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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

In Our United States Freedom and Equality for All??

While millions of Americans routinely went to work today, several million others, immigrants, legal and illegal, and their supporters participated in protest marches around the nation to express their opposition to proposed changes in the immigration laws.
Has America lost its desire to remain the land of opportunity? Is our country now a democracy only for the privileged?

Here’s how Associated Press writer Gillian Flaccus reported today’s nationwide demonstrations by millions of legal and illegal immigrants, along with their sympathizers, in the United States in response to legislators in Washington who are considering a massive reformation of the immigration laws.
.....From Los Angeles to Chicago, Houston to New Orleans, the "Day Without Immigrants" attracted widespread participation despite divisions among activists over whether a boycott would send the right message to Washington lawmakers considering sweeping immigration reform.
"We are the backbone of what America is, legal or illegal, it doesn't matter," said Melanie Lugo, who with her husband and their third-grade daughter joined a rally of some 75,000 in Denver. "We butter each other's bread. They need us as much as we need them."
..... Police estimated 400,000 people marched through Chicago's business district. There were two major rallies in Los Angeles, the first of which the mayor's office estimated drew 250,000 people to a typically destitute downtown. Tens of thousands more marched in New York, along with about 15,000 in Houston and 30,000 more across Florida. Smaller rallies in cities from Pennsylvania and Connecticut to Arizona and South Dakota attracted hundreds not thousands.....

The boycott was organized by immigrant activists angered by federal legislation that would criminalize illegal immigrants and fortify the U.S-Mexico border. Its goal was to raise awareness about immigrants' economic power.

Industries that rely on immigrant workers were clearly affected, though the impact was not uniform.

Today’s marches remind me of a comedic theater piece by the celebrated playwright, actor, and one of the co-founders of the Negro Ensemble Company,Douglas Turner Ward. The play is in one act entitled
Day of Absence.


Anonymous Betty Fields said...

I'm tired of paying for good for nothing illegal immigrants and their filty little children.

A concrete wall should be built to keep them out of our country.

3:28 PM

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