The above yard sign appears on the front lawn of 12 homes on my block in Teaneck – a welcoming indication that many do not share Trump’s cynical appeal to hatred against immigrants. He most famously said of Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs, crime and are rapists.” Also, “I want a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” His Attorney General Jeff Sessions is carrying out this mandate with gusto.
Monday, May 1, is a national day of action – “A Day without Immigrants” / “Un Día Sin Inmigrantes.” In New Jersey immigrant rights organizations, unions, students, clergy, and activist groups will join the national strike to demonstrate that the country depends on the labor of immigrants and working people, regardless of race or immigration status. It is endorsed by a broad coalition of organizations who are using this event as a call for justice on all fronts: economic, environmental, social, ethnic and racial.
Immigrants are encouraged to skip a day of work and school on Monday to show their impact on the U.S. workforce and economy. Put it on your calendar. Everyone is encouraged to attend an event and stand up for those whose lives and services are being disparaged and threatened.
Here are two events on Monday:
- Newark: Broad Street Lincoln Park and Federal Building – 2pm-7pm. (Hosted by a broad group)
- Jersey City: Liberty State Park – 2:30pm-6:00pm. (Hosted by NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice.)
New Jersey is home to a diverse population, with more than one in five residents being foreign-born, and half of those being naturalized U.S. citizens. The Garden State is also home to approximately 500,000 people who don’t have legal resident status. The forced removal of immigrants would cause New Jersey to lose $25.9 billion in annual economic activity.
The yard sign can be purchased here for $8.00. In smaller print its message is translated into Urdu, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish.