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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

  • Over 1.5 Million March for Immigrant Rights in One of Largest Days of Protest in U.S. History


    Over 1.5 million people took part in May Day demonstrations to support immigrant rights in one of the largest days of protest in the country’s history. Across the nation immigrants refused to go to work or school in what was dubbed "A Day Without Immigrants." Major demonstrations were held in dozens of cities across the country. We hear some of the voices that spoke at rallies on the historic day. [includes rush transcript]

  • Juan Gonzalez: On Streets of New York, Solidarity Reigns


    Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez reads from his column in the New York Daily News. He writes, "This movement is already a backlash–against decades of anti-immigrant scapegoating and hysteria in Washington. Congress ignores this cry for recognition at our country’s peril."

  • The Meaning of the May Day Marches and the Future of the Immigrant Rights Movement


    On the heels of what is being called the largest day of protest in U.S. history, where does the immigrant rights movement go from here? We discuss the significance of the May Day marches and the future of the movement with two organizers. [includes rush transcript]

  • Are U.S. Trade Policies & NAFTA Causing An Influx of Undocumented Workers in U.S.?


    Longtime labor journalist David Bacon examines the negative impact Washington’s trade policies have had on Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Bacon speaks to us from Los Angeles where he attended Monday’s massive protests for immigration rights. [includes rush transcript]

  • Puerto Rico Imposes Partial Government Shutdown Amid Financial Crisis


    In Puerto Rico, the government ran out of money on Monday and was forced to impose a partial public sector-shutdown. The island’s 1,600 state schools have been shut and nearly 100,000 government workers have been temporarily left without jobs. We go to Puerto Rico to speak with political commentator and analyst, Luis Davila Colon. [includes rush transcript]