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News :: Human Rights
Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
Modified: 02:09:02 AM
“The more they try to divide us the more we will unite.” -- Felix Arroyo, Boston City Councilor, March 27, 2006
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Protests sweep U.S.
Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation

By Bryan G. Pfeifer

BOSTON -- Exceeding organizer’s expectations, 10,000 immigrants and their allies took to the streets of Boston March 27 denouncing proposed anti-worker and racist state and federal laws to criminalize un/documented immigrants or those that assist them.

The electric spirit of defiance and courage ran through the crowd that included individuals, whole families and other loved ones.

“Over the past few weeks, hundreds of thousands of immigrants have marched to demand justice-from Topeka to Chicago to Los Angeles to Milwaukee to Knoxville, Tennessee. A movement for immigrant rights has begun…” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition, a co-sponsor of the Boston protest along with the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities.

Major supporters of the Boston action included the Service Employees and UNITE HERE unions as well as Jobs with Justice. Numerous immigrant and refugee community organizations participated along with many faith-based ones.

‘The Sensenbrenner bill, H.R. 4437’

Congressmember F. James Sensenbrenner (D-WI), is the sponsor of House Resolution 4437, the so-called “Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.” This racist bill would turn the formerly civil “crime” of being undocumented into a criminal act. It would also criminalize people or groups who aid those who want to stay in this country. This aspect of the bill is meant to intimidate those who would show solidarity to undocumented workers and drive a wedge of fear into the working class.

HR 4437 also provides for the construction of a 700-mile wall across the U.S.-Mexican border, similar in scope and purpose to the Israeli wall currently under construction in occupied Palestine.

Numerous other repressive measures are contained within the bill.

This bill would break up families, affecting more than 1.6 million children. It would deport asylum-seekers to their home countries, which are often U.S.-supported and -financed dictatorships, to face possible torture and even death.

Divide No, Unite, Yes!

Beginning at the bandstand main rally, participants started streaming into the Boston Common at 5 p.m.

Marching to the Tremont Temple for a speak-out and concluding with a rally at the Federal Building, hundreds of hand-made signs, organization’s placards, banners and over a dozen flags from various immigrants’ homelands could be seen for blocks. Various passerby gave the thumbs-up, honked in support or joined in chanting.

Signs included, “We are immigrant not terrorists,” “We are workers, no criminals,” “Stop the attacks on undocumented & immigrant workers & students,” “Defend civil rights & civil liberties,” and “Unite against poverty, racism sexism and war.”

The chants “No Justice, No Peace,” and Si, Se Puede (Yes, we can) in English and Spanish, the soundtrack of the protest, echoed loudly throughout the city center for hours.

A majority of the participants originated from Latin America and the Caribbean but also from Ireland, Poland, and African and Asian countries. Various delegations assembled for the march with banners and flags representing various nations.

Takin’ it to the streets!

Beginning in Chicago March 10 hundreds of thousands of mostly Latin@ workers have taken to the streets to show their opposition to the racist Sensenbrenner bill. An estimated 300,000 mostly Latin@ workers marched in Chicago in the most massive mobilization of workers from oppressed nationalities since the Vietnam War era.

Since Chicago the protests have been sweeping the United States from coast to coast with the largest in Los Angeles March 25. Organizers claim over 1 million participated in L.A. making it possibly the largest protest in the history of California.

On March 27, California's Cesar Chavez Day, at least 40,000 high school and middle school students marched out of Los Angeles-area schools, including the San Fernando Valley and Pacific Palisades.

In Dallas, an estimated 1,500 students walked out of several high schools March 27 marching to a park to rally for immigrant rights; student walkouts also took place in Houston.

Dozens more school walkouts, work stoppages and other actions have taken place and/or are in the planning stages.

A short list of other similar mass protests include:

*Atlanta (March 24: 80,000):
*Charlotte (March 25: 7,000);
*Columbus (March 26: 7,000),
*Dallas, Denver (March 25: 50,000);
*Grand Rapids and Detroit (March 27: thousands),
*Kansas City (March 25: 3,000);
*Milwaukee (“A Day without Latin@’s, March 23: 30,000);
*Phoenix (March 24: 20,000)

In Washington D.C. March 27, thousands protested against H.R. 4437 and 100 demonstrators wore handcuffs to protest the bill.

These demonstrations are expected to culminate April 10 in a "National Day of Action" organized by anti-war, labor, immigration, civil rights and faith-based groups.

While speaking at the Tremont Temple March 27, Felix Arroyo, a Puerto Rican and the first ever Latin@ City Councilor in Boston, elected for the first time in 2003, crystallized the spirit of the day in Boston and for many others across the U.S. engaged in this struggle

“The more they try to divide us the more we will unite.”

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Union labor donated
See also:
http://www.nalacc.org
http://www.miracoalition.org/home
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Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
ten thousand? oh come on, it was an amazing rally but you KNOW that's not true.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
More like 5,000; just like M-18, the after rally reports double the actual numbers, but still a great turn-out.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
Don't get me wrong--the official count is almost always intentionally lowered. The one time I was at a march where we were lined up five abreast and counted (with legal observers and international observers verifying the count) the cops still divided the real number by two and subtracted some, and the media repeated the cop figure.

Actually it might always not be completely malicious. I've heard theories that police departments and reporters use crowd measurement rubrics based on area covered which systematically underestimate crowd density. We were pretty closely packed last night, especially because there were so many families (and extended families) marching together, arm in arm or carrying children. So hearing 2500 from a chopper confirms the 3 to 4 thousand I guessed and others have been saying.

The local Fox affiliate said "thousands," but then they also said "thousands" marched in LA...

It felt like if we had kept marching more people would have kept showing up.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
... But it was the FOX affiliate !
Required retort by FLIPSIDE, delusional nut goes here.
28 Mar 2006
I'm reserving this space for my comments once I become conscious again.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
Face it. You can't preempt my posts, and you can't successfully pose as me. You're on the jock.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
It was great to see so many people out in the streets last night! Si, se puede!
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
Well, the MIRA Coalition, one of the main organizers, said 7000. This reporter's e-mail address indicates that he's with the IAC, which did not organize this demo but does have a remarkable history of inflating numbers.

Still, that's really not the point!
Que lio.
28 Mar 2006
Cabroncito,

Tu no puedes hablar espanol mejor que yo.
He estudiado esta puta lengua por mas que 10 an~os. He dicho muchas veces que no puedes estarme. Traiga esto a babelfish:

Desde 1995 hasta hoy, se puede contar once mas an~os. Durante ese rato, tuve otra decada pensar en los estudios que ya he hecho.

Pues, quien va a fabricar unas putas expresiones y atribuirlas a mi? Digame? Tu eres impostor tonto, y sucio, mientras que yo soy capitan. Mano, chupa pito distinto.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
28 Mar 2006
7,000 is wild optimism.
10,000 is practicing your skills for party-dictated revisionism.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
29 Mar 2006
it was about 3,000

MIRA is just trying to get away with numbers inflation in their press releases
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
29 Mar 2006
it was about 3,000

MIRA is just trying to get away with numbers inflation in their press releases
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
29 Mar 2006
Workers World can never leave well enough alone when it comes to numbers
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
29 Mar 2006
3 to 4 thousand, with quality that made it much better than some 15 to 20 thousand person demos I've been to.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
29 Mar 2006
Who cares what the exact number is? no one can know for sure, unless we had lined up and counted. All i know is that standing on tremont street with atleast a couple thousand immigrants and their supporters, and seeing the faces of businessmen staring down from their office windows, scared as hell, put me in the mood to celebrate. I hope these events keep happening.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
29 Mar 2006
The Boston Globe said 2500. In my experience (including from much smaller, more easily counted demonstrations), if you take the Globe's number and double it, you get the actual number. So it was probably around 5000.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
29 Mar 2006
Coyote's daughter, sorry, but crowd counts don't work that way. In recent years, the media have gotten so stupid about crowd counts that we've often gotten them to accept inflated numbers. Cops meanwhile have gotten much more accurate. We know that if you have a rally at the Common bandstand that about 2,000 fit inside the circular walkway surrounding it. This rally had several hundred outside that circle as it became a march, but no more than that. Even if the march picked up some people as it moved, it also lost some. So 3,000 is a fair estimate. Maybe 3,500, but that would be pushing it. No way in hell were there 7 or 10,000 there.
I'm obsessed with poop and pee.
29 Mar 2006
It's on my mind, all the time.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
30 Mar 2006
there was no room for the pinche suit-wearing gringos anywhere on the streets during this rally, at the height of rush hour in the middle of the downtown financial and governmental thoroughfare. yes, some tried to make their way through the brown-and-proud crowd, and yes they were scared. was that cowering little man within cop's-length distance you, flipflop?
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
31 Mar 2006
How do you know when ANSWER is lying?

Their mouths are open.

Leftists and activists are notorious for inflating numbers of participants at our protests. The old activist saying goes: "Take the estimate from the organizers, take the estimate from the cops and find the average. The average is probably the most accurate count of people."

ANSWER has been exposed as having TRIPLED and QUADRUPLED their estimates of people at their protests. For example, most knowledgeable observers estimated that their protest in Washington last September drew around 100,000 people. ANSWER's estimates grew to 300,000 and some of their friends started throwing around 500,000. a number which is just absurd given that the Metro system only reported small increases in their Saturday traffic that day.

ANSWER's website is again stating wild numbers for last weekend's protests in Los Angeles (which ANSWER didn't organize). The police estimated the crowds in the hundreds of thousands. The organizers claim (with some credibility) a turnout of 500k.

What is ANSWER's estimate? 1 million.

In other words, ANSWER lies.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
01 Apr 2006
The legislation is not ant-immigrant. The legislation is anti-illegal alien.
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
01 Apr 2006
wait. . .aliens landed?!

I'm always the last to know. . .
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
02 Apr 2006
You didn't get the memo?
Re: Boston: 10,000 protest anti-immigrant legislation
02 Apr 2006
They also happen to be anti-immigrant as well.

"Cops meanwhile have gotten much more accurate."
You in with the troopas?
That's a load of shit. It's a well known fact that police use methods that almost always underestimate crowd size. Anyways; who the hell cares. I'm just confused how everone got their own figure. Are you guys really credibile experts?