NO to HR 4437
Hundreds of students from the 4 eastside high schools march to LAUSD with United Students
On Thursday, April 6, 2006, five hundred students and parents from InnerCity Struggle (ICS) converged at the Los Angeles Unified School District offices to voice their opposition to HR 4437 and voice their support for amnesty for all undocumented students and their families. Students and parents called on the School Board to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed legislation and declare all Los Angeles schools SAFE ZONES for all children, if the bill were to pass. "It is the responsibility of the School Board to ensure every child access to a quality education," stated Miguel Lopez, a student at Garfield High and organizer with InnerCity Struggle. ICS youth presented over 1500 petition student signatures (collected in less than a week) supporting the implementation of SAFE ZONES.
The Los Angeles School Board voted unanimously to support the students and parents by standing against HR 4437 and denouncing its enforcement in Los Angeles schools. This was an important victory in connecting the struggle of immigrants and access to education. "Schools are supposed to serve as space where children are nurtured, not rounded-up and shipped away. On behalf of the children of Los Angeles, we demanded that the School Board stand along-side students, teachers, and parents and oppose HR 4437," pleaded Mayra Jimenez, a student at Roosevelt High School and organizer with ICS.
InnerCity Struggle youth stepped into the mass immigrant rights movement and provided a structured and organized vehicle for focusing a massive youth response, unlike anything seen in recent years, to the reactionary legislation, which resulted in an institutional policy change in local schools that protected the right of immigrant children and youth to public education.
All major Spanish and English language news media covered the April 2006 action, utilizing the youth and parent developed frame of "Education not Deportation." The youth and parent members served as the spokespeople for the movement and organization.
Students March on April 6, 2007 urging LAUSD to denounce HR4437