[OPE-L] Another May Day Protest

From: Paul Cooney (pcooney@GLOVESOFF.ORG)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2006 - 14:07:09 EDT

As befits a movement that has its origins in global restructuring, the
immigrant rights movement is quickly becoming a transnational social

Migrants' Boycott Plan Is Crossing the Border
By Héctor Tobar and Cecilia Sánchez, Times Staff Writers
LA Times, April 27, 2006

MEXICO CITY — It began as a series of e-mails bouncing around Mexico
and Central America, the kind of chain letter a lot of people think of
as a nuisance.

  "Send this message to as many people as possible!" read one sent by a
video-rental shop owner in San Salvador to more than 200 clients.
"Don't buy anything North American … No Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's,
Burguer [sic] King, Starbucks, Sears, Crispy Cream [sic], Wal-Mart…. "

  Spreading now by word of mouth as well as through cyberspace, the
campaign calls for a 24-hour boycott Monday of American businesses in
Mexico and other Latin American countries. The idea is to show
solidarity with immigrant rights protests scheduled in several U.S.
cities that day.

  This week, a growing number of business groups, trade unions and
political leaders in Mexico said they planned to join the boycott,
which will be on the traditional May Day holiday here.

  Even though Internet access is still a luxury in Mexico (only 9% of
households have it), word of the boycott is quickly spreading.

  Teresa Garcia Hernandez, a 44-year-old nurse in Mexico City who
doesn't surf the Internet, heard about the boycott from her teenage

  "They're really excited about it and they're telling all their
friends, cousins and uncles," she said. "They told me, 'Mama, since
your friends don't have this thing called the Internet, you tell them
in person not to buy anything gringo that day.' "

  Many Mexicans are closely following the immigration debate in the
United States. There is a growing sense among Mexicans that proposals
being debated by the U.S. Congress could hurt millions of compatriots
who crossed over illegally.

  In Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, the Chamber of
Commerce announced that its 5,000 members would neither buy nor sell
U.S. products that day. And leaders of a Chihuahua state peasant group
said they planned to block the bridges that link Ciudad Juarez and El


Posted by Joe Smith to the Globolist


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