Fighting for immigrant rights in Alabama: a video interview

Last June Alabama passed one of the most draconian anti-immigrant laws in the country. Immigrant rights activists describe it as Arizona’s bitter law on steroids. (Interview below)

A University of Alabama study estimates that the law has already cost the state’s economy an estimated $10.8 billion. This includes lost investments, an estimated $350 million in lost taxes, and the costs of police, judicial and jail services. The argument that the state would save money on health and education services has clearly been shone to be bogus.

Fighting for Immigrant Rights in Alabama

Photo: Scott Marshall/PW



Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.