(Street theater. Are puppets involved. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
The SEIU needs more members going forward. One way to reach that goal is to support Obama’s immigration reform. Today the union, along with the phalanx of usual suspects goes full frontal on the all-powerful Massachusetts GOP down at Merrimac Street. It will make for nice agitprop.
BOSTON – Immigrant workers and their supporters will hold a rally for immigration reform in front of the Massachusetts Republican Party Headquarters in Downtown Boston on Tuesday in solidarity with the “Fast for Families.”
On November 12th, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders launched the “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” taking place on the National Mall, steps away from the Capitol. Leaders and immigrant members of the community will fast every day and night, abstaining from all food-except water-to move the hearts and compassion of members of Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
The rally at the Massachusetts GOP headquarters in Boston is one of dozens of actions taking place across the country in solidarity with the fasters in the nation’s capital. Immigration reform supporters nationwide, including some members of Congress, have also pledged to fast in solidarity with the “Fast for Families.”
“We want to extend unwavering support to the fasters around the nation who are bravely highlighting the moral crisis we face with this broken immigration system,” said Roxana Rivera, District Leader of 32BJ SEIU New England District 615. “We are holding this action to highlight the suffering of immigrants, and what this broken system has done to our families. We will leave behind old and worn shoes, empty of the persons who once filled them, as a symbol of those people whose presence has been taken away from us.”
Mayor-elect Marty Walsh’s enthusiastic cadre is taking on the GOP. Let’s see how this works out.
Memo to SEIU: more open immigration lowers wages for existing working class immigrants; it’s simple arithmetic in slack labor markets. For immigration to work, wages have to increase for current workers who make near minimum wages. But we know that it’s not just economics, SEIU’s support for immigration “reform” is political.
That’s what today’s rally is all about: building out the progressive movement.
One needs to hear what the members — not the leadership — of the the AFL-CIO’s private sector unions have to say about this.