About those illegal immigrant rally organizers

Think the mass protests we’ve seen in favor of illegal immigration were just spur of the moment gatherings organized by grass roots, run of the mill, everyday illegal immigrants? If so, guess again:

One of the key organizers of the immigration protests and rallies nationwide, including yesterday’s in Washington, is a group whose leaders are tied to the Workers World Party, a Marxist organization that has expressed support for dictators Kim Jong-il of North Korea and Saddam Hussein of Iraq.

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, which also has proposed a nationwide boycott on May 1 to protest congressional efforts at immigration reform and border security, is an offshoot of the International Action Coalition, an anti-capitalism group founded by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

In a press release celebrating a March 25 rally in Los Angeles against immigration-law enforcement that drew an estimated 500,000 people, ANSWER said it helped organize “a major contingent in the march” and provided logistical support. The march was co-chaired by Juan Jose Gutierrez, director of Latino Movement USA, who also is a member of ANSWER’s Los Angeles steering committee.

“We are people of dignity, and we demand respect,” Mr. Gutierrez said at the rally. “This is the beginning of a movement that is going to call for a national work stoppage.”

Another ANSWER member who spoke at the rally, Gloria La Riva said: “The racist politicians thought they could step on us with their racist legislation, but they have awakened the immigrant giant, and they will feel our strength when we stop work.”

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