Immigration activists spread word on social media

Student activist's tweet goes viral

Published On: May 01 2013 03:52:08 PM CDT   Updated On: May 01 2013 03:53:15 PM CDT
MILWAUKEE -

One way that activists are getting out the word about this year's May Day immigration marches and rallies is with social media.

Jorge Maya, of Milwaukee, is one of the leaders of Youth Empowered in the Struggle, or YES, a student activist group. He said Twitter and Facebook are one of the easiest and most effective ways to reach people.

Maya said he tweeted a picture from an action forum called after President Barack Obama issued his June directive that immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children be exempted from deportation and granted work permits.

Maya said the picture was retweeted by organizations with thousands of followers and quickly went viral.

He said his tweet for Wednesday's rally in Milwaukee would be: "2013. The time is now."