During the last year, Danbury has been ground zero for the anti-immigrant movement, but the Latino and other immigrant communities and their allies have successfully organized opposition in numbers far greater. Now a new anti-immigrant organization has been formed in Danbury, and it is holding a public forum this Saturday, February 25. They have brought in Terry Anderson, an African-American radio talk show host from LA, whose specialty is the claim that African-Americans are being "forced out" by "illegals." While the organizers of this group are themselves vilely racist, they are happy to bring in a person of color to preach that Latinos and African-Americans should be enemies.Come on down and give the new hate group a big ol' Danbury welcome.
The local immigrant rights group DACORIM, that organized last year's unity march in Danbury, and the Regional Coalition for Immigrant Rights are calling for a peaceful protest outside this hate-fest. The details are in English and Spanish in the email below. It is vital that we not allow this sort of divide and conquer mentality to take hold in Connecticut. This event also shows plainly that it is not enough to say -- as some have done -- that we favor immigrant rights because "they do the work Americans won't." It's time we all took a stand for decent jobs and fair treatment for all working people. We have to come out for immigrant rights as human rights -- the right to live without police harassment and intimidation, the right to work without exploitation, the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Saturday, February 25, 2006, 7pm
Rogers Park Middle School, across from Danbury War Memorial
People who need a ride from Hartford please call Latinos Contra la Guerra at 860-538-3921. People from New Haven please call Unidad Latina en Accion at 203-606-3484
We want to show them that Danbury is a united community, without room for hateful and divisive agendas. We NEED your presence there! Signs are welcome! MEETING PLACE FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST PARTICIPANTS: We will meet around the Rogers Park Soccer fields, by the pond, at 6:00 PM.
Danbury CT, former number 1 city now a favorite location for some of the most racist, out-of-touch, ignorant hate groups. Thanks Mark, our city wouldn't be a magnet for hate groups if it wasn't for your leadership (and a weak Democratic party).