May Day: The Fight Behind the Protest

Immigrant advocacy groups have organized their May 1 boycott, hoping to show the country how important they are. Some think the event could backfire

Jesse Diaz is fired up. A coordinator for the March 25 Coalition, a Los Angeles-based immigrant advocacy group, Diaz is planning a massive job walk-out for Monday, May 1, that his outfit has dubbed "The Great American Boycott 2006: A Day Without an Immigrant." Since early April, Diaz has been soliciting groups from Chicago to New York to help convince millions of largely Latino immigrants, legal and illegal, to stay home from construction sites, agricultural fields, restaurants, and factories. "Once they are gone, people will know the value of immigrant labor," says Diaz.

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