While I was searching for any upcoming rallies, protests, and demonstrations on the internet that people were planning on conducting this coming week, I happened to remeber the annual May Day Immigration march that occurs every year that I’ve always been anticipating to get on film. You know. The one that has now become a tradition in commemorating the colossal failure known as the Great American Boycott?
Anyways, while looking it up on where they were planning on having the march, I noticed something that peaked my interest: there will be two marches going on this May Day. Normally, there is a single march that is held by multiple immigrant groups. One will be lead by a group called by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC), while the other will be lead by the group Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC).
This division seems to be due to a conflict that the two groups had last year. According to the SCIC, they accuse FRIC and the LA County Federation of Labor of trying to “keep SCIC out of the planning process” by changing meeting dates and locations. They also accuse the organizers of cutting off the microphones when SCIC and CHIRLA activists were trying to speak, and that Juan Jose Gutierrez and FRIC “collaborated” with the LAPD in order to block SCIC in getting a permit to march.
In response, the SCIC is planning on organizing a separate march this Sunday. Even though their budget isn’t as much as the other groups, they boast that they are larger and have more community support. I tried to see what FRIC’s response was but I’m unable to find their website if they have one. I did find their facebook page, but it’s terrible out of of date. Another difference between the two groups is that FRIC appears to by the arm of the Democratic Party, supports a Guest Worker Program, and tends to wave only American flags, while the SCIC is more grassroots oriented, hates both Republicans and Democrats, believes in complete open immigration, and waves flags from multiple countries.
It appears that both marches are planning on marching at the same time and place, though I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. FRIC seems more moderate compared to SCIC, but I’m not completely sure. Juan Jose Gutierrez himself has been accused of expressing “radical” views and being a Marxist. It’s just one of those things I’ll have to see when I head over there this Sunday.