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April 10, 2006

Un Día Con Latinos Activism

I took the day off from work today to go to Madison's contribution to the nation-wide "Un Día Sin Latinos" demonstrations. It was glorious, a total blast. Many thousands of people turned out on an absolutely perfect spring day. For those of you who know Madison, the overwhelmingly Latino crowd filled one side of West Washington Ave. from Brittingham Park all the way up to the Capitol. It was something to see. Young people, whole families, high spirits, laughter and smiles galore. Lots of Spanish, always music to my ears.

I looked around at the crowd, and I thought, wow!, what a great bunch of Americans! And what a shot in the arm to American democracy. I'd like to know how they pulled it off: simultaneous demonstrations in more than 140 cities in at least 39 states, according to CNN. They could teach the rest of us a thing or two about organizing. (But what's up with CNN's online headline: "Illegal immigrants unite to demand rights"? Are all Latinos "illegal immigrants" to them?)

Alert reader Charyn (she likes it when I call her "alert reader" Charyn) sent me this photo. I'm the guy pretty much dead center with the red shirt over a black Democracy Now! t-shirt. Hard to tell, but I'll bet you I was smiling.

¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!

¡Sí, se puede!

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Comments

Prefiero hoy ser llamado un lector alerta.

Posted by: Charyn at April 11, 2006 08:01 AM

SI ESTAN AQUI, QUE SEA DE FORMA LEGAL, NADA DE BANDERAS MEXICANAS, ESTO ES USA.

LOS INDOCUMENTADOS IGNORANTES (MEXICANOS Y CENTROAMERICANOS) QUE VIENEN TIENEN LA CULPA DE QUE A TODOS LOS LATINOS NOS TILDEN DE IGNORANTES LIMPIA BAÑOS, RECOGE BASURA, RATEROS, VENDEDORES DE DROGA... Y LO PEOR, EN DONDE VIVEN LO TRANSFORMAN EN UNA BARRIADA PARECIDA A TIJUANA O A LA PARTE MEXICANA DE LOS ANGELES.

SI A LA LEY HR 4437 .. FUERA ILEGALES E INDOCUMENTADOS ...

Posted by: FERNANDO ROMERO at April 22, 2006 01:19 AM