Unions and Immigrants Join Occupy Movements
Tuesday 6 December 2011 by: David Bacon, Truthout | Photo Essay
Southern California janitors block the streets to protest the firing of immigrant workers. (Photo: David Bacon)
Oakland, California - When Occupy Seattle called its tent camp "Planton Seattle," camp organizers were laying a local claim to a set of tactics used for decades by social movements in Mexico, Central America and the Philippines. And when immigrant janitors marched down to the detention center in San Diego and called their effort Occupy ICE (the initials of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency responsible for mass deportations), people from countries with that planton encampment tradition were connecting it to the Occupy movement here.