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Fighting for Immigrant Justice, Four Days of Action: An Interview with Cosecha GR

April 25, 2018

Movimiento Cosecha GR is an immigrant-led movement, which has been organizing in Grand Rapids for more than a year.

Cosecha GR is fighting for Dignity, Respect and Permanent Protection for all immigrants. This immigrant-led movement has been using direct action strategies, such as boycotts, marches, civil disobedience and strikes.

They have four days of action coming up, between April 28th and May 1st.

  • April 28: 11am-2pm Join us at DÍA DEL NIÑO at Cesar Chavez School, 1205 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
  • April 29: 2pm-5pm Come and share a COMMUNITY MEAL potluck style at San Juan Diego Academy 1650 Godfrey Ave. SW, Wyoming, Mi 49509 
  • April 30: 11am-1pm We will conduct an action for our DRIVING LICENSE FOR ALL campaign at Rogers Plaza, 972 28th Street SW, Wyoming, MI.
  • May 1: 12 pm A huge march for International Workers Day that will start from Roosevelt Park at Chicago Drive & Clyde Park to Downtown Grand Rapids.

Cosecha GR is calling for a 4-day strike, for people to not send their children to school and to not purchase anything during these four days. If you have to purchase anything, Cosecha GR is encouraging people to makes purchases at minority owned businesses. For more details on the four days of action, please go to their Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/events/606122836408011/.

In addition, these four days of action will also be part of movement’s kickoff of their campaign  to get driver’s license for all. “Immigrant workers need to drive to their workplaces without the risk of being arrested because of no license or expired license. That is why, as part of our movement, to win respect and dignity, we are launching a statewide campaign to win DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ALL as we continue fighting for permanent protection.”

Lastly, we also interviewed Karla Barberi, one of the Cosecha GR organizers about these upcoming actions.

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