Party for Socialism and Liberation organizes San Diego rally against Immigration and Customs Enforcement raidsSunday, November 14th, 2010
By: Abel Macias
Say no to detentions and deportations!
On Nov. 5, as workers were coming home from work, they came across a rally of over 150 students, youth and workers who were demanding an end to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in their community.
The Party for Socialism and Liberation had called for the rally after a young student shared her experience at a PSL class on socialism.
She told the PSL members the story of how federal ICE agents, under the direction of Homeland Security and the Obama administration, came to her home and took away members of her family after having raided her father’s workplace. Over 40 workers were arrested, including the owner of the bakery who was able to post bail a few days later. As of this writing, the father was still in custody and facing federal charges. (signonsandiego.com)
The corporate media failed to cover the aftermath of this raid. Fortunately, the daughter of the detained worker shared with PSL members how the ICE raids had torn her family apart and left them without any source of income.
The recently established San Diego branch of PSL was able to quickly respond to the ICE raid and called for a rally. PSL members reached out to other progressive organizations in the area and, in a matter of days, pulled together a rally to demand an end to the deportation and detentions of undocumented workers.
Under capitalism, the ruling class seeks to isolate undocumented workers from the rest of the working class in the United States. The PSL recognizes this divide-and-conquer tactic and works diligently to build solidarity across all sectors of the working class, not allowing race, sexual orientation, citizenship or gender to divide our power.
A young, multinational crowd turned out for the rally. The success of this rally illustrates the power of an organized and disciplined working-class party in fighting back against racist, ruling-class oppression.
The workers’ struggle knows no borders!