Fearing Backlash, Some Immigration Activists Aren't Backing Boycott
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Like the same author's Immigrant Supporters To Counter Bush Speech of May 15, compares more moderate groups such as the We Are America Alliance with more militant groups such as the March 25 Coalition. The latter supported a boycott to coincide with the May 1 marches.
Reports on a news conference featuring the following:
- Gustavo Torres, executive director of Casa de Maryland ("We are going to have several meetings; we are going to have thousands and thousands of people sign petitions. . . . We will register people to vote and send thousands of e-mails to legislators")
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
- National Korean American Service and Education Consortium
- National Capital Immigration Coalition, including at least their president Jaime Contreras
- other unnamed groups or individuals
The panelists stressed that they were not discouraging others from boycotting. But later they said that they do not support the boycott because it could result in people being fired, cause students to miss school and create a climate of disgust that could lead to a backlash by Americans who are not immigrants.
The latter is presented as a somewhat pathetic figure:
"Do you know how I can get in touch with the Spanish radio stations here?" Diaz asked. "That's how we get the word out."