Monday, April 10, 2006

'Hoy marchamos, manana votamos'

I just got back from the Immigration Action Day march from the Texas state capitol to the federal building - my guess is somewhere between 10-15,000 people participated, and certainly no fewer than that.

Whatever the total, it was a lot of folks and they weren't alone. Apparently 50,000 marched in Houston.

I'm not always a great fan of protest politics, but today was fun. I was especially blessed to spend much of the afternoon with a wonderful bunch of college kids from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition's University Leadership Initiative. Along with many other groups, they worked long hours helping organize the Austin event, even preparing this brief podcast to promote it. Kudos to the whole ULI crowd, especially Ana, Julieta, Rebecca, Charim, Monserat, and Mirla, and to the rest of the organizers on a well-executed event that sent a powerful message - one perhaps encapsulated best in the crowd's recurring chant quoted in the headline.

Photos via Flickr

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