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CA: More Than 500,000 Rally in L.A. for Immigrants' Rights
Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe and Anna Gorman

Posted on 03/25/2006 4:34:12 PM PST by calcowgirl

Joining what some are calling the nation's largest mobilization of immigrants ever, hundreds of thousands of people boisterously marched in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security wall on the U.S. southern border. Spirited crowds representing labor, religious groups, civil-rights advocates and ordinary immigrants stretched over 26 blocks of downtown Los Angeles from Adams Blvd. along Spring Street and Broadway to City Hall, tooting kazoos, waving American flags and chanting "Si se puede!" (Yes we can!). The crowd, estimated by police at more than 500.000, represented one of the largest protest marches in Los Angeles history, surpassing Vietnam War demonstrations and the 70,000 who rallied downtown against Proposition 187, a 1994 state initiative that denied public benefits to undocumented migrants.

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Many of the marchers were immigrants themselves — both legal and illegal -- from Mexico and Central America. Some had just crossed the border, while others had been here for decades. There were construction workers and business owners; families with young children and people in wheelchairs. Throughout the afternoon, protesters heard speakers demand a path toward legalization and denounce HR 4437, which would tighten border enforcement and crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers.

The rally was organized by numerous unions, religious organizations and immigrant rights groups and publicized through Spanish-language media, which encouraged participants to wear white to symbolize peace and bring American flags. The mostly peaceful march stretched over 26 blocks, shutting down streets and tying up traffic around downtown for hours. Police estimated the crowd at 500,000... Participants said the massive mobilization shows that immigrants' voices must be heard and that they are contributing to the country's economy.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: centralamericans; hr4437; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; immigration; invasion; losangeles; losangelesrally; mexicans; occupation; sisepuede; wakeuppeople; whereinthehellwasice
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1 posted on 03/25/2006 4:34:16 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

Every one is there but ICE.


2 posted on 03/25/2006 4:35:24 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: calcowgirl

Encircle the rally. Move the herd back to Mexico.


3 posted on 03/25/2006 4:35:35 PM PST by SampleMan
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To: calcowgirl

One thing about being packed in like that in a crowd, ya never know what kind of communicable diseases you are exposing yourself too.


4 posted on 03/25/2006 4:36:22 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: calcowgirl

Bttt


5 posted on 03/25/2006 4:36:55 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: calcowgirl


Boy that's alot of American jobs, food stamps, welfare, housing, while their pay goes to mexico.


6 posted on 03/25/2006 4:38:05 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: calcowgirl

It's officially an invasion now. They're getting snippy.


7 posted on 03/25/2006 4:38:21 PM PST by Rockitz (Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: ncountylee

I call B.S.. No way there are that many, and even if there were, those people do not even come close to outnumbering us folks who want reform.


8 posted on 03/25/2006 4:38:44 PM PST by freeplancer
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To: Rockitz
It's officially an invasion now. They're getting snippy.

If Americans can't see that we are being invaded, they're either blind or don't care anymore.

9 posted on 03/25/2006 4:39:46 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: calcowgirl

They weren't rallying for immigrant rights. They were rallying in favor of anarchy.


10 posted on 03/25/2006 4:39:49 PM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: calcowgirl

HELLO?

Immigration and Customs?

Hello?.............

(sound of crickets chirping)


11 posted on 03/25/2006 4:40:07 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: RightWhale; HungarianGypsy; Serenissima Venezia

Ping!


12 posted on 03/25/2006 4:41:50 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: freeplancer

Wanna bet there aren't that many?


13 posted on 03/25/2006 4:42:16 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: freeplancer

""I call B.S.. No way there are that many, and even if there were, those people do not even come close to outnumbering us folks who want reform.""


while that's true the intensity matters as well.

those who want illegal immigration want it more than those who are against it want to stop it.


14 posted on 03/25/2006 4:42:25 PM PST by georgia2006
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To: freeplancer
It doesn't matter. What our senators must remember is most of those 500,000 do not vote (legally that is) So if our Senators want to keep their jobs they better worry about the silent majority that is fed up with illegal immigration.
15 posted on 03/25/2006 4:43:01 PM PST by unseen
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To: calcowgirl
"voices must be heard and that they are contributing to the country's economy."

So does the drug trade, prostitution, and organized crime, by those standards.

16 posted on 03/25/2006 4:43:22 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: calcowgirl

Never mind Harry Reid.

Can Republicans impeach one of their own?... :)


17 posted on 03/25/2006 4:43:35 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: ncountylee

Of course not. The only real question is if the order to stand aside came directly from Bush or not...


18 posted on 03/25/2006 4:44:11 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: georgia2006

They don't vote. It doesn't matter if 100 million showed up they don't vote. they are not citizens they don't vote. It doesn't matter. And there are a lot more than those that want reform.


19 posted on 03/25/2006 4:44:46 PM PST by unseen
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To: unseen

dont be so confident they dont vote


20 posted on 03/25/2006 4:45:34 PM PST by georgia2006
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