Claim: E-mail suggests a countermeasure to the proposed “Day Without Immigrants” protest.
Status: Multiple — see below.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
On Monday May 1, 2006 the illegal aliens are threatening to do absolutely no shopping of any kind. They want to show America how powerful their numbers are by staying home and by not spending their money at the stores; to show us how much we need them.
In response, every American should go to at least one store and buy at least one item. It doesn’t take much of our time or money. Let’s send our message out that we won’t be pushed around and bullied. If Americans don’t do something, and just stand around and watch these aggressive demands WE ARE GOING TO LOSE OUR COUNTRY IN OUR LIFETIME.
Shop on May 1 – and pass this on to all your friends and relatives
political issues such as the current debate over immigration reform often spawn symbolic protests intended to demonstrate the unity and strength of one side or the other. One such protest that has been proposed by immigrant rights supporters is a “Day Without Immigrants” scheduled for
Beyond that simple explanation, anything else we might add is purely speculative. Will immigrants actually take part in such a boycott? Undoubtedly some will, but how widespread the participation will be is difficult to assess. Although delaying purchases for one day is generally simple enough for most consumers to do without hardship, workers and students are often leery of jeopardizing their jobs or grades for the sake of a symbolic protest unless they’re reasonably sure overall participation will be large enough that they will not suffer a significant penalty as a result. And even immigrant rights groups are split over whether the “Day Without Immigrants” scheme is a good idea, fearing that having supporters risk their jobs and grades would be counterproductive and could create a chaotic backlash that might serve to antagonize the anti-immigrant movement.
The counter-protest suggested in the message quoted at the head of this page
Last updated: 27 April 2006