Magazine article New Internationalist

Migrants Show Their Power

Magazine article New Internationalist

Migrants Show Their Power

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The rules of the game changed in the United States last month on 1 May when people experienced a taste of what life was like on 'a Day without Immigrants'.

The broad, grassroots effort aimed to demonstrate that America was built and is powered by migrant workers - and cannot survive without them. Rallies, strikes and protests erupted in 50 cities, across 25 states. The Day saw immigrationenforcement offices shut down and students shun school; organizers estimate that as many as 400,000 workers walked out.

'We can't live like this anymore,' explains Brenda Valladares from migrant-led network Cosecha, which led the call for industrial action. 'We are hiding and living in fear to escape deportation, we have no freedom, we can never go home to bury our dead, never be really "seen".'

Some migrants paid a heavy price for their activism. US media reports over 100 workers were fired. …

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