In solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters, ZayZay.Com will be closed for the day. We are all – all of us – personally or the son, daughter, spouse, friend, of someone who came to this country from somewhere else. With the dream to escape from dangers or hate from their home country. to escape the fear and live in peace and prosperity that was not available for some reason where they were before. Or even to just give their children a BETTER chance to be someone unfettered by oppression of state or religion or economy. That’s why this country became strong, why it became a beacon to countries around the world and a bastion to those in need.
Engraved on on the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of freedom and of the United States, and a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad for over a hundred years is this poem:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
The meaning of this poem seems to have been lost in recent years and completely dismissed by this nations most powerful man. But today, February 16th, businesses, school, restaurants and people from all walks of life are protesting against bigotry. Today people are boycotting their to bring attention to the “A Day Without Immigrants” campaign, a combination boycott/strike that highlights the contributions of immigrants to U.S. business and culture.