American Slave Labor

This should be getting a lot more play in the news:

The thirty workers from San Luis Potosi in Mexico have have been living with all-too-typical slave-like conditions — with their passports held by their vicious “employer,” wages as low as $2 an hour and constant threats of deportation (even though they are part of a legal “guest worker” program). The exploitation and mistreatment was brutal. Their strike started on Valentine’s day, with organizing help from the local Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

This video shows a delegation of African American supporters (from the Alliance of Guest Workers for Dignity) confronting this utter pig, Charles “Bimbo” Relan. Bimo then fired the striking workers. And hunted by the U.S. authorities — they are in hiding in New Orleans. Bimbo has (predictably) not been charged with anything — even though holding the passports of workers is a classic case of felony “human trafficking.”

You can read more here.  Immigration reform is a sick joke, unless there are laws and enforcement to give crimes like consequences.

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  1. Thank you for pointing out that this event should “be getting a lot more play in the news.” There are slave labor camps like this scattered throughout the U.S. — rural ones involving fruits and vegetables, and urban one often connected to the sexual trade.

    Help us publicize this by passing on the link to that article:

    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/video-the-fight-for-justice-in/

    Also please contact Kasama site — kasamasite (at) yahoo.com — when you hear of breaking news or important analysis. We will cover it, post it, and circulate it.

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