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    Senior Member Populist's Avatar
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    Immigrants Rallies Draw Small Crowds in Flu Scare (excuse)
    Immigrants’ Rallies Draw Small Crowds in Flu Scare

    At a May Day rally in Los Angeles, dozens of marchers took precautions against the spread of swine flu. Turnout at immigration marches there and in many cities was lower than expected.

    Immigrants turned out for May Day demonstrations across the country in much smaller numbers than last year, with marchers pointing to uneasiness about the flu scare and job worries in the recession to explain why many people stayed home.

    Organizers had called for marches and rallies as a show of support for immigration overhaul legislation that President Obama has said he will offer before the end of the year. But in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York, among other cities, turnout was sharply lower than expected as immigrants, many of them from Mexico, said they did not feel the time was right for marching in the street.

    Mexican immigrants and businesses in the nation have not seen major negative impacts from the rapidly spreading flu epidemic, despite wide publicity that the illness first erupted in Mexico and has spread from there. But in New York, a major annual Cinco de Mayo festival was canceled because of fears of flu contagion.

    And Mexicans around the country said the fallout from the swine flu had arrived in more subtle ways, from remarks that struck them as prejudicial, to friends who declined dinner invitations without giving a reason.

    In Boston, Jay Severin, a conservative radio talk show host on WTKK-FM who is known for outrageous banter, was suspended indefinitely from his afternoon show after he referred to Mexican immigrants in insulting terms, executives at the station said Friday. In comments about the flu epidemic in recent days, Mr. Severin had called Mexicans “primitives,
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    But in Chicago, only about 5,000 people came out, a far cry from the estimated 65,000 who turned out a year ago.


    Whaaaatt??? Every article I've read about Chicago's march from Chicago reported 1500 to 2000. I saw a helicopter view when the group started at the park and the reporter said it only looked like 'hundreds.'

    The organizers expected 15,000.

    May Day Rally Smaller, But Message Gets Out

    Suzanne Le Mignot

    A smaller May Day march in Chicago was attributed in part to flu concerns.

    Flu concerns may have kept bigger crowds away from a May Day rally.

    Police tell CBS 2 the turnout was substantially lower than in past years. But as Suzanne Le Mignot reports, marchers still got their message out.

    Chanting "Yes, we can," about 2,000 marchers called for reform in immigrant and worker rights. ... 99394.html
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    [color=red]In Mexico,

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    Senior Member ReggieMay's Avatar
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    Doesn't that picture just give you the warm fuzzies towards illegals? I mean, a Mexican flag, a sombrero with the words "viva Mexico" and a medical mask. Makes me want to jump up and scream "amnesty all around". BTW, sarcarm alert.

    To the marchers: if Mexico is so wonderful, GO THERE.
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