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(en) US, Portland, Sin Fronteras Mayday Statement

Date Sat, 05 May 2007 20:36:01 +0300

Sin Fronteras Portland is building a network of autonomous working groups in the Portland area with the goal of bringing the anticapitalist and antiauthoritarian struggles of Latin America to the USA. We see groups like the Zapatistas, the Magonistas in Oaxaca, and many others as examples of revolution in action. --- We recognize that until we overcome white supremacy, capitalism, the state, and other forms of domination, there will not be real justice for migrants, for the poor and oppressed here and elsewhere. We live in the heart of a global empire of misery and it is our responsibility to destroy the imperialism that starves and devastates the world, for the benefit of its rulers and at the expense of everyone else.

We support the demands for just immigration reform brought forth by the
Coalition for Immigrant Rights but it is obvious that we need much more
than 'reform'; we need radical social change.

We support a diversity of tactics in the struggle for revolutionary change.
That said, we sincerely doubt that wearing red, white, and blue; lobbying
the political parties; and pandering to the bourgeois press will bring us
any closer to obtaining justice for migrants and their families, or any of
the demands advanced by the Coalition. These strategies emphasize
assimilation to the "American Way;" we don't believe that assimilation to
this racist and classist system is the basis for immigrants' right to live
and work here. Migration and freedom of movement are human rights.

Virtually the same May Day march was organized last year, with the same
tactics and on a larger scale, all over the country, yet since then we've
only seen the border increasingly more militarized, ICE raids and
deportations increase drastically, more and more families broken and
people living in fear!

We say that there are NO 'ilegal' men, women, or children; there are
illegitimate states, unjust laws, and national borders based in
imperialist violence.

As a collective Sin Fronteras Portland recognizes that May Day means more
than the history of the Haymarket martyrs, or the current struggle for
immigrant rights in this country as framed by mainstream political
organizations; it means solidarity among all workers, globalized
resistance to all forms of oppression. This May Day we're bringing the
message that in order for migrant rights to exist and be respected, and in
order to have social justice, forget about 'reform' - this white
supremacist social
system can't be reformed: we need revolutionary strategy, tactics, and
outcomes NOW.

Down with the border!
Down with the racist state!
Freedom for all!
Organize the revolution!

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