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    Sunday, August 26, 2007

    Short follow-up on Woodbridge Workers Committee - support their struggle in Prince William County, Virginia

    While Part 3 of the series on Yellowstone and myths is still in the hopper, I wanted to do a very short follow up on what is happening with the Woodbridge Workers Committee. Right now, in Prince William County in Virginia, a resolution is in process of going forward that would be among the most restrictive against immigrants in the entire nation. A march (on September 2) and a boycott (this week) are in the works, and there is a call out for donations. If you can donate, please contact John Steinbach of the Woodbridge Workers Committee.

    In any event, today's Washington Post does a piece on Mexicanos sin fronteras spokesperson Ricardo Juarez, who is also with the Woodbridge Workers Committee. Juarez was one of the people who spoke in March during a panel on Zapatista organizing during the DC Social Forum. I wrote out the entire transcript of that, including Ricardo's remarks, on Beltway IMC.

    This goes beyond the struggle about immigration, this is also a struggle for grassroots solidarity. There are those who support the struggle of immigrants but would not support their full participation in the tactical choices of their own struggle. This protest in Prince William was decided by the people most affected. I think it's very encouraging to see this happen not just from the standpoint of the immigrants' struggle but also from the standpoint of making sure that people's struggles actually reside first with the people and not simply with organizations that claim to represent them. People like Ricardo and the Woodbridge Workers are the real deal.

    For those interested in what's going on in Prince William County, please check out Mexicanos sin fronteras.



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