Day of Action Observed in Twin Cities

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

Across the country, Monday is being called a "Day of Action." A day where immigrants nationwide were urged to keep their wallets closed and skip work to demonstrate their political and economic clout.

Angelita Garcia Alonzo has been an activist in the Hispanic community for more than three decades. She helped organize and promote the local "Day of Action." She says she encouraged others to take part in the purchasing boycott. Monday, many Hispanic business in Bryan were closed.

"We contribute millions and millions of dollars to the economy and please recognize that legislators," said Angelita Garcia Alonzo, local activist.

However, she says she advised everyone to stay on the job because of the consequences that could result from being absent.

"Employers in Bryan and College Station have said, you don't come to work we will check your social security numbers and we will fire you," said Alonzo.

Most days dozens of immigrant workers come certain corners in twin cities and wait for work, but Monday corners were empty.

"This is a peaceful means, just as the colonists did in 1765, just as the Chinese did in 1905, just as our black brothers and sisters did in 1955," said Alonzo.

Ole Sanchez owns Sanchez landscaping in Bryan. He says he supports his people, but he did not close his business.

"I have a schedule I set a month ago, month and a half ago. I have loyal customers that have been here for me forever so I have to be here for them," said Ole Sanchez, Sanchez Landscaping.

Sanchez says he did offer the day off without penalty to those who wanted to observe the day.

"They asked me and I told them they have all the permission they need to be off," said Sanchez.

In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Labor Day is celebrated on May 1st, that's one reason Monday was chosen for the boycott.

The total economic impact of the boycott nationwide is not yet known, but some say because of the media hype they feel the day was a success.


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