Sunday, May 02, 2010

Madison's May Day rally for the American Dream

Rally for the American Dream
You could say the May Day rally (more photos in this set) at the Capitol, one of dozens around the country, was about immigration reform. You could just as well say it was about the American Dream. "Si se puede" ("yes we can") was the rallying cry that united the marchers.

Rally for the American DreamParticipants were protesting the new Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, that threatens constitutional rights and creates a climate of fear for legal and illegal immigrants alike. It was a rally in favor of decency, equality and human rights. It was a rally against the forces of bigotry and fear.

Rally for the American DreamIt's a never ending struggle that reaches far beyond Arizona, whose new law is just the most extreme example of the immigration xenophobia that permeates American life, usually stoked by cynical politicians for their own ends. And, as the WSJ reported, it's not as if we don't have problems right here in Madison.
Alex Gillis of the Immigrant Workers Union, which led the effort to organize the rally, said the Arizona law was a powerful motivator for those who want federal law to protect immigrants.

“This is about taking our country back,” Gillis told the cheering crowd.

Gillis and other speakers also criticized the Dane County Sheriff’s Office practice of informing federal authorities about jail inmates who don’t have permission to be in the U.S.
America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants built this country. We're at our best when we welcome immigrants -- and we're at our worst when we turn our backs on them in fear of "outsiders."


Benito said...

I will tell you what I have seen these last few days I saw our beloved Stars and Stripes flag, the flag from Mexico and some flags from other countries. I saw children, parents and grand parents together in solidarity, my people the working class, they may not be sophisticated but they got the message heard. From publish reports the demonstrations included both US citizens and undocumented workers. This brought me a smile because I always enjoy seeing brothers helping brothers.

This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn't stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the "I" into the "thou," and to be concerned about his brother.

You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"

But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"

As I see it, we should stand-up against a law is passed in anger and is against our Constitution/ Bill of Rights/ Declaration of Independence and is targets a specific group.

God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need. When our judgment comes I know God will not discriminate by country of origin as men do.

Anonymous said...

I think there's one point missing here. Does the word Illegal ring a bell? The constitution does not advocate people coming here by breaking the law. Think about this while you're eating your way through film festivals and drinking fancy beer.