Coming on the heels of the LAPD police brutality against marchers in LA, we have been hearing reports of anti-immigrant violence in several communities across the country over this past week. In one incident in DC, a man was arrested after grabbing one of the May 1 pro-immigrant marchers – it was later found that he was stock piling weapons in his home.
The latest disturbing news comes from Gaithersburg, Maryland where a group of unkown individuals attempted to burn down a day-laborer center. Casa de Maryland and other local organizations are responding to this act of hate. It is time to end the hate. If you have news from your area- please share it here!
See their press release from Casa de Maryland below:
WHAT: (Gaithersburg, MD) CASA of Maryland reports that last night unknown persons attempted to burn down their Greater Gaithersburg Worker Center. This center just opened on April 16 this year and serves more than forty workers and will, by the end of this week, send out people on more than 90 jobs.
The struggle to ensure that Gaithersburg day laborers are treated with human dignity has not been easy. Workers in the Gaithersburg community, and their allies, have been targeted by escalating verbal and written violence and threats, had their photos and home addresses posted on the internet, been the targets of xenophobic comments during public hearings, and treated to harassment on the street. It is not surprising that these actions would lead ultimately to physical violence.
WHEN: CASA will hold a press conference at 4 pm and it will be followed by an ecumenical service and vigil.
WHERE: The worker center is located at 16642 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, Maryland 20855. To get to the center, take Shady Grove East (Exit 8 off of 270) for a mile and a half and make a right onto Crabbs Branch Way.
For media inquiries please contact Kim Propeack at 301-379-7461 (cell). Note: Media advisory with more details to come.