Make May 1st a Day of Conscience in Boston
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27% of Boston residents are immigrants. Those immigrants, who are our friends, family and neighbors, are faced with the threat of mass deportations by Trump. On May 1st, there will be national and local protests to defend immigrants against Trump's attacks.
Mayor Walsh has recently promised to protect immigrants in the city and in the schools. Many Boston students are children of immigrants and want to do everything they can to for against their friends and families. However, when students last protested en masse against attacks on their schools during the 2016 budget cuts, the city encouraged teachers to punish them and mark them absent. They should not be punished for standing up to defend themselves, friends and families and their teachers should be allowed to join them!
We call on Mayor Walsh to deepen his stated commitment to protecting immigrants and fighting Trump’s heartless budget by calling for a citywide ‘Day of Conscience’ where city employees, BPS teachers and students can walk out of work and classes to participate in May 1st protests without fear of retaliation from the city or the schools.
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