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- 04-30-2012, 02:32 PM #1
May Day march urges immigration reform
May Day march urges immigration reform
April 29, 2012
The May Day Solidarity March for immigrant rights drew several thousand people, as it wound its way over the Sixth St. Viaduct. The march and rally started with speeches and Native American dancers at Voces de la Frontera on S. 5th St., and from there marchers crossed the Sixth St. Viaduct and continued on to the Veterans Park.
Arizona law is before Supreme Court
By Georgia Pabst of the Journal Sentinel
April 29, 2012
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Thousands carrying signs that said "Stop Ripping Families Apart" and "Education not Deportation" paraded Sunday from Milwaukee's south side through downtown and on to Veterans Park at the lakefront for the annual May Day march for immigrant rights.
This year's turnout for the march, which has taken place since 2006 to push for reform of the nation's immigration laws, was smaller than in previous years, when they have been among the largest in the country.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, the immigrant and low-wage worker group that organizes the marches, said although the turnout was not as strong as in other years, it was still large and "that shows the consciousness and sends a message on the issues we're fighting for."
In previous years, there also have been issues that present "an imminent threat" to the Latino community, such as the proposed legislation last year by state Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) that would have introduced an Arizona-like immigration bill, she said. That bill, however, never got traction.
This year, the focus of the May Day marches here and throughout the country centers on the U.S. Supreme's Court's consideration of Arizona SB 1070, the law that allows police to inquire about a person's immigration status if they have a "reasonable suspicion" to believe a person might be in the country illegally.
The law also has been challenged because the federal government maintains that immigration laws rest with the federal government, not with states.
"We want to send a clear message to the Supreme Court and to politicians who represent the wealthy that we are united in rejecting racism and prejudice," Neumann-Ortiz told the crowd.
"We are fighting for immigrant rights, the right to unionize, fighting the attack on our civil rights, voter rights and fighting those who would destroy education, the environment and health care," she said. "We march for all people everywhere whose rights are under attack."
Religious leaders from all faiths, along with union leaders, turned out for the march and rally. There was a huge puppet of the face of Republican Gov. Scott Walker that marched through the parade, and some people wore "Recall Walker" buttons.
Bruce Colburn of the state AFL-CIO told the crowd: "We are one, whether we are fighting Arizona's anti-immigrant law or Wisconsin's union-busting law. We are one family."
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), one of the most outspoken proponents of immigration reform in Congress, told the marchers that the push for immigration reform must continue.
"The president made a promise (about immigration reform), and he's not kept it," he said.
The effort to improve the nation's broken immigration system has to continue, regardless of who becomes president, he said.
"We have to lift our voices, regardless of party, and speak for the immigrants who live here. And we won't stop until they and all have good health care, good education and good jobs."
He added: "I love to turn on the TV in Chicago or Washington and see the fighting men and women of Wisconsin."
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) told the crowd she continues to work for passage of the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow those who were brought here as children by their parents and who graduate from state high schools to pay in-state tuition in college.
Many students, some of who said they were undocumented, took part in the march and were accompanied by drumming, music and chants of "Si, se puede (yes, we can)" and "Immigrants are not criminals."
Rene Kissell, 21, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, came with seven others from Madison for the Milwaukee march.
"I'm the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and I'm proud to support the students working for the DREAM Act," she said, as she ate a plate of carnitas, rice and beans in the park.
May Day march urges immigration reform - JSOnline
Last edited by working4change; 04-30-2012 at 03:50 PM.The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 04-30-2012, 03:30 PM #2"Stop Ripping Families Apart"
- 04-30-2012, 03:44 PM #3We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religions destroy morals, and our banks destroy the economy.
Chris Hedges…Journalist and author
- 04-30-2012, 04:28 PM #4
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This is an example of why I've lost faith in America. The politicians there "sucking up" instead of enforcing the laws of the nation. How many raliies nationwide are there and how many politicians. After 21 years of actively protesting against open borders, I do not see progress for our side!.
- 04-30-2012, 06:15 PM #5
I would support this change to immigration law - end birthright citizenship."A Nation of sheep will beget a government of Wolves" -Edward R. Murrow
- 05-01-2012, 09:45 AM #6
Occupy, immigrants to hold May Day protests
The Associated Press
Occupy Seattle, immigrant rights groups and others will hold a series of rallies and marches on Tuesday.
The planned May Day activities have led Mayor Mike McGinn to issue a warning that some of the protesters may be planning to use violence and disruptive behavior. McGinn says city officials have evidence of such plans.
Some rallies will be centered at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, the plaza where Occupy Seattle led a camp out that lasted a few weeks last fall and rose tensions between police and demonstrators.
One of the immigrant rights groups - El ComitÃƒÂ© Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social - says they are working with other organizations to ensure no disrupting behavior takes place during their annual march.
Occupy, immigrants to hold May Day protests | Local News | The Seattle TimesThe price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 05-01-2012, 02:38 PM #7
May Day protesters: ‘America ... no longer cares about its people’
BY NATASHA KORECKI AND MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA Staff Reporters May 1, 2012 9:38AM
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More than 1,000 protesters from all over the region converged on the West Side Tuesday, to rally against everything from corporate excess to failing schools to immigrant deportations.
“America is on the wrong path and no longer cares about its people, only about corporate greed, deportation, and self-interest over the whole,” said Janice Solomon, who came to Union Park with Iglesia Unida de Cristo in Berwyn for a planned May Day rally.
The protesters left the park at 1:15 p.m. and headed to Federal Plaza.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the rally so far had been peaceful.
“It’s going to be a good day,” McCarthy said. “People have the right to exercise their First Amendment rights, and we’re going to protect them. I hope the weather cooperates.”
The protesters included members of the Occupy movement who on their way to the park at 1501 W. Randolph passed banks to protest the high numbers of home foreclosures even though the banks received billions in federal bail-outs.
Earlier Tuesday the Occupy protesters temporarily shut down the entrance to Bank of America in the Loop until Chicago police came on the scene — who then blocked the entrance themselves by creating a wall of cops across the glass-paneled entrance on 201 S. State.
“We were blocking it, but now the police is doing our job for us,” said one 21-year-old protester who would not give his name.
That group of about 150 protesters then headed to another Bank of America branch at Dearborn and Washington and to other sites.
They were carrying signs that read “United States of America not Bank of America.” They chanted, “I pay, you pay, BOA has got to pay” and shouted, “Whose streets? Our streets!”
The marchers at times took to the middle of the street, and walked against traffic on Clark. Some drivers gave friendly honks as the protesters streamed through the cars.
Chicago police officers on bikes followed them and allowed them to protest, until they hit Randolph, where a line of officers on bikes walled off the street and the protesters eventually returned to the sidewalk.
Later, protesters blocked traffic on Randolph near the entrance to I-90/94, where they got a more angry reception from some drivers.
Some of the protesters were wearing cloths over their faces to show solidarity, they said. One 20-year-old from Kentucky said he was part of a group who marched to Chicago from Atlanta, Ga.
Police said there had been no arrests as of late morning.
A few thousand marched last year in Chicago and organizers expected the same turnout Tuesday.
May Day protesters:The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 05-01-2012, 10:19 PM #8We have immigration laws that just need to be enforced.
- 05-01-2012, 10:32 PM #9
The ever present Mexican Flag.