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Cities, Businesses Brace for Boycotts Monday

This Monday, millions of immigrants nationwide are expected to skip work and school in what's being billed as the Great American National Boycott. Several cities are bracing for mass demonstrations and a shutdown of major business operations.

Thousands of immigrants and their supporters are planning to take to the streets. Organizers are urging Latinos and others to skip work and school ... and avoid shopping on May 1. Organizers say immigrants should spend the day marching, to protest recent tough talk in Congress on illegal immigration.

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As an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics. Over the years, she has also covered everything from street gangs to Hollywood, police and prisons, marijuana, immigration, race relations, natural disasters, Latino arts and urban street culture (including hip hop dance, music, and art). Every year, she covers the Oscars and the Grammy awards for NPR, as well as the Sundance Film Festival and other events. Her news reports, feature stories and photos, filed from Los Angeles and abroad, can be heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Alt.latino, and npr.org.