Broadway & Park Ave. S.  March begins at 12 Noon.

Flyer Issued by:
NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)


New York City Labor Against the War

The U.S. war in Iraq is built on one lie after another: “weapons of mass destruction,” “stopping terrorism,” “promoting democracy,” and now, “preventing civil war.”

In reality, it is a naked grab for oil and empire, enforced with slaughter, torture and death squads.

Such lies have been used to launch brutal U.S. wars of empire throughout U.S. history.  And, as always, working people pay the terrible price.

This war has killed thousands of Iraqis and G.I.s, looted the economy and promoted ethnic division.

At home, the “War on Terror” since 9/11 has meant racist attacks on the Arab/Muslim community and immigrants, assault on civil liberties, billions of wasted dollars, massive cuts in social safety net, betrayal of Katrina refugees, and weaker labor unions.

Bipartisan Empire

None of this is an accident.  It is part and parcel of Bush’s shameless exploitation of 9/11 to increase U.S. domination of the Middle East and the rest of the world.

But the Republicans couldn’t have done it without the Democrats, who have fully supported war and occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq, threats to attack Syria and Iran, Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing, the Patriot Act, and many other Bush policies.  Their real complaint is that Bush is losing the war.

Grassroots Resistance

But the U.S. empire has bred resistance across the planet.

By standing up to the most powerful military in world history, ordinary Iraqis have prevented the conquest of their country, and stopped the U.S. from invading Iran, Syria or other countries on its hit list.

The empire also faces resistance amongst poor and working people in Palestine, Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, the Philippines, Venezuela and many other countries.

At home, widespread antiwar sentiment is clear from the voices of military families and veterans, mass demonstrations, local resolutions, counter-recruitment, and labor bodies representing millions of workers.

A growing number of G.I.s-workers in uniform-have refused to reenlist, gone AWOL or deserted.

Meanwhile, Bush’s war at home has generated opposition from Katrina refugees, NYC transit workers, and a new mass immigrant’s rights movement.

Mass movements like these stopped the bloody U.S. war in Vietnam.  In the same way, we can stop today’s war of empire.

Who We Are

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) was founded by trade unionists immediately after 9/11 to oppose U.S. wars of empire.

Join us at NYCLAW meetings on the first Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact, or 917-282-0139.

April 26, 2006

2006.04.26: Fwd: May 1 – Boycott for Immigrant Rights

Filed under: Immigrant Rights,Labor Solidarity,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 12:29 pm

From: Lucy Herschel
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:13 PM
To: 1199 Members
Subject: Fwd: May 1 – Boycott for Immigrant Rights

below is the (slightly dated) national call for the Day Without an Immigrant – Great American Boycott that folks have probably been reading about in the newspapers.  Here in NY, among other things, there will be a rally in Union Square at 4pm.     The national organizers are asking people not to shop on Monday and to take the day off work if possible to stand in solidarity.

While 1199 hasn’t specifically endorsed this rally, our union  has been very involved in these protest generally, seeing the fight for immigrants’ rights as part of the overall fight for labor rights.  Legalization would strengthen the labor movement as a whole and allow more of our immigrant sisters and brothers to join union drives and the fight for better wages for all working people.

it’s not too late to put in for a vacation day for Monday and lend your voice to this struggle.


/*National Call*/



“Un dia sin immigrante” “A day without an immigrant”

Nationwide Immigrant General Strike*

Immigrants contribute 7 billion in social security per year. they earn 240 billion, report 90 billion, and only are reimbursed 5 billion, “where are the 85 billion?” They also contribute to the U.S. economy 25 billion more than they receive in healthcare, etc., etc., etc. According to the anti-immigrant politicians and hatemongers, “immigrants are a drain on society.” If this is true, then during the day on May 1st the stock market will surge, and the economy will boom. If not, we prove them wrong once and for all. We know what will happen!

Therefore, the “March 25th Coalition against HR4437 in Los Angeles,” the organizers of the mega march of almost 2 million on March 25th, has called for an emergency videoconferenced meeting on April 8th between Los Angeles and any city that wishes to join the efforts toward “El Gran Paro Americano 2006.” The following meeting will take place in Chicago on April 22nd, we ask that all that wish to participate and be a part of a national effort on May 1st and beyond, to attend by finding facilities in your areas that can hold the meeting, technologically.

The points of unity are: No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying, and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your areas (stock exchanges, anti-immigrant corporations, etc.).

Cities across the United States have marched during the week, therefore, in essence observing a regional boycott, which is only felt regionally.
The March 25th Coalition against HR4437, calls for these regions to develop a national network that will “connect the dots.” We believe with numbers we have power, the power currently necessary to keep the pressure on the White House to propose provisions that are just and fair for all immigrants.

We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S. We believe that increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in terms of deaths and family separation.

More details to come… Keep your eye on <; and or write to <>

and any tax deductible donations should be made to:

La Hermandand
Mexicana, 7915 Van Nuys Blvd. Panorama City, CA 91402.

Please organize your areas, and join this monumental event that will put our mark on U.S. history.

*Endorse the May 1 General Strike >> Click Here

Create a free website or blog at