Cosecha is a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
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In the United States, protesters vowed to participate in civil disruptions throughout the day to draw attention to the importance of immigrants in American communities. "On this day, we will not go to work. We will not go to school. We will not buy anything," said Francisca Santiago, a farmworker from Homestead, Florida.
Thousands of Latino immigrants, activists, workers and allies took to the streets on Monday to join in on the national Day Without Immigrants strike. People in more than 40 cities across the country marched and protested.
In Grand Rapids, MI, a group of immigrants asked for acceptance, celebrated their heritage and pledged to fight for the rights they say are being denied and disrespected. Hundreds took part in the second "Day Without Immigrants" march on Monday, May 1.