Longtime San Francisco Chinatown activist Norman Fong was in the lead of the Salon coverage of the protest. He said: “From my community in Chinatown, I see this as a good unifying issue.” It is really interesting to see the voices of other communities come up in the media coverage. New America Media – where I work – has been making a big effort to round up Asian American responses to HR 4437.
Now, there is a lot of talk stirring about the call for a national Day Without Immigrants boycott on May Day -- May 1st. There seems to be a lot of support building for this. It would be interesting to track how many Asian American organizations and businesses participate in this.
Speaking of immigrant communities that are affected by HR 4437 -- if you have never actually read the legislation, you should check it out, it’s nuts – I am curious about responses to these immigration reforms from other communities, especially the Arab American community. I feel like the media has been especially quiet concerning this group. Anyone seen or heard anything?