In an attempt to link immigration issues to the ongoing Mike Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri, NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) posted the following, linked from Twitter:
NDLON @ndlon 6hTheir link takes us to the following announcement:
Why the fight for #ImmigrantRights includes the fight for #MikeBrown & Ferguson #NMOS14 http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1078-ferguson/1078-ferguson …
NDLON Calls for Immigrants and Latinos to Join Protests Against Police Brutality, for Justice in FergusonThe list of action sites they refer to is found here: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/solidarity-actions-for-mike-brown . The Action Network organizing these nationwide protests aka Corporate Action Network, is directed by Mark Fleischman, former SEIU Vice-president, along with many other professional organizers:
August 15th, 2014 – Phoenix, AZ
In response to the events related to the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO and the violent police response to the outpouring of protest, Marisa Franco, lead of the #Not1More Campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:
“As a movement that is fighting criminalization to stop deportations and detention, Latinos and immigrants have a duty to stand alongside those who have been fighting it far longer. On the streets of Ferguson, people have bravely sounded an alarm on the crisis of violence besieging the Black community.
As we defend our own families, we must answer the call not simply to be in solidarity but because the problems our communities face and the solutions we seek are linked together.
Last night, across the country, thousands held their words in a moment of silence to remember the life of Mike Brown and in a pledge to never be silent again in the face of injustice. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends and we urge those within the immigrant rights movement to attend the rallies and protests in the coming days. Black lives matter and any movement against dehumanization must affirm and defend that truth.
Mike Brown is not the first but the latest in an epidemic of violence. We say, not one more Black person murdered by police, not one more struggle fought alone, not one more life criminalized as we continue our struggle for not one more deportation.”
A partial list of upcoming events can be found at: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/solidarity-actions-for-mike-brown and by following #BlackLivesMatter, #NMOS14, and #MikeBrown on twitter.
Having spent 25 years in the labor movement, primarily as an organizing director for large union campaigns, most recently Mark served as Vice President of the Service Employees International Union.NDLON is supported by the CCR, Center for Constitutional Rights.
Read the rest HERE.