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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:14 PM
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40,000 march against Minutemen in Chicago
DID ANY OTHER NEWS PAPER COVER THIS STORY?



By Elizabeth Lalasz | July 22, 2005 | Page 15

CHICAGO--About 40,000 people rallied at McKinley Park on the citys South Side in favor of immigrant rights and in opposition to the Minutemen establishing a chapter in Chicago.

The protest--the largest demonstration in the city in decades--included thousands of immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay and Costa Rica. They chanted at full volume, Si se puede!, Si se puede! (Yes, we can!; Yes we can!), holding signs that read, Minutemen: Human Rights Violators; We want recognition as workers: we are not terrorists; We demand the right to get work permits and Stop Deportations.

Eliseo Morales, who brought his whole family to the rally said, We are legal residents. My children were born here and we have no problems with immigration...We are brothers by origin. We come from the same land and share the problems of our race, and so here we are.

Organized through pro-immigrant organizations like Centro Sin Fronteras and local churches, the demonstration took on a bigger character once Spanish-speaking radio disc jockeys began promoting it. Now organizers are floating the idea of organizing a similar demonstration in front of the White House.

http://www.socialistworker.org/2005-2/551/551_15_Chicag...
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kliljedahl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:19 PM
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1. Never saw it, par for the course I guess
Thanks for the heads up. There is so much wrong with this country right now it's hard to keep up. Gives a whole new meaning to multi-tasking.


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