Friday, May 1, 2009


Today is MAY DAY!

May Day is known around the world as International Workers' Day and in many countries it is also when they celebrate Labor Day (unlike the US, which celebrates in September. Oddly, May Day originated in the Chicago, but the date of Labor Day changed when the Soviet Union adopted May 1st during the height of the Cold War).

Over the past several years, however, May Day has come to represent an important day in the immigrants' rights movement. Each year, hundreds of thousands people take to the streets, marching for immigrants' rights.

I've taken part in these marches for the past several years, and it is a moving experience.

The Center for Community Change (CCC) is out marching today, and asking people to text message their thoughts about why they are marching today. I've copied a few of the responses below, but to read more, go to the CCC's Fair Immigration Reform Movement blog.

I march so my aunt can be reunited with our family here. She has been waiting for a visa to come from india for over 6 years. We miss her!!!!!

So my friends won’t have to afraid anymore.Now is the time! We need immigration reform.

I am marching to fight for the rights of undocumented working families who are building the base of my hometown economy one day at a time- gracias para todos!

I walked for parents to stay united not separated like mine are.

Because of freedom, liberty, and peace! We want immigrants to feel safe and be treated equally!

Want to take part? Join the virtual movement's march!! Text Justice or Justicia to 69866 to receive action alerts and other important information.

You can also write you member on Congress to let them know why you think it's important that we pass comprehensive immigration reform this year!

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