Yesterday Jason Sutton of our office blogged about how three young women, Viridiana Martinez, Loida Silva and Rosario Lopez — all illegal immigrants — have been camped out outside General Assembly building and engaged in a hunger strike. The three are hoping to convince Senator Kay Hagin to support federal legislation (The DREAM Act) that provides a path to amnesty to illegals who serve in the military or attend college.
The three young women involved in the strike call themselves the DREAM team and have a blog which chronicles their efforts. Curiously, I found a link titled Support NC DREAM team and a statement on Justice for Immigrants and Workers Now! of which Viridiana Martinez is the first signer, on the Raleigh FIST web site. What is Raleigh FIST? According to the organization’s web site:
Fight Imperialism- STand Together (FIST) is a national group of young activists committed to fighting racism, sexism, oppression of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and exploitation of the working class, all of which result from imperialism and capitalism. We believe that the only way to achieve true liberation for all peoples throughout the world is through socialism.
Raleigh FIST has been extensively involved in counter-military recruitment, union organizing and worker/student alliance-building, fighting rape culture and sexual violence, immigrant solidarity, and in building a youth-centered anti-imperialist movement.
Earlier this year, Raleigh FIST activist Dante Strobino was arrested at the Wake County School Board meeting for trespassing.
So who’s first in line to contribute to a college fund for Viridiana, Rosario and Loida?