Monday, May 01, 2006

May 1st
May Day
International Worker's Day
Happy May Day everyone!
Read more about the origins of May Day and why May 1st is so important at:

May Day origins:
vs. Labor Day:

No shopping today.
No spending money.
No gas. No groceries. No spending money-period.
Wear white.
Keep your money in your pocket.

Make a difference today.

I'm showing support for all of the working people in this country. There are too many anti immigrant, anti hard working people laws that are trying to be passed in this country. This country was founded on immigrants. Unless you are one of the indigenous people, the Native Americans, then we are ALL immigrants.

Anyone read what is at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty lately?

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

I guess those are words that many seem to have forgotten lately.


Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, I thought this issue wasn't that we don't want immigrants here in the country... but that we don't want ILLEGAL immigrants here. I'm thinkin' that my immigrant relatives went about getting LEGALIZED when the laws were set. And what about all the people we have here from other countries (like Bosnia or Africa) busting their rear ends to go through the legal process to become an american citizen only to see millions getting to come in and have all the rights and freedoms for nothing... and expecting it... well then, why have any laws ? Just food for thought.. my thoughts, anyway.

Kelly Kilmer said...

There are many reasons for yesterdays protests. People have to realize a few things:
1. There's a reason why people are coming here. It's because of policies like NAFTA that our government and the U.K. pushed and put into place. If things were improved in South America and other places then people wouldn't be trying to come to North America so much.
2. Most "illegals" don't want to leave their homes. They are forced to. They need the money to live and to make sure that their families live. That's why so many of them leave without their children. That's why so many families are torn because they can't go back for fear of getting caught and then how will their family survive?
3. If the U.S. starts sending the so called "illegals" back-this country is going to have tons of broken families. No one talks about the fact that a LOT of children have been born here-children of so called "Illegals". What will happen to THEM if their parents get sent back??
4. There are LOTS of "illegals" in this country and they're not all just from "Mexico"! Look at the large number of Europeans that are here. No one complains that Americans cross the border every day into Mexico to work...or Canadians that come into the US to work.
No one is complaining about the large numbers of huge corporations that out source American jobs into other countries for disgustingly low wages.
In this country we have a policy of always blaming the worker (no matter who that worker may be) and not the laws and policies of huge corporations that basically get away with murder (look at Coca Cola and their anti union policies-it HAS led to murder). Immigrants aren't sending jobs away. It's the corporations that are!
The bottom line is that everyone EVERYONE has a right to basic food, shelter and necessities. When you take that right away, it leads to people doing what they need to do to make a living and to ensure their survival and their family's survival. And in some cases to some people that includes leaving their families, walking miles through the desert, working for extremely low wages under horrible conditions and much, much more.
People WANT to be thought of as "legals". They don't want to be labeled with horrible names and treated like dirt. They want to be able to work and live freely. They want the freedom to be able just to live under human like conditions and not to be treated like dirt!
I can easily go on and on about this...but this is enough "food for thought" for today.

Erika Tysse said...

Thanks for the posting. There are similar things going on here in Norway as well but in a much smaller scale.