Happy May Day, the workers of the world day!
And undocumented workers are the center of attention in marches by thousands of Americans today.
Alternet reports on some new actions by this peoples’ movement
Do I Look “Illegal”? – Latino Nationwide Movement Building: Arizona’s draconian immigration law is creating a wave of Latino social network activism. Following the signing of S.B. 1070, one of the most anti-immigrant laws in the country, Latinos have chosen to mobilize online in numbers rarely seen before. Within 24 hours of launching the “Do I Look ‘Illegal’?” campaign, the Latino page Cuéntame has seen an immediate response — with thousands adopting the mantra and ready to take action. …. Latinos taking part in this new wave of social network activism have not only spread the message by wearing “Do I Look ‘Illegal’?” T-shirts, signs and posts but are spreading the message of the campaign online via status updates, pictures, blogs, video and making full use of all the social media tools available. It is reminiscent of the Twitter green movement that took place last year. As such Cuéntame along with other Latino groups continue to plan actions in Arizona and Los Angeles with on-the-ground organizations to protest S.B. 1070.
The “Do I Look ‘Illegal’?” movement shows that not only have Latinos arrived in full force to the world of social media activism but that these actions are prompting massive on the ground efforts which represent the first major Latino mobilization in light of the 2010 mid-term elections.
It is striking how many people’s movements are now using the Internet and social media to create truly democratic and progressive movements that bring out ten to one hundred times the number of overwhelmingly white folks who turn out for the Republican-linked teabagger rallies.
Probably the best workers day in my lifetime. About 5,000 or so here in Houston. Hopefully, it is not just a one day event but rather the beginning of long term substantive resistance.