APRIL 26, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Demonstrations in favor of giving illegal
immigrants a chance at legal status are scheduled in De Queen,
Little Rock and Springdale next Monday. They come three weeks after
rallies in those cities attracted thousands of people.
But organizers in Arkansas say they won't support calls by
national groups for immigrants to show their economic power by not
working or shopping on that day. Margarita Solorzano, one of the
organizers of the Springdale event, said that group was neither
supporting nor opposing a boycott.
Another organizer of the Springdale event, Alejandro Aviles,
said anyone who chooses not to go to work should ask permission in
advance. That message was echoed by Springdale-based Tyson Foods, a
meat company that employs many Hispanics. The company said it was
not encouraging workers to participate in the rallies, and was
asking workers not to take any unauthorized time off.
A coalition planning a rally in Little Rock also isn't
encouraging a boycott. Neil Sealy, head organizer with ACORN, a
community activist group involved in planning the demonstration,
said protesters plan to march through downtown Little Rock and
rally at the state Capitol. Sealy said the group is encouraging
people to ask their employers for time off to attend the three p-m