Immigration Rally Is Largest in L.A. History
Posted on Mar 26, 2006
An estimated crowd of more than 500,000 thronged downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest a tightening of the country’s immigration laws. The gathering was spirited but peaceful. There were no arrests.
Check out the status of the immigration bills in Congress
Read Truthdig’s Marc Cooper to strip away the myths surrounding this issue
Sample a few of the protesters’ stories here
View an assortment of march photos here
Los Angeles Times:
A crowd estimated by police at more than 500,000 boisterously marched in Los Angeles on Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security wall along the U.S.’ southern border.
Spirited but peaceful marchers—ordinary immigrants alongside labor, religious and civil rights groups—stretched more than 20 blocks along Spring Street, Broadway and Main Street to City Hall, tooting kazoos, waving American flags and chanting, “S se puede!” (Yes we can!).
Attendance at the demonstration far surpassed the number of people who protested against the Vietnam War and Proposition 187, a 1994 state initiative that sought to deny public benefits to undocumented migrants but was struck down by the courts. Police said there were no arrests or injuries except for a few cases of exhaustion.
Saturday’s immigration march was so large that it covered 26 blocks at one time and took six hours to wind its way through the city.