LAUSD Asked Students And Staff Not To Participate In 'A Day Without Immigrants'
Across the nation, immigrants plan to protest against the current administration via a "Day Without Immigrants." This essentially means that some immigrants will take a day off, and show the rest of the U.S. what an average Thursday would be like if they weren't around. They're not going to work, they're not spending money at American businesses, they're not opening their businesses and they're cutting class. The Los Angeles Unified School District, however, has requested its staff and students to not participate in this event. According to the L.A. Times, LAUSD Chief of Staff Alma Pena-Sanchez left a recorded voicemail for parents and employees Wednesday night asking that everyone show up in the morning.
“While we respect everyone’s right to have their voices heard and to participate in civic action such as protest, all students and staff are encouraged and expected to come to school,” the message said. Students have also been asked to stay in class and not participate in any protests or walkouts throughout the school day. According to City News Service, LAUSD is 74% Latino.
There are A Day Without Immigrants activities planned in major cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York, among others.
In Los Angeles, Dr. Steven Jacobs told ABC 7 that staff at his office in Beverly Hills will be participating in the protest, though he will be working. "I support it because I think it's necessary that we do things to resist the kinds of changes brought upon us by the Trump administration," he said.
There will also be an Immigrants Rights rally on Saturday at Pershing Square at 11 a.m.