Yet another Chicago illegal immigration march
Today's march was much smaller than the last one, with somewhere between 10,000 and 50,000 participants.
Pictures are available at:
The last page contains this highly revealing bit:
One of the most notable shifts in the demonstration, though, was the huge move toward the more conservative visual representations that some activists say came largely from the influence of spanish-language radio host Pistolero. Participants were told to wear white, but the greater contrast came in the flag display. On March 10th, a strong majority of flags were US, though a large number of Mexican and Irish flags gave a certain counter-hegemonic flavor. One May Day, this was far more apparent, with a flag from almost every country of the world represented in the front of the march, and ample Mexican flags, red flags, and others that easily outweighed the influence of the US flags. Even in the latter march, conservative news sources and right-wing groups affirmed the high number of US flags. Well, today there were tons of flags all over the march, and they were almost all Old Glory, the flag of the United States of America, most likely at the request of protest organizers.
Surprisingly, the AP report doesn't mention that.
So far, those collaborating on or appearing at this event include U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Emma Lozano, executive director of Centro Sin Fronteras (an organizer).
And, the AP seems to have missed a couple other participants:
Hatem of the Arab American Action Networka and Jorge Mujica of the Mexican PRD political party both spoke eloquently about recent crises in the homelands of their respective communities, and gave a progressive counter-balance to Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Pistolero, and other figures on the stage
Should Luis Gutierrez even be considered an American politician?