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News :: Human Rights
Quick Review of el Gran Paro
01 May 2006
Thousands celebrate el Gran Paro Nacional by participating in rallies and marches across Greater Boston.
A day of events celebrating el Gran Paro Nacional on May Day ended in Boston with thousands of immigrants and their allies participating in rallies, marches, work stoppages, and school walkouts.

At Boston College, 200 people turned out to a morning rally in the school’s central plaza. Immigration attorney Mary Holper of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project told the crowd of BC students, faculty, and staff that many immigrants do not have any legal options available to regularize their status in the USA. She disputed the anti-immigrant argument that today’s immigrants want to skip the line to citizenship, by noting that there is no line for most immigrants. The current immigration law system is unnecessarily complex and lacks meaningful avenues for relief.

At an early afternoon rally at Harvard University, several hundred immigrant supporters discussed the critical contribution of immigrants to the nation. An immigrant Harvard University custodial asked the audience to support her union’s efforts to secure a new contract with custodial services giant Unicco.

Approximately 1,500 individuals marched from Harvard University to Boston Common. Police initially attempted to restrict marchers to the sidewalk, but the mass was too large to be constrained. The marchers took over half of Massachusetts Avenue from Harvard Square to the Boston city line. The marchers then proceeded down Commonwealth Avenue to the Boston Common where they joined thousands of people waiting for the start of the statewide rally organized by the Boston May Day Coalition.

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