This coming Saturday Dec. 17, 2011 Occupy Denver will be holding a rally and march in solidarity with immigrants across the country in celebration of National Immigrants Day. For generations, immigrants have been marginalized in our society, from the Irish and Italians in the 19th century to Central and South Americans in the 21st century. In an era where the world is interconnected, and globalization is a reality, it’s time to come together and stand in solidarity with each other no matter where we, or our parents, came from. Greedy bankers and the opportunistic 1% have preyed on immigrant communities for generations through racist predatory lending practices, marginalizing socioeconomic policies and many other atrocities ranging from corporate owned detention centers and seasonal visas to so called “free trade” agreements. Change is in the air. The time for action is now.
Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with the immigrant community. For too long the 1% has tried to divide us and blame immigrants for this country’s economic problems. Stand up and tell the bankers, CEO’s and politicians that we want equality and a chance to provide a better future for all of our children. Have your voices heard and let it be known that we will no longer sit idly by while the 1% strips us of our rights and robs us blind. United we stand.
Prior to the march we will be holding a teach-in on immigrant issues and more specifically how those issues relate to the economic disparity and injustices of this country. We will have a panel of voices from the immigrant community speaking, followed by break-out discussions. This teach-in panel will go from 11am-12:45pm on 12/17 in the Greek Amphitheater at Civic Center Park and will be followed by our weekly march.