the Great American Boycott


The Great American Boycott was a one-day boycott of United States schools and businesses by immigrants in the United States, of mostly Latin American origin that took place on May 1, 2006.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

A boycott is an act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country as an expression of protest, usually for social or political reasons.

Latin America is the group of countries and dependencies in the Americas where Romance languages are predominant.

American Freedom Stories: Montgomery Bus Boycott by BIO


The date was chosen by boycott organizers to coincide with May Day, the International Workers Day observed as a national holiday in Asia, most of Europe, and Mexico, but not officially recognized in the United States due to its Communist associations.

International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in some countries, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement, socialists, communists or anarchists and occurs every year on May Day, an ancient European spring festival.

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic in the southern half of North America.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott by Arnoud van Wijk


As a continuation of the 2006 U.S. immigration reform protests, the organizers called for supporters to abstain from buying, selling, working, and attending school, in order to attempt to demonstrate through the extent to which the labor obtained of illegal immigrants is needed.

A protest is an expression of bearing witness on behalf of an express cause by words or actions with regard to particular events, policies or situations.


Supporters of the boycott rallied in major cities across the U.S. to demand general amnesty and legalization programs for illegal aliens.

Amnesty is defined as: "A pardon extended by the government to a group or class of persons, usually for a political offense; the act of a sovereign power officially forgiving certain classes of persons who are subject to trial but have not yet been convicted."


For this reason, the day is referred to as A Day Without an Immigrant in reference to the 2004 political satire film A Day Without a Mexican.

Political satire is a significant part of satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics; it has also been used with subversive intent where political speech and dissent are forbidden by a regime, as a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden.

A film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film or photoplay, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon.


Though some demonstrations were peaceful, a Vista, California rally took a violent turn at day's end when crowds began throwing rocks and bottles at sheriff's deputies.

California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area.

Vista is a city in Southern California and is located in northwestern San Diego County.


There were also two arrests made at a demonstration in Los Angeles's MacArthur Park.

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in California and the county seat of Los Angeles County.

MacArthur Park is a park dating back to the late nineteenth century in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.


A stabbing that occurred near the location of the march in San Jose, California, may or may not have been related to the day's events.

San Jose, originally Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe and officially the City of San José, is the third-largest city by population in California, the tenth-largest by population in the United States, and the county seat of Santa Clara County.


While the economic effects of the boycott are unknown, most initial reports indicated that the boycott failed to halt "business as usual".


In a show of solidarity, internationally, labor unions and other groups engaged in a one-day boycott of U.S. products called the "Nothing Gringo Boycott", particularly in Mexico and Central American countries.

Central America is the southernmost, isthmian portion of the North American continent, which connects with South America on the southeast.

Gringo or Gringa is a term, mainly used in Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries, to refer to foreigners.


It was later reported that this boycott had little, if any, effect on the U.S. economy.


Demonstrations were also held in major cities across Mexico.

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