Oakland HR4437 Protest

Posted Apr 14 2006

I'll keep my comments brief as I hope the images speak for themselves. On Monday, April 10 between 8,000 and 10,000 people marched in Oakland, CA to protest a bill that makes it a felony to be an immigrant without proper documenation and a criminal to help someone without documentation. Many walked more than 7 miles throughout the city, ending at a rally at city hall. Across the United States millions of people have been protesting this possible legislation.

There are some hot debates going on and perhaps I'll join the fray view the website if time permits. In the meantime, a few things that stood out include the family feel of this march, as opposed to many of the demonstrations I've observed, particularly the anti-war ones which seem dominated by the "activist" crowd. Today's march had grandmothers, mechanics, little kids, and entire families. At a very basic level, people were asking to be respected as human beings. Another thing that stood out was the heavy dominance of Latina/os. Where was everyone else? This is a serious discussion that needs to continue; not to point fingers, but to see why we're still divided along racial and ethnic lines on so many issues when we're all so much more complex than that. This is not merely a Mexican or Latino issue. Society, regardless or borders, really needs to figure out how to address everyone with dignity and humanity. The devil's in the details, but do we really have a choice?


1. Tia H. said at April 15, 2006 4:36 pm:

Great pics!

2. Martin R. said at April 16, 2006 1:00 am:

I just wanted to let you know I looked at the website today and checked out the marching protest pictures. In the morning I saw them. It was a huge line, it stopped traffic for a good while too, just seeing them from my window was breathtaking even inspirational. Pretty much I wanted to thank you for your hard work so that people can check out what happen.

3. Jm said at August 4, 2006 7:38 pm:

oh my god, that picture , i forgot you took it, thx

4. Claudia R. said at June 21, 2008 3:28 am:

st wanted to let you know that this is a great topic to talk about because it shows that we as immigrants are not okay with what is going on around us nor we are okay with the way that they treat us or what they think of us. It was a real good idea for you to put this in your site because this way people can see what we are willing to do to try and change the perspective that people who are not like us have. Also so we can show them that if we were not to be here the United States would not be anything. Also so they van see that they need us here for this country to be able o run and be what it is. I think that if people take the time to watch this and really think about it they wold all come to the conclusion that there is no reason for why immigrants should be treated the way they are because if they are in the positions they have it is because they are not given higher opportunities to succeed.

5. Ernesto U said at September 25, 2008 2:37 am:

I don't know if i told you but the guy in the last picture in the left, thats my cousin, the one at the right is a friend I knwo for many years.

6. Ernesto U said at September 25, 2008 2:38 am:

I don't know if i told you but the guy in the last picture in the left, thats my cousin, the one at the right is a friend I know for many years.

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