... and Dick Durbin at the one in Chicago.
At the one in Vegas, Reid said (link):
"We're going to do immigration reform just like we did health care reform."
One of the things I worry about is that he just might be right. The possible opposition is largely incompetent and is led by those with a loose borders agenda. It isn't difficult to imagine several paper tigers who would initially oppose...
... (peekURL.com/vnfz5rb). On a segment based in Chicago, they promote someone who helps sell off public assets, and he promotes the privatization of the Chicago Skyway. What Reason fails to tell their viewers is that the companies involved in purchasing that toll road are Cintra SA and Macquarie Infrastructure Group (link). The first is Spanish, the second is Australian. To those like Reason that...
* Chicago: "estimated five to seven thousand" (FIRM); this says "only about 2,000"; UPDATE 2: the Preston link says "about 5000".
* Boston: "upwards of 400" (FIRM)
* Newark, New Jersey: "as many as 700" (FIRM)
* New York City: UPDATE: "hundreds" per Jesse Solomon of CNN (link). He also quotes a supposed counter-protester who supports legalization, he just wants to...
... an organizer of the March 10 Chicago march. He's also an official with Mexico's PRD party. Representatives of Mexico's other parties helped organize that and other Chicago marches (Irked Mexicans open alternate consulate). Those who spoke at that march included Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Chicago mayor Richard Daley, and Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, all members of the Democratic Party.
Activists and several Chicago aldermen are investigating dozens of claims that city and county authorities violated immigrant rights, including federal immigration laws affecting jail inmates.
...''We understand the value that immigrants hold in our society, whether documented or undocumented,'' said Chicago Alderman Danny Solis, who is leading the hearings.
Solis is the brother of...
... spoken at the May 1, 2006 event in Chicago; the main organizers of that event have links to the Mexican government with one even being an official with a foreign political party. That same official is a "key organizer" of this year's Chicago march .
Two years ago, I came home to Chicago to witness the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of citizens and immigrants united in an effort to fix...
... Meeks of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, whose day job is as an Illinois state senator. However, this time around the links are a bit more tenuous than in the case of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Here's Rev. Meeks:
He's also "the executive vice president of Jesse Jackson Sr.'s National Rainbow-Push Coalition" (link). That page says he's one of his religious advisors, but he's not listed on this...
... stopping in New York, Boston, Chicago, Sacramento, and Los Angeles but apparently avoiding Washington DC.
In addition to U.S. officials, and some who are supposedly U.S. officials, he'll probably also be meeting with community leaders, such as those from non-profits, "hometown associations", the leaders of his PAN party who operate inside the U.S., and the like. Unfortunately, it's difficult...
Immigrant rights activists gather in Chicago
The "March 10th Movement List of Organization" as of 07/26/2006 is listed in this PDF file (cached). The same list appears to have been posted here.
From the PDF:
AIO coalition NYC
Asociacion De Clubes Immigrantes Michoacanos
Chicago Celts for Immigration...
... Ryan Pagelow of the Suburban Chicago News in "Caught in gangbanger deportation sweep":
Relatives of some of the legal permanent residents swept up in the immigration crackdown focusing on gang members this week said their relatives are no longer involved in gangs, although a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said only individuals who pose a threat to public safety are...
... against ID fraud yesterday in Chicago shows one of the dangers of failing to enforce the immigration laws: illegal activity becomes defined as a part of ethnic solidarity. In the past, Italian-American groups have complained about things like The Godfather. In this situation, ethno-centric reporters and groups are condemning enforcement of federal law and excusing illegal activity. And, needless...
From march25coalition . org/organize
May 1st, 2007 we will be out in the streets, not shopping or selling, if possible not working; but Marching.
On February 3rd & 4th, 2007, a Conference hosted by the March 25th Coalition culminated in a call for a national day of actions for workers and Immigrant's Rights. The day, May 1st, 2007.
During the two day conference, representatives from around...
... release concerning the September 1 Chicago march and it's cached here and in the 18:41, 26 February 2007 revision:
...The march is being planned in conjunction with the Chinese American Service League (CASL), Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Korean Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC), Polish American Association (PAA), other community groups...
... 50 miles (reports vary) from Chicago's Chinatown (meant to symbolize that we're a nation of immigrants) to Dennis Hastert's office in Batavia, Illinois. It took them four days, starting September 1, 2006 and finishing September 4, 2006. Only "around 3000" showed up for the final rally. AKA the "Immigrant Workers Justice Walk".
report before: Immigrant march en route to Hastert's digs
Chicago Business/Lorene Yue/April 28, 2006/ link
... organizers of May 1 Chicago march [include] the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Casa Michoacan and the Local 1 and 73 chapters of the Service Employees International Union, have chosen not to bill their event as a boycott.
"I think a boycott is an extremely powerful weapon that needs to be carefully used and only when...
... high for legalization campaign/Chicago Tribune/Oscar Avila and Michael Martinez/May 1, 2006/ link or link
Days before a massive immigrant rights rally in Grant Park, organizers of the snowballing social movement were racing to firm up plans: They had to consult with Chicago police brass on Monday's route. They were unsure which congressmen would attend.
...The objective Monday is more ambitious...