A Day Without Immigrants

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

Wednesday morning, a handful of people gathered on the steps of Reno city hall to announce a plan for the National Day without immigrants scheduled to take part across the country Monday.

May Day, or May first, is widely celebrated across the world as a day to fight against capitalism and stand up for the rights of workers.
This Monday, millions are expected to boycott work and businesses in demand of immigration reform.

But, Jesse Gutierrez, a local Latino leader in Reno says they are taking different action.
"We're doing a vigil and we're doing an information session in the morning to let them know what their rights are."

The approach to stay in school and at work comes from Latino leaders in Washington DC, according to the director of Hispanic Services.
He says the recent rallies across the country are sparking discussion, but also heated debate.
He says May First is supposed to unite everyone, despite race.
"You want to be an American citizen, you want to stay in America because it's given you opportunities, bring an American flag. The same thing, you want to stay in America, don't miss school. Don't send your kids out to walk or demonstrate. Show support by keeping them in school. Maybe wear a white t-shirt. But, don't give any more ammunition to those that hate the whole thing."

Claudia Castaneda, a student a the University of Nevada, says this isn't about Mexicans alone.
"People think that immigration reform is specific to latinos and it's not. When it comes to immigration, it's people of all nationalities. So, we're not just here to protest for Latinos, but all of nationalities."

Information about immigration reform and the bills in Congress will be available at Miguel Ribiera Park on Monday from 10am-until-1.
You can meet for the walk at 9th and Virginia around 5 o'clock and the candlelight vigil will immediately follow the walk at the Federal Courthouse.


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